Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta (Candlewick Press, 2012) will be published March 2012. My full review will appear then; in the meanwhile, my tease — and tease it is — is I loved, loved, loved Froi. Count this as my first Favorite Books Read in 2012.
Brief synopsis of The Lumatere Chronicles (Finnikin is the first book, Froi the second): a rich, fully detailed fantasy series where war and elite power games have left scars on both the land and the people. For fans of Megan Turner Whalen. Also, given the ages of the main characters (late teens), these fall into “crossover” territory: bookstores and libraries would serve their readers by putting this in both the YA and adult sections.
Review copies: reviewed from ARC from publisher; and also copy from author.