Finnikin of the Rock  - Melina Marchetta Read for the first time from February 18 to 20, 2010.

Up to the middle of the book I would have rated solid four stars, but then I noticed the characters had sort of attached themselves to my heart and the plot twisted and turned and I had to take the book with me on a seven-minutes-train-ride in order to go on reading. So ... I loved this piece of fantasy, give it five stars and reverently place it on my for-keeps-shelf.