Title: The Lightning-Stuck Heart
Author Name & Publisher: T.J. Klune (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 20, 2015 – 400 pgs
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.
Okay this book had me laughing so hard my sides were hurting and I had tears running down my face. I just can’t even put into words how funny this book was! There was Gary the Gay Unicorn which I should probably feel more wrong about loving his character so much but I don’t. The part in the woods with Gary and Kevin had me laughing so hard I had to stop reading to catch my breath. Then there was Sam the main character, the wizard’s apprentice. I just can’t put into words how much I loved his character. Ryan the Knight who most of the time you wanted to reach through the book and slap a couple of times to wake him up. Yes this is a long book but it keeps a hold on you until the end when you are left wanting another book with all your now favorite characters because you just don’t want to let them go. All the humor in the book, then the sweet moments just made this book so good! I would go into a lot more detail about everything I loved about this book but I don’t want to ruin this book for anyone else. There is a lot of dirty humor in this book also which some may not like or some will love like I did. So I will leave this review with I would defiantly 100% Recommend this book!
When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write.
He recently went slightly insane and moved to the East Coast from the Sonoran Desert with his fiance and neurotic cat in tow. He dreams about one day standing at Stonehenge, just so he can say he did.