Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock

Book One of the Lumatere Chronicles

Published by Penguin Books Australia, 2008

At the age of nine Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar’s cousin, Lucian and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere.

But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace. An imposter seizes the throne, a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escape are left to roam the land as exiles, dying by the thousands in fever camps.

Ten years later, Finnikin is summoned to another rock - to meet Evanjain, a young novice with a startling claim. Balthazar, heir to the throne of Lumatere is alive. This arrogant young woman claims she’ll lead Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher to the prince. Instead her leadership points them perilously toward home. Does Finnikin dare believe that Lumatere might oneday rise united. Evajalin is not what she seems, and the startling truth will test Finnikin’s faith not only in her but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny.

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