The Lumatere Chronicles

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 354 ratings

Finnikin of the Rock 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.
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  • Book 1

    • Finnikin of the Rock

    • By: Melina Marchetta
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 178

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply Irresistable!

    • By Jennifer on 04-02-12

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Finnikin of the Rock

    • By: Melina Marchetta
    • Narrated by: Tom Wren
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh in order to save the royal house of his homeland, Lumatere. And so he stands on the rock of three wonders with his childhood friend Prince Balthazar and the prince's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood. Lumatere is safe, Until the 'five days of the unspeakable'.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mispronounced words were distracting

    • By Jenna on 06-13-14

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 2

    • Froi of the Exiles

    • By: Melina Marchetta
    • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright
    • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    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 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. Here he encounters a damaged people who are not what they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad princess.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gets under your skin

    • By Jenna on 06-13-14

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Froi of the Exiles

    • Chronicles of Lumatere, Book 2
    • By: Melina Marchetta
    • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright
    • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing and sometimes painful story

    • By a on 12-30-14

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 3

    • Quintana of Charyn

    • The Lumatere Chronicles, Book 3
    • By: Melina Marchetta
    • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright
    • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi must travel through Charyn to search for Quintana, the mother of Charyn's unborn king, and protect her against those who will do anything to gain power. But what happens when loyalty to family and country conflict? When the forces marshalled in Charyn's war gather and threaten to involve the whole of the land, including Lumatere, only Froi can set things right, with the help of those he loves.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My fave in the series

    • By Jenna on 06-13-14

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Quintana of Charyn

    • By: Melina Marchetta
    • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright
    • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi and his companions travel through Charyn searching for Quintana and building an army that will secure her unborn child’s right to rule. While in the valley between two kingdoms, Quintana of Charyn and Isaboe of Lumatere come face-to-face in a showdown that will result in heartbreak for one and power for the other. The complex tangle of bloodlines, politics, and love introduced in Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles coalesce into an engrossing climax in this final volume.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Stay the course!

    • By Mark on 08-30-15

    Regular price: $29.95