Flame of Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame, Book One) [NOOK Book]

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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...

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

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Overview

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781927339039
  • Publisher: Coscom Entertainment
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 344,573
  • File size: 788 KB

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

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    For Fans of Fantasy and Romance with a Twist

    Dear reader,
    Let me lure you into a world with a hidden milieu that reveals its spirit with fantastical characters of another world. A detailed land with vivid descriptions, allow you to add the softest of detail to a complete world. Although this book starts out as a slow read, it is easy to be drawn into the mystery of The Ferryman & the Flame as the love of Krishani, "the boy who follows death", and Kaliel, a girl destined to be associated with the apocalypse of Avristar, risks the lives of those who live outside the Lands of Men.

    The essence of love and passion opens you to rekindle the nostalgia of young, first loves with its tortured longing and desire of being caressed and kissed. This doomed love is one that the reader fights for along with the likable yet flawed characters.

    The pacing of the story increases, developing the nature of the Flame, a supernatural weapon requiring guidance, if not protection, as she discovers her true nature and capacity, and relationship of the Ferryman as the mysterious personification of death.

    A beautiful story of friendship and love uses unique language and fantasy lexicon, which occasionally left me back tracking for translations. This story reads best for those fans of fantasy and romance with a twist. As much as this story brings warmth to the spirit, this is no happy-go-lucky tale with the undertones of war and apocalypse with Krishani and Kaliel choosing to "hide, face the enemy, or awaken." Drawn in to continue the series, I like how this story makes me feel and look forward to future reads.

    Reviewed by Rosa for Book Sake.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    Note: I received this book via Netgalley. The first thing that

    Note: I received this book via Netgalley.

    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.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

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    Chapter by Chapter's review of Flame of Surrender

    When I first saw what Flame of Surrender was about, I was both excited and hesitant. Hesitant because I was worried that the novel would delve too deep into the fantasy characters and make them cliché and excited because it sounded freaking awesome (well that and because author Rhiannon Paille is a fellow Winnipegger *fist pump* represent!). For those of you who are unaware, the novel is set in the fantasy world of Avristar where the main characters Kaliel and Krishani live. Let me just say that Avristar was so unique; it’s a land ruled by feorns, fairies, elves and merfolk and reminded me of the world that Thor was set in (yay for comic book references).

    The novel started off with a prologue (well actually a chapter zero, but same deal) that was both mysterious and captivating. From there, we end up finding the moment where the two elves/main characters, Krishani and Kaliel first meet and it was both humorous and awkward, after that point the novel precedes a year and a half further into the future where both of the characters have been unable to stop thinking about each other in romantic tenses (awww). Paille leads us to believe that the two star-crossed lovers will never meet again, but wait! What is this? Fate (and a dark prediction from the Great Oak) bring the two together and unfolds in an adorable romance… and yes it was the romance that had me sold on the novel.

    While Krishani wasn’t exactly my “type” (*la pretzel face*) I was developing a small crush on him, mainly because he is always so intent on proving to Kaliel that he really does feel something for her (since apparently elves aren’t supposed to feel love *gasp*). What I love, love, loved most about Krishani were his dreams, not only because they were dark and full of death (which made them thrilling), but also because they introduced us to the Ferryman, which is a mantle that Krishani will be forced to take up. Which doesn’t sound so bad right? Except that it will separate him from Kaliel and force him into the Lands of Men (which is our world. Sounds a lot cooler than Earth doesn’t it?).The Flame concept of the novel was absolutely intriguing (which is a word that could describe the whole novel) and I did love the idea that a girl as defenseless, curious and naïve as Kaliel held something inside of her that could potentially cause the apocalypse and that the Valtanyana would stop at nothing to take the Flame from Kaliel.

    Personally, I think that Flame of Surrender had all the elements of a successful fairy-tale; it was romantic, magical and at times terrifying. And I feel like I should bring up the dialogue (and don’t worry, dear reader, this is a thumbs up). The way that Rhiannon Paille wrote the dialogue between characters was interesting; it sounded medieval and came off modern at the same time. From the fast pace start to the unexpected finish I have one word to say: Awesome-sauce (it’s hyphenated it’s one word).

    I would recommend this to somebody interested in falling deep into a fantasy world where you won’t want to stop reading, or fans of the YA romance genre. Good morrow (…erm…yeah I said that!).

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Awesome World Building!!

    I'd read some really good reviews of this book before I read it, and as I usually am when that happens, I'm a bit nervous starting the book because I'm afraid I'll be that one person who says "it just wasn't for me". Thankfully, that didn't happen with this book - I loved it! Rhiannon Paille created a beautiful world that was described in such detail, you could definitely picture yourself there. Kaliel seems very timid at the beginning of the book, but by the end there has been a lot of character growth and you see her finally come into her own. The same can be said of Krishani. They are both destined for great things, things they cannot even imagine themselves being able to do. Kaliel just wants to be like everyone else, but she's too special for that. Kaliel and Krishani fall for each other immediately, even though most elves are married to the land and don't ever experience real love unless the land decides to allow it. They can't stay away from each other, and they can't stop thinking of each other, even when they are pulled apart. They are destined to be together, but the very heart of what they are will keep that from ever happening.

    I can now highly recommend this book along with everyone else! The writing is creative and descriptive, and the characters come to life in Ms. Paille's hands. Definitely a must-read for all fans of fantasy and romance alike:)

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