LAVA RED FEATHER BLUE
REPRESENTATION: m/m relationship, secondary queer characters
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Fantasy
LAVA RED FEATHER BLUE and I got off to a rocky start. The eARC was poorly formatted (something I’ve seen a lot of reviewers mention) which didn’t help matters, but more than that, the first few chapters just didn’t really click for me. It felt flat and overly full of exposition. I very nearly DNFed it.
Things started to pick once the protagonists crossed paths and kept improving from there.
For me, the most exciting part of the story wasn’t the modern/magic blended world of Eidolonia but Larkin and Merrick’s quest and journey through the fae realm (which luckily is the majority of the story). For the part, LAVA RED FEATHER BLUE was a five-star read, with a climactic ending that had me all wrapped up in emotions.
As I say, I loved the journey through different parts of fae territories, where each ruler has challenges for the protagonists to overcome and partake in. The world was rich and exciting, and the pace moved quickly without either getting bogged down or missing details.
It’s a vivid story.
LAVA RED FEATHER BLUE has two protagonists – newly awakened Prince Larkin and awkward half-fae Merrick. Both characters are utterly charming and the romance between them feels completely natural and well-developed as it weaves through their adventure. Both characters have flaws and weakness, but the way they butt-head and work together gives both them and the journey depth.
I’m really, incredibly glad I stuck with this one. I’d give LAVA RED FEATHER BLUE five-stars but for the shaky start and, as it’s a standalone with a nicely rounded out ending, I recommend it to any fans of faeries, quests or fantasy in general.
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.
A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.