I finished listening to The Lightning – Struck Heart by TJ Klune this morning. It was one of those books that had been recommended to me but I was hesitant. You know, you get into certain “moods”. Sometimes it’s contemporary or Scifi or Historical… Humor, fantasy., hmmm, I just wasn’t sure. Then that mood changed and I needed light and humor and I saw that it was an audiobook and I thought, “Perfect!” (and it was)
This book is not just good, it is amazing! It is laugh out loud funny. It is epic. It has wizards and gay hornless unicorns, half giants, knights that are dashing and immaculate, dragons, fairy drag mothers, Fairy kings, lots of sass and so many moments that just made me sigh. The feels!
I tend to not like over the top humor but this was just what I needed. It is over the top at times and heart wrenching too. I did not want to stop listening. I wandered around the house wearing ear buds laughing and giggle-snorting. I played parts of it to my husband (this never happens). I listened in the car and I am sure people were wondering what this woman was laughing about in the car, all by herself. Yes,it is just that good.
I plan on buying the book now that I have listened to the audio.
Lets talk about the audio – the narrator, Michael Lesley, is perfect for this book. The voices are distinct and that is pretty amazing to me as there are so many characters. Only a couple of characters sounded similar but never confusing. I adored the voice of Kevin the Dragon.
I am also adding a link to this great review by Brandon Witt. It was the first I read after listening to the book and it sums it up just right. 🙂 Goodreads Review
Title: The Lightning – Struck Heart
Author: TJ Klune
Narrator: Michael Lesley
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 19 hours and 48 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Audible.com Release Date: December 10, 2015
Blurb: 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.