Teaser Thursday: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
This week’s teaser comes from Melina Marchetta’s debut in the world of fantasy, Finnikin of the Rock:
“Sweet goddess, it’s Moss of the River,” Sir Topher said, hitting Trevanion on the shoulder with glee. “He’s a lot bigger than Finnikin,” he added. “He could hurt him.”
“He says he’s only playing with Finnikin,” Evanjalin advised them, as some of the villagers came out to their balconies to watch the fighting below.
Finnikin danced and ducked around the giant, throwing punches at any opportunity he could take. “My father says you have a weak left,” he said, his head aching from the constant movement.
Moss led with his left, and Finnikin ducked again and then leaped onto the big man’s back, yanking at his ears. “And my father would know.” Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Evanjalin approach. “Stand back, Evanjalin. You’ll get hurt!”
“How long is this going to take, Finnikin? Ask him if they have food. You promised me roast pork.”
Finnikin rolled his eyes as Moss swung from side to side, trying to dislodge him from his back. “Woman, I’m trying to fight here! Or has that escaped your attention?”
Moss reached over his shoulder, grabbed Finnikin by his jerkin, and swung him over his head. But then he stopped suddenly, sliding Finnikin back onto the ground, staring at him,” (196).
Can’t get enough of Melina Marchetta? Head on over to Between the Lines, where they have just wrapped up a whole week of interviews with the author herself in anticipation of the release of her latest novel, Froi of the Exiles. It’s due to hit shelves October third in Australia, though we unlucky Americans (and the rest of the world, I suppose) have to wait until March of 2012 to get our hands on a copy. Is there anyone in Oz willing to slip me a copy a little early?