And lo, last Sunday night it happened. The stars aligned! I am sick with a cold (ugh), but have a husband with a couple flexible days between semesters (yes!). I can be sick and spend time resting in bed and not chasing after kids? Well then. C'mere, Froi.
Three days later I finished that excellent bad boy in-between hacking coughs and snot. Thank you, illness! I didn't think it was as violent as Finnikin. Marchetta doesn't tip toe around the horrors of war or royal life, but I wasn't as horrified as I was with the first. Froi is an easy character to love, though he may be a little too perfect with honoring his bonds and all, but what we learn about his his origin makes for some darn compelling storytelling.
I don't want to forget tough and conflicted Lucien of the Monts who shares a good deal (maybe 1/3?) of this story and who seems to not get much mention in reviews. The novel switches back between Lucien dealing with Charyn refugees in Lumatere and Froi in Charyn out to assassinate the king. The point where these two stories overlap came as a great surprise. I honestly didn't miss reading more about Finnikin & the Queen. They're married and parents and happy. Super.
Another Lumatere Chronicles book follows this one and with that bombshell epilogue I want to read it Right Now. But will the next one follow the trend and *gasp* be 200 pages more than Froi? Yeah, okay. I'm going to read it anyway.