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.
Wow. I don't even know where to start.
This last book in the Tales of Verania series was funny, sad, happy, and packed full of genuine feels.
It was definitely worthy of being the final book in this truly great series.
As book 4 began, Sam returned to Verania after 11 months with the dragons in the Dark Woods. And literally everyone close to Sam was PISSED, all caps because it's true.
Verania had fallen, its people enslaved and Myrin was sitting a bit too comfortably on King Anthony's throne.
But then everyone started to get over their anger toward Sam and focused on the task at hand. Winning back Verania from Myrin and the Darks.
And Sam had a plan. Well, an outline. Well, no plan at all, really. But he totally had this. ;- )
The book had the usual hijinks, including a sub-plot with Gary getting his horn back. And there was a whole lotta Gary in this one. Maybe a bit too much Gary for me, if I'm being totally honest, but it was a small thing in the grand scheme of my feelings toward the story.
I enjoyed the level of feels here, too, but only really started to tear up a bit when Sam was saying goodbye to Zero for the final time. GAH! Yes, I wanted more Zero time, but alas. People in Hell want ice water, I'm guessing, but what're you gonna do?
Overall, the story felt very familiar to me. Not tired or overdone, but more like coming home. Comforting.
So I'd rate this story at around 4.5 stars, with the entire series coming in at a solid 5 stars. Highly recommended, folks!
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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