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 is 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. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.
Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years 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.
My second audio my this author. I find some authors I only do by audio and some I read. Both of the audios were brilliant.
I just have to say these couple of things up front then I’m going to gush about how wonderful it all was.
The first problem I ran into was I noticed that these charaters reminded me very much of the charaters from the other book I listened to. And it took me a while to stop thinking, huh X could have been dropped in to this role and became Y. Luckily this was almost 20 hrs long so by time we went on the date with Todd I was almost to that point. See, I’d listen to the first one so many times it was really easy to flip them around. The other thing is, 20 hours worth of audio, even though I LOVED this. I will probably never listen to it again. Unless I’m going on a major road trip. And I couldn’t imagine dedicating myself to what a 600 page book.
On to the gushing –
In true Klune fashion, this has you laughing throughout the entire story. The hot mess that is Sam, the friends he has. The way he found those friends. Quest after quest he goes one and mess after mess he gets into. Yet Tiggy and Gary are right there with him. You can feel the love and exasperation that Morgan has for him. You can understand why the prince did what he did. And why Ryan does what he does.
Even though throughout the story we’ve got Ryan and Sam doing this sudo dating thing, I loved the secondary acts, Kevin tired of listening to the woman giving orders and he just, well. The almost Gay Fairy Marry. All of these make for one amazing magical tale. And I can’t wait for the second one.
The narration is spot on, the different voices, from a dragon, to a six inch fairy to King to a twenty year old wizard apprentice. Men, woman and teenagers. All done perfectly.