*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
This is one of those books that cannot be taken too seriously. It’s silly and absurd, but it’s meant to be. In fact, it even reminded me of The Princess Bride just a little bit (but a lot more inappropriate) since it was also set in a fantasy world. And it’s the perfect kind of book to read when you need a pick-me-up because it’s light and takes your mind off things and makes you laugh and smile.
All of the characters were quirky and sassy and joke-y, even the king and king’s wizard and the bad guys. But Sam was the most awkward and flaily. He was like if Tumblr and internet memes had a baby. Actually all the characters were like that, but Sam especially so. Lots of modern humor and colloquialisms, like, “Because reasons,” and, “You mad, bro?” That sort of thing. One of the things I really liked about Sam though was that he understood and respected that Ryan was already in a relationship. It seems like in every book/movie/show where the main character likes someone but that someone is in a relationship, everyone seems to think it’s ok for the MC to move in and try and break them up, just because they’re the MC or because the love interest’s partner is a jerk. But that’s not ok with me, and because Sam and I were on the same page, I could fully stand behind Sam and his decisions and sympathize with him. And I liked that even Prince Justin (the love interest’s partner) wasn’t truly villainized. I felt legitimately bad for him, and he really didn’t do anything wrong. Also, Gary immediately reminded me of Ponyhead from Star vs. the Forces of Evil. The sassy unicorn best friend. It’s a thing, apparently. Not that I’m complaining.
“Honey,” Gary said, “the only thing that’s blasphemous up in here right now is your hair. That shit be tragic.”
But all the characters, despite being kind of crazy, were sweet and lovable, and the book was filled with friendship and family and love and people caring about each other. Ok, I actually thought Sam’s behavior regarding his crush on Ryan was creepy—I mean, he was in a Ryan fan club, literally—but it was acknowledged, so that made it ok.
“You get that from your father. Sometimes when I wake up at night, he’s watching me sleep.”
“It’s true, son,” Dad said. “We’re kind of creepy. But we love with our whole creepy hearts.”
I was also right there with everyone else in this book with how frustrating Sam and Ryan were because of how so stupidly oblivious they were. The best scene by far was the one with the truth corn. Wait, no, I take that back. The best scene was definitely that part before the wedding. I was laughing so loud at Tiggy running and Randall going along with the pimp jokes and all the other stuff that my neighbors could probably hear me through the walls.
It was also kinda fun how the author mixed in modern things, but with a fantasy twist, except he didn’t even try to really make them fit into the world realistically? That sounds like a bad thing, but it wasn’t. It was funny, like how they had magic crystals instead of cell phones, but the old wizard couldn’t figure out how to use it at first, and everyone was all, “Can you hear me now?” and then the conversation ended when one of them pretended to go through a tunnel.
So overall, this book was funny and fun and light-hearted and absurd and just emotional enough to be touching. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes this kind of humor and needs a mood lifter.
Anyone who likes modern humor, adorable friendships and family, M/M romance, sassy characters, and sweet stories.
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: The Lightning-Struck Heart (Tales from Verania Book 1) by TJ Klune
Book Review: A Destiny of Dragons (Tales from Verania Book 2) by TJ Klune
Book Review: The Consumption of Magic (Tales from Verania Book 3) by TJ Klune
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.
Book Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Series: Tales from Verania
Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, LGBTQIA
My Book Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Fantasy World
Sexual Orientation: Gay (Love Interest), Gay (Main Character)
Non-Human Type: Mancers/Mages, Unicorns
Romance Type: M-M
Extra Love: Adorable Family, Adorable Found Family, Adorable Friendship, Laugh Out Loud Hilarious