Welcome back to the blog, Rhiannon Paille! I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in the Flame of Surrender blog tour and was asked to share my review of the book. You can find a list of all participating blogs at the end of this post.
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.
Why I Read This:
Who doesn't want to know what it means to be a ferryman or a flame? I know, I had to find out.
I totally and completely lost myself in this book.
The world was comforting, compelling, and yet there was something so mysterious and possibly dangerous about it. I suppose I could say the same for nature, which itself plays a huge role in this book. I felt like I knew it all already and yet I'd never seen it done like this. It's hard to explain except to say, the world just felt right. It was beautiful and I wanted to spend my time there with Kaliel just experiencing nature in what felt to me as ethereal and euphoric manner.
The characters were interesting to watch as well. Both Krishani and Kaliel struggle with the same issues. Neither of them excel at what their elders think they should be doing. Even when they find out what their real purposes are they still struggle and fail constantly. Nothing comes easy for them, except the love they feel for each other. Then they both have visions and are fighting off their destinies, not wanting any of it to come true. They sort of are soul mates in the sense that they go through so many of the same things and could probably understand each other the best out of everyone.
Even the peripheral characters fascinated me. The three sisters who had been to the lands of men and came back witches, doing a kind of magic that should not exist in their land and for that reason ends up being really chilling and creepy. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Every one of them are complex and unique and I just had so much fun every time the author would throw in a scene from one of their perspectives. And I'm glad she didn't limit herself to writing the scenes just from Kaliel and Krishani's perspectives for that reason. Yes, the story is mostly told through these two sets of eyes, but every once in a while you get a treat thrown in.
I have to admit, for a while there I wasn't completely sure what was going on with the plot and yet that wasn't exactly a negative. There is a lot of foreshadowing and was for me one of those books you end up guessing a lot just to see if you are going to be right about what's going on. The visions that both Kaliel and Krishani have also make you stop and wonder. But it all came together in the end. That's one thing that had me going, not wanting to put it down. The story builds slowly, revealing itself in small pieces and enticing you.
The only thing I wasn't quite sure about after finishing the book is why Krishani and Kaliel fell in love so fast and so easily when it is not in the nature of their people to do so? As I reader I definitely don't want everything just spelled out for me and it's not in the nature of this book to do so. But I was left a little bit confused. Perhaps with more questions than explanations. Was love a thing that happened more often then they were told, but was suppressed? Was it because they were also the ferryman and the flame and thus not wholy people of Avristar? Maybe a little bit of both? I would have liked to know more. In my opinion the characters spent too much time thinking of ways to overcome their fate. It would have been nice to see more scenes with them just enjoying each other so I could see where this came from. In the end I chose to just trust it - they loved each other and that was all that mattered.
I can't wait to read Flame of Justice and learn more about the ferrymen and the flames.
I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
Official tour schedule:
November 1st - JoAnne @ The Fairytale Nerd
2nd- Marissa @ Novels on the Run
3rd - Cherry @ Cherry Mischievous
3rd - Katie @ Curse of the Bibliophile
4th - Valerie @ Stuck In Books
5th - Kristin @ Kristin Can Read
6th - Wanda @ Books Are Magic
7th - Rozhin @ Zone Out Mode
8th - Erika @ One A Day YA
9th - Vanessa @ Boekie's Book Reviewer
10th - Gabbi @ The Book Breather
11th - Sally @ Bibrary Book Lust
11th - Aine @ House Millar Series
11th - Rebecca @ Everything To Do With Books
12th - Kellie @ ReaWrite
13th - Bonnie @ Hands and Home
14th - Bree @ The Magic Attic
14th - Gina @ Behind a Million and One Pages
Thanks to Lightning Book Promotions for organizing this wonderful tour!
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