“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 the nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war.”
Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame, #1) by Rhiannon Paille was enchanting and heartbreaking. The story opens in the Great Library of The Island of Avristar. Kemplan works in the the Great Library, here he finds a parchment with a drawing on it of the Ferryman and the Flame. Of course his negative response makes it obvious that something like this happened in the past and destroyed the land, something like this should never happen again.
After that scene we meet the male main character, Krishani, he is elven and is tall, strong, with black hair and one blue and one green eye. He is part of the brotherhood and his destiny is a big mystery but also a bigger honor. He first sees Kaliel when she is bathing in the lake, which is forbidden due to the merfolk.
Kaliel is the female main character. Described to be pale skinned, with pale hair and emerald green eyes she is a curious elf. She swims with the merfolk and speaks to trees, things that others cannot do. After meeting Krishani a “flame” is sparked within her that cannot die.
The Great Oak is where everyone in Avristar goes to learn their destiny and then they marry the land, which I think means that everything the people of Avristar do is for the land and can only love and be married if the land approves. The Great Oak has told both Kaliel and Krishani that they will have important roles in the next war of Avristar. What they eventually realize is that they are the Flame and the Ferryman, respectively.
The setting is magnificent or at least the descriptions were amazing. The love story is your classic star crossed lovers story but with fight. Kaliel will not “surrender” her love to marry the land. She and Krishani vow to never surrender, but with an old foe searching Avristar for the remainding flames and killing them, will this vow be broken? A great tale to have in YA libraries.