Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/20/2015
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Fantasy, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance
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’s 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—Knight Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.
Naturally, it all goes to hell 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.
Or so he thinks.
5 Amazing, Awesome Lightning-Struck Stars!!! If I could give The Lightning-Struck Heart more than 5 stars I would. It is full of humour, adventure, wit, outrageous characters, sexy puns, irreverent dialogue, love and dragons. Not to say there wasn’t conflict or angst, it just wasn’t rip your heart out and stomp all over it, “Wookie Cry Face” sad, which is a very good thing.
Sam is an apprentice wizard from the slums, whom everyone either loves or hates, or hates to love. He is magical; literally. His best friends are a hornless gay unicorn named Gary and a half-giant named Tiggy. Mischief and trouble follow them everywhere and shenanigans always ensue.
I loved Sam’s inner dialogue; he was hilarious in his musings and endearing in his love of family and friends. I loved Gary and Tiggy and their unwavering support of Sam. Ryan had his moments, there were times I didn’t like him so much, but I appreciated his motivation.
The whole book was colourful and fun and I laughed out loud more than once. It is long but so worth it! Definitely a new favourite of mine!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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