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.
Kaliel is one of the nine flames, the amethyst flame, and she is also Elven. Krishani is a boy that dreams of death, and follows the ferryman in these dreams. Kaliel and Krishani are starcrossed lovers. They hide their feelings for one another because they don't want to be judged. This, in and of itself, is a struggle for them. They also have to consider the destinies that have been given to them, and how their choices will affect all of Avristar. Flames aren't supposed to fall in love, they marry the land. Kaliel talks to trees, has conversations with them. She is quite good at doing what she is told not to do, like swimming with the merfolk.
While I enjoyed certain aspects of this story and found them to be somewhat original, it was slow and disjointed at times. And then other times it was full speed ahead, so I admittedly had trouble keeping up, and was confused. That being said, the descriptives of Avristar and the water, the trees... just the world that Paille has created within this story, it was truly beautiful.
Narrated by Rachel Siegel, this was my first audio with her. I was quite taken with Siegel's voice. Perhaps her narration coupled with Paille's descriptives of Avristar are what had me creating this world in my head while I was listening. Also, Kaliel seemed to be very diverse in her personality and characterization, which was unlike any of the other characters. Siegel conveyed that aspect of the story well when I was listening, it was like Kaliel was always on display almost, and I liked that the narrator was able to pick up on that.
Overall this was just an okay read for me. It is steeped in fantasy, so if you are a fan of other worlds that are rich in color and personality, then you may well love this story. I'm giving this one 3/5 because I can see potential with this author and I just loved the world of Avristar.