"With this engrossing urban fantasy, Ringle delivers a queer fairy tale as electrifying as it is tender"—Publishers Weekly
Lush and imaginative—an epic fantasy for a new generation, full of love, vengeance, redemption, and forgiveness.—Pam Stucky, author of The Universes Inside the Lighthouse
Awakening the handsome prince is supposed to end the fairy tale, not begin it. But the Highvalley witches have rarely done things the way they're supposed to. On the north Pacific island of Eidolonia, hidden from the world by enchantments, Prince Larkin has lain in a magical sleep since 1799 as one side of a truce between humans and fae. That is, until Merrick Highvalley, a modern-day witch, discovers an old box of magic charms and cryptic notes hidden inside a garden statue.
Experimenting with the charms, Merrick finds himself inside the bower where Larkin lies, and accidentally awakens him. Worse still, releasing Larkin from the spell also releases Ula Kana, a faery bent on eradicating humans from the island. With the truce collapsing and hostilities escalating throughout the country, Merrick and Larkin form an unlikely alliance and become even unlikelier heroes as they flee into the perilous fae realm on a quest to stop Ula Kana and restore harmony to their island.
"Lovely and evocative, Lava Red Feather Blue is sure to delight lovers of fae, fairytales, and fantasy.—Allie Therin, author of Spellbound
Ringle (The Goblins of Bellwater) begins her delightful urban fantasy in 1799, as the cruel faery Ula Kana lays waste to Eidolonia, leading to civil war between the humans and the fae. To end the war, witch Rosamund Highvalley connects Ula Kana's fate to that of human Prince Larkin and magicks them both into a deep sleep which lasts until 2020, when Merrick Highvalley, a half-fae, half-human perfumer, accidentally breaks the spell. Over the past two centuries, Eidolonia has maintained peace by relegating humans to the coast and out of fae lands. But with Ula Kana also awake, this peace won't last. Larkin turns himself in to the human government, hoping he can help to stop Ula Kana. But when the government attempts to force Larkin back into slumber, Merrick stages a daring rescue. As war breaks out across Eidolonia, Merrick and Larkin seek cooperation from the fae rulers to stop Ula Kana and their dangerous mission sparks a passionate romance. Though the story becomes a bit muddled toward the end, Ringle's clever worldbuilding, well-rounded characters, and tight action sequences are sure to impress. With this engrossing urban fantasy, Ringle delivers a queer fairy tale as electrifying as it is tender.
Grew up on CS Lewis and Narnia and this book caught me right away. Merrick and Larkin forever. I do hope there is more.