Book Review: The Lightning-Struck Heart (Tales From Verania, #1) 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.

This review was from my archive, whose review I posted via Goodreads on June 18, 2015. I opted to post the original here but let me add a few things because I still remember the story, and I do remember how delightful it was, and how I had to finish it right away because it was exciting; it was funny as hell, obviously, but more than anything, it’s also very affecting.

I just got my heart struck by the super-awesome goodness of this book! It’s as fabulous as Gary! Super-sweet like Tiggy and as dashing and immaculately [written] like Ryan! Gawd! Sam, why you gotta be so oblivious?!? It’s the funniest book I’ve read this year and perhaps the one that moved me the most as well.

Is it so weird that the only thing that’s bothering me until now is when Justin haughtily told Sam that he got Ryan on all fours begging for it like…super TMI. I didn’t need to hear that seriously….yeah, I guess I’m weird like that.

Anyways, again – let me emphasize how I super-loved this one!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I cannot wait for their next adventure!!!!!!!!

Jeez, I almost forgot about Kevin. LOL

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
TJ KLUNE is a Lambda Literary Award-winning author (Into This River I Drown) and an ex-claims examiner for an insurance company. His novels include the Green Creek series, The House on the Cerulean Sea and The Exraordinaries. Being queer himself, TJ believes it’s important–now more than ever–to have accurate, positive, queer representation in stories.

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