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Sequel to The Lightning-Struck Heart

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.

©2017 TJ Klune (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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Fantastic book with awesome narration

TJ Klune is a consistently good author who with this series deliver a witty and funny light fantasy that is unapologetically gay. The production and narration of the first two audiobooks is fantastic, and adds significantly to the story. As a gay man who has been a lifelong fan of comedic high fantasy, this series is pretty much a dream come true for me.

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zero is my new favorite person

I hope I can write something this good some day. I like the story and look forward to the next part.

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5 stars

While I was reading the book I kept picturing in my head how it was going to sound when it came out on audio. I didn’t even come close. Michael Lesley blew my expectations out of the water and does another fantastic job! He continues to prove just how perfectly cast he was for this series.

T.J. Klune wrote in a blog post: "These books will always first and foremost be absurd comedies. Always. However, there is an emotional heft and a sense of urgency that wasn't in Lightning."

Once again told entirely from Sam's POV "A Destiny of Dragons" picks up roughly a year after "The Lighting-Struck Heart" ends and Sam's gypsy grandmother has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars.

"A Destiny of Dragons" is only the start of the journey - there's much more to come...more battles to be fought, more lives to be saved (and lost) in "The Consumption of Magic", and "A Wish Upon the Stars".

The narration isn’t flawless. There are changes to some of the character voices – for example Kevin's voice is not so deep and the echo is a little less pronounced as well because of different software than what was used in TLSH and I thought Randall’s voice is a little more accented than it was in TLSH.

I don’t know how anyone could expect a 16+ audiobook to be without a single flaw, but any mistakes are hardly noticeable unless you’re keenly looking for them. And while it isn’t flawless – it is perfect.

The fact that Michael Lesley comes from a theatrical background means that his performance is absolutely amazing. It’s frankly incredible just how many distinguishable character voices he is able to do, and how well he is able to bring the emotion and humor of the story out. Get this man a Grammy and an Audie Award already!

“I have awoken, O human child. In this forest deep, in the dark of the wild. And I have seen what is in your heart. Take heed of my warning: you are not ready. ”

“A warning. All of you will not survive until the end. There will be loss, Sam. And it will burn like nothing has ever burned before. You must remember to keep to the light, even when the dark begins to curl around your feet.”

NOTE: This is not a standalone - do not attempt to read this without first reading/listening to "The Lightning-Struck Heart" first.

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Brilliant continuation, excellent narration

I thought that the narration for TLSH could not be beat ... but, like those who have underestimated Sam of Wilds, I was so mother-cracking wrong!!!! Michael Lesley is absolutely brilliant. I cannot describe how much I loved the book and narration, and the new characters- his portrayal of Zero was so funny and Myrin was charmingly chilling.
I am so looking forward to Consumption of Magic.

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Skipped through lots

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Nope, felt it dragged and had lots of repeats and filler

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

huh? Not sure of most interesting how we kept being reminded that it was Sam that was the dominate one in the bed room. Really, after about the third time... we got it. No need for the 10 plus more.

Have you listened to any of Michael Lesley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Love his narration. saved this story

Do you think A Destiny of Dragons needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

yeah. left you with a cliff hanger

Any additional comments?

I was nervous about this second book. But I had listened to the first and left with a cliff hanger. So I was stuck for the second and had to listen. Found a lot of repeats and fillers I just didn't care for. But in between those we found the normal LOL parts and shenanigans that these characters have gotten up to. The destiny part of the story is moving along slowly, but seems like a nice tale.
I know there is one more and even though we are left w/another cliff and told that a major character will be killed off. And all fingers points to RF.. I still properly will not finish this series.

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Ok! Lets start this mother cracker review!!!!


Well hell!!! I know, I'm absolutely certain of it! that's TJ klune is one of the best authors in the 21st century!!!
I am living Audible and Kindle... I'm reading always every single day! and I think (of course it's my opinion) this specific author nailed it badly!!!
I think this book is a very freaking special book, and before you will start to read this review... if you hadn't read the first book get the hell out of here !!!and go read the first book and listen to it too!!!
okay for those who read the first book, it wouldn't be a surprise for what I will say right now. Yes the first book was funnier, easier, lighter and amazing. (freaking amazing I heard the first book 4 times I know how amazing it is) but the second book provides us with so much more! yes the hilarious parts are there... Wr have Gary Kevin and Tiggy for it!
But the story itself, escalated to such and amazing point... that you will not be able to stop yourself. you will suffer really a little bit ( a very tiny bit, well if you are emotional like I am you will suffer a little bit more )
but it will be worth it !!!
I'm absolutely sure the next book is amazing.
and I'm absolutely certain ,that I will wait for the audio!!!! because even if I already have the Kindle I will not read it! I will never be able to do all that was done in the audiobook.. in my head... but I will speak about that later... first I have to say I'm in Love with Zero ❤❤❤🐉🐉🐉 he is so damn cute ❤❤❤ so damn beautiful❤❤❤
I was seeing Zero like this ginormous little boy that wants love... it was so indulging ❤❤❤
about the narrator: Michael freaking Leslie!!! Holy mother crackers!!! what can I say about one-man that made my world explode? this narration was so freaking amazing!!! I literally don't have enough words to describe it... gods dammit( yes I'm speaking like Sam right now) I will say two things... in my opinion you should buy the Kindle book because it's an Incredible Book ❤❤❤❤ but you should read and listen to this to amazing books together. don't let anyone disturb you while you listening to this piece of art.
it's absolutely indescribable! (until you listen to it and then you will understand me )
What are you still doing here?! go and listen to the book or i will call Tiggy and he will smash you!!!

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Now I want more please !

This is worth so much more than 5 stars ...
I don’t know if I have the words to praise this audiobook as much as it should be...
Absolutely wonderful perfection 100% perfection... TJ’s perfect words with the array of voices from Michael Lesley had me enthralled and more than often in fits of giggles .. ThankYou both ❤️

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I swear to the gods!

I love, love, love these books!!!! And I love, love, love Michael Lesley!!!! The story for me keeps getting better and better. It is so laugh out loud funny that I have a hard time listening at work because my coworkers think I’m crazy.......happy.......but crazy!

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I love this book series so far it makes me laugh

this book series is amazing in the first book it's all good giggles and laughs it's not that serious now the next book it's a little bit more serious so if you just want to think about the giggly good stuff then you do that but this book builds the characters a lot you don't just see how silly they are you see how amazing they are and how strong-willed they are it's amazing and if you love a gay unicorn this is the book for you

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Great second book.

TJ Klune and Michael Leslie together are magic! Sam of Wilds is back with his gang to save the world from the Darks.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-18

I would say a page Turner but it's an audio book

The narrator truly fleshed out this story. The voices portrayed for the different characters are truly stupendous. The individual character's personalities shine through with the tone and pitch in each voice used. The story carries on with the humour and charm of the first book. It genuinely made me Laugh out loud on more than several occasions. Brilliant. Loved it. Cannot wait for the next one.

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  • Naomi
  • 04-07-18

Best Book Ever!.. Yes, it's Capitalised, so it must be true!

Yes... It's capitalised, so it must be true!
Loved this book so much that I've now either listened to or read almost all (only a couple more to go) of TJ Klunes books. I've just finished Tales from Verania, Book 4 and it was just as gripping and funny as the other three.
I've finally got my other half to give Klune a go, and while writing this review, he is sniggering and guffawing to The Lightning-Struck Heart (the first book in this series).
All I can say is, if you want to laugh your socks off with a heavy dose of smut in a fantasy world which includes a witty, hormone driven wizards apprentice, a hornless gay unicorn, a half-giant with a huge heart and a heroic knight (and oh so much more), then you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-18

Delightful and hilarious

Amazing narrator and and utter joy to listen to. Fantasy with gay banter. Never heard anything like it.

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  • alex
  • 01-27-18

Bit darker than last time

book one was very funny and have listened to it about 6 times. this is ok but less funny and the voices are slightly different and they seem to get a bit mixed up at times. the real upset is it ends in the middle. I didn't realise I would need to buy the next one to find out what happens.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-14-18

A n epic. Adventure continues

Amazing performance by Michael Lesley.Each character was easily distinguished and the change at times was well fast and very well done. Great follow on from what could have been a good stand alone. Tj Klune has an amazing imagination and I, look forward to part 3.

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  • 12-08-17

Loved Loved Loved this

TJ and Michael just blow me away with the story and narration in this series

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  • tejaswani
  • 12-05-17

Awesome... Awwweeessooommmeee...

author amazing..
narrator amazing..

altogether (amazing)2 ..

you won't regret listening or reading to this..

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  • Princess
  • 11-25-17

A FANTASTIC BOOK

It's capitalized, so it's definitely true. The series, Tales from Verania, is the best I've ever -EVER- read and listened to. I highly and strongly recommend for a heart felt and extremely funny experience. The narrator is heaven sent with his talent of different voices and...just get it, then you'll understand what I'm trying to say.

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  • chantal
  • 11-24-17

Brilliant

TLSH sequel that’s the same yet different!
Brilliant story and characters. Great narrator with all those charming characters.

Read TLSH first then devour this!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-24-17

If there were more stars to give I would

Tj Klunes book is hilarious and joyful and dark and will make you weep. Michael Lesleys performance is outstanding. Its as if he put his whole heart and soul into the narration, taking a wonderful book, that I didn't think it was possible to improve on, and taking it to a whole new level of story telling. An absolute must read and listen for anyone who likes fantasy and adventure.

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  • Clinton Granshaw
  • 02-01-18

loved it

Though the ending felt like like someone about to orgasm as your mother walks in the room...I mean wtf. I need closure :)

Also god this narrator is talented. He certainly makes Gary the star he is lol

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-21-17

fantastic read<br />

A really great book, I was annoyed when I finished it, just wanted it to keep going. Amazing narrator.

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  • Michael
  • 12-15-17

awesome

loving it, the voices, the sound effects everything. I recommend this to anyone. have a go you won't be disappointed.

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  • meh
  • 12-11-17

Great narration.

The narration is top notch with so much care out into the different characters voices and emotions. the story is slightly less interesting than the first book.