Title: A Wish Upon the Stars
Series: Tales from Verania: Book Four
Author: TJ Klune
Narrator: Michael Lesley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 18 hours and 27 minutes
At a Glance: At turns uproarious, comical, heartbreaking, tear inducing, deeply emotional and satisfying by the end, this book is not to be missed. The alchemy between Klune’s words and Lesley’s narration is remarkable for its depth and completeness.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.
The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.
But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices – and the friends he left behind.
Review: As we enter the fourth and, sadly, final Verania book, some things remain the same while others have changed. What’s the same after being gone for nearly a year in the woods with dragons? Darks are still monologuing assholes; Myrin is still a deranged killer asshole; the gods are total assholes; dragons can still be assholes, but not so much; and Lady Tina de Silva is…not (?) an asshole. Change can be hard. Ryan is angry. Best Friend five-ever, Prince Justin, is angry. But destinies must be faced, prophecies must be fulfilled, things once lost may be found again. At turns uproarious, comical, heartbreaking, tear inducing, deeply emotional and satisfying by the end, this book is not to be missed.
Michael Lesley returns for this final book, and it is GLORIOUS! It is equal parts Disney movie, Looney Toons, and 1940s radio play with some highly erotic bits and high-thriller moments tossed in. This voice should never be restrained, Lesley should be allowed free reign over all narration to work his magic. You will be taken through the highs, the lows, and the laughter Klune infuses into his books. Click over to Audible and buy this book. It’s hours and hours of gleaming voice work waiting for you to discover it. There are so many voices here and each and every one is unique and consistent throughout the books. That’s a rare and precious talent. Do not miss it. The alchemy between Klune’s words and Lesley’s narration is remarkable for its depth and completeness. Look for both of these names on future books and audiobooks, then just throw your money at the seller, sit back and enjoy the ride.
P.S. wearing a smug smile of satisfaction while listening to a Klune/Lesley audio is perfectly OK. It does not make you an asshole. One word of caution, though; listen to this book in crowded places. When you laugh out loud, cry, or get angry, you’ll want everyone to wonder why…then you’ll get to tell them all about it.
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