Flame of Surrender

Flame of Surrender : (The Ferryman and the Flame, Book One)

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Bloom the weed of temptation and expire the great garden of life. Bloom the flower of sacrifice and sustain the great garden in strife. 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 he?s the next and 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 415g
  • Winnipeg, Canada
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1927339022
  • 9781927339022

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446 ratings
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Coscom Entertainment and Netgalley.) Kaliel first meets Krishani whilst swimming a pond - a pond where merfolk live - a pond that she is forbidden to swim in. Once they meet they are attracted to each other, and when they next meet, a year and a half later, they kiss. Both are destined to 'marry the land', and therefore cannot be together. It seems that Krishani will become a ferryman, and Kaliel is a flame - one of only 9 in all the world, and destined to start a war. Can Kaliel and Krishani have any kind of future together? And what do their prophecy's mean? Can love be stronger than destiny? This was a YA epic fantasy, with a romance between Kaliel and Krishani thrown in. Both Kaliel and Krishani had problems - Kaliel insisted on doing what she wasn't supposed to do, and getting caught, and Krishani persistently failed the tests set for him. Both had a destiny that they didn't know about, and both received cryptic parables from 'the great oak' who told people what they were set to be in life. I had a feeling from the beginning that this book might not have a happy ending, although I had a feeling that this would probably be partly because this book is the first in a series! I'm not sure where the story goes from here, but I like that the author was brave enough for this sort of ending! Overall; if you like epic fantasy you'll probably like this. 6 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
Rhiannon Paille's writing is fantastic ! She develops both the main characters and the others in such a way that you get to know them. From the beginning of the story you get lured into another world - Avristar. This book has everything: love and heartbreak, action, battle and even magic. It's a great read for everyone. Kalliel is a girl who doesn't like following the rules. Swimming with the merfolk is both forbidden and dangerous but she finds herself not wanting to sleep before she visits them. It makes her feel alive. She talks to trees and flowers bloom,wherever she walks. She doesn't understand what she can do but she never gives up trying to understand it. On the other hand, Krishani always felt like a fish out of water with the Brotherhood of Amersil but when he meets Kalliel he feels at home. Krishani and Kalliel fall in love in a world where love is not understood and forbidden. They struggle to stay together but they always find obstacles waiting for them. Everyone is against it and so they find themselves having to hide their love. In Avristar everyone is given a parable by The Great Oak and one must try to figure out what it means and then obey it. I found myself desperately trying to figure out what it meant along with the characters. Krishani and Kalliel's parables take them apart from each other and so they must choose between love and doing what's right. The story was very original, it's not like most books at this time. It's different, and I really liked that. I found myself wanting to know more and not having a clue what's gonna happen next! The ending left me crying and hungry for more. It's a big cliffhanger and I cannot wait to read the second book Flame of Justice.I reccomend this book for everyone who loves Fantasy, Romance and Mystery. I love this quote : "The only thing she wasn't; was the only thing she ever wanted to be. His "show more
by Mic
4.5 star review: Let me start by saying that I read Flame of Surrender in one sitting. I read rather quickly usually but often take breaks while reading yet Rhi's writing drew me in immediately and kept my attention from page one. The world of Avristar is a curious and at times confusing world that has it's own issues, creatures - like the merfolk Kaliel enjoys swimming with - friends that make you want to know more. From the very first you know that this is an unusual world with wonderful and well fleshed out characters. Krishani and Kaliel are made for each other yet due to what they are, are not meant to have anything to do with each other, much less feelings for one another. Oh, and don't forget the magic - you can practically feel and hear the words the trees whisper to Kaliel. Fighting an attraction that is forbidden they show passion, growth, vulnerability, and bravery. One can't help but be drawn into their lives with how Rhi's writing pulls you right in and makes you feel like you're right there along with the characters. A rare treat! Too often I read stories that, while the premise is excellent, the progression and delivery falls flat. . . leaving me to wonder just why I picked up the book in the first place. I am gratified that Flame of Surrender is NOT such a book. Overall, Flame of Surrender was a well written, hot at times, story that I whole-heartedly recommend to any YA lover, especially YA Paranormal / YA Fantasy fans. This is the first book in her "The Ferryman and the Flame" series and I am glad to have been able to read her work right from the first. I can't wait for book #2!show more
by Anya Millar
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