Sequel to The Lightning-Struck Heart
Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.
Life is good.
Until it’s not.
Because Vadoma, the leader of the gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.
And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.
Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.
(Book reviewed here previously)
Destiny of Dragons is the next step in the soap opera of the life of Sam of Wilds. And I can tell you I haven’t laughed out loud to a story as much as I did this one! Sam, Gary, Tiggy, and Kevin still have a rapport that leaves you clutching your sides in laughter.
Much of the story centers around these 4, as well as Ryan/Knight Delicious Face, Morgan, Randell, Prince Justin, and his parents and the king. We are introduced to Vadoma, Sam’s grandmother and Ruv. With Vadoma proclaiming that great trials await Sam and that Ruv is the cornerstone who will help him succeed. Secrets have been kept from Sam and his trust in the mentors he can depend on tested. The story isn’t all one liners. There are serious emotions and fears to be faced as the story takes off and Sam and his crew take off to find a dragon.
Sadly this is the second book in a trilogy and so there is still no resolve to the evil lurking in the shadows.
5 of 5 stars
Michael Lesley has done an outrageously good job of character voices, nuances of tone and timing! I seriously wonder how many takes some of these scenes took, because it is just flawless in delivery! The added sound effects go on to make this a grand production instead of a story being read. Fabulous job Michael!
6 of 5 stars
Overall 5 of 5 stars