Surrender by Rhiannon Paille

Posted May 4, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments


I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Surrender by Rhiannon PailleSurrender by Rhiannon Paille
Series: The Ferryman and the Flame #1
Published by Raven Books on November 9th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 402
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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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.

Main Points
Review Intro
I got this book because it was free. That’s the only reason. I’m a sucker for free things. I thought it would be okay. I tend to assume most YA books are good. This one proved me wrong.
Writing Style:
I was surprised how many errors there were in this. I’m so used to reading ARCs with errors; I had to keep double-checking to make sure this wasn’t actually an ARC. But as a final copy this had some pretty glaring ones. Between 4 and 6, I’d say. Other than that, the writing was fine. A few moments where the phrasing was awkward, but that may have just been the general tone of the book….oh, I should have mentioned it’s 3rd person omniscient. It gets a little distracting when you’re trying to decipher from whose point of view you’re reading now.

This book….was……silly. It was just silly. It started off all right. From the beginning, there was the whole forbidden romance thing going on. It never actually stopped. That could have gone somewhere good. But I never really got into the characters. Kaliel starts off as a weak little girl, and that’s reasonable, that leaves room for growth, but then….she stays that way. Through the entire book. Weak little girl. Overly dramatic, overly romantic, just too much of everything. She wasn’t a DOer. She let everything happen to her, without fighting it at all. And pretty much every bad thing happened to her. I mean, at one point, she was a teenager by then and I was thinking, hey, she’s MY age. I certainly don’t act 9 years old. This is ridiculous. It was quite annoying.
Then her love interest, Krishani. He was a bit too consumed by love to really have a personality. It was disappointing.
So the whole forbidden love thing takes up most of the book. And of course there’s a ‘war’ at the end. But surprise, no one’s prepared! The war is so downplayed because the main focus is the forbidden love element. It’s not even a big deal at that point. It’s mentioned almost like an afterthought.
But I have to describe the overall feeling of the book. And that was….awkward. It was just an awkward and uneasy book. I had this feeling in the pit of my stomach the whole time that I couldn’t shake. Kaliel was young and awkward, Krishani was inexperienced and awkward, all of their interactions/conversations with other people were awkward…….it just didn’t flow. It didn’t feel right.
The plot was all right. It got a little confusing and vague towards the end, but then it cleared up a bit. The plot alone would have made for a good story if the characters were more natural or relatable.
It was a well-thought-out setting, I will say that. The lands were described very well (with a nice map to match) and I could get a feel for the area. The creatures were depicted well and seemed natural for the setting. I especially loved that the trees and horses could talk. Also, the fact that Krishani had two eyes of different colors- I liked that. Reminded me of Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
I really liked how in the last review I made a timeline of important quotes illustrating how the couple falls in love, so I did the same with this one.
“But he saw Kaliel, in a way he’d never really seen anyone else in his life.” (page 23)
“The boy in Orlondir, Krishani, pressed on her thoughts constantly. She couldn’t shake him, he made her feel warm in a way that made her cheeks flush. Regardless of the way he acted she knew there was something unusual about him. Something tortured and dark that made him different than the others, more compassionate, less arrogant, and a lot more observant.” (page 41)
“All he wanted was another glimpse of those eyes- those wide, green sparkling eyes that ignited an immense desire within him.” (page 59)
“Everything about Orlondir reminded her of Krishani. Being in the place they met a year and a half ago only made her more nervous.” (page 100)
“Even if Kaliel chose to ignore him for a thousand years he would never fall out of love with her.” (page 166)
“‘I love you,’ he whispered, his eyes locking with hers. ‘I love you, too.'” (page 191)
Wow. Almost halfway through the book. Actually, that wasn’t that fast. It was just a really long book.

The ending…..ha. The ‘ultimate sacrifice’, to be sure. At that point I just really wanted it to be over. I didn’t want to read any more. I had little to no attachment to the characters so whatever happened to them just happened. But wait! There’s an alternate ending! Oh goody, more of the book I have to finish. Both endings were equally miserable and left me with absolutely no desire to keep reading the series. They would be fantastic ending that well suited my morbid tastes but for this book….nothing could save it at that point.
So why the two stars and not one? Well, the premise was good. Maybe it saves itself later in the series. The setting was fine. Eh. I didn’t truly hate it, I just disliked it a whole lot.

Good vs. Bad


  • setting
  • plot
Less than perfect:
  • characters
  • writing
  • overall feel
  • interaction
  • romance (overdone)
Bottom Line
This book is silly. It’s long and somewhat tedious. It gave me an uneasy feeling throughout most of it; it’s just an awkward book. The characters were overdramatic, too young and hard to connect with. The romance was overdone even though the actual plot had premise. The setting was well done, however. Would I read more by this author? No. I won’t be continuing the series. Would I recommend this book to others? Probably not.

About Rhiannon Paille

Rhiannon is a booksmith from the middle of nowhere, Canada. She holds a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology, which is to say she happens to know a lot about what goes bump in the night. When she’s not writing she’s singing karaoke, burning dinner, and hiding her superhero identity. She’d like to own a unicorn one day, as long as it doesn’t eat her. You’ll find her sipping iced cappuccino despite her allergy to coffee at

Overall: two-stars


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