A Destiny of Dragons
Just in time for the release of the next book in the series, The Consumption of Magic, the audiobook for A Destiny of Dragons, narrated by Michael Lesley, is now available!
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I truly loved every page of this story, but I admit that I went into it expecting the same over-the-top comedic punch to the face that T.J. delivered in "The Lightning-Struck Heart."
However, this story showed a lot more restraint with those punches. It was almost as if the fists had uncurled and turned into much more gentle, tickling fingers, instead, dug firmly into my sides.
Yes, I laughed, snorted and giggled (shut up, I was still totally manly about it!) through all 400 pages, as evident in t ...more
Audiobook narration: 5 stars
Book + narration: 3 stars
Book by itself: (you don't want to know...)
Yes, I know, you don't even have to tell me! Amidst the sea of 5-star reviews, my pouty, downer review sort of... sucks.
I absolutely adore T.J. Klune, and I've never given him less than 3.5 stars (rounded up), so this is a departure for me. However, I almost DNFed A Destiny of Dragons (confession: I super-speeded through the end because I was over it by then), and there is just no way I can muster u ...more
The Lightning-Struck Heart was often compared to The Princess Bride (but more gay), and it was that. A Destiny of Dragons, though, reminded me a lot more of The Lord of the Rings, but funnier (and, ya know, more gay), and to me, anyway, more down to earth. While this series is, so far, Sam's Hero's Journey (it's capitalized, so you know it's a thing), the story doesn't take itself too too seriously. And I loved it. TJ, TJ, TJ -- you need to write faster!
A Destiny of Dragons is delightfu ...more
If you asked me what my favorite MM romance book is, I would say, without hesitation, The Lightning-Struck Heart. If a book can make me both 1)laugh out loud with the banter and 2)make me cry because of feelings (I'm a cold-hearted bitch who doesn't cry), it's doubtful that book will not be a 4-5 star read. TLSH delivered more lolz and wookie cry face moments than any book out there, at this point in time. It's been out for two years, and I've read it six times ...more
I have said it before and I am saying it again... TJ Klune must possess some kind of magic himself. Once again he has left me in awe...
I have re-read "The Lighting Struck Heart" over and over again...I will continue to do so in the future because it never fails to put a smile on my face. It is the funniest book I have ever read and for those of you who haven't read it yet...
Please go do it now, you will thank me later.
This book is one of the 3 books that will follow my favorite gro ...more
"For my eighth-grade creative writing teacher who told me that my stories would never amount to anything.
Well, that starts things off on the right note! How could this book be anything less than magic after an opening like that?
The story starts when Sam's grandmother comes to town. She hasn't seen Sam's parents since she banished his mother for marrying outside the clan, and let's just say that her feeling ...more
Once again, T.J. Klune’s writing sucked me into the story of a land full of magic where good versus evil. Sam of Wilds and his “gang” are off on a new adventure. There is Gary, the hornless unicorn, is still sassy as he protects Sam, in his own way. Tiggy, the big hearted, sweet half giant, makes your heart melt. Of course, you cannot forget Kevin, the horny “Beast from the East” dragon, who made me laugh out loud more times than I can count and of course, Ryan, the Knight Commander, who has Sam ...more
➦Honestly... honestly I've never thought that a gay unicorn could make me cry... from laughter, mostly. These characters T.J. Klune created are completely obnoxious but I ended up falling in love with all of them.
➦I don't even think this particular series can be classified in any one category... It has fantasy, humor, and romance all in one. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys M/M. This second installment sure did bring some extra steam to satisfy those who might be curious abo ...more
A Destiny of Dragons is just as impressive in scope and as side-splittingly hilarious as its predecessor, but with an even more pronounced sense of epic-ness, if that’s at all possible.
In this sequel to The Lightning-Struck Heart, Sam of Wilds and his remarkable gang of misfit friends are all here and accounted for, this time facing challenges far greater and more life threatening than anything they’ve encountered before.
Some seriously problematic and potentially horrific prophesied sh ...more
I had such a great time with the first book but I think the novelty wore off and it didn't offer anything extra. It started to be draining if nothing else and after a pause I just found myself not really caring. Maybe it's the mood, who knows! Hope others enjoyed this :)
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.
The narration isn’t flawless. There are some 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 becau ...more
And every single word of my original review stands.
(and Zero is just a stroke of genius!)
“You have a destiny Sam.”
Yeap. That sentence kind of sums this book up.
Sam isn’t simply a wizard’s apprentice who gets to live his HEA with his “strong and brave, dashing and immaculate” Knight Commander. No, the universe has got much bigger plans for him. Plans, he really really doesn’t want to have a part in.
Then ancient secrets are revealed, trust is broken and old friendships are ch ...more
So, all of them are still together, still talking non-sense, still making me laugh while sometimes scarring me for life (I don ...more
“Fuck dragons,” Gary said. “You’ve got a destiny of dick ahead of you.”
Look, if you're reading this book it's means you've already read the first book and most likely freakin loved it! (If you haven't, well go read the first book!). The story is so riveting, I thought it'd take ages to read a book this long but I was glued to the friendship, love, humor and adventure on each page!
I adore these characters and want them tattooed all over my body, like every where! Kevin would appro ...more
Author: T.J. Klune
Type: Book 2 in 'Tales from Verania'
POV: First Person - Sam
Genre: MM Fantasy Romance
Rating: 4 Stars!
Age: Sam - 21; Ryan - 26.
He leaned in and kissed me, slow and sweet as molasses. And I took everything he was giving me and gave back as much as I could. Because that's what we did for each other. He might have been my cornerstone, but I wanted to be the same for him, even if he didn't have the magic I did.
What was that! A pseudo- ...more
Not surprisingly, I don’t have much else to say or add to the multitudes of reviews loving this book hard except that I concur! This is full of adventure and so much snark that the genius of Klune consistently shines through!
Sam is still Sam. Kinda oblivious, definitely talkative, one who finds himself in all the crazy situations one can dream of and then some, but when push comes to shove, he is a man of honor and goodness.
Right by his side is the ever faithful Gary, Tiggy (I love him ...more
You are not ready, the Great White had said.,
There will be loss, the star dragon had said.
Fuck them all.
I was Sam of Wilds.
And I was going to face my godsdamned destiny
GODS, how I loved this book. It wasn’t that OTT hilarious as the first one of the series The Lightning Struck Heart, but I loved it nevertheless. Sam and Ryan’s relationship was solid. It was good to experience a more serious Sam. Although this book was still full of ridiculously silliness.
All the other characters we ...more
A Destiny of Dragons is my most anticipated read of 2017. I have been waiting for this book since I first read The Lightning Struck Heart and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Did it meet my expectations? Nope. It exceeded them.
This story has a more serious tone than TLSH. Now, that isn’t to say it doesn’t have humor; there’s plenty of snark and witty banter, but it doesn’t have the cracky hilarity that I found in the first book. And, to be honest, I think I liked it better that way. Sam’ ...more
If you love book #1 I am sure you'll also love this one. My fiance and I read it together (listening to the audiobook over the course of a good few months when doing DIY/long drives) and we both think it's brilliant.
The plot is second only to the hum ...more
You really, really need to listen to this one on audio...
When this was first released back in June of this year I read it...there was no way I was waiting any longer for more Sam, Knight Delicious-face, Gary, Kevin and Tiggy and I loved it the story was all kinds of epic and awesome and I distinctly remember writing a rather effusive review...pictures were included, here's the link if you're curious... Review: A Destiny of Dragons
Michael Lesley was the n ...more
I honestly had some trouble starting this review.
What can I possibly say that hasn’t already been said? For some fangirling reference, check out our group review when the book was released https://boymeetsboyreviews.blogspot.c.... I stand by it all and then some.
So, to at least keep this review from going stale, I’m going to focus on the sublime pairing of T.J. Klune’s words and Michael Lesley’s narration. Listening to A Destiny of Dragons is not a ...more
I didn’t love this like I thought I would. And I feel so sad about it.
This book felt VERY different from the Lightning-Struck Heart, which is my favorite book of all time (I even got a cat whom I named Sam). TLSH was funny, upbeat and just such a happy book. This book was all gloom and doom. Yes, there were the jokes, but it was hard to really get into the fun of it when there was the constant threat of death and betrayal, and then more death.
What I loved about the first book was the bo ...more
you know you want this book and if you haven't read TLSH...what the hell dude? Seriously what are you waiting for? You need this book in your life. For one thing because it's awesome and secondly because you can't read 'Destiny of Dragons' without reading 'The Lightening Struck Heart' first and who wants to miss out on 2 awesome books when they don't have to...just putting that out there for the universe...
'Destiny of Dragons' is fantasy...no wai ...more
I thought about reading A Destiny of Dragons when it was originally published. T.J. Klune is a brilliant writer. His stories come to life and you see each character, the world they live in and the lives they lead. I know I could have read with my own little eyes and experienced that wonder and been completely satisfied. However, I knew that if I added in Michael Lesley and his fantastic voice-acting…well, I would be treated to a masterpiece. One w ...more
This story picks up a little bit after the close of book one. Sam and Ryan are (finally) happy and in love, and the world seems to be coming up roses and hornless unicorns. Yet all that is thrown ...more
Just as full of hilariousness and feels as the first time. Getting to hear all my favorites' own "voices", brilliantly performed by Michael Lesley, is always a treat. Verania and all her wonderful book-people *and magical creatures, of course* will never get old, no matter how many times I read or listen. <3
1st read July 1, 2017
So many times with follow ups to well loved books, expectations can be a real bitch. If you read The Lightning-Struck Heart *and of co ...more