Author: T. J. Klune
Title: "A destiny of dragons"
Book 2 in series Tales from Verania
Main character: Sam
Narrator: Michael Lesley
This is technically the second book in a series, but it feels like a beginning... :) let me try to explain myself better... :) "The lightning-struck heart", book #1 in Tales from Verania absolutely fantastic fantasy series reads like a standalone... it's a complete story, that introduces us to the world and all the main characters... you can read it and be happy how it ended... :) this one, on the other hand... this one starts something new... with a cliffhanger at the end and everything :) yes, you really should read that first book to understand all the connections between characters :) plus, this second one spoils a lot of things about that first story... so definitely start with book #1 :) don't worry if you are not caught up with the series, cause I will have the next paragraph completely spoiler free, so even if you haven't read anything it will be safe to read :) and then the third and last part of this review will be all about this installment, where I will definitely spoil some things from the first book, but nothing from the second one :)
So what can I say to you about this world and these characters... besides the most obvious thing, that I absolutely love them... :) *sighs happily* ok, focus woman :) the whole story takes place in Verania, a fantasy world with magical creatures, wizards and all that jazz ;) Sam of Wilds is our main character :) raised in the slumps, when he accidentally turns some rude boys into stone, he and his parents are taken to the castle, where Sam becomes a wizard's apprentice :) an apprentice to none other than Morgan of Shadows, a legendary wizard who will become not only his mentor but also a very close friend... and if by now you are thinking: "oh, it's gonna be a nice, warm fantasy story, filled with adventures" then... think again ;) and be prepared for a whole lot of sass, sarcasm, crazy surprises and all around awesomeness :) because Sam has two best friends: Gary and Tiggy :) Gary is a hornless gay unicorn (long story) who is the absolute Queen of Sass and Tiggy is the sweetest half giant you ever met :) not only that, but we also have Ryan... who is he? oh I'll tell ya :) Ryan is the knight commander of the king and boyfriend of Justin, the prince... he is also someone, who Sam has a giant crush on... :) when Justin is kidnapped by a dragon, Sam, Gary, Tiggy and Ryan are going on a rescue mission... what can go wrong? ;) based on the fact that Sam attracts the worst kind of luck...? a lot of things ;) be prepared for an absolutely phenomenal ride, full of surprises (this story never went when I thought it would go) sarcastic humor and sass on super high levels :) I freaking loved this series and already can't wait to continue on with it :) so if you haven't gave it a shot already, definitely do it as soon as possible :) ok, now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me jump into all my thoughts and feelings about this second installment :)
Last warning people, this paragraph will contain some spoilers about the first story, so if you are brand new to the sereis, avert your eyes :) I was very excited to dive back into this world :) we have all our favourite characters back, including one that I couldn't really mention above... yes, I mean Kevin... the dragon... Beast from the East and all that ;) I swear you guys, he is the biggest reason for my snort-laughing when I read the book on my commute :) about a year went by from the end of the previous story and Sam and Ryan are all happy with rainbows and sunshine and all that ;) there are still crazy adventures and surprises along the way, but life is good... :) everything gets more complicated when unexpectedly Sam's gypsy grandmother arrives with the talk of his destiny to gather dragons of Verania in a fight agains the biggest darkness there ever was... and to top all that, she claims that Ruv, the man who came with her is Sam's true cornerstone (long story short, it's a person who helps a wizard built and stabilize their magic)... dun dun duuuuunnnnnn :) so even though Sam is very unhappy about the whole "destiny" thing, he gathers his friends and they start another adventure :) I won't say anything else about what is happening in this particular installment, because I don't want to spoil you anything, but I will warn you that it does end on a cliffhanger... fortunately, the next installment is already available ;) once again, I was absolutely in love with the writing style... it was entertaining and fast paced and I loved every minute of it... speaking of minutes... :) once again I listened to the audiobook version of this novel and once again I was impressed how one person can act out so many different voices... Michael Lesley as the narrator is fantastic and definitely adds to the book... so much, that even though I already have ebook versions of the third and fourth (last) books, I am tempted to wait for the audiobooks :) we shall see how long I will actually last :) as with the previous installment, while reading this one I definitely gasped in surprise more than once... sighed from all the cuteness... but my most common reaction was laughter... and not your cute giggle... noooo... I am talking about snorting in public and not-being-able-to-catch-your-breath-because-you-are-laughing-so-much situation... :) #TrueStory :) I cannot recommend you guys this book and this whole series enough :) it's sooo much fun... intertwined with much more serious and emotional topics... this second installment opened up all sorts of very interesting possibilities and I am very curious to see where the author will take us next :)