Review: Surrender by Rhiannon Paille

October 31, 2013 Lindsay's reviews 0

Review: Surrender by Rhiannon PailleSurrender by Rhiannon Paille
Series: Ferryman and the Flame #1
on October 2nd 2012
Genres: Fantasy, YA
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How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn't listen, and because of what she is-- a Flame-- one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

I am ashamed to say it took me so long to read this book, and for several reasons. First off, it’s great. Absolutely, entirely, amazing. If you love fantasy and haven’t read this, then get off your butt and get reading. What’s that? You can’t afford to buy it right now? This brings me to my second reason. IT’S FREE on Amazon right now. No excuses! My third reason is that Rhiannon is from Winnipeg, and literally lives ten minutes from me (I don’t know for a fact where she lives, because I haven’t stalked her… yet… but it’s pretty easy to get anywhere in Winnipeg within ten minutes.) In fact, we live so close that she could show up at my door and beat me if I don’t give her a good review. (Joking! Mostly… ) My point is that I love to support local talent, and she is the epitome of what I love to support. If you happen to live in or around Winnipeg, this weekend is the C4 Cental Canada Comic Con at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, and you can come down and pick up a signed copy of her books! You can even buy it from me, because I’ll be the one sitting at her booth! 😀

Rhiannon’s writing was recently described as the Tolkein of YA, and it’s easy for me to believe this. It isn’t a rock ’em, sock ’em, shoot’em up kind of book. It is a slow creeping build, eventually culminating in an epic explosive climax. Rhiannon takes the time to construct the setting and the characters properly, allowing the reader to entirely immerse themselves in a world, to believe it’s real. Then she pulls the rug out from under your feet, and beats you over the head with a club! GAH!  Can’t wait to dig into book 2!

The POV swings back and forth between Kaliel and Krishani, telling both their separate stories as well as their journey together. It’s a love story, but it is so much more than that. There is romance, magic, war and destruction.

As a bit of a bonus, there is an alternative ending to the book tacked onto the end. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the second ending, so I guess that means she picked the right one!


About Rhiannon Paille

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. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site:

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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
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