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A Wish Upon the Stars by T.J. Klune

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Book Series
Tales from Verania #4
Authors
About the Author
When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write.

Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011.

And one of those things isn’t true.

(It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.) 
Publication Date
March 27, 2018
Available Formats
mobi, epub, pdf
Pages
450
ISBN
978-1-64080-081-6
ASIN
B07BB6K68W
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.

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A Wish Upon the Stars
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A Wish Upon the Stars is the fourth and final book in the Tales From Verania series. This epic and awesome saga must be read in order, and if you haven’t already discovered these novels then you are in for an extraordinary reading experience. This series is a masterpiece; the skilfulness of the writing means that it can be read again and again, with the reader discovering new hidden gems with each reading. 

We first met Sam Haversford in the slums of Verania in The Lightening Struck Heart.  He was a poor, somewhat lonely boy living with his loving and much-loved parents, and was known to sometimes wish upon the stars to “do something that mattered”. He could never imagine that after turning a group of douchebag teenagers to stone he would be discovered by the King’s Wizard, Morgan of Shadows, and begin an apprenticeship that would one day lead him to a Destiny of Dragons (capitalised so it must be true). 

As a young apprentice, Morgan sent Sam into the Dark Forest tasked with returning with something unexpected. When Sam returned with a gay hornless unicorn named Gary, and Tiggy, a half giant with the soul of an angel, no one was more surprised than Morgan. Sam, henceforth know as Sam of Wilds, formed a bond of friendship and love with Gary and Tiggy that would carry them through the rest of their days.

One fateful day a teenage Sam laid eyes on “Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed” - it might have been lust at first sight, but as time passed it grew to be so much more. Sam would discover that Ryan was the love of his life and, so much more than that: his cornerstone (the person who would help Sam build his magic into a stable thing), and someone who could help contain the limits of his extraordinary gift. 

With his cornerstone at his side, his loving parents, a King who adores him, a Prince who is reluctantly accepting Sam’s determination to make him his 'best friend 5eva', a Dragon named Kevin (who Sam somehow collected on one of his adventures), Morgan and Randall (a curmudgeonly Wizard who had overseen Morgan’s and now Sam’s apprenticeship), Sam is surrounded by all the love and support he needs to become the wizard Verania will need to survive. 

The road to hopefully achieving Sam’s Destiny is fraught with great trials and hardship. In A Wish Upon the Stars Sam has suffered great loss, pain, and worst of all, betrayal, and has left everyone he loves behind to meet with the Dragons of Verania in the Dark Forest. They may be his only hope to gain the strength, maturity and skill to fulfil his Destiny. In his absence Verania falls and the powerful Dark wizard, Myrin, now sits on the throne in a city ruled by an alliance of Darks. King Anthony is locked in the dungeon, and Sam’s friends and family have gathered together to form the Resistance - they are trying to hold onto the belief that Sam will one day return and fulfil the prophesy that he will vanquish Myrin and his army of Darks. 

Sam returns a changed man. Those he left behind have been changed by circumstance also. Forgiveness will be hard won and it is the bonds that bind him to those who remain that will ultimately determine the fate of Verania. There is a new world order in the resistance and Sam will have to learn to trust in this group, and his fate, if he hopes to prevail. 

A Wish Upon the Stars is a masterfully written conclusion to The Tales of Verania series. It will move you to tears many times but you’ll also laugh out loud as this amazing band of brothers and sisters move on to the HEA they so richly deserve. There are many unexpected events and at times you’ll be holding your breath in wonder at the directions TJ Klune takes you and his characters. Will they all survive? Will Sam have the skill and control to defeat one as darkly evil as Myrin? Will Gary get his horn back? So many questions to be answered and such a joy to read the way in which the author weaves his magic to answer them. There are few authors who are capable of writing with the skill and extraordinary imagination of TJ Klune. This book is a superb example of his craft and I can’t recommend it highly enough. 
5 fabulous stars - I wish I could give this book and this series even more.




JB
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Loved this series.  A little uncomfortable reading the sex scenes in public and laughing out loud got me some strange looks.  Highly recommend anything by this author. 

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