Official Stuff –
Author – Rhiannon Paille
Pages – 402
Series – The Ferryman and the Flame
Publisher – CreateSpace
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.
My Rating – 2 Stars
*I received a digital copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Independent Book Publishers Association and CreateSpace*
Kaliel and Khrishani are Elven. They are born from the land and eventually they will marry the land (whatever that means) and go live in the Lands of Men (I still don’t know what that is!) That is what they are both being trained for.
One night, when both of them are breaking the rules they accidently meet at a forbidden waterfall. Instantly they fall in love. I mean instantly. They are holding hands and being angsty about how they can’t be together and making each other feel “warm” and this is all within the first 20 pages of the book. Then they pine after each other for over a year.
When both of them prove to be terrible apprentices (again, no idea what they are apprenticing for) they are shipped off to be mentored by the greatest whatever-they-are of the lands. Seriously, nothing is explained in this book. They meet, again by chance, at the same forbidden waterfall and a first Kaliel pushes him away but eventually she succumbs and they have secret affair.
I feel bad about this review (I almost decided not to review it) because I just did not like this book. Kaliel does nothing but mumble and mutter, she has no self-confidence, she’s whiny, and she’s lazy. She’s clumsier than Bella Swan. Krishani is just as bad but then somehow he gets up and fights a war with ease.
Also, the whole plot is written in the summary, because it’s not even explain that Kaliel is a Flame and Krishani is a Ferryman until over halfway through the book.
If there was one good thing about this book, it was the imagery. The lands of Avristar sound beautiful and lots of different mythologies are combined. However the author seemed to be more focused on making her world pretty, than writing an actual plot.