Series: The Ferryman + the Flame #1
Author: Rhiannon Paille
Published: December 4th, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?
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 may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Hey now, it’s been a long time since I read something with elves. That’s certainly a nice change of pace. The world of Surrender is very much epic fantasy meets dreamy fairytale. It’s beautiful and descriptive and magical.
The elven peoples are very duty bound. At a certain point in their adolescence, everyone consults with the Great Oak to find out what the plan for their future is. Of course, the oak gives the prediction in suitably cryptic rhyme so the characters have to try and figure out for themselves what all of it means. These elvens don’t fall in love, instead they are “married to the land” and are expected to carry out their duty with no deviation in plan.
Enter Kaliel and Krishani. They enter deep insta-love the moment they meet, and despite that single meeting, they spend the next year pining for each other. Both of them are not quite what their teachers would like them to be, but luckily the Lord and Lady of the land each offer to take over their training. Which puts them both in the castle at the same time. The time apart hadn’t dulled their feelings any. Of course, there is that pesky destiny thing, so all is not smooth sailing.
The book starts of pretty slow, and it takes a while to build up to the point where it grabbed my attention. Things get a lot more interesting around chapter 20, when the alluded to destinies get… not revealed exactly, since every character except the two leads seems to have figured it out before them. Let’s just say things escalate very quickly from that point.
The ending was by far my favorite part. It was like… WHAM. Not at all
If you’re like me, and you have difficulties keeping track of where things in fantasy worlds are, the author has shared a map on her blog. Also included is a picture of Pux, the feorn.
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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.