Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta The beginning of my absolute favourite series. I adore it so so so much. Finnikin of the Rock is beautifully written and the characters are so utterly fantastic I just wish to live with them. Forever.

I recommend this book/series to everyone because a) Melina Marchetta is my favourite author and b) if you want to read the amazingness that is Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn then you have to start at Finnikin. Not that you'll regret it because it is amazing.

Marchetta throws together all the elements for a great book. The only thing I ever felt was that it was very full-on. As in, it seemed to be condensed in a way that the next two books weren't. (Really, just look at the door stop size of them.) But other than that, I find myself laughing (and it really is the best sort of humour) and crying and angsting over everything.

You know what? I think I'll go and re-read for the fifth or sixth time. Worth it.