• So This Is Ever After

  • By: F.T. Lukens
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (307 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An instant New York Time bestseller!

Carry On meets Arthurian legend in this subversive, “delightfully original and whimsical” (Kirkus Reviews) young adult fantasy about what happens after the chosen one wins the kingdom and has to get married to keep it…and to stay alive.

Arek hadn’t thought much about what would happen after he completed the prophecy that said he was destined to save the Kingdom of Ere from its evil ruler. So now that he’s finally managed to (somewhat clumsily) behead the evil king (turns out magical swords yanked from bogs don’t come pre-sharpened), he and his rag-tag group of quest companions are at a bit of a loss for what to do next. 

As a temporary safeguard, Arek’s best friend and mage, Matt, convinces him to assume the throne until the true heir can be rescued from her tower. Except that she’s dead. Now Arek is stuck as king, a role that comes with a magical catch: choose a spouse by your eighteenth birthday, or wither away into nothing.

With his eighteenth birthday only three months away, and only Matt in on the secret, Arek embarks on a desperate bid to find a spouse to save his life—starting with his quest companions. But his attempts at wooing his friends go painfully and hilariously wrong…until he discovers that love might have been in front of him all along.

©2022 F.T. Lukens. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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We Love the Mutual Pining Trope

So This Is Ever After delivers in spades when it comes to stoking the flames of mutual pining. Arek is a certified mess. We love an oblivious king… literally. Reading this gave me BBC The Adventures of Merlin feelings from the start, but it was much more satisfying because Arek and Matt end up together. This book was a fast paced adventure with fighting, magic, and true love all in an Medieval fantasy backdrop. The conversations between the members of the marry band of doofuses were often times laugh out loud funny. They actually talked like 17 year olds… at least they spoke how I did when I was 17. It didn’t feel forced. This is a five star read for me. It’s short too so it will be one that I listen to more than once.

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well written, but the plot did very little for me

the preformace was great, but the plot was entirely driven by the lack of healthy communication between the two main love interest characters. while in general I dislike storyles like this, I take bigger issue with the ending, instead of actually character growth thought better communication a kind of lat minute resolution was shoehorned in, witch became necicery because of the arbitrary time limit

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Certainly different!

Not the usual fare, this story was entertaining and fun. Extremely well written and clever, and the narrator had separate voices for the diverse characters which made the story easy to follow. Worth getting, it was fun.

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I loved it so so much!

Funny and so romantic! All that pining was just the cutest and real funny/good at looking at the chosen one tropes as well as the romance genre tropes.
A perfect friends to lovers, I'd say.

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Frustrating, with moments of charm

My recurring thought throughout this was "King Arek the Kind? More like King Arek the Dumbass". This a frustrating book. The two leads have good chemistry, and I was rooting for them to end up together, but agh, what pain till we got there.

I loved the default pansexuality of everyone in this made-up land, and even the nod to non-monogamy at the end (grabbing at scraps here, ENM almost never shows up as anything other than a negative in romance novels).

The narrator is pretty good. His intonation can be irritating, but it is appropriate for a light-as-air romance novel written in 2022 about, and for, teenagers.

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Perfect for those who LOVE "badasses-in-distress"~

The peril is GREAT
The resulting fluff because of the peril is GREAT
The characters are GREAT
The comedy and flailing around trying to rebuild the kingdom? GREAT
The copious swearing? YES. PERFECT. Emphasizes the comedy and reminds the readers these are common teenagers in over their heads and a lot on their plate. I've previously been annoyed by some other fantasy dialogue being super serious or flowery and fancy and in ways that give me doubts on whether this was an actual person speaking. No such problem with this book!
The obviousness between the pining characters? GREAT. It's like I'm in the corner of the room overhearing their banter and smirking at their misfortune and want to goad them on. WHICH BRINGS ME TO:
THE NARRATOR IS GREAT. I loved the tones he put into even the simple "UGH"s and the sarcastic jabs and the panic

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Loved it!!

loved it, story was cute and quick paced. easy to follow while cleaning my house and making dinner. Lukens is a talented writer and looking forward to the next book coming out

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A breath taking story.

I loved it, it was a story that kept me on the edge of my seat and one that made it almost impossible to put down. I would pause for a second only to want to pick it back up again immediately, i fell in love with the characters and the telling of this story and I look forward to reading many of of F.T Lukens work, I have finally found an author I love.

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Good lite fantasy novel

Pretty good book, I enjoyed the characters and the setting. It does get a little annoying, When the main character and his love and dress are not communicating. However if you enjoy the oblivious trope in stories, this will not be an issue because it's the heart of the conflict.

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It's Maybe Not For Me

For me... this book was a struggle to get through. It's trying at a lot of things and failing. I feel like it leans into absurdism, but not far enough, and comedy, but no moment made me laugh out loud, and it's trying to flip the script, but nothing but the concept is actually clever. I still got through it, but I found myself at the end groaning that there was still 10 minutes left. I have hate/loved books before and this isn't one. The only saving grace is that it's gay. It's like... an arthur/merlin fanfic that you leave as an open tab on your phone but never actually finish, find a decade later while cleaning up, try again, and forget about it once more... not my favorite unfortunately.

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  • Skywise
  • 05-25-22

Endearing characters in a compelling love story.

The characters and setting kept me engaged and wanting to continue even though I am very much over the oblivious lovers trope.

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  • Quidje-Bo Ludwig
  • 03-30-22

A lovely done pastiche of fantasy tropes

This book warmed my soul through and through. I was intrigued at first because of it being a subversion of chosen one narratives exploring the consequences of having a teenager with no real training become king. While it is poking fun at the genre there was clearly a lot of love for fantasy from the author. However, even apart from the witty trope subversion the characters and the story stand on there own. Each character felt like a realistic teenager who has been through a lot as was just trying the best. The queer representation and sweet slow burn romance was just the cherry on top of this fantastic book. I highly recommend!

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  • tazmine
  • 03-29-22

absolutely lovely story.

Honestly is one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. It was so funny and sweet. and they storyline was good and easy to follow.