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Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

September 29, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Quintana of Charyn
by Melina Marchetta

Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles 3)

By: Melina Marchetta

Release Date: September 26, 2012

Rating: 5 stars

Summary: 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.

 

Review: How do you even begin to do justice on a review for such an amazing end to a truly amazing series? I have yet to read a better series because 1) the stories had me intrigued; 2) the characters moved me and 3) the books made me think the whole way through and kept me on my toes. 

First of all, I think it’s a bit of a misnomer that the book was entitled “Quintana of Charyn” because I thought this book was going to be about her. I actually didn’t see very much from her perspective, and I felt she showed far more character development in book 2.

This book was about SO much more.
•Of course, Quintana’s adventures as she carries the future of not only Charyn but of all the lands with impending war;
•Froi in his journey to figure out where he truly belongs;
•Finnikin and his pride of not being good enough through jealousies when it comes to Isaboe and his role as a consort or a king;
•Isaboe as she tries to be a good mother, wife and friend having lost the innocence of childhood – in which she compares with Quintana – and decisions she has to make concerning what is best for her kingdom as she tries to keep her people out of war while still recovering from losing her family;
•Lucian as he struggles to follow his father’s footsteps as a leader and the battle he faces between his pride and his love for Phaedra;
•Phaedra and her coming to terms with being considered useless all her life to finding the strength to protect her queen and reconcile her marriage;
•Tesadora and Perri in rekindling their bond and seeing how they fit in their roles (and their child) in this book;
•Gargarin and Arjuro and the suffering they have endured and how they come to terms with the mistakes they have made and rise above it all to be two very powerful men;
•And so, so many other characters from the Charynite girls in the cave and the lastborns to each soldier, spy, traitor and political contributor.

Each character – no matter how big or small – played their role in each intricate detail of this elaborate web Marchetta has woven. For me, the stars of this book were Lucian and Phaedra (much like Trevanion and Beatriss in book 2) because the two of them showed far more character development than all of the other characters combined. I was very moved by their love for each other, as well as each one’s own struggles (that I mentioned in the first spoiler).

But going back to the point, Marchetta created such masterpieces because this book, and all the others for that matter, had it all – past tragedies and how they have brought such suffering to the land, action and adventure as the characters made their journeys through the land, strong character development from all of those involved, and such a clean yet masterful way everything tied together in the end.

The kicker was that the gears in my head were constantly turning as I thought of different theories to explain the curse; trying to figure out who was who and who belonged to which parents and how the story of the day of weeping affected each individual character; or guessing what was going to happen next only to have Marchetta throw in another twist. And mind you the twists were never things that made you say, “What the hell?!?” Nope, they were things that Marchetta dropped hints along the way – some you did picked up on and guessed right but some that totally caught you by surprise.

There were two things that I was disappointed with… First was Bestiano, and the other one was Celie. Please go to my spoiler on Goodreads review for details. But neither disappointments were enough for me to knock down the rating.

I’m sadden to see the end of such a wonderful series, but I just loved how Marchetta tied it all together – tidying all of the different side stories; Finnkin coming to terms with his jealousies; Quintana saying hello to everyone like she did when Froi first met her and she greeted everyone at the table despite them not responding back to her; and everyone looking on the side of wonder. What a way to come full circle. Marchetta has truly outdone herself, and I wonder – though totally hoping – if she will ever be able to top this.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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  1. September 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    great review of a wonderful book
    Quintana is at this point my favorite book. well one of them anyway.
    just sad that its over

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