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Froi of the Exiles: The Lumatere Chronicles (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Melina Marchetta

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Title:Froi of the Exiles: The Lumatere Chronicles
Authors:Melina Marchetta
Info:Candlewick (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 400 pages
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Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta (2011)

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    Herenya: "Froi of the Exiles" is set three years after "Finnikin of the Rock".

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Second in series but can be read alone. Good YA book for adults ( )
  mgriel | Jan 18, 2016 |
Froi of the Exiles (Second Book in the Lumatere Chronicles)
by Melina Marchetta
eGalley courtesy of NetGalley

***Review does contain some spoilers***

Froi of the Exiles is a book very much about family, loyalty, trust, and what happens when the unexpected occurs and new truths emerge. Froi is the main protagonist in this novel, but the supporting characters are given so much space to develop and grow as well I found myself becoming attached to all of them and what happened to them throughout the course of the story.
It starts simply enough. Froi is sent to assassinate the King of Charyn and return to Lumatere. Obstacles pop up in every direction he turns once he's at the castle in Charyn, one of the more interesting ones being Quintana, the mad daughter of the King who is nowhere to be seen. One of the King's Advisors has seen fit to put himself in charge, Bestiano. He lives up to what his name implies.
Froi has arrived at an interesting time in Charyn. It is under a curse, and no children have been born for eighteen years. All of the last born children have been marked--it is indicated in the prophecy that the last born and the first born of the last borns will end the curse.
Marchetta deftly moves between Froi's attempts to complete his mission and several very involving subplots which include fleshed out characters who are also seen to grow and develop through the course of the novel. Finnikin and Isaboe appear with their daughter, and they do have parts to play, but they are put on a smaller burner on the back of the stove while other characters who had smaller roles in Finnikin of the Rock are brought forward.
Having literally just finished Froi, I am still reeling a little. It has a cliffhanger ending, and I have to confess that I dislike cliffhanger endings--I would have bought the third book regardless. The last third of the book is so emotionally involving it I read straight through. There is heartbreak and loss, as well as mystery, which i wasn't expecting, especially from the source it comes from.
Froi finds out about his past, possibly more than he wanted to know. Little snippets of this are revealed as the story progresses, and they blend in seamlessly with what's happening. I never felt jolted out of a scene even if it was a situation where Froi himself felt jolted out of his surroundings, and I just followed his thoughts.
I am particularly impressed with Marchetta's ability to do this--to weave integral parts in so deftly without them seeming forced at all. Her characters are sometimes difficult to like, but as the novel progressed, you find out why they are the way they are, and things begin to make more sense. The only time this isn't really done is with Bestiano and the other antagonists, but that isn't a necessary part--we know enough about Bestiano to know his reasoning for wanting to take over--the same as most traitorous rulers who act against their King. There's also a nice little mystery around this, although it is possible to guess the answer.
This is a novel well worth a reader's time, and one you'll want to re-read if you're a reader like me who gets so caught up in the story the first time you need to go back for more detail. Froi of the Exiles is a very worthy sequel to Finnikin of the Rock, one that I would rank among some of the other best Young Adult Fantasy out right now. Middle books in a trilogy sometimes get a hard time, accused of all sorts of heinous things. Froi of the Exiles has everything: action, escapes, fighting, hiding, love--unrequited, unrealized, and recognized--betrayal, truths, loyalty and the testing of it, mystery, family... It is one of the few novels I have read over the past year that have literally left me speechless and in emotional turmoil. Now we just have to wait a year for the final novel to come out and hope everything is resolved somewhat to everyone's satisfaction? I know I’ll be there for the sequel after reading Froi of the Exiles.

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  waclements7 | Oct 27, 2015 |
A fast-paced plot with great characters, who show real emotions - the couples bicker, the friends joke. There are plot twists to keep you guessing and a bit of magic (magic realism?) thrown in for good measure. The landscapes are nicely drawn and sat comfortably in my imagination. Now I need to read the next one. ( )
  devilish2 | Jan 1, 2014 |
I have been oscillating between 4 and 5 stars on this one and after a few days to think about it and then re-reading parts, I'm going back to 4 stars.

This is a very good book, I Liked it a lot. Notice the capital "L"? Now [b:Finnikin of the Rock|4932435|Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1)|Melina Marchetta|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1227961623s/4932435.jpg|4998084] I LOVE dearly and felt the need to run out and buy and then press into the hands of all of my family and friends.

I am certainly recommending Froi and I read it straight through a weekend but my intense feelings are still with the first book (I think I am in the minority here after reading reviews.)

Marchetta is an amazing writer and I continue to marvel at the way she can make me laugh and cry so quickly. I must admit, I figured a few things out early but here is the beauty of Melina's writing...


My only complaint?

Having to wait for the third book. ( )
  mkpiry | Sep 26, 2013 |
Oh, internet peoples, you have not lied to me. Finnikin of the Rock was good but rather slow, due to the set up of the word building. Froi, though, is a thing of beauty, and I loved every single moment of it. All the world building in book one was so that the awesomeness could happen now. *happy sigh* If this is indicative of Melina Marchetta's usual writing, it's safe to say that I'm going to be a huge fangirl.

Where Finnikin of the Rock took a couple hundred pages to really get started, Froi of the Exiles had my attention from the first page and never let go. Though just under six hundred pages long, this book in no way felt long. In fact, I would have read more happily. Were it not for my ridiculous system by which I determine what I read next, I would have gone straight into Quintana of Charyn because I have a FIERCE need to know what happens next. If you're hesitant about wading through the world building in book one, it's worth it, because Froi of the Exiles continues to have awesome world building, but also focuses on the amazing cast of characters. The feels have been located!

Marchetta uses a rotating limited third person narration. Even within chapters, the character being followed can change, but there's always a page break to indicate the switch. Usually, in a story like this, with the main characters split into two different places, one of the story lines is boring and you're just sitting there waiting to get back to the juicy stuff. Though Froi's arc was more exciting, I was also desperate to find out what was going on back in Lumatere, so did not begrudge the POV switches in the slightest. Also, even though third is a bit distancing, I still felt very connected to everyone. Melina Marchetta is a great example of showing, rather than telling.

The beauty of this series lies in just how flawed everyone is. No one is perfect, though Finnikin and Isaboe do come close in the eyes of the people; we know their flaws well from the previous book. Most of them are not unusually attractive, except for Lirah; even the others who used to be have had their looks and bodies destroyed. In Froi of the Exiles, the main characters are even more messed up. Froi, an exile from who knows well, has found a home in Lumatere, but is still haunted by the things he did in his past, afraid to really let himself live lest he break his bond to Isaboe. Froi of the Exiles does focus on him more than anyone else, but it's not just about him.

Sent to Charyn to impersonate one of the last borns (literally the last children born to Lumatere eighteen years before), Froi is charged with assassinating the King of Charyn and Quintana, his crazy daughter, as well. Of course, the people and Quintana expect him to impregnate her, also a last born, to complete the prophecy and end the curse of barrenness in Charyn. Froi must confront his past and his demons to survive his mission.

Quintana is one of the most fucked up heroines I've ever read. There's a brilliant description of Quintana by one of the other characters, so I'll borrow that: "'She'll be strangely intriguing...With a touch of mystery and savagery that will bewitch only the bold and courageous among us'" (572). When I called Quintana crazy, I meant that literally. She also is savage, growling at people and prone to attack at the smallest provocation. However, she's also been abused all of her life, both verbally and physically. Since she was thirteen, she's been sexually abused in attempts to end the curse. There's a reason she's so broken, and it's really just impressive that she functions as well as she does.

Other flawed cast members that I really just can't help loving: Lucian, Phaedra, Arjuro, Gargarin, Tippideaux, Lirah, and De Lancey. Yes, I may have just listed most of the characters in the book, but, whatever, they're the best. Every single one of them will give you cause to hate them at some point, but they're so real and trying so hard and I just want to hug them all and force them to live happily ever after.

Speaking of happily ever after, which totally is not happening in Froi fyi, Melina Marchetta writes the freaking best romances. Or, at least, they work perfectly for me. See, she rocks the whole hate to love gambit and that just gets me every time. The couples are angry and mistrusting and awkward, so I'm just sitting there reading and yelling at them to get over themselves and realize how perfect they are for one another already. With most of the romances in this series, the couples almost don't show one another affection at all, but it's there, and I suspect it doesn't bode well for me that I find that so emotionally appealing. Odds are that several of my ships are going to be separated by death and GAH my body is not ready.

My only slight reservation with Froi is that it felt like Marchetta pulled her punches there at the end. Some really serious shit had gone down and I was about to cry an ocean worth of tears, but then I realized that nothing was really as big of a deal as it was made out to be. On the one hand, I'm happy because tragedy sort of avoided, but, on the other, nothing's more badass then letting that tragedy stand and making everyone get past it. Of course, being somewhat nice here at the end of Froi might just be a trick to make me let my guard down so she can decimate me emotionally in Quintana.

Fantasy-loving friends, this series should probably happen in your life. Melina Marchetta has now proved her adeptness at world building and characterization, and her writing has been stellar all the way through. I will be reading through the other books in my pile as quickly as possible so that I can get to Quintana because I must know what happens. ( )
  A_Reader_of_Fictions | Aug 11, 2013 |
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From master storyteller Melina Marchetta comes an exhilarating new fantasy springing from her celebrated epic, Finnikin of the Rock.

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 taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper with a warrior's discipline. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds in its surreal royal court. Soon he must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad princess in this barren and mysterious place. It is in Charyn that he will discover there is a song sleeping in his blood . . . and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.
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Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family but is soon sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn where he must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad princess.… (more)

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