RTW: Best April Read

by Brandi Ziegler

Books can be dangerous.  The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”

~ Helen Exley

One of my fav RTW prompts:

What was the best book you read in April?


These last few months of reading have blended together, but I think I read this in April: Melina Marchetta’s FROI OF THE EXILES. The first in her trilogy, FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, is one of those will-never-forget, changed-my-life novels that have a forever home in my heart. Snuggled next to it is Book II.


Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home … or so he believes. Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper with a warrior’s discipline. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds in its surreal royal court. Soon he must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad princess in this barren and mysterious place.

It is in Charyn that he will discover there is a song sleeping in his blood … and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.


I was interested in Charyn when it was briefly mentioned in Book I. Marchetta’s world-building skills are epic. At times it can make the story slow, but she manages to tie all of her sometimes info-dumpy history lessons into the plot. Also, usually I’m not a fan of following characters going through life in completely different places. Marchetta goes back and forth between the countries of Lumatere (I want to live there!) and Charyn. But all the characters and their journeys are so intriguing. She’d leave Froi and his gang at one breath-taking moment and bring you back to Finnikin and his troubles which are just as intense. This was definitely my best April (or March?) read.

What about you? What’s your best book of April?