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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,428 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Life, death, love – which would you choose?

When teenager Dylan emerges from the wreckage of a train crash onto a bleak Scottish hillside, she meets a strange boy who seems to be waiting for her. But Tristan is no ordinary teenage boy, and the journey across the desolate, wraith-infested wasteland is no ordinary journey.

A moving, epic love story that's exciting, scary, funn
334 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Templar
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Dylan was travelling across Scotland to meet her father for the first time when the train she was on was involved in an accident. Regaining consciousness alone and in the dark tunnel she is terrified and can't work out why there are no rescue workers on hand to help her. When she finally stumbles out of the tunnel she finds herself completely alone on a Scottish hillside. That is until she spots Tristan, a teenage boy who seems to be waiting for her. But who is Tristan and where are all the othe ...more
Russell Sanderson
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book after a recommendation from a friend and I'm so glad I did. I don't often go in for stories with a strong romance element (I'm just too blokey that way) but I was so caught up in the mythology and the mystery of the journey that the protagonist, Dylan goes on that I just had to read on to the end. There are so many things I could say about the things I liked in the book, but they'd all be massive spoilers.

It's really hard to categorise too. Supernatural? Maybe. Spiritual? Possi
I do own this book and I regret buying it. Well not exactly regret, but there goes my dollars.
It is a story about a Mary Sue and a Marty Stu. Yeah. That. The characters are flat and vague like fog to me. Dylan has no personalities- she is just a whiny, unfortunate teen. And that boy, the ferryman, is like a cardboard cut-out for 'hotness'. The only purpose of his existence is to protect Dylan, and no one else. His mission is to protect souls from devils, yet when he sees her he let go of the so
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Head-hopping within scenes. I'll come back to this but I wanted to say this out of the gate: this book jumps between POVs without scene breaks, and more importantly, without a reliable omniscient view. I would say it's relatively close 3rd person which is what makes the head-hopping distracting. One second you're in Dylan's head, the next you're in Tristan's, and back again, all within the space of a paragraph.

Be warned, this gives the book a very amateurish feel. Along with the prose. If you'r
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Queen Ella Bee Reads


Dylan gets into this wicked awful train crash, walks off the train and thinks she's the only one to survive when really, she's the only one to have died. SAY WHAT NOW? I don't know if it's my morbid curiosity but the minute I read the summary of this book I KNEW I'D HAVE TO READ IT.

Let's break this down:

At first I thought I loved this book because it's a little like If I Stay with a little bit of the Greek Mythology type stuff we've been
3.5 stars

Ferryman is a bit of a slow burner, it took me about 6 or 7 chapters to settle into reading Dylan and Tristan’s story. Part of my struggle is with Dylan who I didn’t really connect with. At times her character comes across as old, not in the wise-beyond-her-years but more like skipped-the-teenager-bit. More unusually for me I actually preferred Tristan.

Claire McFall has created a very descriptive world for Dylan and Tristan to travel though. I thought the idea for the wastelands was cle
Amanda Jones
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Ferryman is a paranormal romance, but not the usual kind. I loved the character of Dylan and could really relate to her, and the fact that she was so brave made me root for her even more. The romance was kind of a slow burn, and in a way nothing much happens in the book (they go somewhere, no spoilers! and come back again) but then everything changed between them on that journey. It's one of those books that I find comforting and like to re-read now and then.
Serendipity Reviews
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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When I first heard the premise of this book it sent a tingle down my spine. I knew it would be a book that I would love and I wasn’t wrong. The premise is original and breath taking. The legendary tale of the ferryman taking you to your final destination is one that you can only dream is true. I am a big believer in the after life so I honestly couldn’t wait to read the book.
The author writes beautifully. Her prose is almost poetic in nature a
Georgia (The Bibliomaniac Book Blog)
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“Life, death, love– which would you choose?”
Teenage protagonist Dylan is on a train, heading north form Glasgow to finally meet the father that see hasn’t seen in over a decade. But the train crashes in the middle of a countryside full of hills, and when Dylan emerges from the wreckage, the only person she can find is a mysterious looking boy sitting up on a hill. She will soon learn that she has actually died in that train crash, an
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
Rating before reread: 4.9 stars
Rating after reread 4.5 stars

4/02/17: Reread.

4/02/17: Finished with reread.

When teenager Dylan pulls herself free from a train wreck and emerges onto an almost deserted Scottish hillside, she believes she is the only survivor. Seeing the figure of a boy on the bank she enlists his help. But Tristan is no ordinary passerby, and Dylan soon learns that instead of being the only survivor of the wreck, she is in fact the only fatality. And, Tristan is no normal teenage boy - he is her ferryman tasked with guiding her through the wasteland to her afterlife. As the pair journ ...more
Caryn - iam.caryn
This truly has to be one of the most imaginative love stories I’ve ever read.

It’s hard to discuss why without completely spoiling the plot (I honestly would recommend even avoiding the synopsis), but I can honestly say I have never read a book like this.

I’m always a big fan of strong character development, and Dylan is a great example of that. I actually really liked how she even had that realization of how much she had grown throughout the course of the book.

If you’re a fan of a good love story
An interesting idea, well told, with a slow building romance at it's heart.
I liked the concept of what's after death, how it can be different for each person, and the classic idea of a ferryman who takes you across the river to your afterlife, but changed.
Read this if you like books that take you on a journey.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-reads
This book was okay and interesting in the beginning, but then grew rapidly more stupid, and the ending was horrible
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review was first posted on my blog, here

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As soon as I heard about this novel, I knew that it was one that I wanted to read. As a little back story, I love pretty much everything to do with ghosts, ghost hunting, reapers and the like, so a book like this instantly caught my attention. Then, I saw the cover and I was captured and instantly intrigued by the story all over again. I love how serene it seems, the use of space and colour and the vastness that it portrays. It is a stunning c
After passing away in a train crash, fifteen-year-old Dylan must trek across a barren landscape, on her way to the afterlife. The wasteland is populated by wraiths eager to consume the souls of the newly dead, and Dylan makes this arduous and perilous journey under the protection of her guide, Tristan, the ferryman. A slow burn romance ensues. I sunk into the story straight away, wooed by the poetic and dreamlike nature of the prose. The author's Goodreads site says that her novels take straight ...more
Savannah-Alicia Lloyd
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book; as soon as I got into it I didn't want to put it down. Wish there was a second.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
This book deserves so much more recognition because it was so freaking good. The whole idea was so cool and unique.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
3 stars

Live, Death, Love - Which would you choose?

Dylan, a teenaged girl, meets a strange boy named Tristan on a wasteland and they journey together to find a way out of the wasteland. But Tristan is no ordinary boy and their journey together certainly isn't an ordinary journey ...

When I first finished reading Ferryman, I thought that it was the best book in the universe and I reread all the romance scenes again and again. But then I thought about it and it wasn't as perfect anymore. Why? Becau
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
The whole idea of this book is absolutely amazing, completely unique and original and I really enjoyed this book. The writing style is beautiful, the description of the setting was so atmospheric and poetic and it was beautifully written. I found the whole plot, but in particular the world the story is based in, absolutely fascinating and I was very intrigued throughout. I was absolutely hooked throughout, I felt as though I was a part of the journey and travelling with Tristan and Dylan, and I ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best novels I have ever read, I finished it in 3 hours non stop reading. I really love this book so much, the author makes the reader visualize everything so well, I feel like I was actually walking by the characters. I recomment this book to people above the age of 10, because I don't think kids under that age can accept what is in this novel. This is a brilliant book and one of the sweetest love stories, so if you really like "Love until death" novels, I highly recommend thi ...more
Ferryman, a novel I enjoyed but won't be re-reading. Dylan is the main protagonist she has No coloured hair and gorgeous Still No Eyes and a beautiful personality with such traits as sadness, stubbornness and anger. I don't actually remember Dylan getting a physical description which I suppose is unnecessary considering her undead state, It's a generic romance novel which is alright if you like that sort of thing (I'm not too fond of it usually) I suppose the whole dead thing is different. (view ...more
Emily Clark
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dylan is the only survivor of a terrible train crash. After the crash she meets a mysterious boy called Trystan who leads her across the countryside. As they face dangers Dylan realises that not all is as it seems. Who is Trystan? And what really happened on the train?
Dylan is an easy character to like; she is very believable as her feelings are described in depth. When Tristan is introduced he comes across as snobby and cold, it took me a while to warm to him but, just like Dylan, I started to
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"I loved it. Could not put it down! McFall has created great characters, a romance I loved and a landscape that is fresh. Highly reccommend!"

May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brill book, really enjoyed the characters and kept me interested in the end...still want to know what happened next with them though!!!
Kong Lingjun
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finished this awesome book in 4 hours!
Wang  Mu
can't believe it has become the bestsellers in China...
Ferryman by Claire McFall is a young adult fiction title with a cover that is particularly intriguing, simplistic and attractive. I was generously sent a reading copy of this book from Caitie-Jane of KelpiesEdge through Twitter.

The story takes place in the present day, over a timescale of a few days, starting in Scotland and progressing on to the Wastelands which appear as a bleak and highland moorland.
The main character is a teenage girl called Dylan who has a crap time at High School since he
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
《Ferryman》is a book about love and growth. In this book, author does not give us a twist plot or some thrilling events, what he describes is a very simple story about Dylan’s twice trip across the wasteland with Tristan and their love. If this were all important part of this book, 《Ferryman》 could be the classical book for curing people’s hearts but to be a book full of meaningless love and boring stories. Luckily, 《Ferryman》, which is completely different from the that kind of books, has its ow ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely read. I instantly picked the next book in the series
Ferryman is a light-hearted young-adult novel that anyone and everyone will enjoy reading. Even though the book deals with an accident, the death of a young girl and life and possibility of love after death, the book is not morbid.
Ferryman is more than just a young romance. It is about courage. It is about overcoming one’s fears. It is about making mistakes, admitting them and learning from them. It is about not crying over spilled mil
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