Sunday, November 27, 2011

Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles #2) by Melina Marchetta

Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)

Good Reads Summary

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.

My Thoughts

I had re-read Finnikin of the Rock right before jumping into this one and everything that I loved about that one was present in Froi. Both tales involve people, families and how those stories mesh. Each person had a tale his own, but all those intertwined producing a story that’s quite complex and complicated. I loved it.

Froi’s story starts where Finnikin’s ends. Three years after events in Lumatere, Froi finds himself part of it; he is desperate to prove where his loyalties lay. It is this same fact that leads him to Charyn, where learns more of his past. Froi’s mirrors Finnikin’s story with both of them trying to prove themselves. Only Froi’s seemed more painful (what is it with these broken men with dark pasts that fan my desire to give them a hug?) because his history is a chain of heartbreaking things done to one then to another ending with him not knowing precisely who he was and where he came from.

It’s complicated and intriguing but not just those things because there were light hearted moments that eased things a bit. The people in this one were strong and passionate. And they felt deeply, so I in turn felt deeply too- one moment had me laughing even after something else had me tearing only later to have my heart racing.

But what I loved more was how connected and individual the stories were. Each person had a story to tell. Lady Beatriss and Trevanion’s is one of the more affecting ones, second only to Quintana’s. And Lucian’s was probably the one that had me the most frustrated. But again it’s Froi’s that had me feeling so many things.

I love this cover:

Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2) 

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