Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book News: Melina Marchetta

This is kind of old news, but I decided to make a post, since I don't believe I've seen any talk about it in the blog world.

If you're a Melina Marchetta fan like me, you've probably heard that there will be a sequel to her fantasy novel Finnikin of the Rock.
"I’m working on Froi, who I introduced in Finnikin of the Rock. Very hard work because he did something pretty despicable in Finnikin and it’ difficult beginning with an incredibly flawed and sometimes amoral character. It takes place three years after the end of Finnikin..." (from Persnickety Snark's interview)
That interview was from March 2010. She hadn't said much more than that until late December 2010, when she updated the news section on her website.
"My major focus for the last four months has been working on Froi of the Exiles which is the sequel to Finnikin. I handed in first draft just before Christmas. Unavoidably, it has one of those cliff hanger endings that people either love or hate, but it will be followed soon after by Quintana of Charyn. Inspired by those lads in Lumatere, I've pledged in blood that there will be no more than a year between the release of both novels. For those who have read Finnikin, Froi's story picks up three years later. There's a batch of new characters but the world of Lumatere is still important to the story, especially Lucian of the Monts."
So not only will there be a sequel (Froi of the Exiles), but there will also be a third book (Quintana of Charyn)! That was something I was not expecting. It's very exciting because I love Finnikin of the Rock. It's is my second favorite Melina Marchetta book. The characters and the story were just amazing, and I cannot wait to revisit old characters and meet the new ones. I wasn't really interested in reading fantasy before I read Finnikin. I decided to read it only because she wrote it and I loved her other books. So now I have more of an open mind when it comes to fantasy books thanks to Melina Marchetta. :)

Anyway, there wasn't any mention of release dates, but I really really hope Froi is released by 2012, which would make Quintana's release year 2013. I'm only hoping for that because I'm dying to read Froi's story and I can't imagine waiting till 2013! D: And here's hoping Candlewick, the US publisher, releases both at the same time their released in Australia. Hey, I can dream.

That's it for the Melina Marchetta book news! :D


  1. I haven't heard of this author, I will check her out.

  2. She's an Aussie author. Her 4 other books are YA contemporary. All are really good! :)

  3. I KNOW EH I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!! Though I do feel impartial to her contemporary novels more, i hope she writes one soon ;) ahh, who am i kidding, i will read ANYTHING she writes!

  4. @Nic: She is!

    @Audrey: Same, I'll be all over anything she releases. And I love her contemps!