Saturday, October 30, 2010

Book Review: Finnikin of the Rock

TITLE: Finnikin of the Rock
AUTHOR: Melina Marchetta
CATEGORY: Young adult
GENRE: fantasy, adventure
PREMISE: Finnikin's life is torn apart when his kingdom is taken over and destroyed. His father disappears and his king is dead. Years later, whispers start to grow that the prince has returned...
MY REVIEW: This is the first book of this author that I have read. She has apparently been around for awhile and has a few books under her belt already. I personally, wasn't all that impressed with this. Well written? Sure, to an extent. But honestly it was kind of boring.
This is your basic average quest story. If you read fantasy quest stories you know they all tend to look alike after awhile and this book is no exception. It was rather predictable, tended to drag and it just felt...flat. I will say some of the characters were interesting and the world building was sound. Also again, rather good writing.
But it's just boring and predictable. Perhaps I should have started with another one of hers because from what I understand her other books are rather good. So I may be looking into her other works in the future. This book had some good things about it, it just didn't wow me.
WHO SOULD READ: Melina Marchetta fans, high fantasy fans, you like quest stories
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five swords

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