When fifteen-year-old Thaddeus Cane moves to the town of Superstition, he quickly realizes the place lives up to its name when he meets and falls in love with Teofil, the garden gnome next door. But Teofil isn’t the only magical being in Superstition, and Thaddeus will encounter witches, wizards, and even dragons as he embarks on a dangerous journey—and the adventure of a lifetime. Along the way, he’ll uncover family secrets and learn that there’s much more to him than he ever imagined.
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.
Cis girls: Astrid Rhododendron (Garden gnome)
Cis boys: Thaddeus Cane, Teofil Rhododendron (species: Garden Gnome)
Gay: Thaddeus Cane, Teofil Rhododendron
Heterosexual: Astrid Rhododendron (Garden gnome), Fetter Rhododendron (Garden Gnome), Dulindir (elf)
Homoromantic: Thaddeus Cane, Teofil Rhododendron
White: Thaddeus Cane
Location: Unspecified mountainous region of the US
Ownvoices: gay author writing gay characters