Reviewed by Ami
Title: The Well of Tears
Author: R.G. Thomas
Series: The Town of Superstition #2
Heroes: Thaddeus Cane/Teofil Rhododendron
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 129 Pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: June 16, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Thaddeus Cane is on the journey of his life. Having just discovered he is the son of a wizard and witch, he sets off on a quest to find his mother, who was cursed when Thaddeus was just a baby. He is accompanied by his father, Nathan; his new love, Teofil Rhododendron, the garden gnome who lives next door; and Teofil’s mother, brother, and sister. Though the world they travel through is familiar to him, they encounter a number of magical beings, some friendly and others quite deadly. When Nathan is gravely wounded, Thaddeus must choose between finding his mother and saving his father’s life.
Review: At the end of The Midnight Gardener, we found our hero, Thaddeus Cane, alongside his father, his newly gnome boyfriend Teofil, and Teofil’s family, started their journey into the magical world to find Thaddeus’ mother, the dragon Claire. In this second installment into the series, the quest continued…
Just like in the first novella, I wholeheartedly enjoyed Thomas’s way of describing the atmospheric surroundings … from the Lost Forest, the inhabitants of troll, faeries, and living vines, as well as the tale of how Lost Forest and The Well of Tears came to be. It was fairy tale-ish and I imagined this would be perfect for bed-time stories. We have a quest, magical beings, betrayal, and a young hero who started to find his magical power in times of need.
Other than the previously appearing characters, The Well of Tears introduced a new one – a wood elf by the name of Dulindir, who helped Thaddeus and Teofil discover the missing magical well in order to save Thaddeus’s father. I thought Dulindir fit right in with the traveling group and I looked forward to his future interaction with Astrid, Teofil’s sister.
Potential readers should note that, similar to the first book, this one has an open ending since Thaddeus still has to continue his quest to save his mother from the evil witch, Isadora. I, for one, will definitely be there for the next book.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*