Original Title: Froi of the Exiles
Year Published: 2013
Published by: Candlewick Press
Number of Pages: 596
First Sentence: “Froi’s head was ringing.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home . . . or so he believes. Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper with a warrior’s discipline. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds in its surreal royal court. Soon he must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad princess in this barren and mysterious place. It is in Charyn that he will discover there is a song sleeping in his blood . . . and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.
These books have quickly become my new favorite fantasy books. They are absolutely lovely and are so much fun to read. They have a good complex plot, compelling characters, and an amazing worldbuilding.
Froi is so super amazing. He got off to a rough start in the first book but is quickly making amends for the bad things he almost did (no spoilers here). He tries his best to please the people that have rescued him and has quickly become like a son to several of the Lumaterans (which is understandable). In this book, which has Froi as its main focus, he will grow as a person and will grow on you as a reader. I started liking him and ended up loving him. What a boy.
Quintana is very special and despite her quirks and the fact that she could be categorized as clinically insane she will also find her way into your heart. She found her way into mine. I won’t say more because that will spoil everything.
All the amazing characters we got to know in the first book are present here as well. We also get to meet several new, extremely interesting characters that make the story even more interesting. I will not introduce them here since you need to meet them for the first time whilst reading the story, not having them mentioned in a review.
The plot is so interesting and so much fun to read. I loved how Marchetta split the p.o.v of the book between several characters, so we get several different plots in one book. It means that none of the different plots ever feel longwinded, but instead perfectly paced as they managed to keep your interest throughout the entire book.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do!!