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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  54 reviews
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, ...more
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Expected publication: January 5th 2021 by Central Avenue Publishing
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Molly Ringle Hello! There is a central m/m love story, a f/f marriage between secondary characters, a nonbinary character with "they/them" pronouns, and in general…moreHello! There is a central m/m love story, a f/f marriage between secondary characters, a nonbinary character with "they/them" pronouns, and in general widespread acceptance and no drama about any such issues in the country where it's set. :)(less)
Molly Ringle Hi Lara! This one stands alone (no cliffhanger ending), though I'll definitely leave the possibility open of writing more stories set on this island. …moreHi Lara! This one stands alone (no cliffhanger ending), though I'll definitely leave the possibility open of writing more stories set on this island. :)(less)

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Lauren Lanz
3.5 stars! ⭐️

Lava Red Feather Blue was a pleasantly surprising fantasy tale. Part sleeping beauty re-imagined, part royalty and fae magic, I had an admittedly fun time reading.

“Alone is better than an army. But two is better than alone.”

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

To halt an oncoming war, prince Larkin is put into an enchanted slumber along with a wicked fae queen. One can not be woken without also waking the other, ensuring temporary peace amidst human and fae realms.
Conflict arises w
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Molly Ringle
Oct 19, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Why yes, you CAN also shelve this under LGBTQ as well as fantasy/paranormal/fae. But the LGBTQ content is not the central issue. No coming-out or identity angst; no homophobia. Just a lot of magic- and fae-related problems. :)
Effy
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
READ THIS BOOK, IT'S AMAZING!!!

Faeries and an LGBTQ+ romance, what's not to love. I have been a massive fan of Ringle since I read All The Better Part of Me so I was equal parts excited and scared to pick up this book. Not only does this book not disappoint but it massively exceeded my expectations. Merrick and Larkin are brilliant characters that the reader is sure to love and their romance feels earned. Each of the minor characters feels fully realised too and you find yourself caring for even
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Kyle
Actual rating: 2.5 (rounded up)

A thousand thanks to NetGalley and Michelle at Central Avenue Publishing for granting me access to this ARC.

You know, I was so excited to get my hands on this. I love Fantasy to begin with, but make it queer and I’m sold! It’s far too uncommon these days. This is, too, my second time around with a work by Molly Ringle. My first foray with ‘All the Better Part of Me’ was (admittedly) not a success, but I chose the benefit of the doubt and requested this novel, hopin
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Paula (lovebookscl)
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-mm, fantasy
The ARC for this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. I don't even know where to start because there are so many things I want to mention. First, the plot is amazing. From the moment I read the synopsis I knew this would be interesting and it was, it exceeded my expectations! I was so happy when I receive the ARC!!!

The characters are very well built, they are complex and imperfect but they try to improve over the course of the book.
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Leanne
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc
Faeries are my favourite magical creature - I looove them. And this was a super endearing book about them. The story revolves around Larkin, who has just woken up after being asleep since 1799, and Merrick, a half-witch, half-fae. I loved both characters and thought that they were both very likeable and realistic. I really liked the magical world that the author created, with lots of descriptions of the various types of fae and the other magical creatures the characters encountered.

I also liked
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K.S. Marsden
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Prince Larkin has been trapped in an enchanted sleep, until bumbling half-fae Merrick awakens him.

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

Prince Larkin is famed for his sacrifice in the fight against the dangerous faerie Ula Kana. But it's all a lie, he was forced into an enchanted slumber by the court's witch.
Two hundred years later, he has to come to terms with the fact all of his family are long-dead, and he's lost in a world of technological advancements.

Merric
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Annie
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with this book. I feel like it’s a perfect example of highlighting all the talent and creative force Molly Ringle contains!

The story follows Prince Larkin, a newly awoken prince originally from 1799, and Merrick Highvalley, a half fae witch, as they are forced into a magical journey through the fae realm to prevent Ula Kana from eradicating the humans off the island they call home.

First, let me tell you how refreshing it is to have another lgbt+ book in the fantasy category without
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pendragon reads
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ever wanted to be whisked away from the mundane world to a secluded island full of magic and trouble?

In this wonderful magical story we get an unlikely friendship between an ancient prince averse to magic and a reckless witch that blossoms into something beautiful. More than an amazing fantasy story full of magic, ‘Lava Red Feather Blue’ is a story of love. Not a perfect fairytale love but a truthful and touching love. Seeing Merrick and Larkin’s desire and affection for the other grow while the
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Javi reads and reads and reads
This read was a 3 solid stars for me.

I would normally be jumping from joy, I mean, a fantasy and also queer? Yes, please! But alas, I was a little bit disappointed.

I felt very lost at the beginning, the story throws a lot of information and terms at you in ways of world building and it takes a while to get the hang of it.

The pace was very fast and I had very little time to get attached to the characters and because I was bombarded with so much information, Larkin and Merrick’s meeting was entire
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Moony (Lil' Christmas elf)  MeowPoff
* Got this ARC from Netgalley *
I was really interested when i read the blurb plus the cover was so beautiful. But i was just not invested? The characters fell flat, and story was boring.
Sameena Jehanzeb
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
Now this book took me longer to finish than I wanted to. I was so excited to get my hands on it and for the first 40% it was interesting and promising. Ula Kana had me wondering though, because she is introduced as this great antagonist with overwhelming powers and therefore can`t be defeated easily, if at all – yet she is defeated within a few sentences and put to sleep pretty quick and easy. Uh … okay? But I thought it's just the beginning of the book and surely the rest will do better. And th ...more
bookcaked
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the copy of Lava Red Feather Blue. This is a voluntary review.

I didn’t know what to expect going into this story, but I certainly came out enamoured by the authors’ writing. Poetic (and there is lovely poetry inside!), medium-paced, and magical. Ringle adds detail to the story that creates a beautiful world of fae and creatures without being over-saturated or overwhelming. This is the best kind of fantasy to read if you want something lig
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Alicja
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Big thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my e-copy. Molly Ringle’s ‘Lava Red Feather Blue’ follows Merrick, half-human, half-fae, who accidentally awakens Prince Larkin from his 200 years sleep, sleep that was protecting the north Pacific Island of Eidolonia from Ula Kana, a feary determined to eliminate humans from the island. When Merricks accidentally awakens Larkin, the truce between faeries and humans is broken, and Ula Kana threatens the island once again.

Fast-paced and full of obsta
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Natalia Bell
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a good book! From the main plot to every detail of each little creature or living being is so well described that it seems so alive.
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I don't know where to begin to describe this book. Lava Red Feather Blue is a fantasy book set on an island hidden by mist and enchantments in the North Pacific Ocean, near Japan and cut off from the world to hide the magical power of the earth and its inhabitants
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Like each magical land before order existed chaos and a civil war for those who whant the right t
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Kirara7
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book, but I didn't love it.

The plot is really good, but somehow it was not well executed. there is too much of everything, if that's possible in a book.

overall the story is good, the characters are fun and relatable. the world is rich and magical.
Although it's not my thing
Bookish Selkie
Review to come!
Monet
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
THIS IS A NETGALLEY ARC REVIEW.


While I enjoyed the diverse representation and unique concept of the story, this book just wasn't for me. First of all, I think the title doesn't fit the book well. I would've preferred the book to be titled after one of the characters' names or a specific setting. The current title feels out of place. Usually, I form emotional connections to all the characters in a book, but I couldn't this time. What impressed me was how the author paid attention to all the ways
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Michelle Alpizar Paez
You have no idea how much I thank to Netgally for letting me read this in advance.
Eidolonia is an island where live fairies and humans share their knowledge with each other and live in peace, that until Ula Kana, a fairy who despites humans, she brought chaos among the humans, destroyed their lands and killed innocents. That is the reason why one of the most powerful witches puts under a spell Ula kana and prince Larkin of the human folk in order to bring peace. After two centuries Larkin is aw
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Lauren Neve
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Prince Larkin magically slumbers in order to keep Ula Kana, a powerful fae who seeks to destroy humanity, imprisoned. Only, this was not a willing sacrifice. His will was subverted by a close friend, who vowed to free him once she was able to find a new way to contain Ula Kana.

She is unsuccessful and the prince ends up sleeping until he’s awakened (by accident) by Merrick, a descendant of the mage who forced him to slumber. Suddenly, Larkin is thrust into what reads like the modern world, where
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Mara
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review!

This book was something that I desperately needed in my life, but I didn't know it until I had it.

There are so many things I loved about this book that I honestly don't know where to start. The worldbuilding in it is fantastic and flows so well, because information gets presented naturally as you move along the story and this world and its logistics become clearer. The characters are well fleshed out and lovable, ev
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Amy Burt
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book isn’t perfect but it’s enjoyable, it has LGBT representation, it has incredible worlds, it has various interesting and diverse characters and creatures from the fae realm and the plot is easy to get into and get carried away with.

What I struggled with is the pacing, at times certain areas felt very rushed, other times felt a but unnecessary (sorry, I didn’t read the poems that were slipped in) and while I applaud LGBT rep, it didn’t feel developed enough for me, it went from immediate
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Fraz Pannett
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jenna
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gay fae, nonbinary witches, & a strangers-to-lovers trope, oh my!

Set in a magical island in the Pacific where fae and human (tentatively) live next to each other, Lava Red Feather Blue follows the tale of the distant ancestor of the most powerful human witch to have lived on the island Eidolonia. Eidolonia exists in relative peace due to a truce set between humans and fae dating back to the late 1700s, when human Prince Larkin was put into an Aurora-esque sleep to bind the evil faery Ula Kana. O
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Jenna
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gay fae, nonbinary witches, & a strangers-to-lovers trope, oh my!

Set in a magical island in the Pacific where fae and human (tentatively) live next to each other, Lava Red Feather Blue follows the tale of the distant ancestor of the most powerful human witch to have lived on the island Eidolonia. Eidolonia exists in relative peace due to a truce set between humans and fae dating back to the late 1700s, when human Prince Larkin was put into an Aurora-esque sleep to bind the evil faery Ula Kana. O
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Saima
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020, lgbt
4.5/5 stars.

Thank you netgalley for providing me this arc in exchange for an honest review.

Lava Red Feather Blue was a wonderful read and I enjoyed it immensely. The writing and characters were amazing, and the story was captivating, very well paced but also easily captured in one book rather than stretched out into a series.

The worldbuilding was great - I loved Eidolonia, it seemed like a fascinating place, and I really liked the mix of technology and magic and how they infused together, as man
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Aisha
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lava Red Feather Blue follows Merrick who accidently awakens Larkin, a prince put to sleep as part of an agreement between humans and fae to stop Ula, who wants to get rid of humans. With the truce broken, they both team up to try and defeat Ula by venturing into the Fae side of the Island.

The first half of the book was quite hard to get into, not a lot happens in terms of the plot and it is very slow paced with the focus more on world building and the history of the characters. I did however e
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Cat Wolfe
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, lgbt, fantasy, usa
This was delightful!

Lava Red Feather Blue is a Sleeping Beauty reimagining, set in a fictional island in the Pacific where humans co-exist with fae, not entirely peacefully. Prince Larkin is the Beauty who awakens after 220 years and Merrick is the half-fae witch who awoke him accidentally. This action sets off a domino of other effects: the evil fae who wanted to eliminate humans from the island also rouses, she immediately starts destroying and killing, and the politicians are using her as an
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Tyler Jung
Lava Red Feather Blue follows modern-day witch Merrick on his journey to save the magical island of Eidolonia from the evil Fae, Ula Kana, who has risen after a centuries long sleep. The sleep was induced as a truce between fae and humans in which both Ula Kana and human prince, Larkin were put to sleep. After accidentally awakening both of them, Merrick must partner with Larkin to save the magical island from the threat of Fae.

I found this read quick and enjoyable. It was definitely not the mo
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✿❀ Coffee and the Bibliophile ❀✿



I have to admit this isn't my usual genre. I enjoy fantasy, but this seemed like a melting pot of different tropes and I found myself thoroughly entranced.

This book took me a while to read. There was so much imagery, information, monologues, speeches, and adventures taking place that I HAD to take breaks. It was actually quite refreshing to read such detailed literature that offered a breathtaking fantastical world and plot.

Told in 3rd person, from both Merrick and Larkin's mind, Lava Red Feathe
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