Thursday, 10 November 2011

Cool Book Review: Finnikin of the Rock

The best book to read is a cool book, and to find one of those you need to seriously define the word ‘cool’. My definition of cool is a book with great characters that have different personalities, really good fight scenes, some sarcasm and wit throwing here and there, and an un-predictable finish that hopefully leaves you wanting more. And…good covers don’t hurt. I know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is valid, but sometimes, the cover sure does help (note the cool covers of the books below). A good book needs to hold your attention span for more than the first page. If it doesn’t, seek out one that covers your areas of interest, whether they are horror, mystery, suspense, romance, myths and legends, etc. There’s no point in reading a book you don’t like.

Finnikin of the Rock
Melina Marchetta

Rating: 5

“Her blood will be shed for you to be king.”

Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, travel the land together in a hopeless attempt to forget the dark days when the royal family of Lumatere was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But when Finnikin meets Evanjalin, he has no choice but to remember and take action: for Evanjalin claims that the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.

An epic adventure unfolds, leading the trio on an impossible search for the heir, for Finnikin’s father and for a spark of hope in the darkness of their terrible new world. But as their journey unfolds, and friends become scarce, the big question stands: Can they trust anyone? And, more importantly, can they trust one another, even with the dark secrets they all keep?

Full of prophecies, adventure, battles, magic, wit, love and betrayal, Finnikin of the Rock is a story that needs to be read with a fine-tooth comb; for fear that you miss one single important detail (you may need to read it through more than once). So be on your toes as this story leads you on the fantasy roller-coaster of a life-time!

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