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
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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
Krishani is a Ferryman that dreams of death. Kaliel is one of the nine Flame ...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 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
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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 recently reviewed this book on Netgalley and I specifically picked the option of 'no' when they ask would you like to be in contact and connect with the author. I guess she decided to completely ignore that and send me this very unprofessional and rude email. I did give her book a bad review but it was in no way mean or malicious. If you are reading this review now Rhiannon/Violet than please know that I actually DO have a right to give your book whatever kind of review I want to. You publish ...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
As I said before, the world is incredibly imaginative. The problem I had, though, was that it ...more
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. ...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
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
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
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
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
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
This book was original and kept me guessing. There was never a dull moment! My favorite thing about the book was the switching point of views. Books to me are just that much better when the author takes the time to go through and switch the perspective between characters. I feel like I get a more complete look at the story.
I was not prepared for the ending. Oh I had read other reviews that had warned me b ...more
I honestly did not finish this story. It felt like there was too much detail & not enough story. I just couldn't bring myself to finish the 84% that was left. The cover is really pretty. It threw me off because I really wanted to like this book. *Sad face* I'm going to apologize to Netgalley for sending this and me not even finishing it, I kind of feel like a bad reader but then I think to myself, "People don't finish b ...more
The prologue (0) gets straight to the story. We get into the atmosphere very quickly as we are already asking questions on who the Flame is and what was/is the prophecy? Action is quick to follow and we are very soon devouring pages.
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We see the two’s connection from when they first met. From how much Kailel thinks about Krishani ...more
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I was really touched by this sad and sweet story. The emotions that play out over time from when Kaliel is 14 and Krishani I believe was 15 or 16 and on, they first met at those ages, but their budding love really didn’t hit until later and grew. It was a forbidden love I would call it. I did have some confusion on what the term “to Marry the Land” meant, but guessing since this is a fantasy with the elves, that they would b ...more
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