Title: A Wish Upon the Stars (Tales From Verania #4)
Author: T.J. Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 27th 2018
Genre(s): High Fantasy
Page Count: 450 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
I’m not going to lie, the end of The Consumption of Magic wrecked me. A Wish Upon the Stars put me back together again.
There are many, many reasons why I think you should get this series – the writing is great, there is so much hilarity, the drama is so well integrated so the humor is always balanced by angst, the wonderfully crazy characters…but there are three specific reasons why I think you should run, not walk, to buy this audiobook:
- Gary’s reenactment of the day he lost his horn
- Zal the Magnificent’s “Dark Wizards Can Kiss Our Asses” with musical accompaniment
- The ending – that fabulous, fantastic ending
Michael Leslie’s performance is brilliant, funny, poignant, and mesmerizing.
“Still not disappointed!” that first voice called out again. “In fact, I am so far from disappointed, it’s ridiculous!”
Told mainly from Sam’s point of view, the reader is given glimpses of other points of view through Morgan, Myrin, and Randall’s grimoires, and even Gary. There’s no down time in A Wish Upon the Stars as it takes place over a very short period of time, so there’s a lot packed into it including some shocking news (Gary’s horn is where?!), some sad news (what the what?!), and the return of (almost sobs) all our favorite characters and even some new characters.
Sure, there were things I wish had been a little different (like the comeuppance for one Lady Tina DeSilva), but overwhelmingly this was a fun, funny, absorbing story that kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next and had plenty of surprises and warm, emotional moments as well.
Note, A Wish Upon the Stars is NOT a standalone the entire series should be read in order. If you really want to elevate your experience in this world, definitely buy the series on audio as Michael Lesley’s performances are phenomenal, and the audiobooks elevate the series to a completely different (and better) level. Every single audiobook from the Tales from Verania series is brilliantly narrated and absolutely worth a listen…or four.
For the sticklers: Yes, there are some editing issues, in particular duplicated sentences or words, but both Dreamspinner and Michael Lesley are aware and working with Audible to fix the issues as soon as possible.