Publication Date: September 29, 2008
Publisher: Viking Australia
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: It’s not horrible but it isn’t the best I’ve seen either. I like it though it’s interesting I guess.
Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.
Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.
But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin’s faith in her . . . but in himself.
This book has extremely high ratings on goodreads and I understand why. The characters and their evolution, the description, the twists in the story, and the beautiful ending but, it was an emotional roller-coaster.
The author stated when writing this book, she did it from things she saw on the media that bothered her, such as, loss of faith, identity, community etc. and she did just that. This book is all about loss and the hope required to save.
It took me about 60 pages to really get into it but it is full of depth as it comes to what you really are reading and realizing it in our world today.
Too many of us forget what happens in life when one looses hope and literally looses EVERYTHING. When things like this happen people change and not always for the better. Sometimes such adversities destroy you and/or a whole kingdom.