Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
To say TJ Klune is a brilliant storyteller is an understatement. Those who don’t believe need to read the Tales from Verania series. The entire series is a magical epic saga and this last installment, the ending of a story that has wound its magic in and out of my heartstrings was the epitome of amazing. Now, add to that, the absolutely outstanding audiobook narration from the highly talented Michael Lesley, and there’s not even a stitch of room for improvement. A superb 18 hours and 27 minutes of entertainment!
Sam of Wilds returns from the Dark Woods to find that Prince Justin and Ryan Foxheart, his beloved cornerstone, are leading a resistance movement along with (the dreaded) Lady Tina and, of course, Gary and Tiggy. The city of Lockes has fallen and dark wizard Myrin is in control. But not for long—Sam and his dragons are back.
Unfortunately, Sam has to face the consequences of running away from the chaos he left behind. And though he loves Ryan and can’t wait to see him, Gary and Tiggy come back first—and Gary is fit to be tied—though he does get diverted from his tirade by his one true love—Kevin the charming dragon.
I honestly don’t know which of the million or so character voices Michael Lesley used is my favorite. Topping the list, though, is Kevin, who not only has a deep-toned Scottish accented voice, but what he says is always sexually explicit and totally inappropriate and, of course, hysterically funny. Second to that is Darren, the fairy king. Yes, the entire cast of characters from the series makes an appearance at one point or another in this book, and I loved every moment. Another plus to listening to this on audio is Michael Lesley’s talent in bringing in other sound effects like turning pages in a book, creaking doors, roaring dragons, and tons more.
The final chapter and epilogue are well worth the wait to get there. I hope other readers were as surprised as I was by Myrin’s fate and the return of someone special to Sam’s life. And speaking of Sam’s life…well, maybe not…no spoilers here. All I can say is don’t miss a chance to listen to this book, no—entire series—on audio. You won’t be disappointed. Very highly recommended.
Cover by Paul Richmond is a swirling galaxy of stars shaped like a dragon—the perfect depiction for a perfectly wonderful story.
Audible Audio, 19 pages
Published November 28th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press (first published March 27th 2018)
Original TitleA Wish Upon the Stars
SeriesTales From Verania #4