Review: Quintana of Charyn (Plus Book-Pushing!)

Title: Quintana of Charyn

Author: Melina Marchette

Series: The Lumatere Chronicles #3

Published 2012 by Viking Australia, 516 pages


Reviewed by Holly

I’ve reviewed the first two books in the Lumatere Chronicles here and here, and in both of those, I’ve tried not to give away too much of the story…which leaves me which little to say here besides this: for the love of all that is good in the world, read these books. (And keep reading for a chance to win the first one!)

The first book, Finnikin of the Rock, I liked a lot – and then Amanda told me that there were 2 more, and I was definitely leery of the trilogy (see: Divergent). But you guys, these just got better and better.

I read Quintana in between books of the Song of Fire and Ice series, and while there are definitely some genre-similarities between the two, there was a big difference for me as a reader. I keep reading the George R.R. Martin books because I’m intrigued enough with all the storylines to want to know what happens next (well, and also because J is reading them and I want to keep up). With the Lumatere Chronicles, I kept reading because my heart is f’ing bleeding for these people. In a completely made up kingdom, Melina Marchetta writes characters that are real and nuanced and believable and flawed.

I love them. I want to visit them.

I got all three books from the library, but this is a series I will buy and re-read for sure.

This is the worst review ever. I have told you nothing about the book. I guess you’ll just have to start reading if you want to know what it’s about. I will give you a few lines from the book though….

And Phaedra saw her smile, with a hint of mischief in it, and she couldn’t help smiling herself and then she was laughing. They both were, and the savage teeth were the most joyous sight Phaedra had seen for a long time. It was as if they were dancing. There it was. Suddenly the strangeness of Quintana of Charyn’s face made sense. Because it was a face meant for laughing, but it had never been given the chance. It robbed Phaedra of her breath.

Hey wait, there’s more! My sister is a book-pusher, and wants YOU to read the Lumatere Chronicles too. Clearly I also think this is a good idea. Just leave us a comment telling us what book you think everyone you know should read, like yesterday. We’ll send one lucky winner (US  only for a real book-International for a kindle version) a copy of Finnikin of the Rock. This post is completely sponsored by Amanda, because she is nice. We’ll pick the winner on Friday, 6/13!


  1. That is a great little paragraph from the book- although it tells me nothing- it shows the writing style. I am sufficiently intrigued. Ok, I am going to tell you that you must read Ann Rice’s Mayfair Witch series. It has an intriguing Old New Orleans setting and sucks you in.

  2. Everyone should read a book I recently finished called, “The Sparrow.” Thought provoking, engaging, and lovely with an eerie “this could happen some-day” takeaway. (Also, the Princess Bride, a true classic.) Pick me!

  3. After reading your blog again, I decided I really needed to get back to you lovely book pushers about Finnikin of the Rock. You would have thought I finished it alot sooner, but I did not get to it right away and kept getting interrupted while reading it! This book is not easy to read with alot of ihterruptions. I felt like I needed to memorize all of the different villages and various kingdoms. And there are alot! Lumatere alone has, what, five different people in its kingdom?
    Anyway, once I got more comfortable with that and trying to keep the people straight, I could get into it. I loved Evanjalin. She was a great character! I loved that she was not above lying, cheating and stealing as much as possible since it was all for the overall good. She kicked ass.
    I wasn’t sure how much I could get into a fairy tale kingdom kind of fantasy, but I did indeed. Not a happy land, but I am hoping, along with Finnikin, that it will be a happy kingdom once again.
    I am reading a thriller for a brief intermission, but I will be heading back to read the next installment of the Lumatere Chronicles.
    Thanks guys!!!

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