Saturday, March 23, 2013

Book Review: Surrender by Rhiannon Paille

Goodreads summary:

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.

My review:

Unfortunately, this story didn't grab me as much as I'd hoped it would.  I like the idea - it's creative and interesting, and has great potential - but the writing style is bogged down with long paragraphs and too much description.

One thing that bothered me a couple times was that it was hard to tell who was speaking.  It wasn't always made clear in the conversations.  And like I said above, there are also some extremely long paragraphs at times.  That makes it so much more difficult to keep my attention on the book - short paragraphs are more concise and easier to read.

I think if some of the above issues had been fixed, I would've enjoyed the story more.  There's also the fact that it starts off pretty confusing.  For a while at the beginning, nothing makes sense.  I do like how the story continues though.  The characters are interesting enough and it's a great idea for a fantasy story.  But for me, it was just...meh.  Still, if it looks interesting to you, by all means give it a try - I know many others have enjoyed this.

* I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks!

My rating:  6 out of 10 (3 stars)

~ The Bookworm


  1. I'm reading this right now. I'm only a little bit in thought. I think it's OK so far, but even now I can already agree with your review.

    1. Yeah - not the best fantasy story ever, but still unique enough. Hope it gets better for you!