Author: Melina Marchetta
Publish Date: March 13, 2012
Blood sings to blood, Froi . . .Those born last will make the first . . .For Charyn will be barren no more.
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 trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds. Here he encounters a damaged people who are not who they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad Princess.
And in this barren and mysterious place, he will discover that there is a song sleeping in his blood, and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.
I am such a huge Melina Marchetta fan and this book just makes me want to fan girl alllll over the place. She writes with such passion, it makes me happy to be such a YA Fan. Finnikin is STILL one of my favorite books EVAR! (Read my review here) And we find out so much more about what has happened in Lumatere while we were gone. Froi is definitely quite a bit darker. It continues what Finnkin started, however. It's still a novel about belonging and not knowing what you're meant for and where you're meant to be.
Similar to Finnikin, Froi is searching for somewhere that he belongs - a home. He's not sure where he belongs. Lumatere has been wonderful to him but he is still looking for a place that calls to him. When he goes to Charyn, so many incredible things happen. Froi takes his destiny in his own hands and it shows him what he's supposed to do.
I loved all of the characters in this story. From Quintana to all of the secondary characters, this is truly a story that is includes everyone. Please, please read this book, it is an impressive addition to Melina Marchetta's works, and I can't wait to return to Charyn.