Ballad for Jasmine Town
by Molly Ringle
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Pub Date 04 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 03 Jun 2024
Central Avenue Publishing, Central Avenue
The town of Miryoku has ocean views, fragrant jasmine vines, and a thriving arts scene, including a popular nineties cover band. It also sits on the verge, sharing a border with fae territory, a realm of both enchantments and dangers.
Rafi has been unusual all his life: a human born to a fae mother, a mortal denizen of the fae realm, a form-shifter. He aches to join the human world, but prejudices and legal tangles stand in his way. After the death of his beloved human grandmother at the careless hands of fae, his only connection to humans is the cover band he plays with—until he meets Roxana.
Roxana is a dutiful single parent and a metalworking witch specializing in healing charms. When she meets Rafi one summer night and repairs an instrument string for him, they strike up a friendship that soon kindles into love. But she’s moving away from Miryoku at summer’s end, and Rafi must stay, determined to stop the fae who keep hurting townsfolk. Together, Roxana and Rafi formulate an idea that might tame the most dangerous offenders—or might only accelerate the doom of their hometown.
A Note From the Publisher
You don't have to have read the first in the series (Lava Red Feather Blue) to follow along with this one -- but after you read this, you might want to! : )
“A story about finding your person at the end of the world, Ballad for Jasmine Town is both totally new and comfortingly familiar. Ancient and modern, current and nostalgic, Ringle manages to create a world unlike any other. Filled with love, family, fear, grief, and longing, this is a story about being human in an inhumane world, and ultimately a story of hope in dark times.” — Melissa McTernan, author of A Curse of Blood and Wolves
“An exhilaratingly seductive return to the magical island of Eidolonia, Ballad for Jasmine Town is a deeply moving story of what it means to truly love another: acceptance of their authentic self. A deliciously exciting adventure in a remarkable fantasy realm.” — Abbie Williams, author of the Shore Leave Cafe series
Praise for Lava Red Feather Blue
“With this engrossing urban fantasy, Ringle delivers a queer fairy tale as electrifying as it is tender.” — Publishers Weekly
“Come for the Sleeping Beauty allusion, but stay for the incredible world-building! Fans of fantasy, especially anything fae-related, will find this a very rich, satisfying read.” — Brent Hartinger, author of Geography Club and Three Truths and a Lie
“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