Genre: Fantasy Romance, MM Romance, LGBTQIA Romance, RomCom
Series: Tales From Verania, book 3
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quotes: “Stone crumbles.”
“I promise. I promise. I promise, because when I look upon these stars, there is nothing I wish for more than you.”
Summary (via Goodreads):
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.
WARNING: For MATURE readers only. This book contains explicit language and sexual content. Reader discretion strongly advised.
My Review: I am devastated. This third installment has left me devastated in a good and bad way. I am a melting pot of emotions that I don’t know what to do with.
I knew right from the beginning that things were about to change for Sam of Wilds and friends. I just didn’t know that it would but such a dramatic change or how wrong I wished I was. Strength, love and bonds are tested like I’ve never seen before in fiction.
The story is part journey, part unburdening, part cats out of the bag for about 3/4 of the novel. It’s more emotions reacting to emotions than the high levels of action seen in previous books. Meaning I got bored a lot. Things happen, don’t get me wrong. And there are moments you can’t look away from (I mean, why would you because it’s Sam). But there are moments that run on too long – as seems to be an unfortunate trend in this series.
My love for this cast of whimsical, colorful characters stays about the same (but not in a bad way). My opinion/feelings for Same change and grow by the end. I am even more forever in love with Tiggy, my favorite half-giant. And Lady De Silva has too become my most mortal of enemies by my extension for my love of Sam. Also, dragons are the best and most infuriating of magic creatures.
I can’t begin to fathom what will happen in the final book. “Stone crumbles” after all. But I know it’ll be a conclusion of epic proportions.