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 rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Coscom Entertainment and Netgalley.)
Kaliel first meets Krishani whilst swimming a pond – a pond where merfolk live – a pond that she is forbidden to swim in. Once they meet they are attracted to each other, and when they next meet, a year and a half later, they kiss.
Both are destined to ‘marry the land’, and therefore cannot be together. It seems that Krishani will become a ferryman, and Kaliel is a flame – one of only 9 in all the world, and destined to start a war.
Can Kaliel and Krishani have any kind of future together? And what do their prophecy’s mean? Can love be stronger than destiny?
This was a YA epic fantasy, with a romance between Kaliel and Krishani thrown in. Both Kaliel and Krishani had problems – Kaliel insisted on doing what she wasn’t supposed to do, and getting caught, and Krishani persistently failed the tests set for him.
Both had a destiny that they didn’t know about, and both received cryptic parables from ‘the great oak’ who told people what they were set to be in life.
I had a feeling from the beginning that this book might not have a happy ending, although I had a feeling that this would probably be partly because this book is the first in a series! I’m not sure where the story goes from here, but I like that the author was brave enough for this sort of ending!
Overall; if you like epic fantasy you’ll probably like this.
6 out of 10.