Monday, 14 October 2013

Review, Playlists + #Giveaway: Surrender & Lantern & Poison by Rhiannon Paille

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.


Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Surrender’ with us?

Once again we’re really digging deep because Surrender was finished in 2009, then rewritten once in 2010, and again in 2011 and was then edited a lot and in 2012 I added some deleted scenes, illustrations, a map, and an alternate ending (for fun)

1. Caught Myself - Paramore

I listened to this song on repeat while finishing the first draft of the last part of Surrender. I’m always about the lyrics and the cadence of a song, this one had what I needed to finish the book.

2. Setting Sun - Eskimo Joe

Again, I was looking for songs at the time that could help me plow into the emotions of my characters. So this song was great for that.

3. My Number - Tegan and Sara

All time favorite Indie Rock Duo. I love their older stuff because of how raw and original it was.

4. Satellite Heart - Anya Marina

I suppose the whole Twilight Soundtrack was being played around this time but the songs on this soundtrack were amazing because of the Indie Rock quality to them and the fact that the movie was considered an Indie Film so really just a great time for this to come out for me.

5. Holy Toledo - Crystal Bowersox

I loved this girl when she was on American Idol because damn could she sing. So of course I downloaded her songs and made constant patronage to them while writing.


There’s something very magical about epic fantasies. I love being whisked away to a new world with exciting characters, and Paille drew me in to her story of forbidden love, magic, mystery and chaos, with strong writing, an intriguing plotline and characters I really cared about.

I loved the shift of POV between Kaliel and Krishani. They were each on their own journey to discover their destiny according to The Great Oak’s parable, but along the way they discovered each other and, along with a love that blossomed, the fulfillment of a prophecy began even before they knew their importance in the fight to save Avristar.

This story was well paced and a real pleasure to read. Fantasy fans will be enthralled from start to finish. I know I was and I cannot wait to continue of the journey of The Ferryman & The Flame. Will their love be enough, will they survive the evil that tore them apart in this book, and will the prophecy be fulfilled once and for all?  These are the questions that burn in my mind, and I’m looking forward to finding the answers as this exciting series continues.
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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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Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Lantern & Poison’ with us?

Lantern & Poison was written around the same time as Surrender, then was extracted from the original novel and so trying to come up with a playlist for this novella alone is really hard! I’m flipping through songs I used to listen to around 2006 - 2009 when it was written and here’s what I got!

1. Spesso Sprofondo by Emma Shapplin

Emma Shapplin’s entire Greatest Hits Album was something I was listening to a lot during this time. The haunting vocals, the dark tones to the music really pulled me in.

2. Gamen by Garmarna

One of the classic Celtic bands out there and if you haven’t heard this song you need to. I found this song in high school when our modern dance teacher played it in class. Years later I managed to find the song again, so it was definitely inspiration for me.

3. Heavy in your arms - Florence and the Machine

The first Florence Welch song I fell in love with. I have since listened to alot of Florence for inspiration.

It was great to get to read the story of Surrender from the villain’s POV. Paille paints a vivid picture of just how evil Crestaos is, and even though the Daed warriors depicted in this story bend to his will, there is obviously a divide in their group and I’m intrigued to see how this develops, and how it will affect the future plans of their wicked leader.

It was something else to experience the cruelty and torture the Flames were subjected to and only through this story can one truly understand the pain Kaliel felt when faced with the death of these Flames.

Paille does a great job of tying together the events of Surrender and Lantern & Poison, giving her readers the special privilege of seeing the story from both sides. It was exciting and looking forward to the rest of this series.
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 Author is giving away a signed paperback set of Surrender, Justice and Vulture, along with a Print Package. Open to US only. (This is 2 separate prizes)

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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.


Other books in The Ferryman & The Flame Series

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.

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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