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The Battle of Iron Gulch by R.G. Thomas Release Day Review

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Book Info

Book Series
The Town of Superstition #3
About the Author
R. G. Thomas has been reading books from an early age. As a young gay man, however, he found very few characters with whom he could truly identify. Now that he's an adult—or at least older than he used to be—he likes to write stories that revolve around gay characters. The Town of Superstition is his YA fantasy gay romance series which includes wizards, witches, and other magical creatures.

When he's not writing, R. G. Thomas loves to read, go to movies, watch some TV, and putter around in the small suburban patch of ground he calls a yard. He visits his mother once a week, not just for the free cookies, and enjoys spending time with close friends drinking wine and making up ridiculous things that sometimes show up in his books. Although he hates the process of travel, he does enjoy experiencing new places. His dream trip is to one day visit the country of Greece, and he is currently saving his nickels and dimes to make that a reality.

Twenty years ago he met a man who understood and encouraged his strange, creative mind, who made him laugh more often and more freely than anyone else. They were officially married in November of 2015 and today they still laugh often as they live in a suburb just north of Detroit with their two cats who act as both muse and distraction to him while he writes.
Publication Date
January 10, 2017
Available Formats
epub, mobi, pdf
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.

Editor review

1 review
Action Packed Adventure
Cover – Perfect!
POV – 3rd person, one character POV
Would I read it again – Yes!
Genre – Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Action/Adventure, Coming-of-Age

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

Wow! This was an action packed adventure right from page one.

For anyone who might accidentally pick this up out of order, there's a very nice, simple rundown of all the action and important events that have taken place before, but it's not all crammed into the first page to give them a footing. It's slowly released over time, mentioning things when relevant, in a way that doesn't/won't bore the reader who has read the previous books. Or, like me, likes to re-read the previous books before delving into the new offering.

As I re-read both prior books first, I was looking for key events, conversations or hints at clues that I wanted to be explained in book 3. I got answers to them all. Being a serial reader of series books, this is rare. There's always that one thing that slips away and is forgotten about or one conversation that seems important at the time, in book 2 for example, but isn't addressed even after book 5. This series doesn't do that to you. Everything important is covered in just enough detail to make it right, and if there are things we haven't been given answers to yet, they've been addressed in a way that promises more to come, so that we know to expect those answers in the future.

Saying that, the book picks up right where book 2 left off. But, within the first few chapters, we find our way out of the Lost Forest and back into civilization. There is a consistency in the series overall, but also in the seamless flow between books and chapters alike, that makes it so easy to flow from one novel to another, one chapter to another, without feeling like you've ever lose your place or don't know what is happening. The writing skill and plot planning to manage this is exceptional and nothing short of what I've come to expect from R.G. Thomas.

I loved the believable and natural explanation for their delay in moving forward, as they reached Iron Gulch, that Nathan had little to no money. He has, after all, moved from town to town and job to job for fifteen years. The constant secrecy and hesitation, the inability to trust anyone no matter how innocent they seem, makes perfect sense. After all they've been through, there's nothing certain in their lives anymore but each other.

Overall, I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll leave it at this – this book was a fitting end to a story that had me hooked from page one of book one. If it never picks up to solve the story of Fetter, I can still be happy with a fully explored and thrilling adventure that is the Town of Superstition. But I hope and believe it will continue. And I'll be there to read every word of it.


Favourite Quote

“She crossed her arms and frowned. “You seem like you don't want me around.”
“No, it's not that,” Thaddeus said.
“Then what is it?”
Thaddeus wished he could say it was because he was part of a group of magical folk on a dangerous mission to locate his mother and hopefully change her from a dragon back into her true form before an evil witch corrupted her for malicious purposes. But that would most likely make her think he was crazy and start some rumors to that effect around town.”
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