Froi of the Exiles

Froi of the Exiles

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 593 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 42mm | 639.99g
  • Candlewick Press (MA)
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0763662607
  • 9780763662608
  • 40,578

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Marchetta again demonstrates her fearlessness in exposing humanity at its ugliest, but also at its noblest, as her damaged characters struggle to rebuild their lives. The precipice on which Marchetta leaves readers will have them aching--but also terrified--to discover what comes next. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) In this impressive companion to FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, the focalization shifts from Finn to Froi (perhaps the most intriguing member of the first book's superb supporting cast), enabling Marchetta to explore the political machinations working beyond Lumatere and to examine human interactions... Where Finnikin was about the reclamation of something lost, Froi's story is about the building of something new in the wake of physical and sexual trauma at both an individual and societal level. Fans of the first book are no doubt expecting to be challenged by its sequel, and they will not be disappointed by this thrilling, romantic, and utterly unforgettable tale. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review) Marchetta's close attention to detail slows the pace initially, as she lays out the boundaries and topography of her imagined world. But dedicated readers will be richly rewarded, as soon enough the tale is transformed into a lush tapestry in which each stitch is a nugget of history and each splash of color a rounded character that engages readers' emotions. The expertly crafted ending is designed to leave fans old and new waiting with keen anticipation for the next entry... Expect significant attention for this highbrow, high-fantasy sequel. --Booklist (starred review) This intricately plotted novel has richly drawn and well-developed characters. This is Marchetta's strength. She is truly a master of formal, stylized high fantasy. . . The characters and their conflicts, particularly Quintana--one of the most fascinating characters in the fantasy genre--will keep readers glued to this absorbing sequel. Recommend this book to fans of fantasy authors Christopher Paolini or Megan Whalen Turner. --VOYAshow more

About Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is the acclaimed and award-winning author of Jellicoe Road, which won the Michael L. Printz Award; Saving Francesca, and its companion novel, The Piper's Son; and Looking for Alibrandi. She lives in Australia, where Finnikin of the Rock, her first fantasy novel, won an Aurealis Award.show more

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13,726 ratings
4.3 out of 5 stars
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2 3% (439)
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Our customer reviews

This time, we’re following Froi’s journey to Charyn. He’s older, educated and is built to strike a man down trice his size. Queen Isaboe and her consort Finnikin have assigned Froi to murder the Charyn King. What Froi doesn’t expect is Quintana, the mad-as-a-hatter princess who has dual personalities that give him a reason to stay instead of leaving. What Froi encounters is a past that is even more deadly than that of his kingdom and he fights for his life to save her and quite possibly save himself. What he finds among the enemy’s land is a secret so life-alternating that he goes against his bond, and changes his allegiance. We get to know Froi in this wonderful read into Charyn, and what we find is a story so clearly woven with mystery that I couldn’t believe what I just read. So many twists and turns, that it made me squeal and gasp at the right pages. I love how the story not only follow’s Froi, but that of Finnikan and Isaboe. Loved this book! Characters that have distinct personalities, classic historical world building full of murder, and intrigue, and a plot that kept me on the edge of my seat, Froi of the Exiles is a perfect read. For fans of young and old, Melina Marchetta is a sheer genius that can write one heck of an adventure. Love the ending! I need more! Book three where art thou?show more
by Giselle SM
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