Daughter of the Bone Forest (Witch Hall Duology #1)
Two girls reluctantly bound by fate must weather a dangerous courtship as a prophesied war grows ever closer in Jasmine Skye's high-stakes, queernormative dark fantasy debut, Daughter of the Bone Forest.
Rosy is a bone familiar, gifted with the power to shift into animals marked with exposed bone. She spends most of her days in the magical Bone Forest, caring for her feral grandmother and hiding her powers to avoid conscription by the Witch King’s army. Until the day that Princess Shaw, a witch known as Death’s Heir, visits the Forest. When Rosy saves Shaw’s life, the princess offers her the chance to attend the prestigious school, Witch Hall, as payment. Though Rosy is wary of Shaw’s intentions, she cannot pass up the opportunity to find the cure for her grandmother’s affliction.
But at Witch Hall, Rosy finds herself embroiled in political games she doesn't understand. Shaw wants Rosy for her entourage, a partner to help lead the coming war. All Rosy wants is to stay out of trouble until she can graduate and save her grandmother, but she can't deny her attraction to Shaw or the comfort Shaw’s magic gives her. Will Rosy give in to her destiny, or will the Bone Forest call her home once and for all?
Jasmine Skye is a queer-romantic, gray-ace, bigender fantasy author. Growing up, Jasmine learned sword fighting, folk dancing, and equestrian skills through the SCA, a medieval re-creation organization. In college, Jasmine studied psychology, anthropology (with a specialization in Native and Indigenous Studies), and writing. S/he earned a Master's in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program. Jasmine has a dog, a cat, and a snake, grew up with horses and chickens, and expects to own a menagerie by the time s/he’s fifty. When s/he’s not writing, Jasmine works with high schoolers across Texas as a DEI outreach coordinator. Daughter of the Bone Forest is Jasmine’s debut novel.