Series: The Ferryman and the Flame 1
Debut: November 9, 2012
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.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 47
It feels like forever since I last ventured farther into fantasy grounds than mere paranormal, I enjoyed it. Although, as with every huge fantasy world, you have to get used to alot of creatures and weird names, and that takes you some time to really appericiate the story, I'm glad I didn't let myself put it down in favor for something easier.
At first, it was a little slow in story development, but that was good since, as mentioned, you were still busy putting the right names to faces, places, relations. Right at the beginning, you were thrown a big chunk of story meat which you could enjoy while sorting through names during the more uninteresting parts and get comfortable with the world. I think it could've made with about 10% less of that and really move on earlier already, but once everything was set into motion, it was worth all the chewing.
Although still developing rather slowly, it gained momentum as farther it got to the end, like a rock kicked down a slope. While you were wanting to give them some kicks around 60% in to stop doubting themselves and get some action going, it had you on your toes by 80%, and there was no putting it down then.
The characters were mainly kept rather shallow, side as well as main characters, and I wish there would've been a bit more to discover. While Kaliel, the Flame, showed some real development towards the end, I was missing some of the same sort from Krishani, the Ferryman. However, this might be do to the focus of the book, which I felt was more on Kaliel this time, and the sequel might be more on Krishani. Thus, no downgrading from me there.
However, I do downgrade for irrational stupidity. I could not fully enjoy this because there was a majoy logical flaw in it, something even the younger audiences should notice because it's basically in your face, and which I do believe will put many readers off. While this was all about a forbidden love and to hope against hope, I got angry every time Kaliel or Krishani saw only the negative part of their two-part parables given to them by the wise Great Oak. If they really were that big on hope, they wouldn't just ignore the way more positive, hope-filled parts of their parables. It's a characteristic contradiction which does not make sense at all, not even if they don't associate the second parts with their love.
Overall, I believe this to be a great start into a fantasy series, because there was a bit of everything in it, and a lot of questions left unanswered. And that cliffhanger ending which basically left you gaping at the page... well, it makes you want to find out how this could possibly cpntinue on AND--almost more importantly--how this is supposed to be made right again.
Area Scan: Style: 3.5/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Characters: 3/5 -- Romance: 5/5 -- Action: 3.5/5 -- Suspense: 3/5 -- Drama: 5/5