“Quintana of Charyn” by Melina Marchetta

The Lumatere Chronicles – Book 3

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆

SPOILERS for both “Finnikin of the Rock” and “Froi of the Exiles”

Synopsis:  After being separated, Froi is determined to prevent Quintana from being harmed. He seeks out Gargarin, Arjuro, and Lirah in his quest to save the Princess and stabilize the Kingdom of Charyn.

Traveling from province to province, trying to convince the broken country of Charyn to unite under one banner, with the end goal of saving the woman he loves, Froi becomes deeply embroiled in the politics of Charyn, with danger lurking around every corner.

Meanwhile, Quintana has escaped and is desperate to protect her unborn child… the only hope to break the curse plaguing Charyn. She finds herself among the exiles of the Valley between Charyn and Lumatere.. being cared for by Tesadora and Phaedra.

Until Isaboe discovers who these women are hiding – the daughter of the man who slaughtered her family and country.  A deadly showdown of Queens is inevitable.

Will Charyn and Lumatere ever find peace?

Opinion: I’ve never experienced a book hangover quite as severe as this one.  It has taken me 5 days and false starts on 2 separate books before I was finally able to continue on reading a different story.  This series has stained my soul… in a good way.

This was an amazing series. Beautifully written with incredible characters that seep into your heart.  I am not afraid to admit how much I just love all of them.  I spent a lot of time running through the gamut of emotions while reading this, and I’m not typically an emotional person.

I highly recommend this series to those who enjoy high fantasy, but can also accept that life is harsh… and a lot of people are ugly inside and out.  This is not as vicious and cruel as Game of Thrones, for example, but it’s not far off.  Just a warning for those who cannot handle such violent themes in their books.

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