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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review: Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Young Adult5 Comments

Review: Quintana of Charyn by Melina MarchettaQuintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
Series: Lumatere Chronicles,
Also in this series: Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles
Published by Viking Australia on 26 September 2012
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Assassins, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Espionage, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Magic, Romance, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 516
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift
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Also by this author: Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles, Jellicoe Road

Place(s) Traveled to: The World of Skuldenore: Lumatere // Charyn

First Line: There’s a babe in my belly that whispers the valley, Froi. I follow the whispers and come to the road.

From the moment I finished Froi of the Exiles I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Quintana of Charyn and I was crushed when I learned that it wouldn’t be available in the US until March of 2013. With the way Froi ended that seemed like an eternity to wait, fortunately it came out in Australia at the end of 2012 and I had a friend who was susceptible to begging in order to get myself a copy sooner than the US release. I barely had the box open when I pulled out Quintana and started to read it. There was none crazy anxiety that I sometimes feel when it comes to the final book of a series because I just knew that Melina Marchetta wouldn’t let me down. That she would end this series just was well as she started it. Though in that belief I was wrong.

Because Quintana of Charyn was better than I could have ever hoped it would be.

I devoured this book in a day once I started it I only put it down when real life events (like eating) couldn’t be ignored. I laughed and I cried while reading this book and time just flew by. Before I knew it I was at the end and my heart had broken a hundred times and then healed a hundred and one. There were so many beautifully heartbreaking and heartwarming  that its impossible to catalog them all. I adored each and every event and every word that was written.

Quintana is a book that once I finished it I found myself going back to the beginning and then reading over some of my favorite scenes and moments. All of my favorite characters had their POVs told. Though I hated how Marchetta would often end a chapter/POV on a cliff hanger type moment and then the next chapter would move to someone else. But it was those moments that made it impossible to put the book down. There was always something new to know.

I wish that Quintana could have gone on forever. That this wasn’t the last book in a series. I could easily read another 500 or 1000 pages in this world. But at the same time, as a reader, I couldn’t have asked for a better end to a series. Marchetta hits all the right notes and ends things in such a way that there is still so much possibility. All these characters that you get to know and love become so real by the end of this book that you can picture just were they will end up even though the final word has been written.

If you’ve been waiting to read this series then you need to stop and pick it up now. Its just so well plotted out that I am sad that I can’t re-experience it all again for the first time. I do know though, that this series and I will be visiting with each other often. Its not a perfect series but it is a series that touches you and never really leaves.



5 Responses to “Review: Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta”

  1. Vivien

    YAY!!! I’m so glad you loved it, though I knew you would. I am really becoming a fan of this series. Definitely cannot wait to read this one.

    • Irish

      Its not perfect but its just such a wonderful story that its so easy to overlook the minor flaws. Loved this one.

  2. Lauren Elizabeth

    Ok this is the second time I have started following someone’s blog because they couldn’t wait until March and ordered Quintana from Australia. 🙂 I completely love that you did that!

    I adore this book so much, and this series just absolutely blows me away. I wish we could get another novel in the series! Fabulous review!

    • Irish

      Its so hard to wait when you know that the book exists somewhere in the world. Praise be for the internet that makes it easier to acquire books from around the globe. =)

      I really wish that there was another book coming as well this is one series that I wish would go on forever and ever.I love this world so much its sad to let it go.