Today, I’d like to introduce you to Surrender by Rhiannon Paille, the first in her The Ferryman and the Flame series. While it has elements of quest-type stories and those about star-crossed lovers, I found the characters to be quite unique.
Kaliel and Krishani are in their mid-teens learning about themselves and their roles in the future. They are at a crossroads, their decisions impacting their lives and those of their kinfolk. They feel an uncontrollable attraction to each other, but despite their knowing a relationship between them is wrong, their desires cloud their judgment. Temptation is hard for them to resist and, yet, giving in to it could result in dire consequences. Such is common among teens everywhere, which is why I think the young adults who read it will easily relate to their struggles, despite the fantastical elements found in the story.
Their world is separate from the ‘Lands of Men’, although those from Orlondir can cross the lake and ‘marry the land’, living among the people without magic, learning their ways. Orlondir is filled with mythical folk; an elven race interspersed with feorn (satyr-like creatures), fairies, gargoyles and witches. The island itself has both a male and female spirit protecting the people. Dreams tend to be visions of the future or sights of occurrences happening in other realms. Those with abilities can speak to the flora and fauna, hear the thoughts of others, as well as affect the lives around them. Some can even transport themselves through space with just a thought. Love for the elven folk is unheard of because they are supposed to be more logical than emotional.
All of these elements pale in comparison to the story of our to main characters, Kaliel and Krishani, who struggle with nightmares about Flames and Ferrymen. I have heard myths about the Ferryman, the one who brings, or sends, souls to the Underworld, but I am unfamiliar with the Flames. The connection between these two elements in the story is explored to some extent, but not everything about their relationship is clear. There is still so much mystery about them, making it imperative that I continue reading the series to learn more about how their relationship will affect the lives of Men!
What will they do? How will it end? Will they survive? Will their love blossom or end in fire?
Surrender is a fast-paced, whirlwind of a ride. I highly recommend it to those who love magic, mythology and tragic love stories. This and the other of The Ferryman and the Flame series are available for Kindle through Amazon.com. Clicking on the book cover will bring you to the site. Also, join us here on Sunday for my interview of Rhiannon to learn more about the world and characters she created. 🙂