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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,890 ratings  ·  393 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
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
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ferryman, is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Charon, the ferryman of Hades who transported souls to the underworld. It follows Dylan, who dies in a train wreck and meets Tristan, the Ferryman assigned to get her through the wasteland and on to the next journey. The wasteland is not a place of sublime heaven, all rainbows and unicorns, it is brimming with wraiths who can do twice harm as harm than as the death. As they trudge their way from one safe house to another, something shi ...more
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
Avani ✨
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ferryman by Claire McFall is a young adult fantasy romance about Dylan, a teenage girl who is from Scotland and has recently met with an accident and suddenly ends up in a place called Wasteland. It's a place which is haunted by wraiths searching for human souls.

She meets Tristan, her Ferryman, who helps these souls pass through between Life and Death - Wasteland and go through the other side. Tristan is a Ferryman, tasked with transporting her soul safely to the afterlife, a journey he's made a
Mixed feelings about this book, might carry on with the series but I'm not rushing to pick the next one up. ...more
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. ...more
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.
Tori ReadsALot
This book was okay and interesting in the beginning, but then grew rapidly more stupid, and the ending was horrible
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, favorites
"Where am I?"
"The Wasteland."


Okay, I'm gonna say it right away: this was NOT the most mind-blowing, fantastically written and most excellent story. But did it hold my attention? Did it crawl into my heart and latch onto my feelings, pulling me into it with a slow, relentless build until I realized almost halfway through that I was in love??


Honestly, I didn't come here looking for much. I was simply more than intrigued by the premise and hoping for some scraps of my favorite tropes . . .
Ishan Agrawal
After reading 100+ books since the pandemic sets in fag end of March 2020, I was still feeling a void inside when the year 2021 began. After careful introspection, I decided that rather than devouring more books this year, I shall be experimenting with different genres so as to keep my flow and interest intact. After reading various Indian authors the past couple of weeks, I picked up the classic 'Ferryman'. Have heard a lot about it and I must admit, I am not disappointed.

So, the book is somet
Chaahat Jain
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ferryman is such an eerie, cold read. The writing style and the description will give you chills.
It’s a horror thriller about a girl who has died and ended up in a wasteland which lies between mortal world and afterlife. She has to cross this wasteland with the help of a ferryman whose work is to deliver the souls safely to the otherside but in the wasteland there are demon like creatures who wants to ravish other souls and stop them from crossing over to the afterlife.
The whole journey to the
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review was first posted on my blog, here

There Is
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
Honey & Anjali
The myth of ferryman is something I was familiar with due to my fascination towards urban legends and lores. The ferryman ferries over souls of the deceased over the river of Styx in Greek mythology. I was looking forward to read this book as I expected an urban thriller inspired by all the myths but instead I got a YA fiction forbidden love story. I'm still not complaining though because the premise is intriguing and dares to blur the line between the living and the dead. The story starts with ...more
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
Ferryman is an exceptionally good novel which has told the story of death and beyond in very different way.
The story revolves around Dylan and her Ferryman Tristan, this Ferryman is one ordinary boy whose job is to make sure the souls of dead people make out to the beyond without any trouble. But after Dylan's death she makes his daily routine completely different and admirable. Tristan had never shared such bond with any of the souls he had ferried before .
But the journey to the beyond is not
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. ...more
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.
Not my cup of tea.
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
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