Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1)
At the age of nine, Finnikin stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere. But their world is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the royal family is brutally murdered, an impostor seizes the throne, and a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere's walls. Those who escape are left to roam as exiles. Ten years later, Finnikin is summoned to another rock - to meet Evanjalin, a young novice with a startling claim: Balthazar, heir to the throne of Lumatere, is alive, and she can lead Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher, to the prince. Even as he suspects this arrogant young woman, Finnikin also begins to believe that Lumatere might one day rise united.