genre: young adult fantasy
This book is the second in a fantasy series, so don't even read this review, just go get the first book, Finnikin of the Rock, and start to read it:).
Finnikin and Froi's world is stable again, somewhat. Isaboe is solidly on the throne and her people are beginning, slowly, to heal from the wounds of their recent heartache. However, when a spy from their neighboring enemy Charyn arrives, with an insane plan that might be the only way to secure their future, Froi leaves his beloved Lumatere with one goal: to kill a king.
I have been struggling lately on the reading front. I've put down THREE books that just didn't grab my attention. I was slogging along in a fourth when my sister reminded me that Finnikin of the Rock had a sequel and that it was knock-your-socks-off awesome. Within a day I was back in the thick of a rich and deep fantasy, full of flawed and realistic characters, all trying to be more than they are while healing from wounds that are buried deep. I love how Marchette takes us back and forth between characters and settings, it keeps the plot moving along so quick.
Froi is an interesting main character because he is so male, so desperate to be brave and capable, so quick to anger - and because of all this, the moments when he is tender and vulnerable are so wonderful to read. We are introduced to some intriguing and cr-azy new characters in this new land that Froi travels to and his adventures there are such a huge part of this story. Like in Finnkin of the Rock, I guessed the major "oh my word" reveal long before it was actually revealed but again, it just didn't spoil it. The writing is too well orchestrated and there were enough other "oh my word" moments that my attention never strayed from this book for four days. I'm sure there were things that annoyed me along the way, but I don't remember anything specific. For my reading needs right now, it just hit the spot.
Since I read it on my Kindle, I had no IDEA it was so crazy long, it read that well. I'm going to start the third tomorrow.