Waiting on Wednesday: Flame of Surrender by Rhiannon Paille

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good epic fantasy and this week’s W.O.W. definitely sounds like it will be epic in scope.  With a superpowered girl who could potentially be a weapon to start off the apocalypse and a boy fated to follow death, I can't imagine this not being an exciting read.  Author Rhiannon Paille has a blog where she often talks about the behind-the-scenes things that go with publishing a book and her process as a writer, which has me even more excited to dive into Flame of Surrender.


Flame of Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame #1)
Rhiannon Paille

372 pages
Find it on Goodreads.com

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.

Ms. Paille contacted me last week, wondering if I’d like to review her up-coming novel, Flame of Surrender.  I’m usually a bit hesitant accepting novels from authors since I’ve been burned quite a few times before, but after reading the brief summary, I had to jump in.  People who aren’t exactly people?  A battle between supernatural forces?  A girl with odd powers that could start off the apocalypse?  How could I say no to that?

That is why I’m eagerly awaiting reading Flame of Surrender.  It sounds unique in its approach, and though the overly “fantasy genre weird” names are awkward in my head, I’m curious to see how the author can tie so many supernatural aspects into a single cohesive story.  I’m also glad that I will go in knowing that this is the first in a planned seven book series. 

I highly recommend heading to Paille’s blog and learning about the cover shoot.  It’s made me even more eager to get my hands on the book!


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