by Alida Hanson
The kingdom of Lumatere is destroyed by enemies and all inhabitants are exiled, hiding, or murdered. Finnikin, the son of the chief of the king's guard, roams with his mentor Sir Topher, trying to find friends, family, and royalty to restore their kingdom. At one point, a silent young nun joins their band.
I won't tell you much more except that Marchetta is a convincing world-builder, and Finnikin is a sympathetic, vital character whom I enjoyed getting to know. I'm not a huge fantasy reader, but I was compelled to finish this book in one sitting (granted, I was on a plane ;)). The book has some satisfying twists, and has a glorious Lord of the Rings feel to it.