Friday, March 16, 2018

A Wish Upon the Stars (Tales From Verania, 4) by T.J. Klune

A Wish Upon the Stars (Tales From Verania, #4)
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.

Jewel's rating:

We all have choices...

Even though it doesn't always feel like it. Do we do the things that are expected of us, or just make our own path? That's the ultimate question of life that we all have to face sooner, or later...

I never wanted this.

A Wish Upon the Stars completes Sam's Hero's Journey. This series is about friendship and adventure and love, always love. It's about sacrifice and choices. And, it's about overcoming darkness. Not just the darkness in the world, but in ourselves, too. I'm just a touch sad, now that I've finished it, but we'll see Verania again, some day.

If you've read the first three books (and, really, if you haven't, go do that right now -- I'll wait) you know that the cast of characters are silly and over the top and are the unlikeliest of heroes. Every. Single. One. I love them so much, I can't even describe.

There are a lot of feels, here. I mean a lot. I was happy and sad and I even teared up once or twice and amid all that I was even surprised a time or two! Plus, dragons...I do love dragons (not that way, Kevin!!!)

Sam, Ryan, Gary, Tiggy, Kevin, Randall, Justin...all I can say is I'm glad I met you and we got to go on this amazing journey!

A moment to wish upon the stars.
I have done everything you’ve asked of me. And I haven’t asked for much in return. I’m not the same person I once was. I know that. But please, let them see me for who I am. Let them love me just the same. I wish for that more than anything. They don’t have to forgive me for everything, not right away, but please. Just let them see me for who I am. I’m Sam. I’m Sam. I’m Sam.

ARC of A Wish Upon the Stars was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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