Book Review: The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune

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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.

Or so he thinks.

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After the emotional mess that was reading Finches, I really needed something funny and light-hearted and I think reading this one was a perfect decision. I laughed out loud on almost every page and I can’t remember the last time a book entertained me so much.

Sam is probably the sweetest protagonist ever. He maybe twenty years old, the Wizard’s apprentice and probably the most powerful ever; but he is also a very compassionate and good person at heart, has no filter on his mouth, is a slightly prude virgin and madly in love with Knight Commandar Ryan. He also has an uncanny propensity to get into trouble all the time – the Dark family of wizards wants to capture and kill him while giving random long monologues about their intentions, a six inch tall Dmitri wants to force Sam to gay fairy marry him and a fifty seven day old corn cult wants to sacrifice him to their dragon god… and the troubles go on and on… Every single encounter of his shows his powerful nature but also his wonderful character and is obviously hilarious to read. He also gives the most amazing adorable hugs 😊😊😊

Every conversation between Sam and Ryan always ends up being full of flirtiness and sexual banter but both of them have no clue. The whole world, including the “villains” who come to fight Sam can clearly feel the whole UST, but these two guys are the epitome of obliviousness. Ryan also happens to be engaged to Prince Justin, so that’s a bit of a problem but Sam is finding it difficult to keep his heart from falling further for Ryan. The pining and longing between them is for the ages and it was actually quite sad sometimes, but mostly very funny.

The side characters in this book are also some of the best bunch ever. Gary is a hornless gay unicorn who is essentially a Diva, very vain, snorts glitter and won’t go on any life saving adventures without his scarves. Tiggy is a slightly slow half-giant but is loyal as hell and loves smashing anyone who wants to harm Sam or Gary. The trio are the best buddies ever and watching them interact was complete friendship goals. Sam’s parents are the most loving and supportive ever. Sam’s mentor Morgan of Shadows is the very powerful King’s Wizard but he cares so much about Sam and I loved their relationship. Sam actually calls him Brother-Uncle-Father and it’s too cute. And King Anthony is probably one of the sweetest King character ever written. He loves Sam like a second son and is so protective of him, their interactions were a delight to read about.

The plot and world building are quite tropey but also somewhat unexpected when compared to the usual fantasy novels that I read; but that’s not the important part of this book. This is a very diverse story full of light hearted adventures and the journey that Ryan and Sam go through to figure out what they want from their lives. The writing is full of sass and very crude jokes and lots of sexual innuendo (which is not subtle at all), so go into this book with an open mind. It’s very entertaining and funny as hell and the amazing characters made it a very enjoyable read.

If you don’t mind a very over the top, somewhat cheesy and very sassy and funny adventure romance, then I definitely recommend this book to you. It is a hilarious ride and I’m already very excited to read the sequel.

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