Author: T.J. Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.
It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.
Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.
With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.
A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.
Review: I LOVE this series. I’m obsessed. All of these books are filled with non stop laughs and adventures. This one also made me cry. The sobbing blubbering kind of crying. So prepare yourself for it. I’m still not over it. ANYWAY….moving on before I get choked up again….In this installment of the Tales From Verania we learn more about Sam’s prophecy. He’s still going on dangerous adventures to collect dragon friends to help him win the battle against the ultimate baddie Myrin. It’s not just a Verania thing anymore. Myrin won’t stop with just ruining the kingdom. We also learn more about how all of their paths were intertwined long ago. Mistakes were made and now everyone must pay the price. Sam most of all. Now that Myrin has seen Sam’s magic he’s more determined than ever to kill him. I liked the dark twist here. It really seemed to amp up feeling of danger and fear in me as the reader. I hate Myrin! Hates him!!!!!
Sam stumbles through his adventures with the help of some new and old friends. I liked learning how there have been SO many secrets circling around Sam. For the most part he learns them right along with us. Of course he doesn’t like being kept in the dark but it makes for some interesting reading. I enjoyed how all of this is making the overall plot more complex. I feel like a reread would be even more interesting at this point. Pieces have started to come together but the future is completely unknown.
I was happy to see Sam’s character wasn’t quite so “Mary Sue” in this book. Yes there’s a faction of people in the kingdom that hate him. Yes it’s an ongoing joke everyone wants to sleep with him. I just wanted a little less of it. I also thought we were over the iffy stuff between Ryan and Sam but it’s still lurking around. I realize thinking you’re going to lose your one true love is terrifying but pushing him away and lying over and over has me frustrated. Especially since Sam is always getting into trouble. Which of course he does again in this book. They’re ALL in danger. There’s no escaping it at this point. Secrets are helping nobody. Damn it, SAM! 😉
This series has the most amazing and ridiculous cast of characters. It’s brilliant. AND I feel like I know them all well. Like I’m a part of all their inside jokes well. We get lots of Randall time in this book. He seems less craggy old Wizard and more badass powerful Wizard. I can’t help but wish we’d gotten more time with Morgan however. Gary and Kevin are working things out. Tiggy is adorable as ever. We even get cameos from some characters from former books. There’s some treachery and tears. This book felt like a bridge to whatever is coming next. We are loaded with more knowledge but it’s come with a price. Sam now realizes the weight of the task before him and he’s determined to do whatever it takes to save his friends. I can’t wait for the next book!