Book Review – Forged in Magic by B.A. Tortuga

Tin Star Witches: The Witches of Ruby Gulch #2
Publisher: Turtlehat Creatives
Pages: 145
Characters: Owen/Jericho
POV: 3rd
Genre: Western, Paranormal, Series.

When Owen McBride sees his lover Jericho stagger into their homestead outside of Ruby Gulch, New Mexico, he thinks he’s seeing the dead come back to life. Jericho was lost to him when the wagon train he was leading was taken by monsters called Eaters, and Owen expected to be alone the rest of his life.

Blind, poisoned by magic, and near real death, Jericho Nater comes back to Owen, needing the love his man offers, and his help. The doomed wagon train’s children are still alive, and Jericho has promised to go back for them. Owen can’t bear to lose Jericho again, but he would never deny Jericho something so important. Together they must find a way to save those kids, and to make their way home alive.

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This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I’m looking forward to reading more! I found her writing style very easy to read and was drawn into the book and its characters very quickly. I thought the way the author described the characters’ emotions and reactions was very powerful. The world building in this series is fabulous, and I loved how the old west mixed with the paranormal/magic in this story.

I loved Owen and Jericho, and how they are each other’s strength and heart. Their relationship is a very easy companionship as well as connecting strongly at an emotional and physical level. Owen’s very practical and protective of his witch, and I liked how Owen has his own strengths yet can’t see them. I liked how Jericho compensated for his lack of sight, and his relationship with his guardians.

As with all of the books I’ve read of this series so far, I thought the guardians stole every scene they were in. The last scene in the book was fabulous in that regard, and made for a very satisfying finish to the story.

I also liked Barthe and Samuel and would love to read more about them. I hope we haven’t seen the last of this series with these four books. Although it feels like rich, and well thought out world, it still feels like there’s more of its history and people to explore.

The children have a lot of potential and very distinct personalities, even the little ones. I liked the theme of found family. The eaters were scary and I loved the descriptions of how they made their prey feel, and I thought that made them all the more terrifying.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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