I’m Sarah, and I know what you’re thinking – of course it’s Sarah! But nope. I’m a different one. I’m a good friend of Sarah-Elizabeth’s and have been lucky enough to have been asked to write an article for her gorgeous blog The Spanish Bluebell. You may have heard my name mentioned in regards to our little ‘Sarah Dates’, the most recent one which involved us hitting the mall to see the new movie Into the Woods and grab a Frappuccino. I always love hanging out with Sarah-Elizabeth, and now I’m here to share with you a book review of my very favouritist series: The Lumatere Chronicles by the exquisite Melina Marchetta.
I ran across the first book in this series Finnikin of the Rock, years ago, while I was still rampaging my way through reading the entirety of my High School’s library material. As Kristin Cashore (author of The Graceling Realm series) quoted, the series is ‘Dark and beautiful and utterly believable.’ I immediately fell in love with the twisted story of one boy’s journey in reuniting his broken kingdom, falling bitterly and passionately in love, and in becoming a man. Years later I came back to the book, not remembering who the author was, and discovered it was indeed written by Melina Marchetta, who had in the interlacing years become my favourite author with her works such as Looking For Alibrandi (which has been made into a movie), Saving Francesca (which I’m currently reading at the moment), and On the Jellicoe Road (which was arguably my favourite book, before I came across The Lumatere Chronicles). It’s hard to argue which book is a favourite over the others, as it’s like trying to choose between children! I happen to love reading, and then a wee while ago I discovered that Finnikin of the Rock, had been followed by two more books, Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn. Obviously the series skyrocketed to the top of my reading list, and true to form once I started, I couldn’t stop!