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Preview — Surrender by Rhiannon Paille
Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame #1)
Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn't listen, and because of what she is-- a Flame-- one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she ...more
I want it known that when it comes to Fantasy, I can be especially harsh. And, dare I say, unforgiving. If you do one little thing that I don't like, then, may god have mercy on you, because I certainly won't.
That being said, this review is going to sound like me bitching about every little thing I disliked, but I don't care.
I've read some fantasy books that I refuse to even ACKNOWLEDGE because I detest then with every fiber of my being. T ...more
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 ...more
Kaliel is a young girl st ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Krishani is a Ferryman that dreams of death. Kaliel is one of the nine Flame ...more
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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.
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 ...more
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 han ...more
Words cannot describe how wonderfu ...more
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 ...more
Kaliel is a fourteen-year-old Elven, but ages a couple years throughout ...more
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 ...more
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...more
This book felt like a sequel to me (even though it isn’t). There were a lot ...more
The reasons I didn't like it were mainly down to the confusing world building. I only made it through the first 16% so ...more
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 ...more
As I said before, the world is incredibly imaginative. The problem I had, though, was that it ...more
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