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Finnikin of the Rock: Book Review

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 Stars… I think?

I’m having a hard time pinning down what I didn’t like about this story. There really is so much to rave about… so many beautiful moments. The character depth is MIND BLOWING phenomenal. The world building is just so many layers of fascinating. The plot twists are tear jerkingly gorgeous.

So why only 3 stars? Bah. Okay. I’ve been thinking about this for a while.. and here’s the best explanation I can offer:

I felt like a 3rd party viewer- sitting in the stands, watching events happen. I never felt like I was in them. Like I was watching them from afar.

Additionally, the pace was quite slow; and the story is told from multiple POVs -and I just felt like when I was finally connecting to Finnikin or Evanjalin.. the POV would swap and I would have to read another several pages before I get back in with them.

Please, please do not let this keep you from reading the story. It is very emotional and very driven. It is worth a go. (Even if it is for the astounding amount of beautiful quotes.)

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