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Reasons to read The Lumatere Chronicles it has quotes like

Finnikin of the Rock

  • Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.
  • It’s against the rules of humanity to believe there is nothing we can do.
  • Then I choose to drown. In hope. Rather than float into nothing.

Froi of the Exiles

  • I still wake with your name on my lips every morning.
  • If we forget who we lost, then we forget who we once were, and if we forget who we once were, we lose sight of who we are now.
  • I’m not interested in those who do me wrong. There’s not enough time in the day for them.
  • The greatest weapon against big stupid men was a sharp mind.

Quintana of Charyn

  • Because today, I think I’m leaning on the side of wonder.
  • Tell me what part of me is stranger to you and I’ll destroy that part of me.
  • You’re worth a kingdom
  • I determine my own worth. If I had to rely on others I’d have lain down and died waiting.
  • It is what a man does for strangers that counts more than what he does for his family.
  • Because it was a face meant for laughing, but it had never been given a chance.
  • “Do you love me?’ he asked instead. ‘Because if you don’t, I’d wait until you did. I’d wait weeks and months and years.”
  • Our spirit is mightier than the filth of our memories. 

Also has quotes like

  • “Are you an idiot, or an idiot?’ Gargarin hissed.
    “The first one. I really resent being called the second.”
  • Froi found himself bristling. ‘What? Do you think I’m some cutthroat for hire who they found hanging around the palace walls with the words “I want to kill a Charynite King” tattooed on my arse?”
why you should read the lumatere chronicles by melina marchetta

continuing the thrilling saga

read the jellicoe post for why you should read the marchetta bc i don’t want to get into it again

okay let’s do this

  • high fantasy with amazing world building!!
  • finnikin, the main character of the first book, has been travelling with lumatere’s chief advisor, sir topher, around skuldenore (the whole world they’re in) for ten years
  • see, the people of lumatere have been exiled bc there was a curse
  • they either had to stay in lumatere with a horrible (impostor) king who took over after the five days of the unspeakable or leave
  • ((there’s a mist/wall surrounding the kingdom now so no one can go in or leave))
  • during the five days, the royal family was brutally assassinated
  • except
  • the crown prince, balthazar, might have lived
  • the book begins with finnikin and sir topher going to this convent bc finnikin heard balthazar’s name in his dream
  • when they get there, they don’t find balthazar, but a lumateran girl who claims to know where he is
  • bc she walks the dreams of other people when she sleeps
  • her name is evanjalin btw
  • evanjalin basically pushes them to do a lot of things they didn’t want to do bc she wants all of the lumateran people to return to their home country
  • including breaking out finnikin’s father, the head guard of lumatere, out of prison
  • on the way they somehow pick up this boy, froi, who will be important in the later books
  • anyway the second book has froi as the main character but we get to see the characters from the first book more
  • i can’t say anything else without spoiling the first book so time for quotes!
  • “then i choose to drown. in hope. rather than float in nothing”
  • “tell me what part of me is stranger to you and i’ll destroy that part of me”
  • “i determine my own worth. if i had to rely on others, i’d have lain down and died waiting”
  • one of the best: “i’m not worth a valley” “you’re worth a kingdom”
  • i’m crying now honestly
  • “what is she saying?” “that real men don’t have hair your color”
  • “i’m angry because you are stupid” “stupid?” “do you not understand the word?” she asked and the repeated it in sendecanese, sarnak, charyn, osterian, belegonian, yut, and sorelian …. now he was furious “be careful who you call stupid … and by the way, you speak sendecanese like an amateur. everyone knows that the c is pronounced with a th sound”
  • there’s more but they’re really spoilery
  • ((((also tw for rape in the first book and second))))

okay go forth and read the lumatere chronicles by melina marchetta

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1/? otps: lucian x phaedra

“She made a sound of regret. ‘We come second, you and I, Luc-ien,’ she said. ‘Our allegiance is always to our kingdoms. Without that allegiance, our people would fall.’

She placed her head back against his chest and he felt her tears. ‘This is not our time.’

‘But that will never mean I love you less,’ he said.” 

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all the marchetta characters ever ➝ quintana of charyn

they call her quintana the curse maker. the last female born to charyn, eighteen years past. reginita, she claims to be. the “little queen.” recipient of the words writ on her chamber wall, whispered by the gods themselves. that those born last will make the first, and blessed be the newborn king, for charyn will be barren no more.

When I first flipped by the bottom panel, I thought that this sexual encounter was some kind of visual metaphor. Then I looked up and noted the context. It’s clear that the model was not very robust, which seems odd to me. I would have thought that they’d use hard plastic, not flimsy cardboard. But what do I know?

Also note the Klimpt painting in the background of the first panel, which is a nice touch.

(Heavy Metal Overdrive Special Issue, 1995 - Page 62 Margot, Queen of the Night by Charyn and Frezzato)

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Marchetta Meme  Friendships [1/8] : Quintana of Charyn x Phaedra of Alonso

Suddenly the strangeness of Quintana of Charyn’s face made sense. Because it was a face meant for laughing, but it had never been given a chance. It robbed Phaedra of her breath.

 - Quintana of Charyn

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marchetta week | day 5: favourite family

de lancey, tippideaux and grijio of paladozza

“Provincaro De Lancey,” [Finnikin] continued. “I’ve been told your children are not of your blood. Do they not count?”
De Lancey was livid. “They’re my children,” he said through clenched teeth. “Regardless of blood ties, they have my name. They have my land. They have my title.” De Lancey stared across at Avanosh. “Are you questioning the rights of my children?”

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marchetta meme | nine characters | quintana

then she was laughing. they both were, and the savage teeth were the most joyous sight phaedra had seen for a long time. it was as if they were dancing. there it was. suddenly the strangeness of quintana of charyn’s face made sense. because it was a face meant for laughing, but it had never been given a chance.

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YA LIT MEME REDUX [2/9] quotes

then she was laughing. they both were, and the savage teeth were the most joyous sight phaedra had seen for a long time. it was as if they were dancing. there it was. suddenly the strangeness of quintana of charyn’s face made sense. because it was a face meant for laughing, but it had never been given a chance.

quintana of charyn melina marchetta