Friday, June 30, 2017

Release Day Review: A Destiny of Dragons (Tales From Verania Book 2) by TJ Klune

destiny of dragonsTitle ~ A Destiny of Dragons (Tales From Verania #2)

Author ~ TJ Klune

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~  30th June 2017

Genre ~ Fantasy M/M Romance





Sequel to The Lightning-Struck Heart

Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.

Life is good.

Until it’s not.

Because Vadoma, the leader of the gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.

And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.

Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.


Jane’s Review

In this sequel to A Lightning-Struck Heart we return to the mythical, fantastical Kingdom of Verania. We get to embark upon another epic adventure with Sam of Wilds, apprentice to the King's wizard and his awesome friends. Knight Delicious Face is still Sam’s cornerstone and is being all commanding and knightly and in love with Sam. HaveHeart is still a thing! Gary is still a hornless, sassy unicorn, Tiggy is still the cutest half giant ever who wants to smash things and Kevin is definitely the most perverted dragon in the kingdom.

This book is all about prophecies and destinies! Sam gets visited by his maternal gypsy grandmother Vadoma Tshilaba. She comes to Castle Lockes with Ruv, a handsome gypsy fella, whom she tells Sam is his cornerstone. Sam is most adamant that he has his cornerstone in Ryan and has no need of another or anyone else in his life, other than his Knight Commander thank you very much. The jealousy between Ryan and Ruv is particularly funny to watch. Vadoma ‘bad touches’ Sam by showing him a vision of his destiny. Sam doesn't want a destiny. However, he is shown this time and again from different sources and told of an ancient prophecy. He is faced with saving all of Verania from the shadow of darkness. He is told that there is a prophecy and that as the most powerful wizard he is, therefore, the chosen one. Sam’s lightning struck magic has grown and he has become more powerful but no-one knows just how much. For Sam it's not about destiny, more about doing the right thing even though you may not want to. It's about doing everything for a greater good, especially as he sees what could happen to those he cares about. He has to face his mortality and that of his loved ones. Is it destiny or fate or is it a choice? Can you choose to change your fate or destiny? This puzzles Sam throughout the book. After learning new secrets and feeling betrayed by what he has been lead to believe up until this point in his life, he embarks on a journey to the city of his mother’s birth and banishment, Mashallaha. From there, his hand being forced, Sam and the gang begin to fulfil the prophecy. The secrets are a large part of this book and fill in lots of blanks and back story that will only make sense if you have read A Lightning-Struck Heart.

Throughout this entire book we get plenty of snark, sassiness and sex talk. We see a breakup that has the most bitchy, bickering laugh out loud quips. Lady Tina DeSilva makes an appearance and she's still on Team Rystin. A particular highlight for me was meeting the Teenage Emo Dragon, just wait, you will absolutely love him! The writing is, once again, brilliant by TJ Klune and it has most of the aspects I expect from this author, humour, pathos and emotional connection, but luckily no ‘wookie cry face’ here. This is pure unadulterated pleasure, a fabulous fantasy read. I loved it.

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The Lightning-Struck Heart

(Tales From Verania Book 1)

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.
Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King's Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.
When Sam is fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.
At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.
Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can't control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan's boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.
Or so he thinks.



Meet TJ Klune

When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder. But that’s okay, because he’s recently become a full-time writer, and can give them the time they deserve.
Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011.
And one of those things isn’t true.
(It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.)

TJ can be reached at



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