Thursday, November 07, 2013

Quintana of Charyn--Melina Marchetta

Title: Quintana of Charyn
Author: Melina Marchetta
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2013
Pages: 595 p
Source: Library ebook
Compensation: None

Quintana of Charyn continues the story of Froi of the Exiles and finishes the Lumatere Chronicles trilogy. This review will contain spoilers for Froi of the Exiles, so if you haven't read that one yet, you might want to get that done and then come on back here.


After being ambushed and attacked, Froi and Quintana are separated at the end of the second book in the trilogy. Quintana of Charyn opens up with a very pregnant Quintana hiding out in the caves with Phaedra and the other believed to be dead women in the Lumateran valley. Phaedra knows how important Quintana's unborn baby is and how much they are both in danger. She makes up a story about plague to keep the men away and to keep the future of Charyn protected.

Froi wakes up recovering from being shot with eight arrows and has no idea where Quintana could be or if she is even alive. He spends his time searching for her, reuniting with both his Charyn and Lumateran families, and hoping for a future that cannot exist.

Quintana of Charyn is a completely satisfying conclusion to an exciting, emotional trilogy. By this point we love Froi and Quintana as much as we love Finnikin and Isaboe. We want them to succeed. We want them to find each other and be happy even if it seems as if there is no way for that to happen. In addition to Froi and his Charyn Princess, Quintana and Isaboe's lives and fates are wrapped up in each other and they both suffer heartache before the end of the novel. Marchetta knows how to pull on our heartstrings and she does so more than ever in this final book. It is a must read for fans of the trilogy.

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