Monday 4 March 2013

Review and Giveaway: Surrender by Rhiannon Paille

Surrender by Rhiannon Paille

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Source: Review copy from author via Xpresso Book Tours

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

Surrender is an epic and sweeping fantasy story- beautifully told and very richly described with a wealth of interesting characters. From the very first page you are thrown straight into this unfamiliar world, that feels both magical and dangerous, and I loved getting lost in this fantasy setting for a time.

It reads very much like the style of an old, old fairy story, drawing on myths and legends that feel like they could have happened in a long-ago past. Kaliel and Krishani each have a specific destiny and they are not supposed to fall in love. This overwhelming sense of duty is harsh because they are both such strong-willed characters.

The changing point of view between Kaliel and Krishani, helps us the reader get inside both of their mindsets, but also shows us all about this world and it's different people from different perspectives. They both seem very innocent to me, and the start of their romance feels a lot like a teenage crush, but as the story moved on I found myself rooting for them and hoping for a happy ending.

Confusing in parts because of the wealth of information about all the different lands, races, and beliefs- it took a bit of time to catch hold of me, but the feeling that in this magical land anything could happen, and also the supporting characters really made  the book for me. I love the sarcasm and jokes of the talking tree- the wise Great Oak, and Kaliel's friend Pux (half wolf, half man). There are evil kings and queens, assorted beasties, and an assortment of races and peoples that add to the richness of the setting.

It is a very emotive and passionate book, with this forbidden love story at it's heart. An imaginative and charming story, and recommended for fans of fairytale or fantasy.


I have one ebook of Rhiannon Paille's Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame, book 1) to give away to one reader. Interested in reading it? Enter below!

  • This giveaway is for one ebook copy of Surrender
  • Open internationally
  • You must be over 16 years old to enter
  • You may only enter once
  • Closing date for entries is Monday 18th March
  • Winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.
  • The form will only be used to collect the winners info, and will be deleted after the contest ends. 
This giveaway is now closed

Rest of the series:

Book 2, Justice- out now
Book 3, Vulture- due 2014
Book 4, Forgiveness- due 2014

About the author:
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:

Author Links:Website

For further reviews and giveaway opportunities, check out the rest of the stops on the Ferryman and the Flame blog tour-


  1. Looks good! your review has reminded me that I really should try and get to it, I like the sound all the action and the fast pace ;)

  2. I like that it has an old feel to it and that the duel povs worked, lovely review!


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