Genre: Fantasy, MM Romance, LGBTQ Ficiton, RomCom
Series: Tales From Verania, book 2
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quote: “There are things more important in this world than where I come from. And that’s where I’m going.”
Summary (via Goodreads):
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.
Content Warning: For MATURE readers only. This book contains explicit language and sexual content. Reader discretion strongly advised.
My Review: Book 2 of this epic fantasy adventure series was all sass, tons of laughs, and, of course, feelings. The story continues with our adorable wizard apprentice, Sam of Wilds, the beautiful hornless unicorn, Gary, the huggable Tiggy, the awkward but dashing knight, Ryan, the doting mentor and wizard, Morgan, and more. We are introduced to a few new faces whom you will either love or hate. I was more in the middle with the new characters.
I love how T. J. Klune turns the cliche story of destiny on its head, subtly mocking. Sam will tell you in no uncertain terms how much destinies “suck.”
My favorite part will always be the very first scene of a blind date gone horribly wrong. My least favorite part was the allusions to happenings from years ago in American politics. I also “didn’t enjoy” how embarrassingly awkward a lot of Ryan’s actions and dialogues were (very cringe-worthy but kind of in a good way?). Things get really deep as we delve deeper into the true meaning of a cornerstone and all its consequences.
And, of course, there were many quotable – and quite wise – lines of dialogue:
“My malt brings all the boys to the vestibule.”
“It’s been said by many people that I look like I know what I’m doing.”
“You can’t hide your head in the sand without expecting your ass to get burned.”
I am so excited to read book 3 because this adventure is undoubtedly about to get wild.