Summary: 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.
Review: 3 stars
The beginning of this book was hard me to get into. It wasn’t built up slowly. You are thrown into a fantasy world suddenly and the explanations kind of bombarded me. I kept with it though, and I’m glad that I did. This is a fantasy adventure story that I really enjoyed reading. It was kind of a roller coaster, some parts of it were boring and some parts of it were really great.
This book moves exceptionally slow. I probably wouldn’t have finished it if I weren’t reading it for a challenge. The pacing is just very slow moving. I also feel like it could’ve used another round of editing or something. At times I got confused, like I wasn’t getting what the author was trying to say. Which was a real shame because the plot was fantastic. This is one of those books that failed to live up to its full potential.
The characters were well-developed. Each of them had personality. Even though this story is written in third person, when the narrative switch so did the voice of the story. Some scenes were told from the narrative of a lesser character and but most are told from the main characters. This is done well and help convey the gravity of some of the more dramatic scenes.
It is either the world building, dialogue or the writing itself which brings this book down. This could easily be a five-star rating, but at times things are confusing, and the story feels distant. As if the author knows the story, but is having a hard time conveying all of its pieces to the reader. Yet there are other times where things feel very clear and there is no confusion. As I said earlier, this it was really a roller coaster of a read.
I am conflicted in my rating. Some parts of it, like the plot, deserve five stars. Well other aspects of the book fell short. There was a twist and I didn’t see coming, but it didn’t account for the confusion I felt as a reader. Overall I really enjoyed reading it and I wish that it could’ve lived up to its potential.