Title: A Destiny of Dragons (Tales from Verania #2)
Author: T.J. Klune and Michael Lesley (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 17th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Fantasy/Comedy
Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.
Life is good.
Until it’s not.
Because Vadoma, the leader of the Gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.
And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.
Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.
The first book in the DESTINY FUCK YEAH! Trilogy (because sometimes, having a destiny is the stupidest thing ever).
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.
T.J. Klune wrote in a blog post: “These books will always first and foremost be absurd comedies. Always. However, there is an emotional heft and a sense of urgency that wasn’t in Lightning.”
Once again told entirely from Sam’s POV A Destiny of Dragons picks up roughly a year after The Lighting-Struck Heart ends and Sam’s gypsy grandmother has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars.
Obviously A Destiny of Dragons is only the start of the journey – there’s much more to come…more battles to be fought, more lives to be saved (and lost) in The Consumption of Magic, and A Wish Upon the Stars.
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 because of different software than what was used in TLSH and I thought Randall’s voice is a little more accented than it was in TLSH as well.
I don’t know how anyone could expect a 16+ audiobook to be without a single flaw, but any mistakes are hardly noticeable unless you’re keenly looking for them. And while it isn’t flawless – it is perfect.
The fact that Michael Lesley comes from a theatrical background means that his performance is absolutely amazing. It’s frankly incredible just how many distinguishable character voices he is able to do, and how well he is able to bring the emotion and humor of the story out. Get this man a Grammy and an Audie Award already!
“I have awoken, O human child. In this forest deep, in the dark of the wild. And I have seen what is in your heart. Take heed of my warning: you are not ready.”
“A warning. All of you will not survive until the end. There will be loss, Sam. And it will burn like nothing has ever burned before. You must remember to keep to the light, even when the dark begins to curl around your feet.”
NOTE: This is not a standalone – do not attempt to read this without first reading/listening to The Lightning-Struck Heart first.