31. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fantasy, Teen Books

Quintana of Charyn by Marlina Marchetta, 516 pages, read by Courtney, on 05/12/2013

I always hate to see a favorite series come to an end, but it’s also nice to have come closure to a tale. In this, the final book of the Lumatere Chronicles, the story lines from both preceding books finally merge to reveal the full story. This book picks up where Froi’s story left off. There’s a vast power vacuum in Charyn that the local warlords seek to exploit. Quintana is in hiding with her unborn child. Froi is recovering from his injuries and heading back to Lumatere. Isaboe and Finnikin are doing their best to hold onto a tenuous peace in the aftermath of the curse.
I don’t want to get too into the details, because to do so might spoil things for a reader. When it comes right down to it, this series is one of the most sophisticated and well-written fantasy series I’ve ever read. The characters are utterly unique; not a stock character amongst them. Good and bad tend to be relative terms in this world, much as our own. Marchetta doesn’t waste time rehashing previous plot points. For those who had to wait for what seemed like eons between each book, a reread of the first two books may be in order. I found that I had difficulty remembering some of the finer details. Each of the first books can stand alone, but this one really does require careful reading of its predecessors to be fully appreciated (I kind of hope that future editions include a family tree). Those who are willing to put forth the effort, however, will be richly rewarded.

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