mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
mordicai caeli
mordicai

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Blood on the Rock. (25; 9:16)

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta.

Keep the ruby ring.
It bears the blood of princes.
So does all the land.

Jennifer really likes this book, & has been after me for years to read it. I think I've gone so far as to throw it in my bag before, but never actually cracked it, until Jennifer suggested it to me again recently. I pledged to do a 2:1 author gender ratio this year, & the last batch of book club picks threw me off, so the time is finally now. The quick verdict is that I liked it...in spite of itself? & by that I mean: the book is driven by some of the stuff I really don't like in YA. For instance, the core "twist" is misunderstood prophecy & dramatic irony. That bugs me; in real life, human beings are smarter than this! Then of course, the romance is built around this sort of willful stupidity that gets under my skin; I tend to be wary of any story where the conflicts are the sort that could have been avoided by a thirty second conversation. I did like it, however, despite this grousing. The details sold it...well, & frankly, with the drama Jennifer & I had when we first started dating, I can't be too judgmental about that sort of histrionics. What I liked most were the dream-like rules for blood magic & the fact that the religion wasn't just word salad set dressing. I'll read the next one, but I'm not really interested in Froi's redemption arc-- for the same reasons I complained about at the beginning of this-- so I will put it off for a bit.
Tags: books, haiku, lumatere, marchetta
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments