- The Battle of Iron Gulch by R.G. Thomas Release Day Review
The Battle of Iron Gulch by R.G. Thomas Release Day ReviewHot
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.
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.
“She crossed her arms and frowned. “You seem like you don't want me around.”