Saturday 3 October 2020

Book Review: Lava Red, Feather Blue by Molly Ringle (Fantasy/LGBT)

Title: Lava Red, Feather Blue
Author: Molly Ringle
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: 5 January 2021
Pages: 320
eBook - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy/LGBT
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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.


Lava Red, Feather Blue was a book I didn't dislike, but it also didn't quite manage to grip me. In fairness to the book, I have been exceptionally tired this past week, so that could be a contributing factor, but it took me twice as long to get through this as it normally would for a work this length. I enjoyed the premise of the story, and the world building was, for the most part, nicely handled. I got enough of a sense of the world and its magic without any info dumping or boring exposition. Merrick and Larkin were interesting characters; however, I would have liked to have gotten to know Merrick a little better than we did, and their relationship felt a little too swift for me, at least in the sense of them deciding it was true love. So, overall, I am giving this book 3.5 stars. It has a fun story and memorable characters; it simply didn't capture my heart enough for 4 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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