• The Damning Stone

  • Tales from Verania, Book 5
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (605 ratings)

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The Damning Stone

By: TJ Klune
Narrated by: Michael Lesley
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A year has passed since the Dark Wizard Myrin attempted to take control of the Kingdom of Verania. Though the scars of the final battle remain, Veranians have come together in unity in order to rebuild. Good King Anthony sits on the throne once more, with Morgan of Shadows at his side.

However, a king is not immortal. One day, Anthony will step down, paving the way for his son, Grand Prince Justin, to assume the throne. And Justin wants anything but.

Unfortunately for him, he finds himself with bigger things to worry about than just becoming the ruler of a country. At the celebration of the might of Verania and its people, a delegation arrives, led by a man who calls himself a magician. This man represents the king of Yennbridge, who has come to claim what was promised to him years before: the hand of the firstborn son of the king and queen of Verania. With his ridiculous friends at his side—Sam, Ryan, Kevin, Gary, and Tiggy—Justin sets out to make the visiting king’s life a living hell. Which, of course, backfires spectacularly, and when the dust settles, Justin finds his friends changed in ways he can’t expect, leaving him standing alone.

Except he’s not as alone as he thinks, given the king of Yennbridge will do anything to prove he’s worthy of the frozen heart of the Ice Prince.

Prince Justin has finally met his match. Let the games begin.

©2022 Travis Klune (P)2022 Travis Klune

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Funny but Sam-centric

The long awaited book #5 is finally upon us!!! I've spent so much time imagining Justin's story. So have many others. And it looks like TJ Klune combed through the most popular fanfics on AO3 and picked out fan favorites. This means we get delighted by the return of some old goodies like truth corn, the cheesy dicks song, Tiggy's brooms, and crazy fangirls/boys like Tina De Silva. On the negative side I feel like we didn't get as much Justin. I was so looking forward to the prince's story. To get to know him better and have him go on his own journey. This felt more like he got dragged along another one of Sam's adventures. Even his reactions felt like a watered down Sam. I didn't get that Justin vibe I was looking for. Which is why I'm not scoring this a perfect 5 star read. But it's still a funny book full of magic, shenanigans and sex puns. And Michael Lesley narrated! So still an awesome read/listen.

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This has been a crazy week. I was VERY invested in another Epic Fantasy Saga Trilogy (2200 pages worth) and when I finished that, I wanted something lighter than what I had been reading. This, was a complete 180, and it was perfect.

I'm not going to go into too much other than to say that this isn't a stand alone. If you have not read any books in this series, stop now and start with Book 1. It will not be completely confusing if you don't, but you won't really GET so many things. Half of what makes TJ Klune so endearing - besides his incredibly dry humor and emotionally invested characters - are the Inside Jokes (It's Capitalized...so that means it's true...) and there are a MILLION inside jokes. You do not want to have them all fly over your head...trust me.

Did I like this book as much as the previous 4 books? No - not really. It wasn't that it was bad, there just didn't seem to be the level of investment in the situation that this book revolves around. Sam has fought the big battle and won, a year has gone by since that happened and we then get to come back and visit the gang. The city of Lockes is rebuilding, people are trying to move on from the events that occurred (in the previous 4 books) and all of a sudden there is a King who arrives to say he has been promised to Prince Justin. Or, I guess a better way to say it would be that Prince Justin has been promised to him.

Craziness ensues - and boy, do we hit an extreme level of zaniness (this might be a record level). There is the requisite evil monologuing, kidnapping and magic. All in all - it's fun, light hearted and full of immature humor. What more could you ask for?

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Yea No

I couldn't finish it. I love Micheal Lesley as a narrator but the voices sound off. That was the 1st thing I noticed, but I could over look that and get it the benefit of doubt. I got roughly 6 hours in and decided to get a refund and delete the book. I'm glad I did I looked up how the story progresses and if this is Klunes send off book he should have just stopped after the last one.

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Solid Klune book but....

Where was the adventure? Verania books was all exploration, the adventure this book was more like a soap opera romance episode.... like 2 chapters of excitement at the end with a bunch of fluff and parenting throughout. This could of been a stand alone fun book. but the other books in the series had a great story full of lots of things, while this book went nowhere, why not go to yennbridge? why not awkwardly have the two fall in love while on adventure.
children....no exploring... no great threat.... this really didnt fit in with the verania books I feel this book was made in a hurry with no real substance towards previous versions, just soap opera it up with forced children and a sash and a fast forward timeline was kinda....meh.

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Have Not Finished It

While I LOVED the other books in this series this one (so far) has been nearly 100% sex jokes. I wanted to hear a funny Klunized fairytales not an endless string of rehearsed sex jokes.

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I enjoyed it

I actually don’t read or listen books from this author only because most of his books for me are too long. It’s a personal preference. I enjoyed this book very much. I know i seen others upset talk about being a book about Sam. I didn’t see that at all. I did see times with Justin and Sam but I feel it was necessary. I actually got teary. This was Justin book and he needed to work on himself. Also, opening himself up and Sam had a-lot to do with it. They go way back. I really liked Dylan and he was opposite of Justin. Just what he needed. The book had me laughing so much and yes at times emotional. Especially Justin and Sam time. Great book.

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I miss Sam

I love everything about TJ Klune stories, but like Sam as the main character much better!

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I love Dylan and Justin!!

I was hoping this book would be one of my favorites and I wasn't disappointed. It's as hilarious! The character growth is phenomenal and Dylan is perfect for Justin. I loved it!

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can't wait for the next book

I absolutely love this series and can't wait for the next book to continue the story! thank you so much for your continued writing!

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Incredible book that I didn’t expect to get

If you’ve followed the series, you know the wonderful ending of the 4th book and TJ Klune could have left it there. Instead, he decided to gift us with this gem. Incredibly performed by Michael Lesley yet again (hurray!) and told through Prince Justin’s POV, this book is a treat that fans never thought we’d get. Also the final lines of the book predict possible more adventures! Fingers crossed for another volume!

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  • 05-21-22

Another delightful tale from TJ

This story will brighten even the darkest day with laughter. loved it from start to finish.

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  • Ian Morgan
  • 05-06-22

Stunning, funny, and heart-breaking

This is a gorgeous book that weaves serious issues such as PTSD and 'what happens after the heroes win' with beautiful writing reflecting a character's journey to emotional vulnerability, all wrapped up in sumptuous humour. The character development of the previous books is great and it is such a good idea to have Justin as the narrator. There is a humanising and an identification with the character. And thank you so much for the laughter that gives the light to the shade. It is a well balanced book. I absolutely need a 6th instalment please.

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  • Jo Bird
  • 04-30-22

Perfect, perfect, perfect!

Soooo good. So many laughs. A year after the defeat of the darks Justin has the chance for his HEA when king Dillon, from a northern land arrives saying he was promised to Justin from birth. This brings the gang back together, Sam, Ryan, Tiggy, Kevin and Gary but changed, temporarily, hopefully. The wizards are back and so are the dragons to fight yet another fight for Verania. Fantastic addition to the Tales with awesome narration, or more correctly, performance from Michael Lesley. I really hope the ending is a set up for another book.

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  • tazmine
  • 04-27-22

never want to hear the word "Bro" again.

It's definitely not my favourite book of the series. I love that it's based on the prince but I honestly just found Dylan annoying but that could just be caused by the fact that sometimes it feels like 'bro' is the only word he knows.
But he isn't a bad person at all... just hard to listen to.

Some of it just felt predictable and just underwhelming.

I understand its about the prince but I really wished we could have seen Sam rant to his friends and family after finding out who the bag guy is.

that said, I'm really happy that the prince found happiness and I was really happy with the ending.

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  • Bee May
  • 05-01-22

bit of a pre-emptive review

i'm only up to chapter 5 but some things are bothering me so much i need to write them down.

first, positives:
the story and characters continue to be stellar, i was so excited waiting for this to come out and i'm genuinely thrilled with everything related to the story. TJ Klune is really, really good at what they do and continues to be one of my favourite authors.

i'm also enjoying Michael Lesley's narration for the most part, he's very emotive and makes the story even more immersive and enjoyable with his accents and the way he plays the characters

that said, the negatives:

Gary has a blaccent. it's bothering me a fair bit, and it seems to be Lesley's choice rather than Klune's. it's bothering me that the over-dramatic, attention seeking, loud ANIMAL character that complains of racism as an ongoing joke through the series has been given a blaccent.
to add insult to injury, Lesley appears to be white.

Tiggy's voice bothers me too. He's a half-giant and he's the D*mb Muscle, part of this shown through his use of broken english.

Lesley chose to portray him with slurred, slow speech that brings to mind characterisations of intellectually disabled characters in media.
Not only is it just difficult to listen to as somebody with Auditory Processing Disorder(i really can't figure out what he's saying much of the time), it's incredibly ableist.

It's the same voice kids in the '90's did while calling somebody a r*tard and it's incredibly upsetting.
i don't know if i'm going to be able to finish the audiobook.

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  • David
  • 08-11-22

Really enjoyable

Out of the 5 books, this may actually be my favourite or equally favourite to the 1st book. The story is light, funny & I quite enjoyed the plot.

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  • Ebony Rose
  • 05-08-22

Amazing

T. J. Klune has once again outdone himself!
Michael Lesley’a narration was absolutely perfect!
I laughed until I cried

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  • Tine
  • 04-29-22

This series with this narrator is perfection!

TJ Klune is brilliant but you add Michael Lesley and his performance with these characters, you get nothing but pure gold!!!