Author: T.J. Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: 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’s 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—Knight Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.
Naturally, it all goes to hell 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.
Review: Holy hell what did I just read? I know it was amazing. And epic. And hilarious. But how do I review something that far out there and wild? How do I capture how funny these characters are? And how sexy and sweet the MCs are together? I’ll try but there’s no way I can encompass all that this book was. It’s pretty much brilliant!
Sam of Wilds is an apprentice wizard with a knack for getting captured. Lucky for him his best friend Gary the unicorn and Tiggy the half-giant always have his back. Sam is still coming into his powers but it’s obvious to his Wizard mentor that he’s very powerful. Maybe the most power he’s ever seen and he has the potential to turn dark as many wizards before him have. A super powerful dark wizard is not a good thing. For this he needs to stay grounded and keep his kind heart intact. He tries to stay focused to his work but his mind always seems to go to his crush, Ryan. Who is dating the prince he’s agreed to council for. So it’s a bit awkward when Ryan actually starts speaking to him instead of ignoring him. Turning up everywhere he’s at. Then the prince gets kidnapped by a dragon and the wizard apprentice, the sassy unicorn, the half-giant and the love interest Knight who Sam can’t have head off on a quest to save the Prince.
I’ll say first and foremost this book is nonstop relentless comedy. Personally I love every minute of it. I literally ( 🙂 ) laughed more than 20 times out loud. That’s a lot. I was probably smiling the other 350 pages of this book. There’s also some bad ass wizard magic. It’s kind of a fantasy farce set in the days of kings and castles but it’s not weighed down on the details of normal fantasy. The focus is the characters and how they interact with each other. I loved how the fantasy aspect kind of made anything possible. I never knew what was coming next. And I loved that!
Sam and Ryan are sooooo frustrating but I love them. Their banter is so sexy and fun. There’s almost no sex in this book between them but honestly I didn’t care. I adored them and wanted them together. I was drawn into their secret forbidden must not be spoken allowed want for each other. The way their budding friendship hinders on them not saying the words aloud that will tip them to that point of no return where things are hard and awkward was completely endearing and utterly frustrating because Ryan had sworn an oath to be with to be the Prince’s consort. You understand their reasons for resisting but that doesn’t make it any easier to take. I love the drawn out tension and I hate it. I also love that the story is told from Sam’s POV but you totally feel how much Ryan is into Sam. I love that feeling when I’m reading a book. Like I’m gleaming some of that for myself. I’ll take those warm and fuzzies.
Now I never do this but I’ve decided that there is just too much awesomeness in this book and the boos lady doesn’t want me to write a 2000 word review, which I could totally do for this book. SO I’m going to list some of the things I’ll never ever forget about after reading this book because they’re freaking insane and awesome. Also this book is long and so so wonderful and nobody wants to read my ranting forever of why I think so. IF you read this book you’ll love these reminders. If not this is just a random taste of what’s in store for you when you finally pick up this book.
Eating the flower
Monologuing is a thing in this book.
Knight Delicious Face
Capitalizing things in a speech to make them important
Bad touching suitors
Sassy sexually free unicorns who’ve had their horn stolen
Gay Fairy Married
Mind control corn
Gay Fairy God Mothers
Unicorn and Dragon love!
Special hugs in the forest 😉
Flora Bora Slam!
Magical Penis noses
HaveHeart forever! (suck it Tina)
Okay! I’ll stop but there’s probably a hundred things I’m leaving off the list that I’ll be sad I left off of it as they come to me.
Go read this book! It was an instant mood lifter for me and a damn good story with compelling characters and a sweet forbidden love story. The characters are AMAZING. I just couldn’t get enough of any of them. So much goodness wrapped up in all that brilliant humor. This is a long book but I’d consider it a quick read because you won’t want it to end and you’ll love every minute of it. I’ll be adding this to my favorite humorous books I’ve ever read. I’ll be getting it in every format possible. For me this book was that good. It’ll be one of my go to rereads for years. The kind you just smile when you see the cover or someone mentions it. Mild fantasy meets ridiculously amazing humor with a beautiful romance. I loved this book. I hope you do too.