Saturday, 21 September 2013

Review: Skeleton & Dust by Rhiannon Paille

Title: Skeleton & Dust

Series: The Ferryman + The Flame #0.5

Author: Rhiannon Paille

Expected Publication: October 1st, 2013

In the First Era, before Kaliel and Krishani fell in love, Tor runs. He escapes the Land of Kings and the tyrannical Valtanyana. In the depths of Tempia he forges weapons-- The Flames-- strong enough to oppose the Kings he betrayed.

Aria, The Amethyst Flame, cannot touch the living or the dead and her kin are silent ghosts. Hidden in a cairn deep in the haunted forest, Aria becomes obsessed with the Ferryman, the only boy who can feel her touch.

Before Aria knows it, The Flames, The Ferryman and Tor are swept up in the first war against the Valtanyana.


Moments passed in silence as Skeld purveyed the land, seeming to memorize every last detail. He turned to Aria as he continued floating down the path towards the field with the flower shaped lake. When they reached the crest of the basin he glanced at her.

“What do you know about Tor?”

Aria shrugged. She had been thinking of asking him the same thing. Tor was a mystery cloaked in armor and gifted with a sheen sense of peculiarity. She couldn’t explain him. “I don’t know anything,” she said softly. She descended the hill, keeping in line with the uppermost part of the basin, as they crossed to the haunted forest. “I suppose he’s worried.”

“About the hunters?”

“Is that what you call them?”

“They are hunting him are they not?”

The corner of her lips quirked up as she ducked under the first branch in the forest. She went to reach for Skeld to tell him to avoid getting tangled in the branches but her hand moved through his and she pulled away, gasping as he shuddered.

“You are an unnatural thing,” Skeld exclaimed, but his tone was gentle, bewildered. Aria felt a pit in her stomach. She twisted her toe in the ground and twirled one a stand of long white hair in her fingers.

“Tor said I was a Flame. Do you know what that is?”

Skeld shook his head profusely. “No child, I’ve never heard of them. On Tempia we are peaceful, we tend our crops, we feed our children. We don’t look for trouble. You…you are trouble.”

Aria looked at the ground, littered with ferns and flowers the colors of the rainbow. “I didn’t mean…”

Skeld straightened himself out and pulled his tunic taut over his chest. “Nonsense, bring me to the shores, we will not speak.”


This was a great prequel to what, quite obviously, promises to be an enthralling epic fantasy tale. (Yes, I have not read any of the other books in this series, but will be rectifying that ASAP!!)

The story started off a little slow, but once Tor created the Flames, I was hooked and I knew that something magical and amazing was about the happen. I was intrigued by Aria. She was different and obviously served a higher purpose in this story. When she meets the Ferryman for the third time, there connection was so strange but beautiful, and I just have to read the rest of the books in thise series because I need to know more about them.

I was disappointed that once the war started, things moved quite quickly and before I knew it, it was all over. However, as this is a prequel to the main story, I can look past the fact that it ended so quickly. It served it's purpose, whetting my appetite, and I want more.

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Other books in The Ferryman & The Flame Series

Title: Surrender

Series: The Ferryman + The Flame #1

Author: Rhiannon Paille

Published: October 2nd, 2012 by 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.

Title: Lantern & Poison

Series: The Ferryman + The Flame #1.5

Author: Rhiannon Paille

Published: December 11th, 2012

This is SURRENDER from the villain's POV.

Hadwen is no more. The Daed have no choice but to travel to Avrigost to awaken Crestaos. They're thrown into a whirlwind quest for the Flames, not knowing how ruthless and sadistic Crestaos can be.

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Title: Justice

Series: The Ferryman + The Flame #2

Author: Rhiannon Paille

Published: April 2nd, 2013

How far would you go to destroy yourself?
Krishani always knew he would have to go to the Lands of Men, but he never thought it would be like this. Enemies everywhere, an ancestor he can't respect, elders he can't trust, a curse he can't stop and friends he can't help but hate. Desperate to end the pain, he sets out on a quest to find the other Flames and face the enemy that took everything from him.

Title: Blood & Gold

Series: The Ferryman + The Flame #2.5

Author: Rhiannon Paille

Published: January 31st, 2013

This is JUSTICE from the villain's POV.

The Daed are pawns to one of the most powerful members of the Valtanyana. Crestaos is insane, his hunger for the Flames insatiable. The closer the Daed get to achieving his goal, the more expendable they become.

Title: Vulture

Series: The Ferryman + The Flame #3

Author: Rhiannon Paille

Published: June 18th, 2013
How far would you go to betray everything you've ever known?
Kaliel didn't think second chances came with this much turmoil. Exiled from her home, surrounded by strangers and in love with a boy she barely recognizes, she can't take it. She has her best friend, a new mentor, and a chance to win the war against the Valtanyana, but it's all wrong. Desperate to salvage some semblance of her former life, she makes a deal that shatters everything.


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Rhiannon is an up and coming Indie Author that writes Young Adult Fantasy books and some non fiction. She has a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. When she’s not writing books she’s reading minds, singing karaoke, burning dinner and sipping iced cappuccino despite her allergy to coffee. Some day she’d like to own a unicorn—as long as it doesn’t eat her. She's sold over 25,000 copies of her books worldwide.


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