Quintana of Charyn: review + giveaway

April 3, 2013 2013, 5 star books, complete series, fantasy, Melina Marchetta, tonya 201 ★★★★★

Quintana of Charyn: review + giveawayQuintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
Series: The Lumatere Chronicles #3
on April 23, 2013
Genres: fantasy
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover
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The climactic conclusion of Printz Award winner Melina Marchetta’s epic fantasy trilogy!

Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi and his companions travel through Charyn searching for Quintana and building an army that will secure her unborn child’s right to rule. While in the valley between two kingdoms, Quintana of Charyn and Isaboe of Lumatere come face-to-face in a showdown that will result in heartbreak for one and power for the other. The complex tangle of bloodlines, politics, and love introduced in Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exilescoalesce into an engrossing climax in this final volume.
I keep to myself, but I find they are watching. I clench both my fists; I’ll kill them in a beat. Your words pound my brain, Froi; if they dare try to touch me, a knife to the side and a slit ear to ear.

Those in my cave, they grab and they drag me. They want me to bathe, but they’ll soon know the truth. And the fear in their faces speaks loud of their awe, and I capture the crying and tell them what’s true.

…and the women, they stare with fear in their hope, but it’s a hope drenched in tears, and it smothers me whole.

Every time I set out to review something by Melina Marchetta, I end up staring at a blank screen wondering what I could say that could possibly do what I’ve read any justice.

Quintana of Charyn is my fifth Marchetta book, but it hasn’t gotten any easier. I am, as usual, left speechless in awe.

I could talk about the scope of the world building in the Lumatere Chronicles; how Marchetta has created a full-fledged country–or continent, maybe–with 11 different regions, and countless provinces within them. And within those, their own separate societies, languages, traditions, and lore.

Or maybe I should focus on the characters. I should tell you about the way they reach off the page and wrap their fists around your heart. They way they crawl under your skin and build a home inside you, so you swear they must be real people you’ve known forever. So you burn, and ache, and grieve for them. So you love them, even when they’re wrong. Maybe especially when they’re wrong. Because their flaws make them feel all the more real.

The sheer depth Marchetta is able to bring every last one of her characters is astounding–especially when you consider just how many characters there are in this series. And not one is superfluous.

Froi’s characterization in particular is nothing short of masterful. From “filthy little feef”, to farmer, to assassin, to lover, to a beautifully flawed man, capable of loving with a ferocity that is as ruthless as it is endearing. His emotional growth is evident on every page, but never conspicuous.

And then there’s Quintana, whom I have loved from the first shadow puppet. So broken, so strong. Her character only grows more interesting, more complex. More lovable. Just as insane, but imbued with an undeniable humanity. With the same fierce love as Froi, the same courage that grows from self-doubt, but with a grace that is all her own.

One of the things I love the most about this series is how all the characters continue to grow through all three books. Finnikin and Isaboe, Lucian and Phaedra, Trevanion and Beatriss (and, and, and…) are not simply relegated to background characters. They continue to grow, to change, to have an integral part of the story. The relationships between them all deepen, stretch, conform to fit the shape of the new people they become.

The message of family, and friendship, and love–for your country, for your home, for your people, for yourself–endures in Quintana. It is a gripping, haunting, sexy conclusion that fulfilled and exceeded every one of my expectations.

So, no. I don’t really know what to tell you, only that I hope you read these books–or any book at all by Melina Marchetta, who writes the most emotionally powerful stories I’ve ever read.

An advance copy was provided by the publisher. This review also appears on GoodReads.


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Lumatere Chronicles Giveaway!

Thanks to the lovely people at Candlewick, we’re giving away a complete set of hardcovers of all three Lumatere Chronicles.

All you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below and leave a comment below telling us why you’re excited to own these books or start reading this series. Contest is open to all US and Canadian residents aged 18 and up, or 13 and up with parent permission. Please see form for complete rules. Good luck!

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201 Responses to “Quintana of Charyn: review + giveaway”

  1. Shani K.

    I’ve only read the first one, FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK and that was a while back (4 or 5 years ago, me thinks). My close friend recommended it to me. I adored it – it’s solid, awesome fantasy with memorable characters (it’s quite amazing how much I still remember). I also liked the maturity aspect too. We had NO IDEA she’d written more books in that world. My friend freaked – she loved FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK more than I did. Our library didn’t have any copies of FROI so we gave up on it. It would be really exciting to give the whole series a read at once.

    I’ve heard tons about Melina Marchetta’s prowess when it comes to young adult contemporary. It shows a great depth (not to mention it being so impressive!) in her writing to be able to pull off fantasy well too. I’m also glad that her work is being recognized in North America! Too often really good foreign works are unknown/unavailable to us!

  2. Lesley Anne

    I have heard SO many good things about Melina Marchetta and the Lumatere Chronicles! I actually have Jellicoe Road on my Nook and I’m waiting for just the right time to read it. Would love the chance to read more of this much beloved author!

  3. Maggie Desmond-O'Brien

    So far I’ve read Finnikin of the Rock and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, and both are among my favorite YA novels of all time. Can’t wait to continue the Lumatere series!

  4. Risbee

    I loved the first two books in the series and if I can find the courage to read the third, thus admitting that it is over, I’m sure I’ll love it just as much. Tonya…hold me

  5. Kayla

    I love your review for this series. I haven;t heard of them up until this point but your review certainly makes me wanna read them! :D

  6. Sheenah Freitas

    A friend just recommended I read this series. The review here makes it sound even more fantabulous! Definitely added the books to my TBR pile. :D

  7. Sheenah Freitas

    A friend recommended the series to me. The books sound fantabulous and she has great book tastes that are similar to mine. Definitely putting the series in my TBR pile!

  8. javalotta

    My friend just recommended them to me and she knows what I like to read so I trust her judgement on this series. It sounds fantastic so I’m glad she told me about it.=)

  9. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I have read the first two books in the series and am anxious to read Quintana. I borrowed both Finnikin and Froi from the library so I would love to have copies of them for my personal library. Thanks for the amazing opportunity!

  10. kindbooksandcoronets

    I had never heard of either this series or the author before, however your review has totally sold me on them. Regardless if I win, I will be reading these some day. I love a world and characters I can just fall into.

  11. Sarah P

    I would love to win these because it sounds like an amzing series with an amazing writer! I always have enjoyed books where authors create their own worlds, and still manage to describe it wonderfully without losing me in the process!

  12. Justine Vandale

    Well I have to be honest, I haven’t actually heard of this series before but your review made me wish I had earlier :) I’m always looking for new books to add to my TBR list and this series looks like its a good one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Maji Bookshelf

    This sounds like a REALLY good series! I really like that the world building is very well written, and I love it when characters seem so real in stories!
    – Farah @MajiBookshelf

  14. Kriti

    Melina Marchetta is one of my favorite authors, because she always manages to take the most tangled relationships and messy situations and turn them into such beautiful, hopeful stories. Her characters seem so real to me that I had to constantly keep reminding myself that Froi, Arjuro, Isaboe, Lucian, Quintana, and the rest aren’t real people so that I could keep myself from hyperventilating every five seconds as I read. If I got my hands on this trilogy, it would probably put me in seventh heaven!

  15. Holly Letson

    Loved the covers on these, since I first laid eyes on them months ago. And, the story sounds good. Plus, I keep seeing bloggers say this author is amazing!

  16. Megan Garstka

    I read Jellicoe Road forever ago and remember just sobbing through the entire ending. When I picked up Finnikin of the Rock from the library, I have to say I was a little skeptical. Boy was I wrong :) She is such an amazing writer! I didn’t even realize until recently that there was more to the series but I would love to have and read them all :)

  17. BookBreather

    I’ve heard a buttload of AMAZEBALLZ things not only about this series but about Melina Marchetta. I’ve been told she’s one of the best authors of our time. How can I NOT want to get my hands on it?

    ~ Gabbi Calabrese

  18. Melody

    I loved Finnikin of the Rock and really want to read the other two. I’m sure the last two are just as amazing as the first one.

  19. Christina (Christinareadsya)

    Almost every blogger I trust has recommended Melina Marchetta. I recently also had the opportunity to meet Sarah J. Maas, and she recommended this series (after, mind you, admitting that she did not read much YA fantasy because she felt that the needs of YA often constrains the world-building in some YA fantasy novels.) So it’d be nice to try this out, as it fits both of those recommendations. It makes me excited that you too loved the series and seem to be a huge fan of Melina Marchetta :).

  20. Ankita Mishra

    ‘Finnikin of the Rock’ had been on my to-read list for a long time, but got buried under so many new releases that I was trying to read as they came out. When I finally got around to reading it (because of library due dates) I was kicking myself for not having read it sooner, because I loved it so much, and was ecstatic that there was already a sequel I could dive straight into! I can’t wait for the release of ‘Quintana’ – all the characters and their stories are so well explored in this series, and I like the chance to get to know a slightly different cast in each installment.

  21. kelseylin5

    I’ve never heard of this series before and it sounds fantastic! I love reading and when I was younger, my parents used to ground me from reading… they couldn’t send me to my room, cause I would just read! I think even if I don’t win, I will buy this series on my nook! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  22. kelseylin5

    I would love to have a copy of these books! I’ve never heard of them before and they sound wonderful. Even if I don’t win, I will probably buy the ebooks! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  23. Nadinax

    “Jellicoe Road” is one of my favorite books ever. I haven’t read anything else by Marchetta but I’m excited to. I’ve been following your reviews over at GR on this series and I’m really curious about this series.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Swept Away By Books

    Ohh i’ve wanted to read this series so badly! Glad you liked it and thanks for the awesome review! It’ll push me to actually get to it now

  25. Jolene and Family

    I have heard amazing things about these books. I just bought the first book and my husband is currently devouring it. He’s not much of a reader, so it’s fun to watch :) Thanks for the great giveaway and chance to win

  26. sinmotion

    This series is everything i could have hoped for and more. It’s my absolute favorite fantasy series of all time and I am just over the moon about the characters. My whole reading experiences with these books has been nothing but pleasure and pain that hurt, but always, always, inspired hope.

    Favorite line of Quintana, hands down was Froi to Quintana “Then step away…”

  27. Chenise Jones

    I’ve read On Jellicoe Road and completely loved it and now want to make my way through the rest of her books! I have Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son on my Kobo waiting for me, and I can’t wait to read this series as well!

  28. Tricia C.

    I have Finnikin in my classroom library but haven’t read it yet. I keep reading great reviews of this series. It’s not flying off my shelves, so I truly need to get reading and do book talks.

  29. Tricia C.

    I have Finnikin in my classroom library but haven’t read it yet. I keep reading great reviews of this series. It’s not flying off my shelves, so I truly need to get reading and do book talks.

  30. Anastasia Loveay

    I am exited because I haven’t read the series yet! At all! Not even the first book:/ but I’ve been wanting to! Especially after reading the reviews of how amazing the series is! Also because I enjoy reading fantasy books!(:

  31. Beth

    Marchetta has been on my to-read list for a long time & I love fantasy–sound like the perfect match. Thanks for the chance to win!


  32. Rain Jeys

    Well, honestly, I’m not familiar with the author but the book description sounds intriguing. But then when I got to the part in your review where you said “Melina Marchetta, who writes the most emotionally powerful stories I’ve ever read.” I was sold, since emotional power is the main element I seek in books.

  33. Caitlin

    I don’t even know what to say in regards to such a fabulous review. You summed up my feelings on the book nicely.

    Marchetta has an amazing way of writing a people. Even the most horrible people in this book had reasons and development and felt real. And I love how all of her books are about hope and love and people and family.

    Finnikin of the Rock is the first book I ever remember reading where the SECOND I read that last page I wanted nothing more than to completely forget the entire book so I could read it again for the first time. And even though it was my first book by Melina I think my favourite is Jellicoe.

    I can’t even really describe why as all her books are so amazing.

  34. Mary @ BookSwarm

    I haven’t read any Marchetta books… *hangs head in shame* Why?!? I know that it’s fantastic — so many bloggers I trust adore her and I just…just…haven’t. BAD GIRL!!

    • tonya

      Sometimes I put off reading things I know will blow my mind because…well, I don’t know why particularly. But I did it with a couple other authors, so I understand.


  35. Alexa Y.

    I just started reading this series in February, but I LOVE IT. I finished Froi a few days ago, and I’m itching to start Quintana and to return to this world and these phenomenal characters. While I did intend to purchase the books (I borrowed the first two, and received an ARC of the last one via NG), it would be amazing if I won them in this giveaway!

    (P.S. Lucia + Phaedra are currently my favorites!)

  36. paperbackheart.com

    I recently read Jellicoe Road and loved it so much that I rushed out and bought all of Melina Marchetta’s other books…except this series. I’ve been hearing so many amazing things about it that I think it’s time to take the plunge!

    • tonya

      Wasn’t Jellicoe amazing? Sigh. It’s my favorite.

      I hope you do read this series soon! It’s amazing to think of the breadth of Marchetta’s talent. To be able to write contemporary with such skill, and then tackle high fantasy and excel at it… amazing.

  37. Melliane

    I didn’t know this book but it sounds so good. Thank you so much for making me discover it.

  38. Mariya

    I have been hearing about these books ever since I joined Goodreads. Marchetta has so many fans! I feel almost guilty that I haven’t read any of her work yet because it is so highly praised. I am really looking forward to reading all of her books.

    • tonya

      I hope you do! I find her criminally under-read in the States. I yell at my B&N to order her books every time I’m there. I want her to be a household name! She’s so amazing.

  39. Amy

    I haven’t read any of this authors books, but have heard amazing things. This series sound really great!!

    • tonya

      Oh, you really should give Marchetta a try. She has a book for everyone, and every single one is lovely and emotional. I hope you do read her soon.

  40. Karen

    I haven’t read anything my Marchetta yet. I vow to remedy this this year. Everyone keeps raving about how beautiful her writing is and it doesn’t get any better than ending a series perfectly.

  41. subtleadieu

    I really want to read this series because every time I see a comment or review, they’re usually freaking out about how good the series is. Even my fav authors write A+ comments!

  42. Savannah Bookswithbite

    I think I have one book by this author that has been recommended by so many people. Forgot whats it called though, I need to read it. And this one too.

    • tonya

      Is it perhaps Jellicoe Road? Although it truly doesn’t matter, whatever it is, if it’s by Marchetta it will be a wonderful, possibly life changing experience.

      So get to reading. ;)

    • tonya

      She is simply amazing. I am so grateful she writes words, and I get to read them.

  43. Diamond Cronen

    This series looks really amazing! I’ve been looking for a series to sink into lately…so this is just what the dr ordered!! Thank you!!

    • tonya

      It *is* amazing! And the perfect series to lose yourself in–you won’t be able to surface until you’re done, I guarantee you. :)

  44. YA Anonymous

    *SOB* Just thinking about Froi and Beatriss and Quintana and everyone we’ve met along the way brings tears to my eyes. I love this series so much! Great review, Tonya.


    • tonya

      Thanks, Maggie! Isn’t it amazing to think how many people Marchetta made us fall in love with in three books? I bet there’s over 15 people I could name right now. Sigh.

  45. isreal longoria

    to be honest part of the reason I want this series is because of how amazing the covers are. Also because I’m a huge fan of fantasy. :D

  46. isreal longoria

    To be honest part of the reason I want this series is because the covers are amazing. Second is because I’d read anything fantasy really. :D

    • tonya

      Aren’t they? So pretty, I just want to pet them.

      If you like fantasy to begin with, I think you’ll love this series! One of the best I’ve read.

  47. shoesforallsays

    I loved the series and I thought Quintana was a fitting conclusion to the trilogy especially given how disappointing some other trilogies have been. I thought Quintana was pretty emotionally wrenching but I was satisfied with it overall.

    SFAS is where I blog.

    • tonya

      I totally agree. I approach trilogies warily now, because so few remain interesting until the end. Quintana was such a satisfying conclusion, though. Every note right.

  48. 1234

    One of my friends loaned me the first book, but unfortunately I had to return it before I was done and I’d love to have the chance to read it again and find out what happens!

    • tonya

      Aren’t those covers gorgeous? I love how they represent each character so well. Good luck!

  49. rocksann

    I’m excited because I love this series & can’t wait to find out what happens in Quintana! I love all of Melina Marchetta’s books & I want to eventually own all of them. Thanks for the giveaway =)

    • tonya

      You will love how it ends, I promise you! It would be impossible not to.

      Good luck in the giveaway! I, too, need to get hardcovers of all Marchetta’s work.

  50. Ashley

    My co-blogger has continually recommended this series to me. It is at the top of her list of favorites, so I have been meaning to start it!

  51. Yiling

    I’ve read and loved the first two books in the series and can’t wait to see how everything turns out.

  52. ahz1

    I haven’t yet had the opportunity to read this series but all I hear is how wonderful it is. I can’t wait to read these books.

  53. L.E.

    This review makes these books sound right up my alley — the characters and world sound fascinating!

  54. L.E.

    This review makes this series sound right up my alley! The characters sound fascinating!

  55. contemplatrix

    I adore Marchetta’s writing.

    I love the first book, just haven’t made it to the others–YET. how convenient if I owned them, especially with these covers.

    ~L (omphaloskepsis)

  56. contemplatrix

    I adore Marchetta’s writing.

    I love the first book, just haven’t made it to the others–YET. how convenient if I owned them, especially with these covers.

    ~L (omphaloskepsis)

    • tonya

      Convenient, indeed! And gorgeous. I’ll be jealous of whomever wins the giveaway; the hardcovers are so pretty. *pets*

  57. Vivien

    I’ve read the first two in this series. I haven’t read Jellicoe yet, but I own the book (time). I really like how different this series is from many other YA novels. It stands out. It’s unpredictable. Plus, it’s an Aussie author!! #win

    • tonya

      Okay, first of all, you MUST read Jellicoe. This is not a suggestion. It’s a requirement. (I’m YAvangelical about Jellicoe, heh.)

      And this series really does stand out from other YA fantasy. I probably wouldn’t classify it as YA at all, to be honest. Age seems to be irrelevant in most high fantasy, and these characters and their situations are so mature.

      I know you’ll love Quintana as much as you did Finnikin and Froi!

  58. Youth Librarian

    Honestly I wanted to enter because I thought these would be an amazing summer reading prize. I had purchased the first two for my library, and they have gone out alot…but they never caught my eye! After reading your review I have been pulled in and now must run to my YA section and check out the first two and read them immediately.Thank you so much for sparking my interest.

    • tonya

      Yes, yes, yes! I love it. It makes me so happy to hear your kids have been checking them out as well. I love the idea of the hardcovers being a reading prize. Good luck! (And get reading! ;)

  59. Kate!

    Your review is so on the money. This is almost exactly how I feel about these characters. I love Melina Marchetta, but this series is my favorite of her work and the most stunningly written and crafted, which is saying something. Every time I’ve re-read (or listened to the audiobooks) I’ve come away with something new. The relationships she builds are some of the most beautiful I have ever read. No series of books aside from Harry Potter has made the difference in my life and heart that these books have. These books make me want to love stronger and fight harder and be better and I can’t think of a better compliment than that.

    I just had to share the love. I’m not even entering because I need more people to experience and love these books because I need more books like this in the world.

    • tonya

      I totally agree–comparing it to HP is perfect. Such growth and depth, and so nuanced. I can’t wait to reread now, and catch all the little foreshadowing embedded along the way.

      I need to get the audiobooks! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the Aussie versions.

  60. Andrea

    I love everything I’ve ever read by Melina Marchetta. I’ve been excited to read Quintana and your review only made me more excited.

    • tonya

      Yay! I know you will love it. How could you not? It’s written by Melina Marchetta.

  61. Morgan Wylie

    My friend raves about this series! It’s been on my TBR list and would LOVE to read it! And to have it all and in HARDCOVER!! Sigh. :)

    • tonya

      Your friend has good taste. ;) I hope you give them a try soon. They are fantastic. Good luck in the contest!

  62. YA Book Queen

    Fabulous review! I’m glad to hear that there’s a lot of growth with all of the characters.

    I would love to win these books because I adored the first novel – it’d be great to own all three so I can finally catch up!

    • tonya

      I think “character growth” is Marchetta’s middle name, actually haha.

      I hope you finish the series soon! You won’t be disappointed. Good luck in the contest. :)

    • tonya

      I hope you give it a try, Anya. It’s one of the most satisfying fantasy series I’ve read.

  63. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    I’m… simply stunned. How could anyone read your passionate, eloquent review — and the quote with which you began — and NOT want to read these books? The first book has been on my TBR list for several years now, and keeps getting superseded by other books. Well, no more. This is the year I read it. And I would just love to own the complete set in hardcover.

    • tonya

      Oh gosh, that is the best compliment ever. Thank you! *makes shooing motions* Quick, go start right now! By the time you’re finished with Finnikin and Froi, Quintana will be out. (See, you didn’t procrastinate, you just timed it perfectly. ;)

  64. buriedalive55

    Finnikin of the Rock is one of my favorite books of all time. I read it last year and absolutely loved it. I mailed my best friend a copy because I just needed everyone to read this book! I have the ebook of the first book, but I still haven’t gotten around to buying and reading the other two. I would really love to win these hardcovers.

    • tonya

      I love that you sent your friend a copy! I get the same way about books I love; everyone MUST read them so we can gush and sigh and swoon together.

      I hope you read the rest of the series soon. You will not be disappointed. :)

    • Salma

      The comment above is mine. I just wanted to clear that up since that username doesn’t match what I put in Rafflecopter. I accidentally used the wrong account. This comment is from the correct one. Sorry!

  65. Keertana

    I agree completely – it just never gets easier with Marchetta’s books. I think this is easily one of the most perfect trilogies simply because every novel is so amazing, thought-provoking, and poignant. Very beautifully written review, Tonya!(:

  66. Desiree

    I have heard nothing but great things about this series. I own the first book, but as it is on my ereader, I tend to forget about it. I am excited to start the series and would LOVE to own the first three hardcovers! Both you and Kat from cuddlebuggery love these books and I trust your opinions more than any other bloggers I have found, so I am expecting GREAT things! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

    • tonya

      Thank you so much for the compliment! I love finding people who share my taste. :)

      I’m the same way about ebooks; I impulse or binge buy, and then they get lost in the shuffle.

      I hope you’re able to start the series soon, and fall in love as Kat and I have!

  67. Liviania

    I have the first two books in e, but I’d love a physical set of this series! Marchetta is an awe-inspiring author. All of the elements of her stories come together so wonderfully.

    • tonya

      Awe-inspiring is the best phrase to describe Marchetta, I agree! Good luck in the contest. :)

  68. Kelley

    I’ve been wanting to read this series for a long time now. I finally bought Finnikin of the Rock and I’m excited that I will be able to read it soooon! I’ve heard so many great things about this series that I know I’m going to love it. :D

    • tonya

      I hope you do! And you’re so smart, waiting until all three books are out until beginning. The wait between Froi and Quintana was torture for most. :)

  69. Leannessf

    I loved the first two books and can’t wait to see what happens with Froi and Quintana in the last book!

    Marchetta is a great fantasy writer, but I also highly recommend her contemporary novel, Jellicoe Road!


    • tonya

      Jellicoe is one of my all time favorite books. It kills me.

      I think you’ll love the way this series concludes. Everything comes together so well. Good luck!

  70. S.M. Dritschilo

    How could I NOT long to read these 3 new books when you’ve so passionately described these characters in such vividly real traits? Sign me up!

  71. S.M. Dritschilo

    after reading your enthralling praise of how real life these characters are, how could I NOT desperately long to read all 3 of these new stories so I can fall in love with them as you have?

    • tonya

      Hooray, I did my job correctly! I hope you do fall headlong into love with them (and Melina Marchetta) as I have.

  72. Carl Scott

    I’ve been hearing about this series for quite a while now and it seems to be very popular and enjoyed by almost everyone who’s read it. Winning a set of all three books would be great and would really prompt me to get busy reading them. thanks for the giveaway.

    • tonya

      I hope you do give them a try soon, either way. It’s such a wonderful story, especially if you like high fantasy to begin with.

      Good luck!

  73. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    You just gave me chills in that review, because I love this series so much. It truly is magic. How BIG but also how personable and relatable and how much we get to know each and every character. It is really Marchetta’s people and their relationships that stand out to me about this series, but you’re right her world building is masterful as well. In my review, I wrote a list of 30 people who I fell for in these pages, and I could have kept going! How does she make us love so many? Throughout the series, Froi grows more than almost any other character I have ever met. From not wanting a woman in the same room alone with him, to becoming someone I would trust with my life, I would never have guessed all he would become. I actually don’t own this whole series, so would love my own copies. Great review!

    • tonya

      I have no idea how she does it, but it is not at all hard for me to believe that you were able to list 30 people you loved. How does she make them all so real? There are some books where authors can’t even manage to make secondary characters stand out, and yet Marchetta is able to make her entire cast three dimensional.

      Sigh. She kills me. Good luck with the giveaway! :)

  74. duks castro

    Well I’ve never actually heard of this series until now. Reading your review, and checking others out on Goodreads, sounds like an interesting series that I’ll check out.

  75. laughingwoman

    I’m so excited about this book coming out I’m dancing! I can’t wait til April 23. Also tres excited about this giveaway.

  76. dreamsofawalrus

    I’ve been tempted by these books for a while (because of On the Jellicoe Road and my love for fantasy) but I’ve been a little worried that Marchetta’s style wouldn’t fit with my kind of fantasy. Fantasy worlds can be exponentially crueler than the real one because they can be designed to be that way, and I’m a little worried Marchetta’s world would be terrifying. This is also the reason I don’t read Game of Thrones: I’m pretty sure it would slay me. Does that make sense? Marchetta was heartbreaking enough in a real-world book… in fantasy the scope can be so much bigger. Then again, I guess we always have to trust authors not to completely trample our feelings, and your review doesn’t sound like you’re too trampled… are you? Tell me now!

    • tonya

      You make total sense. Marchetta is the master of heartbreak. And while I won’t say everything ends perfectly, or that everyone comes away unscathed, it was a very satisfying ending. I am not broken in the slightest (except for the sorrow of knowing the series is over).

    • dreamsofawalrus

      Thanks for the reply! I think this is the push I needed to start this series: a confirmation that I will not come away a broken shell. (Okay, bit of an overstatement… but you know what I mean!)

  77. Ash

    Love, love, love this series! Would love to have a hardcover set to share with others :)

    • tonya

      I hope you do share with others! Melina Marchetta is criminally under-read in the States!

  78. Ash

    This is an amazing series. I have devoured everything by Melina Marchetta and would love to have physical copies of these books (I read as Ebooks or paperback)!

    • tonya

      I read on my Kindle as well. I was lucky enough to get a Finnikin paperback signed by Melina at SDCC last summer, but nothing compares to those gorgeous hardcovers! Good luck. :)

  79. starryeyedjen

    I can’t believe I STILL haven’t started this series yet. I think I own the first book on my Nook or Kindle, I can’t remember. But I love a fantastical world, and I just know I’d love these books, too. I actually have another book from this author sitting unread on my shelf. Maybe I need to make May Melina Marchetta month? :P

    • tonya

      Yes, yes, do it! I hereby declare May the Month of Marchetta. If you want to have your heart burst, and broken, and then mended by a master, Marchetta is your girl.

  80. Tiffany H

    I adore fantasy and these keep popping up on my goodreads, etc. I haven’t read any Melina Marchetta books yet and now I’m thinking I’m totally missing out!

    • tonya

      You are! If you love fantasy, then you definitely need to read this series. It’s one of the most unique, and most satisfying I’ve read. It hits you on every level. Gah. So good.

      I hope you give them a shot soon!

  81. Diana Evans

    Goodreads have been suggesting these books to me for some time. After your review I think I will check them out now.

  82. ang

    Honestly, Marchetta is my hero. I picked up Finnikin just because her name was associated with it and DEVOURED IT. I read Froi with some trepidation, because Froi seemed an odd choice for narrator, but ended up loving his story, though I did have a little bit of difficulty with the book, as a whole. I want to read Quintana SO BADLY.

    Further, I don’t own any of these books, and I’ve been on a fantasy binge lately. I neeeeds it!


    • tonya

      heeeeeee. #MarchettaforLYFE. I was the same with Froi, I think you know I even stopped reading partway through because I wasn’t sure I was feeling it. But once I settled down and focused, of course she mesmerized me. And broke my heart. Because that’s what she does best.


  83. Kristina Wrenn

    I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, and I am super excited to see the third book is about a woman!

    • tonya

      Yay! As with Froi, Quintana alternates between Froi, Quintana, Lucian, and Phaedra’s points of view, so it’s not *entirely* about Quintana, though the focus is of course on her, and the future of Charyn.

  84. Michelle Roberts

    These books have been on my TBR list for a while. Can’t wait to get my hands on them, because I’m always looking for great YA fantasy. It would be amazing to win this set.

  85. Michelle Roberts

    These have been on my TBR list for a while. They sound amazing, and I can’t wait to fawn over them. I’m always on the lookout for good YA fantasy.

    • tonya

      I hope you’re able to start them soon! It is one of the most satisfying and unique fantasy series I’ve ever read. :)

  86. Bonnie R

    You know, I picked up Finnikin at my library a few years ago and had to struggle to finish in time. If I remember correctly I even scanned the end. Suffice it to say, I couldn’t find the magic that everyone else loves about that book. I need to get my own copy and take my time with it and do a proper re-read, they really do sound lovely. :)

    • tonya

      I know high fantasy isn’t for everyone, and the scope of this series in particular is so far-flung it can take awhile to get into it.

      I hope, even if this series isn’t your cup of tea, that you try another of Marchetta’s books (if you haven’t already). She is truly amazing at writing characters that leap off the page.

  87. vanessa cianciarelli

    My most favourite book written by Melina Marchetta is Froi of the Exiles and it’ll be really nice if I could have a hardcopy of all her books.

  88. vanessa cianciarelli

    My most favourite book written by Melina Marchetta is Froi of the Exiles and it’ll be really nice if I could have a hardcopy of all her books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  89. meg

    I haven’t loved books like I’ve loved The Lumatere Chronicles in a long time. The character arcs and dynamics are so interesting and beautifully portrayed. I was a little hesitant to read Froi of the Exiles because of certain events in Finnikin of the Rock. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to relate to Froi’s character enough to read an entire book focused around him but I was so wrong. Being inside his head and seeing his growth and thought process and understanding how he went from the person he was to who he became lead to him being my favorite character in this universe by the end, an amazing writer-ly feat.
    I could go on and on and on about these books but I won’t because I don’t want to seem like a completely obsessive crazy person (too late?). I’ve read digital versions of the first two and can’t wait for the third. I’d love to own real, actual beautiful versions of the series.

    • tonya

      Don’t worry, when it comes to this series (and Marchetta in general) I become a little (a lot) evangelical.

      I had the same experience as you in regard to Froi. In fact, I actually stopped reading partway through FotE because I was so wary. But, like always, Marchetta is a master. Froi is truly an astounding character.

      Good luck in the giveaway! I almost wish I could enter too. The hardcovers are so gorgeous!

    • meg

      I got so intensely into FotE I had to put the book down a few times and run around in circles just to calm down enough to keep reading.

  90. Meg

    Jellicoe Road is one of my favorite books, and this series looks awesome.

    • tonya

      Jellicoe is one of my favorite books too. It just guts me, man. Incredible. I know fantasy isn’t for everyone, but whatever the genre, Marchetta knows how to make you feel for her characters.

    • tonya

      What I love most about Marchetta’s books is the depth of emotion she’s able to draw from me every single time. She is truly a master at her craft. I get a little evangelical when I talk about her, but she is criminally under-appreciated in the States. :)

    • tonya

      I love Jellicoe so much! Jonah Griggs forever. I hope you give her fantasy series a chance! It has all the emotional impact of Jellicoe, on a larger scale.

  91. Angie F

    I loved On the Jellicoe road, so I definitely want to start her fantasy series! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. :D

    • tonya

      Jellicoe may actually be my favorite book of all time. It’s so powerful. Sigh.

      I know fantasy isn’t for everyone, but I think Marchetta’s skill transcends genre. She has a faithful reader for life in me. :)