Flame of Surrender: 4.5 Drops Review


Title: Flame of Surrender
Rhiannon Paille
The Ferryman and the Flame #1
Publisher: Coscom Entertainment 
Release Date: November 1, 2011 
Pages: 372

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

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My Thoughts 

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!


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About the Author

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.

Find out more about Rhi visit her About Me page.  She’s fascinating!


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    • Stormi on November 11th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for being a part of this tour! 🙂

    1. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and peeking at what others thought… Thanks for the invite.

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