Reviewed by Ami
Title: The Battle of Iron Gulch
Author: R.G. Thomas
Series: The Town of Superstition #3
Heroes: Thaddeus Cane/Teofil Rhododendron
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press/Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: January 12, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Thaddeus Cane and his garden gnome boyfriend, Teofil, travel with Teofil’s mother and sister, Thaddeus’s father, and a new elf ally to Wraith Mountain, armed with the water from the Well of Tears. Thaddeus hopes to use the water to free his mother—cursed to take dragon form by the witch Isadora—and reunite her with her family. But their quest is far from over, and the party is forced to stop in the small village of Iron Gulch while they procure supplies for their trip up the mountain.
There, Thaddeus continues to gain strength in magic, and he will need it, because something is rotten beneath the idyllic facade of Iron Gulch. A new and dangerous adversary is bent on the destruction of not only Thaddeus and his friends, but everyone living in the town—unless their group can put a stop to it. The fight will be one of the hardest they’ve faced, but if they can prevail, it should prepare them to make their final stand against Isadora and put an end to her cruelty.
Review: Thaddeus and his group of family and friends arrive in the small village of Iron Gulch. Since they need to rest and prepare supplies before climbing up the Wraith Mountain in order to save Thaddeus’ mother from the clutch of the evil witch, Isadora, Thaddeus’ father decides that they should stay there for a while.
Unbeknownst to them, something sinister has Iron Gulch under their claws. Thaddeus, Nathan, Teofil, and the rest of the group will have to fight to save the town in order to continue to their mission.
When I first saw The Battle of Iron Gulch – the third installment from R.G. Thomas’ Young Adult Fantasy series, The Town of Superstition – listed at Dreamspinner Press, I was really excited. Unlike the previous two, this third book is novel length … so I knew that story-wise, this would be more ‘complete’.
And I was right… I felt that Thaddeus had a chance to learn about himself and his parents. Thaddeus also had the chance to learn to use his magic as Nathan taught him spells. I felt like I had more time with these characters. Duly noted, there wasn’t a lot of progress on the relationship front between Thaddeus and Teofil… HOWEVER, I have never seen these books as romance anyway. It is more of a young adult fantasy series. I had no problem that it didn’t focus on the romance.
The village town Iron Gulch was pretty creepy. I thought Thomas was able to portray the sinister evil lurking around the town; I felt it through the pages. I knew that there was something wrong about the town. I was biting my tongue waiting for the ‘bad things’ to finally show themselves to Thaddeus and the gang. Not to mention that Thaddeus still had to perform the mission of saving his mother. This threat from the town was definitely delaying his plan…
The Battle of Iron Gulch wrapped one story-line and I thought it was quite satisfying. Having said that, I hope R.G. Thomas will continue the series in order to tie up few other loose ends.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*