Date to be published in US: March 13, 2012
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I was very happy to start this book, “Finnikin of the Rock” was such a great and intriguing book, I just about loved everything about it and when I saw this one coming out I was more than thrilled. I dived into this book with vigor; my mind set on getting to know this interesting character from the first book; the character you secretly loved (okay so not everyone fell in love with him like I did) But I was so happy Froi got to finally shine; this book was so beautiful and in-depth that I am in awe of its beauty.
The plot was long and twisted and for some it could be too complicated to keep up with; it’s a guaranteed book to keep you reading actively and deeply. The many sub-plots and conflicts that were created in this story were beyond well-thought out, they were like a book on their own and while some people might not enjoy that many distractions it definitely added to the story; it made the whole story feel more connected. And though there were still a lot of resolutions still unsolved for this book alone it ended perfectly. And there was always something happening in this book, the action wasn’t intense but it wasn’t light either, all that happened in this book was serious and even the lighter moments almost had a huge suffocating shadow over them…but that’s one of the many things I liked about it.
The characters were definitely perfectly constructed; each one had their own personality and flare. There wasn’t one character that lacked an essential element of creation, they were just so life like, none of them were perfect and in real life no one is perfect, they just did their best to their ability. Each one was necessary and was essential to both the plot line and the overall feel of the story also. Each character had their own role to play and I didn’t feel like any of them were forced into the story itself.
Transformation of the Character:
Froi definitely transformed in this book, there was no way he couldn’t have with all that he was put through. He was tested in so many ways and through those tests his true character was revealed. The whole process of his transformation was beautiful and he did become a better him. As for the other characters they too changed but not all of them, I feel that a few of them (not going to say who) need to be changed but with time and trials I feel they too will change.
The description was beautiful, there was a lot of it but to me it was necessary so that the reader could get a better understanding of the story and world. Though to some this would be too much it is wonderful, if all description was as wonderful as this, I’d never mind reading detailed stories, if done right and with a creative eye a detailed story can be the best read in the read. And I do think that this type of story and world needs this much detail, without it, it just wouldn’t be the same.
The authors choice of style is the same as “Finnikin of the Rock” it was best suited for the book. The switching of POV was perfect, I felt that the author chose at just the right moments to switch and allow us to see in on other conflicts happening within the story and it gave us insight on the other characters reactions. The author definitely chose wisely on the type of style she was writing that created an overall smooth and easy read for the readers.
Blood sings to blood, Froi . . .
Those born last will make the first . . .
For Charyn will be barren no more.
Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home... Or so he believes...
Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds. Here he encounters a damaged people who are not who they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad Princess.
And in this barren and mysterious place, he will discover that there is a song sleeping in his blood, and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.
Gripping and intense, complex and richly imagined, Froi of the Exiles is a dazzling sequel to Finnikin of the Rock, from the internationally best-selling and multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, On the Jellicoe Road and The Piper's Son.
I would recommend this book to fantasy readers and also to anyone who is willing to read a book that has a complex and interesting plot. This book is long and I wouldn’t recommend this to light readers, you do have to read actively and can be threatening to readers. But give it a try but this book definitely needs to be read after “Finnikin of the Rock” without the basis of the first book you’ll be lost and won’t get out as much as I did. This has definitely become one of my favorite series; there were just so many good elements in this series that you don’t always find in other books. The emotions this book stirs is something I loved about it and with the conclusion to this book I can’t wait till the third book is released…oh the wait…