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Flame of Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  418 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
Kaliel and Krishani weren't meant to meet or fall in love but they did. Krishani’s dreams of death lead him to a fate he’s terrified of - becoming the next Ferryman. His only refuge is Kaliel, the peculiar girl that swims with merfolk and talks to trees. Kaliel has a secret of her own. She’s the Amethyst Flame, one of nine apocalyptic weapons. The Valtanyana will destroy e ...more
ebook, 280 pages
Published October 7th 2011 by Smashwords Edition (first published October 6th 2011)
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Sammie Spencer
Jul 11, 2011 Sammie Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ll start by saying that Paille’s writing style is beautiful! I slipped into the world she created effortlessly, and as I was reading, a sentence or phrase would make me go, “wow! I love the way that was said.” The small gestures the characters made filled out scenes and made them so real…I felt like I was in the story. The writing evoked beautiful scenes in my mind but wasn't intrusive, so it was easy to slip into the story. Also, I cared about the characters so much!

Kaliel is a young girl st
Jul 28, 2011 Valerie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
So, as you can see from the interview, Krishani is struggling with a few things. I was immediately drawn to Krishani. The book trades between POV, with Kaliel's but a lot with Krishani too. I really enjoyed the parts from his POV. He's a tortured soul and you just want to help him fix it. Kaliel and Krishani are soul mates that were never meant to be. They struggle to resist it but the pull is too strong. That pull is strong, even to the point that they can find each other by being drawn to each ...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and Coscom Entertainment for giving me a copy of this book to review.

Elvins do not fall in love, they marry the land, so when Kaliel and Krishani start getting feeling for each other they have to hide them or be judged by everyone. At the same time they both have to deal with their own destinies and how they affect all of Avristar.

While this has all the elements I love in a fantasy book I just c
Rhiannon Paille
Aug 17, 2011 Rhiannon Paille rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm still petrified of letting people read my book, not that I'm not ready, it's just that this story means something to me. I wrote it with the notion that when you start your life everything is perfect and as you grow up it gets harder and harder and sometimes the obstacles get too big and you can't fight them anymore. It's about making innocent mistakes and facing dire consequences. It's about falling in love and then losing that love. It's about becoming something that you never thought you' ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Evie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***Originally posted to: Bookish Blog

Rhiannon Paille is the J.R.R. Tolkien of today's young adult generation. She's a visionary with a phenomenal talent for words, and I just can't tell you how much I love her! I'm not in the least surprised that I enjoyed her YA debut novel so much - she wrote a beautiful story, because she herself is a wonderful person with a beautiful soul. Visually breathtaking and emotionally powerful - The Flame of Surrender will have you riveted to its pages from the open
Nov 01, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it
Note: I received this book via Netgalley.

The first thing that caught my attention about this book was the cover; it was gorgeously breathtaking and drew me to the book right away. The plot itself seemed a little Romeo and Julietish to me. As elvens Kaliel and Krishani are supposed to “marry the land,” not fall in love with one another. The challenges they seem to face are overwhelming but their love for each other is intense enough to last. For the most part the relationship seemed realistic in
Shelley (Bella)
DNF. I may return to this another time. For now I just didn't connect with the characters and that's a huge thing for me.
Lottie Eve
Feb 22, 2013 Lottie Eve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot to love about Surrender. It is amazingly imaginative and I was sucked into the story easily. Whenever I put the book down, I yearned to pick it back up again. Paille has completely won me over. I don’t read much fantasy so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt but I really loved this book. I will now warn you that the next paragraph is kind of spoilery. But the rest of the review is safe. I promise!

Krishani is a Ferryman that dreams of death. Kaliel is one of the nine Flame
Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)
Sep 09, 2011 Bonnie (Words at Home Blog) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Flame of Surrender is an epic fantasy with an epic twist! It is about growing up and facing impossibly difficult circumstances, and finding love that never should have been. It is emotional and painful and absolutely wonderful.

The beginning of the book naturally sets up the world of Avristar that Rhiannon has so thoughtfully crafted. There is so much going on that it took a little while for all of the details to sink in. That being said I really appreciated the lengths to which the author went t
Aug 17, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG I'm in loooove with this book! I don't know how to explain how this book made me feel but I'm still shaking! The end really freaked me out and made me cry, I didn't expect it at all, and now I can't wait for the next book. I feel sorry for Krishani, and Kaliel, and Pux, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone else. If you keep reading, there's spoilers.

Kaliel and Krishani were just so cute together. They fell in love like right away like love at first sight, but they weren't supposed to be t
Jessica at Book Sake
Dear reader,
Let me lure you into a world with a hidden milieu that reveals its spirit with fantastical characters of another world. A detailed land with vivid descriptions, allow you to add the softest of detail to a complete world. Although this book starts out as a slow read, it is easy to be drawn into the mystery of The Ferryman & the Flame as the love of Krishani, “the boy who follows death”, and Kaliel, a girl destined to be associated with the apocalypse of Avristar, risks the lives o
Jul 29, 2011 ILoveBooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The author crafts a shockingly beautiful and realistic fantasy world for the reader in this novel. The reader will actually be able to picture the island and the environment with the little details the author includes. The main characters are both very likable and will endear themselves to the reader within the first couple of chapters. Their seemingly impossible love story will have the reader rooting for them throughout the book.

The plot is very unique. The idea that Kaliel could be a potenti
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
*I received a free ARC of Surrender from CreateSpace via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

This and other reviews can also be found on my blog: (un)Conventional Bookviews.

In Surrender, Kaliel is a young girl who feels clumsy around her kinsfolk, she can speak to the trees and the merfolk, but she falls over everytime she needs to go somewhere. At the fire festival in Avristar, she goes to a waterfall one evening.
Moonlight Gleam
Apr 02, 2012 Moonlight Gleam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I begin, I would like to share on a personal note, that this has been the most difficult review that I have ever had to write. Between the time I read this novel and sat down to write my thoughts, it was very difficult for me to put down into words all the emotions it brought out and everything I wanted to share with you all. I have had to write and rewrite this review several times because I felt that my words would never give this title enough justice.

Words cannot describe how wonderfu
Leslie (Working for the Mandroid)
It’s been awhile since I dove into a book that not only truly creates its own world, but really would benefit from the inclusion of a map of said world (see previous confusion about the lake/ocean). Rhiannon Paille has created a complex world in Flame of Surrender with its own history and social structures. Without the use of a lot of exposition, though, some of the more intricate details of this world stay murky, but it doesn’t really matter. At the center of this story is a romance that’s supp ...more
Its different and its my review of The Ferryman and The Flame #1 Flame of Surrender by Rhiannon Pillae .

Here is the summary of the book:

The boy who follows death meets the girl who could cause the apocalypse. Krishani thinks he’s doomed until he meets Kaliel, the one girl on the island of Avristar who isn’t afraid of him. She’s unlike the other girls, she swims with merfolk, talks to trees and blooms flowers with her touch. What he doesn’t know is that she’s a flame, one of nine individually ha
Sarah Marie
Surrender by Rhiannon Paille

First in The Ferryman and the Flame series

1.5 stars (DNF)

Kaliel is always getting into trouble. She sneaks off to swim with mermpeople and one night meets Krishani. Krishani is meant to marry the land and leave Avristar to join the Lands of Men. Kaliel is apparently warned about her love according to the synopsis about her love for the Ferryman. She is also a Flame, one of nine apocalyptic weapons, sparking a warking. She awakens Avred, not knowing she may have to mak

Aug 07, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2012
Surrender is a beautiful atmospheric novel, depicted with lush vivid imagery. The world that Rhiannon Paille creates is unlike any other, I've read before full of splendor, beauty, and vivid imagination. The attention to detail, is what made this novel so appealing to me. In the world of fantasy, this is the book that you want to be reading, because her sense of narrative and writing style, are essentially what pulls you into the world. Gorgeous and compelling, from the moment you step foot in ...more
Momo (the Mome Rath)
Flame of Surrender takes place in the ethereal country of Avristar: a high fantasy world of elves. High fantasy isn’t my normal genre, and usually I find high fantasy dry, so I tend to avoid it. Nevertheless, I still was intrigued by the blurb about Flame of Surrender on NetGalley. I wasn’t disappointed as the story was extremely imaginative and had great prose, but I did have some hiccups while reading.

As I said before, the world is incredibly imaginative. The problem I had, though, was that it
Christy LoveOfBooks
Honestly, I was a little surprised that I liked Flame of Surrender as much as I did. Not because I doubted the author - it's because usually books that are more in the fantasy/romance category are either a real hit-or-miss for me. Sometimes I just don't care much for the world the author creates. But I think Paille did a great job at creating a different and interesting world full of magic, good and evil, and forbidden love.

Kaliel is a fourteen-year-old Elven, but ages a couple years throughout
Aug 13, 2011 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flame of Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame #1)
by Rhiannon Paille (Goodreads Author)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"The boy who follows death meets the girl who could cause the apocalypse.

Krishani thinks he’s doomed until he meets Kaliel, the one girl on the island of Avristar who isn’t afraid of him. She’s unlike the other girls, she swims with merfolk, talks to trees and blooms flowers with her touch. What he doesn’t know is that she’s a flame, one of nine individually hand crafted weapons, hid
Sep 19, 2011 Rabiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally Posted at:

Rhiannon Paille's Flame of Surrender was AMAZING. Totally gorgeous. It brought me back to the days of fantasy, but of course, this one with romance. I was entranced by the writing, it kept me hooked from page one till the very end.

Love the characters and the whole world which Paille has developed. It's so different and original, and of course, beautiful the way in which the writing describes the setting of which the story takes place.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I absolutely love how this book started. With the epilogue depicting a man tormented by his memories and fearful of what was to come.

And so the story began, “This is the legend of The Ferryman and the Flame.”

Absolutely loved it! It was so attention catching and mysterious and made me immediately start the first chapter eager to hear the tale of The Ferryman and the Flame.

This is definitely a fantasy read, if I am being honest, a little more so than I thought it would be and while that would nor
Aine Massie
Nov 11, 2011 Aine Massie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 drops Review

Let me start by saying that I read Flame of Surrender in one sitting. I read rather quickly usually but often take breaks while reading yet Rhi’s writing drew me in immediately and kept my attention from page one on.

The world of Avristar is a curious and at times confusing world that has it’s own issues, creatures – like the merfolk Kaliel enjoys swimming with – friends that make you want to know more. From the very first you know that this is an unusual world with wonderful and
Lizzy Lessard
Alas, this was a very rough book for me to read. I finished it to finish it and the only part of the book I ended up liking was the ending, thus this one star review I thought I was writing ending up being two stars. I really enjoy bittersweet endings and after suffering through pages and pages of Kaliel and Krishani acting like lovesick puppies, I was SUPER enthused that it wasn’t the predictable happy ever after ending.

This book felt like a sequel to me (even though it isn’t). There were a lot
Julie Witt
Jul 25, 2011 Julie Witt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I'd read some really good reviews of this book before I read it, and as I usually am when that happens, I'm a bit nervous starting the book because I'm afraid I'll be that one person who says "it just wasn't for me". Thankfully, that didn't happen with this book - I loved it! Rhiannon Paille created a beautiful world that was described in such detail, you could definitely picture yourself there. Kaliel seems very timid at the beginning of the book, but by the end there has been a lot of characte ...more
I have to admit it was the cover of this book that caught my attention - it's just too pretty to resist! It helped that fantasy is one of my favourite genres so it didn't take much to sell me on the blurb too. Unfortunately it turns out that this just wasn't the right book for me. I don't want to put people off trying it though because I seem to be in the minority with this one.

The reasons I didn't like it were mainly down to the confusing world building. I only made it through the first 16% so
Oct 04, 2012 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for giving me the chance to read this.

I had some difficulty getting into the story. Most of it was probably because of the slow start. The author takes a lot of time to build the world, and up until the 30% mark, I still wasn't sure where the story was headed for.

Also it was insta-love for the characters. I'm usually okay with this as long as the love feels believable. But for the first part, it felt a bit like an unhealthy infatuation for each other. As the story develops
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Rhiannon is a booksmith from the middle of nowhere, Canada. She holds a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology, which is to say she happens to know a lot about what goes bump in the night. When she's not writing she's singing karaoke, burning dinner, and hiding her superhero identity. She'd like to own a unicorn one day, as long as it doesn't eat her. You'll find her sipping iced cappuccin ...more
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