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Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

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

Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi must travel through Charyn to search for Quintana, the mother of Charyn’s unborn king, and protect her against those who will do anything to gain power. But what happens when loyalty to family and country conflict? When the forces marshalled in Charyn’s war gather and threaten to involve the whole of the land, including Lumatere, only Froi can set things right, with the help of those he loves.

Finnikin of the Rock amazed me, Froi of the Exiles swept me away and left me heart broken and Quintana of Charyn took my breathe away and left me in tears. Melina Marchetta’s talents in writing mesmerising contemporary fiction is beautifully translated into the fantastic landscape of Skuldenore with this series.

Quintana and Froi are separated from one another: the Princess is on the run from the blood thirsty forces in Charyn and Froi searches for her desperately so he can protect her. It’s wonderful to have chapters written from Quintana’s point of view: in Froi of Exiles I always wished I could tell what she was thinking, and now we know! Quintana is awesome, I really liked her tenacity and way of thinking, even if she is arrogant. Aside from those two, the book is told from the perspectives of Lucian of the Monts, Queen Isoboe of Lumatere and her Consort Finnikin. All the stories are woven together masterfully and create an epic novel that is impossible to put down.

The events in this novel brought tears to my eyes, even as the next chapter made me giggle uncontrollably. It is an emotional read, with ties pulling all the characters in different directions, and I feared for many of my favourites before it was over. I think Quintana of Charyn is paced impeccably and unfolds beautifully, it had me on the edge of my seat when my favourite characters were in trouble, and giddy with glee when things worked out well for them.

Although it is the third and final book of the series, Quintana of Charyn expanded on the fantastical world it is set in by introducing new cities and characters. One of the best things is that even as we leave Skulendore behind, the future of Charyn, bright with hope, has been painted clearly through the meticulous planning and work that is undertaken by the characters. The book concludes the series wonderfully and leaves no loose ends, which I loved, and overall I think it is the perfect finish to what has been an incredible journey!

I loved this book so much that I’ve reached the end of my eloquence about it! I loved everything about it, the plot, the setting, the characters, the action. Quintana of Charyn is a must read for fans of the series, but I also encourage readers of all tastes to try The Chronicles of Lumatere series since it truly has something for everyone.

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