Check out this review and others like it at BadAssBookReviews[a:Melina Marchetta|47104|Melina Marchetta|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1277655889p2/47104.jpg], where the heck do you get your ideas? I can't think of very many authors who are able to cross over into a different genre and successfully write a brilliant and captivating novel? *drums fingers on table* [a:Margaret Atwood|3472|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1282859073p2/3472.jpg]? [a:Stephen King|3389|Stephen King|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1362814142p2/3389.jpg]? [a:J.K. Rowling|1077326|J.K. Rowling|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1360953982p2/1077326.jpg]? I guess it depends on how we are determining the distinction between genres. What is clear is that Marchetta’s earlier books are realistic young adult fiction and the Lumatere Chronicles are epic fantasy. I do, however, see some striking similarities betweens her earlier books and this fantasy trilogy.The Characters. The Lumatere Chronicles tell the story of people who have been affected by war. Many fantasy books tell the story of nations, kingdoms, magic, families, etc. but Marchetta’s fantasy trilogy is primarily focused on individual characters. The structure of the story, the creation of the world and the political issues are well done but their strength lies, in my opinion, in being a beautifully deep and textured setting for the characters to interact. The Pain. If you have not read a Marchetta novel before – and I have only read one ([b:On the Jellicoe Road|1162022|On the Jellicoe Road|Melina Marchetta|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1212708945s/1162022.jpg|6479100]) - -then you might not know that Marchetta has a talent for writing about emotional pain embedded so deep that people are forever altered by their past experiences. She is somehow able to take a starting point, where an individual is seemingly damaged and then weave in the past in a non-preachy way that instead of being confusing or boring is done so skillfully that as a reader I am not sure if I want to be living in the character’s past or the character’s present. The Joy. There is so much mystery and pain in this trilogy that the end is damned satisfying. It isn’t perfect, but it just feels …. Well-earned. My one complaint is that I saw the resolution of all the problems from the beginning of the book and okay, I have two complaints - -the epilogue was just a little to neat and wrapped up for my dark tastes. But ultimately, I still really enjoyed this trilogy, this book and I still cried with joy at the end.The sexual tension is delicious and slow building. The men and women are equally matched; there is give and take and there is truly no submission by one to the other except for perhaps by both together to each other. I highly recommend this series to fans of Marchetta, fans of epic fantasy who also enjoy character driven novels. And if you were not thrilled with the first in this series, I promise you that it is worth it to stick with this series. The second book in the Lumatere Chronicles ([b:Froi of the Exiles|10165727|Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)|Melina Marchetta|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1306866851s/10165727.jpg|15064442]) is amazing and Quintana perhaps matches Froi. So if you thought [b:Finnikin of the Rock|4932435|Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1)|Melina Marchetta|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1346007613s/4932435.jpg|4998084] was only a 3 star book, keep going. You will not be sorry.