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“If your people mean no offense, they should not speak their thoughts out loud in front of their children, Tesadora. Because it will be their children who come to slaughter us one day, all because of the careless words passed down by their elders who meant no harm.”

Phaedra of Alonso (Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta)

“Somehow, even in the worst of times, the tiniest fragments of good survive. It was the grip in which one held those fragments that counted.”

Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock

“The truth doesn’t set you free, you know. It makes you feel awkward and embarrassed and defenseless and red in the face and horrified and petrified and vulnerable.”

Melina Marchetta (via rauchwolken)

“A piece of me is gone. I think we’re made up of all these different pieces and everytime someone goes, you’re left with less of yourself.”

Saving Francesca, Melina Marchetta

Book & Cupcakes September Book Photo Challenge

Day 16: Hero/Heroine

Finnikin, Evanjalin, Froi, and Quintana are probably some of my favorite characters ever. I will fight you over them.  They are all incredibly strong, smart, brave and loving. They are not afraid to put others ahead of themselves and do what is right. Froi and Quintana are also probably the most damaged characters I’d ever met, and if I ever see anyone talking shit about them, they’re going down. I love them, they’re my babies.

“Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?”

Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock

“When one is silent, those around speak even more.”

Evanjalin in Finnikin of the Rock, by Melina Marchetta.

“Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.”

Finnikin Of The Rock (Melina Marchetta)


Beautiful YA Book Covers The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

cover art © John Churchman and Dougal Waters