Monday, November 21, 2011

Book Review: Flame of Surrender by Rhiannon Paille

Flame of Surrender by Rhiannon Paille
Series: The Ferryman and the Flame #1
Published: November 1st, 2011
Publisher: Coscom Entertainment
364 pages (ebook)
Genre: Young adult fantasy/romance
Acquired this book: From the author in exchange for an honest review
Warning: May include spoilers

Synopsis: 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, hidden in the body of a seemingly harmless girl.

Nobody has fallen in love with a flame until now. She becomes Krishani’s refuge from the dreams of death and the weather abilities he can’t control. Striking down thousand year old trees with lightning isn’t something he tries to do, it just happens. When the Ferryman dies, Krishani knows that he’s the next and that a lifetime of following death is his destiny.

And Kaliel can’t come with him. The Valtanyana are hunting the flames, the safest place for her is Avristar. Krishani can’t bear to leave her, and one innocent mistake grants the Valtanyana access to their mystical island. They’re coming for Kaliel, and they won’t stop until every last living creature on Avristar is dead. She has to choose, hide, face them, or awaken the flame and potentially destroy herself.

Flame of Surrender is a very unique story. I love fantasy because the sky is the limit and you can immerse yourself in this brand new world and discover all it has to offer. The world Paille creates is beautiful and vivid, perfect for those of us with endless imaginations. Wouldn’t it be interesting to have a feorn as a best friend, and to swim with mermaids? Or to have trees come alive and talk to you?

I liked how the book switched point of view between Kaliel and Krishani. I always enjoy reading a story from both perspectives because you learn more about the characters and what they’re going through.

The love story between Kaliel and Krishani was really sweet. There’s something so innocent about their love. It’s not exactly forbidden, so much as unheard of because they’re supposed to be too logical for that, and their destinies are pre-determined. Throughout the book I kept wondering when they would see each other again, and what their next encounter would be like.

I had read somewhere not to expect a happy ending, so I braced myself near the end, but it was still shocking. It'll be interesting to see where the story goes in book 2, Flame of Justice

If you’re a lover of epic fantasy, original plot lines and characters, and romance, I think you should give this book a try!

Want to know the truth about clairvoyance? Check out Rhiannon's guest post on that topic here.


  1. Hmm I'm curious about this ending I keep hearing about it!!

    Xpresso Reads

  2. I love that nobody has gone and given the ending away in a giant spoiler alert. It amuses me how everyone is so like, PC about the ending :) Thanks for the awesome review Marie! And for the IMM shout out!

  3. shocker ending..i am intrigued.

  4. The ending has me curious! I have added this to my TBR pile ;)

    A great review Marie!


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