Book Reviews

Book Review: The Lightning-Struck Heart by T. J. Klune

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Genre: Fantasy, MM Romance, LGBTQ Ficiton, RomCom
Series: Tales From Verania, book 1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quotes: too many list (ahaha!)


Summary (via Goodreads):
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 [now age 20] 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.


WARNING: For MATURE readers only. This book contains explicit language and sexual content. Reader discretion strongly advised.

My Review:
The Lightning-Struck Heart by T. J. Klune is the greatest and funniest book I have ever read! I love everything about this book and am now a T. J. Klune fan. Why?

Because the story is so free, honest, hilarious, endearing, feelings, TMI, bold, awkward, and oh so heartwarming. It seems effortlessly written. The author’s style of writing is something I have never encountered before and I feel like I’ve walked away from reading this with a whole new perspective on my own writing and why I struggle to write, well, anything.

When I first read the synopsis I thought I was going to be reading a new kind of fantasy story. I mean, where else will you find a story about a wizard apprentice with unrequited love for the dashing knight, a witty and lovable unicorn, and a half-giant you just want to cuddle? I did not expect such language (which was tmi at times for me) nor did I expect to be laughing myself silly from page 1 all the way to the very end.

I love Sam and Gary and Tiggy so much my heart is full of happiness. This trio is definitely friendship goals/squad goals.

I will say that some of the banter – as funny as it was – ran on a little too long. Redundantly so.

There are so many great quotes throughout the book – both funny and inspirational. While humor colors the majority of the story, it still aims to tell a tale with a strong meaning to it of the things we love, worry, and hope for. Each character embodies these emotions and Klune allows to explore what makes these characters who they are in depth.

This book is just amazing and epic, the cover art is beautiful, and I would need a billion more lifetimes to truly explain why Ilovethis book so much. I am definitely going to read book 2 and on. The Lightning-Struck Heart was definitely my favorite book of 2018 for sure.

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