We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Finnikin of the Rock | [Melina Marchetta]

Finnikin of the Rock

At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar’s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere. But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace.
Regular Price:$17.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar’s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere.

But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace. An impostor seizes the throne, a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escape are left to roam the land as exiles, dying by the thousands in fever camps.

Ten years later, Finnikin is summoned to another rock - to meet Evanjalin, a young novice with a startling claim: Balthazar, heir to the throne of Lumatere, is alive. This arrogant young woman claims she’ll lead Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher, to the prince. Instead, her leadership points them perilously toward home. Does Finnikin dare believe that Lumatere might one day rise united? Evanjalin is not what she seems, and the startling truth will test Finnikin’s faith not only in her but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny.

In a bold departure from her acclaimed contemporary novels, Printz Medalist Melina Marchetta has crafted an epic fantasy of ancient magic, feudal intrigue, romance, and bloodshed that will rivet you from the first words.

©2008 Melina Marchetta (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Filled with questions about the impact of exile and the human need to belong, this standout fantasy quickly reveals that its real magic lies in its accomplished writing." (Booklist)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (90 )
5 star
 (40)
4 star
 (25)
3 star
 (14)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.1 (76 )
5 star
 (34)
4 star
 (23)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (2)
Story
3.9 (74 )
5 star
 (26)
4 star
 (28)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jennifer Staunton, VA, United States 04-02-12
    Jennifer Staunton, VA, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2006

    JenMH

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Simply Irresistable!"

    WOWSA!!! "Finnikin of the Rock" is possibly the best fantasy book that I have listened to in *years!* I'm not even exaggerating a little bit. This is an epic quest told in this deliciously compact format. The writing is beautiful AND brilliant. The characters are drawn with precision and finely layered. The journey is worthy, the fight is "what must be done," the relationships profound and complex. I'm pretty sure I could flail around and continue to list praises for this book for most of my day! I won't do it justice.

    This is a book full of men - boldly drawn men, warriors and priests and nobility and peasants and thieves. The narrator created wonderful voices for these characters, and I could see every one of them so clearly in my head as I listened to the story. He did an equally good job with the female characters, and I thought the tone and pace of the narration was spot-on.

    The relationships in this story blew me away. The author did not pull punches. People are messy. Relationships can bring as much pain as joy. And we see relationships of every kind here - familial, brotherly bonds, warriors-in-arms, families created by choice rather than blood, mentor and ward, master and slave, lovers and friends. This author is a master craftsman, and she delivers an amazing story in "Finnikin." I could not recommend this more highly - 5 stars!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies United States 08-13-12
    Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    55
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    92
    43
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    22
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow, Melina Marchetta rocks Fantasy!"

    It's Melina Marchetta, people - do you expect anything less than 5 stars? She's amazing.

    This is some seriously good Fantasy. Fans of Graceling will love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John Tupelo, MS, United States 03-02-14
    John Tupelo, MS, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2003

    Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel

    HELPFUL VOTES
    51
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    148
    34
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Mostly Good"

    Finnikin is the 1st of 3 in the series, but is the only book that can exist on its own. To me, it is the best of the 3 books. Nothing really new or inventive for the genre.

    Book 2 ends in incomplete storylines whereas the Finnikin book could be fine if it were the only book you listen to. There are many parts of all 3 books that are very moving and well-written. The repeated problem with the series is that situation after situation resolves around someone not saying the MOST obvious thing at that time. Arguments, flights, entire chapters revolve around characters simply not stating the obvious facts they know, but decide not to share - no rationale why - they just don't communicate. The pattern starts mid-way through Finnikin, but it does become repetitively predictable through books 2 and 3 - to the point that every major plot point depends on it There are times you just want to yell because no group of characters could be this stupid at communicating with each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andy Medford, MA, United States 08-02-13
    Andy Medford, MA, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2010

    Im a good listener

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    88
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narrators voice was reminding me of someone...."

    It was weirding me out cause at times the narrator's voice sounded like certain characters on South Park. It was like Trey Parker was reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    L. Jacobs memphis, tn 06-19-13
    L. Jacobs memphis, tn 06-19-13 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Solid teen fantasy well-performed"
    What did you love best about Finnikin of the Rock?

    This is NOT a grim dystopia-- thank goodness. Though I do love a number of books that are dystopian, i want to read a variety of fantasy stories. This story is inventive and enjoyable. And hopeful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Finnikin of the Rock?

    Speaking of grim, the precipitating event is very grim.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mountain Cabin revelation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-5 of 5 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.