Who She Loves: Melina revealed on her blog that “Finnikin and Evanjalin are the medieval fantasy versions of Francesca and Will (the pragmatist versus the dreamer),” so knowing that made me see all the ways that was true. At one point, I laughed with glee at the similarities. Evanjalin says “What are you thinking?” and it’s nearly word for word what Frankie asks Will in “Saving Francesca.”
Finnikin, unlike Will, is a real looker, especially if you have a bit of a thing for hot gingers who fall for fiery brunettes (as in “The Pillars of the Earth,” “Harry Potter,” and the “Outlander” series). He’s tall, lean, and naturally alabaster-skinned with hair the “ridiculous” color of berries and gold. He can fight like a member of the King’s Guard (his father was their commander) but has a sharp intellect honed by the murdered King’s top adviser. Smart (he knows seven languages!) and good with a sword, Finnikin is stubbornly rational… until he gets to know Evanjalin and starts exploring his instinctive side.
“When one is silent, those around speak even more.”
“Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.”
“There are worse things than a lie and there are better things than the truth!”
“Just like a man of this kingdom, Finnikin. Talking of death, yours or mine, is not a good way to begin a-”