Marchetta again demonstrates her fearlessness in exposing humanity at its ugliest, but also at its noblest, as her damaged characters struggle to rebuild their lives. The precipice on which Marchetta leaves readers will have them aching—but also terrified—to discover what comes next.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
In this impressive companion to FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, the focalization shifts from Finn to Froi (perhaps the most intriguing member of the first book’s superb supporting cast), enabling Marchetta to explore the political machinations working beyond Lumatere and to examine human interactions… Where Finnikin was about the reclamation of something lost, Froi’s story is about the building of something new in the wake of physical and sexual trauma at both an individual and societal level. Fans of the first book are no doubt expecting to be challenged by its sequel, and they will not be disappointed by this thrilling, romantic, and utterly unforgettable tale.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
Marchetta’s close attention to detail slows the pace initially, as she lays out the boundaries and topography of her imagined world. But dedicated readers will be richly rewarded, as soon enough the tale is transformed into a lush tapestry in which each stitch is a nugget of history and each splash of color a rounded character that engages readers’ emotions. The expertly crafted ending is designed to leave fans old and new waiting with keen anticipation for the next entry… Expect significant attention for this highbrow, high-fantasy sequel.
—Booklist (starred review)
This intricately plotted novel has richly drawn and well-developed characters. This is Marchetta’s strength. She is truly a master of formal, stylized high fantasy. . . The characters and their conflicts, particularly Quintana—one of the most fascinating characters in the fantasy genre—will keep readers glued to this absorbing sequel. Recommend this book to fans of fantasy authors Christopher Paolini or Megan Whalen Turner.
For fans, this is a must-read; newcomers to Lumatere’s story will dive in with enthusiasm.This epic has everything readers can ask for: great characters and a truly spectacular plot filled with romance, suspense, friendship and betrayal.
This book is complex, with rich and flawed characters and a plot that is completely addictive because it’s so unpredictable and multilayered. It can stand alone, although plot details from FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK are mentioned, making it more rewarding to read the two in order. Fans of the intricate fantasies of Megan Whalen Turner or George R. R. Martin will love this powerful book and wait impatiently for the next installment.
—School Library Journal
The best audience for this sequel is the many fans of FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, who will hungrily devour the book, despite its length…The story’s tortured romances and beyond-dysfunctional families are achingly memorable, and the complicated, continually surprising plot will keep readers on their toes… Although readers may throw conniptions over the cliffhanger ending, they will bask in the deep satisfaction of a gripping story gloriously told.
—The Horn Book
In FROI OF THE EXILES, Marchetta has once again created a complex, engrossing world of adventure, intrigue and romance, with strong characters and compelling storylines. Books this good aren’t just for teens.