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Surrender: The Ferryman & The Flame

Surrender: The Ferryman & The Flame

3.5 8
by Rhiannon Paille

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CreateSpace Publishing
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5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.94(d)

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Surrender: The Ferryman & The Flame 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it. The characters are so well thought out~and lovable. Really a page turner, I loved the story, can't wait to read the next one! I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy/love/young adult books.
InkspelledFaery More than 1 year ago
You know all those times I’ve said I like fantasy romance? This is what I’m talking about. Not Twilight, not Beautiful Creatures—I bristle every time I hear the word “fantasy” in correlation with them (I consider the aforementioned to be “paranormal romance.” Calling them “urban fantasy” is perfectly fine, but not “fantasy.” I’m extremely snobbish that way.)—I mean something with magic, a fantasy world, and an incredibly nasty villain bent on world-domination. There seems to be a shortage of these, but oh well. The plot: This book enters the outer boundaries of “epic” length at around 400 pages, but I read it much faster than some books half that size. It was an engaging read full of magic, danger, ancient powers, and a huge scoop of forbidden love. Surrender seems to be more of a set up book for the other five in the series, but it introduces the world, the dynamics, the paradigm, and the characters in a way that you care about them and understand why it is such a catastrophe when things begin to change. There were a lot of steamy scenes that pushed my comfort zone, so would you like to know what I did? Yep. I skipped them. The characters: The main voice of Surrender is Kaliel, though we hear from probably close to a half dozen perspectives in all. Kaliel was a sweet, innocent, and somewhat naïve girl who is mostly failing in her studies and yet, has unusual gifts and abilities that no one quite understands. Through circumstance, she falls in love with Krishani and though she tries to fight it at first, they both soon give in to their desires and their passion is ultimately what causes great tragedy and death. Krishani is supposed to be one of the Brothers of Amersil, but in his mid-teens has yet to achieve the initiation rites of one years younger. He is full of a wild and unpredictable power, yet seems incapable of performing the simplest tasks. He is supposed to go to the Lands of Men, and yet the idea terrifies him as he is haunted by dreams of death and destruction in that world. The only time he doesn’t feel afraid and like a failure is when he’s with Kaliel. I thought their romance was sweet and though there seemed to be a lot of lust involved, it clearly wasn’t just that. There were so many other characters I’m not even going to try and talk about them all. I got mad at the Elders and their fear of change and it got to the point where I was rooting for Krishani and Kaliel, even when they were being selfish, because they were clearly the only ones who cared about their feelings for each other. (With the exception of Atara. She cared, but couldn’t really do anything.) Though I will say that Kaliel’s best friend Pux was adorable and Ms. Paille’s explanation for why the sky turns pink was ingenious! So why only three stars? Well, those steamy scenes I mentioned earlier kind of interfered with my enjoyment of this story and I thought it was a bit too much for the YA label, but I agree that is an entirely subjective thing and I started the second one right after this one. It was an original and engaging story and I hope you’ll check it out!
Lindie_Dagenhart More than 1 year ago
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.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
There is a wonderful and tragic story within the pages of Surrender, and their story has just begun. I feel like we are in for quite an adventure
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
I was really touched by this sad and sweet story. The emotions that play out over time from when Kaliel is 14 and Krishani I believe was 15 or 16 and on, they first met at those ages, but their budding love really didn’t hit until later and grew. It was a forbidden love I would call it. I did have some confusion on what the term “to Marry the Land” meant, but guessing since this is a fantasy with the elves, that they would be like monks and nuns to the land? I am not sure, it’s the best way I was able to think of it. What is sad, is that they are told what their destiny is, they have no choices at all in their own life, and that is so sad. It turns out both of them had a bit different future in store for them. This book is written very well, and really pulls you into this fantasy world. But it’s not so farfetched that you do not believe it, it really is brought to life for you. Teaser for you: “I made a bolt of lightning strike down a threethousand-year-old-tree in Amersil, because in the middle of a meditation I thought about your green eyes.” A sheepish smile crept onto his face. Her eyes widened. “Three thousand years?” “All because of your green eyes.” He pressed his lips against hers. He leaned back and she followed his lips, straddling him, pressing her hips into his groin, bracing herself on his shoulders. “All I want is this, this and nothing else. Ever.” Krishani grunted in agreement as her mouth came down on his. As you can see by that sweet scene, they deeply care for one another, and it only grows from there. I do not want to say much on what is expected of them, or what they do, so not to spoil anything. I think some of the abilities that Kaliel have are pretty cool, she can “talk” to the trees and animals, as well as sortof communicate with the mermaids that are supposed to be dangerous. She is always running off to swim in the pond or lake, when it’s forbidden to do so. Krishani also seems to be really powerful, but is unable to control his powers. He loosed control when he tries to control the elements like he should, destroying whole areas of trees that are old. He seems to have the best control if he is near Kaliel. It’s an amazing fantasy book, and highly recommend anyone who likes the paranormal/fantasy type books. It’s truly captivating. You really need to read this. I can’t wait for book 2. 5 out of 5 stars. I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review from the author.
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
This book is very fantastic and is about love, forbidden love, survival, destiny and so much more.  It does take a while to get "into" story because you need to learn about the world the characters live in - the creatures in the lake, the talking with trees, controlling lightning, etc... Kaleil and Krishani are very well developed characters and after their first chance meeting, they can't stop thinking about each other.  Their love is forbidden however.  Krishani's destiny is to marry the land.  Kaleil is one of the Flames (one of nine apocalyptic weapons) - they cannot pursue their passion for each other - it would not be appropriate.  Yet, how can they deny their feelings for one another... This story will take you through their destinies, love, passion, their worlds and wait til you see where it all ends up?! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Erlessard More than 1 year ago
Alas, this was a very rough book for me to read. I finished it to finish it and the only part of the book I ended up liking was the ending, thus this one star review I thought I was writing ending up being two stars. I really enjoy bittersweet endings and after suffering through pages and pages of Kaliel and Krishani acting like lovesick puppies, I was SUPER enthused that it wasn’t the predictable happy ever after ending. This book felt like a sequel to me (even though it isn’t). There were a lot of things that weren’t explained well and I never understood the backstory of the races or even the phrase “marry the land” which was repeated over and over again. There was so much of the world that never made the pages. What small parts of the world that were explained were beautiful – but it was a very small bit. I didn’t understand the hierarchy or why the land of men was a bad place to go. But what made me so reluctant to turn the next page was how in-your-face the romance is. The world is going to hell but the only two people who can apparently save it rather mope and complain about not spending enough time with each other. And when they are together, they do the most inappropriate things. Sleeping in the same bed is not okay if you’re suppose to “marry the land”. Neither Kaliel nor Krishani paid any respect to their elders and did whatever they wanted. Surrender really was a disappointment. (I received a copy of this book from the author/netgalley in exchange for my honest review.)
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
If you like epic fantasy you'll probably like this. (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.