Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Flame of Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame #1) by Rhiannon Paille

3 stars
Genres: young adult, fantasy, romance
Format: ebook
280 pages
Published by Coscom Entertainment
Published on November 1st 2011 (first published October 6th 2011)
ISBN: 1927339030
ISBN13: 9781927339039
Where to Buy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble
View on Goodreads

Note: I received this book via Netgalley.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 everything on Avristar to get to her. Kaliel has to choose: face them, hide or unleash the Flame.

How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?

My Review:
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 the rush of intensity and emotion they felt for one another. 

Rhiannon did an amazing job of character and world building.  The world is imaginative and creative although at some parts I got lost in what was going on and had to reread.  Even though the story was extremely descriptive there were a few parts that stretched out making the pace of the story as a whole slow. 

Overall, the book was extremely interesting once the reader immersed themselves into the world and the story was innovative enough to be entertaining. 

Rhi was never a normal girl. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror. To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She studied at U of Sedona and MIMT, obtaining a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. She's married to a chef/comic book shop owner and has a fondness for architecture. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site: www.yafantasyauthor.com


  1. Great review, I totally agree that Paille does a fantastic job of character and world building in this book, that was definitely my favourite element.

    Check out my review - RobynLeanne @ Fairytales and Folklore

  2. Hi Lauren!

    Wanted to say thanks for your honest review!