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Flame of Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame #1) by Rhiannon Paille

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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.

Goodreads Summary

The author crafts a shockingly beautiful and realistic fantasy world for the reader in this novel.  The reader will actually be able to picture the island and the environment with the little details the author includes.  The main characters are both very likable and will endear themselves to the reader within the first couple of chapters.  Their seemingly impossible love story will have the reader rooting for them throughout the book. 

The plot is very unique.  The idea that Kaliel could be a potentially dangerous weapon sounds surreal, but is carried out very well.  "The boy who follows death" is a very intriguing character as well.  The reader will enjoy getting to know them both.  The secondary characters play much less of a part, but they are no less interesting-especially Pux. 

This story is fast-paced in just the right places while slower in others-such as the beginning of the relationship between the main characters.  The reader will learn the book's vocabulary in no time and enjoy the unusual names.  The ending is both a surprise and extremely exciting.  Any fantasy/romance/mystery readers will truly love this book. 

4 Stars