Author: R.G. Thomas
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/16/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay, Young Adult
The Midnight Gardener
Thaddeus Cane and his father have moved thirty-two times in all of Thaddeus’s fifteen years. Every time his father uproots them without a reason, it leaves Thaddeus friendless once again. Superstition is the town they’ve settled in this time, and despite its name, it seems like every other little town, except for one thing.
From the window of his bedroom, Thaddeus can look into their neighbor’s backyard. And every night, after dark, he sees a guy his own age putter around in the immaculately maintained garden. When Thaddeus visits his neighbor, the crush already blooming underneath surfaces, and Teofil, the midnight gardener, reveals he’s actually a garden gnome. When Thaddeus’s father finds out, more secrets are exposed, and Thaddeus embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.
The Well of Tears
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.
Okay, let’s see if I can do these two books justice. If you are a follower of Jeff & Will’s big gay podcast, you likely already have heard about these two books, as I talked about them a few weeks ago on Episode 32. At the time, I hadn’t even written the review. Thanks to my move, I am just now sitting down to write it four weeks later. My review may be better listened to that read… just saying.
So let’s see if I can hit the highlights. Magic, Goblins, Faeries, a Dragon, and secrets. The journey of a lifetime and first love? Seriously, what else do you need?
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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