Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Release Day Review: A Wish Upon the Stars (Tales From Verania Book 4) by TJ Klune

wish-upon-the-stars largeTitle ~ A Wish Upon the Stars

Author ~ TJ Klune 

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 27th March 2018

Genre ~ Fantasy, M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Sequel to The Consumption of Magic

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.

The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.

But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind.

 

Jane’s Review

*Trying to do this spoiler free, it's insanely difficult*

This series deserved a brilliant finale and this book did not disappoint. I freakin’ loved it. It's on par with the first book, A Lightning Struck Heart, for the humour, the emotion, the plot, the brilliant cast of characters, the snarkiness, the banter, I could go on and on, it’s got it all!  (Did I say finale? Oops, *whispers* there may be more…..).

This book picks up after The Consumption of Magic and Sam has been gone for a year with the Great White dragon into the Dark Woods. He returns to a much changed Verania and is much changed himself, his magic is BIG! The City of Lockes is a prison and good King Anthony is held prisoner in the dungeons and the Dark wizard Myrin presides over all. Sam returns to Camp HaveHeart, the centre of the resistance, to a mixed reception, as most everyone is pissed off at him for leaving.

After explaining and apologising to everyone for leaving, a reception is held in Sam’s honour, this will have you literally wetting yourself it's absolutely bloody hilarious. It involves the entertainer Zal, of the infamous “Cheesy Dicks and Candlesticks” song. He is back with a NEW song and let me tell you I cannot wait to hear narrator Michael Lesley sing this one! Something to look forward to! Gary’s brother shows up and we have Gary’s Requiem. Is this the time to reunite a unicorn with his long lost horn? If possible this just makes him MORE…. more sassy, sexy, bitchy and wildly inappropriate. I just loved him even more in this book, in fact I adored all of the characters more. The banter throughout was exceptional, I don't know how TJ manages to come up with all of this. Kevin, Gary and Dimitri (naked fairy king) have the most preposterous, insanely funny, sex addled minds I’ve ever come across in a bunch of characters. I love them so hard.

The plot advances with Sam in control of his own destiny. Randall makes him examine the Grimoires of the other wizards and so we learn their importance. There are rescues, kidnappings, heartfelt messages and answers to questions previously posed. The other dragons, cornerstones and dead birds made to come back to life, everything we’ve learned up ‘til now all converges to a huge showdown which had me holding my breath. The outcome far surpassed that of which I’d hoped. I had a few happy tears at the fairytale Happy Ever After ending.

If you've followed this series and are looking forward to this book, let me tell you it is EVERYTHING! All I can say is it superseded all of my expectations. The writing is effortless, the plot advances, there is hilarity on most pages and the characters are just the best bunch to hang out with ever! Whoever thought that a boy from the slums along with a hornless unicorn and a half giant, teamed up with Knight Delicious Face, a perverted dragon, Prince Justin and even Lady Tina DeSilva could capture our hearts so fully? A fantastical finale to a fabulous, fun filled fantasy!

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The Lightning-Struck Heart

(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.

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destiny of dragonsA Destiny of Dragons (Book 2)

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.

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The Consumption of Magic

(Book 3)


Sequel to A Destiny of Dragons

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.

It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.

Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.

With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.

A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

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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 tjklunebooks@yahoo.com.

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