My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I don’t think there are words to describe how much I love this series. Melina Marchetta has crafted a rich world with richer characters, and I was torn between tearing through this last book in one sitting or taking my time with it because I didn’t want my time in Lumatere and Charyn to end.
I spent the first 100 pages or so being confused because it had been so long since I’d read the other two books, and there was so much that happened in Froi of the Exiles especially that was crucial to understanding here. (I need to reread the other books, obviously. Oh, darn.) Like the previous two books, Quintana was slow to start, but once it gets going, BOOM. Definitely worth sticking around for.
I’ve probably said this before, but it bears repeating: despite the epic scope of the story, Marchetta is mind-blowingly awesome at making the whole thing about the characters. And despite how many characters they are, I cared about every single one of them, even ones I didn’t expect to care so much about – to be honest, I think I was more invested in Lucian and Phaedra’s story than I was in Froi and Quintana’s.
As a conclusion, Quintana was really satisfying. It didn’t tie up everything in a neat little bow at the end – which was nice, because there was nothing remotely neat about this story – but it did tie things up enough to feel like it was an ending. Essentially, it was a nice mix of wrap-up and ambiguity.
If you haven’t read this series yet, you’re lucky, because you’ll be able to read all three books back to back. And trust me, you’ll want to. If you love epic fantasy and/or books about characters (whether you’re normally a fantasy reader or not), don’t miss out on the Lumatere Chronicles.