Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Review, Excerpt + #Giveaway: Justice & Blood & Gold by Rhiannon Paille

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.



Kuruny pulled another jar off the witching wall and stuffed it into the bag straddled between her legs. She tried not to shake, but her hand quivered as she reached for another jar.

“Leave that, we can get more of it,” Kazza snapped. She sat on the other side of the cauldron, twisting the beads of her necklace with her fingertips. She shot a warning glance at Kuruny, watching as the younger sister put the jar back on the wall. Kazza swiveled on the stool and crossed her legs. Her white gown swept the floor as she stood and crossed the room. Brown hair fell in waves down her back. She studied the wall for a moment and grabbed something glittering and gray.

“This doesn’t grow in the Lands of Men.” She dropped the jar into the sack and met Kuruny’s gaze.

“He doesn’t know yet,” Kuruny said. It was half a question, half a statement. Eventually Istar would find out what she had done. She closed her black eyes and shook her head, sending locks of straight black hair falling over her shoulders.

“Nay, but others . . .” Kazza paused. Kuruny listened for sounds in the halls of the Lower East wing. She kept her thoughts close on their protection spell; none had bothered to check for supplies, yet there were plenty of herbs for healing in their quarters. Kazza eyed the rucksacks against the wall.

“Will come soon,” Kuruny finished for her. She ran her hands along the inside of the black sleeves of her dress. They tightly wrapped her arms to her elbows and loosely cascaded towards her wrist. She wasn’t used to this feeling. Avristar was meant to be home, a place away from the distortion they suffered in the Lands of Men, but Istar would have her head if Avristar herself didn’t sentence them to death. She shuddered at the thought and closed her eyes, thinking of Shimma. The third sister was lost in the forests where the enemy had retreated. They had barely enough time to communicate their wants to the youngest of their trio, and yet, they had to trust she would find what they needed—a way to salvation.

Kazza crossed the room and opened up a large armoire. Inside were three cloaks: one black, one beige, and one blue. Kazza handed the black one to her sister as she slid the beige one over her own shoulders, fitting the hood over her brown hair. Kuruny felt melancholy, as though the guilt had seeped into her bones.

“Come, there is no sense in facing him. You know his anger will know no bounds,” Kazza said.


Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Justice’ with us?
Justice has a theme song actually, as there were a lot of songs I was listening to in 2010 when I wrote this book.
The theme song is Breathing by Wires by The Juliana Theory.
Lyrics from the song that pertain to Justice:
This is now your world, and you barely made it,
Did you think that it would cradle you until you were asleep forever?
Did you? Did you? Did you? Did you?
Did you? Did you? Did you? Did you?
Other songs:
Heavy in your arms by Florence + The Machine
Setting Sun by Eskimo Joe
Just Me by Tegan and Sara
Never Bloom Again by The Perishers
First Floor People by Barcelona
Winter Song by Sara Barielles
Angel by Sarah McLachlin
Do you believe me? by The Juliana Theory
Satyros by Faun


I really loved continuing on the journey with Krishani. After the devastating turn of events at the end of Surrender, I was intrigued to see how it would all affect him, and if it would force him to follow his calling.

He seemed very lost, and once he travelled to the Lands of Men, things became a little more complicated with the revelation of the Vultures, and the tough decision he was faced with. When he chose to go in search of the Flames I had to wonder what his real purpose was. Was he looking for a way to make amends with Avristar? Was he looking for trouble, and ultimately his own destruction? Or was he really holding onto hope that some how he'd find his way to Kaliel?

As his journey became more treacherous, so the subtle changes in Krishani's ways became more evident. As the darkness took over his body, so it seemed to be taking over his soul. He was a little more ruthless than before, and he actually looked to be more comfortable in the presence of the Vultures.

There was still quite a bit of mystery behind the Flames and how they could be used together, and then there was the strange appearance of the Horsemen, and Morgana. They left a lot of destruction in the wake, but their overall role in this epic fantasy was yet to be defined. I really am looking forward to seeing how their presence will develop in the next book.

The final battle was almost as devastating as the one that brought Avristar to her knees, but there were a few surprise twists that gave me hope that the beautiful love story of The Ferryman and The Flame would never end. No amount of evil could destroy them. I guess I'll have to wait to read the next book in this series to see if true love will conquer all.

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.


Once again it was exciting to get to see behind the scenes of what's happening with the bad guys while the hero continued on his journey.

I did, however, find that this short story ended too abruptly. I was waiting to see the battle scene through the eyes of Crestaos, or even one of the Daed, and it would have been interesting to feel what Crestaos experienced when Tiki saved the day.

I was a bit confused by a few things that happened in this story, but I'm sure they will tie in to the next installment of this exciting and epic fantasy, adventure.

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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: 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.

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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