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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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TJ KLUNE IS MY HERO

I literally cannot speak highly enough of tj klune or this series. Heck, all of his series! They are magic and show what true love is, in all forms. This book, and the entire verania series is medicine. What a gift 🌈❤️

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  • 06-21-22

Love this series!

I just want to walk around in the authors mind for just a few minutes.

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Loved this so much

Got to hear from Ryan’s pov- and he gets his HEAFN! Totally loved meeting his new beau- bro’ is hilarious! Can’t wait to see what trouble they get into when they arrive at his home!!

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Another one knocked out of the park

Love love love this series hopefully there will be more of our favorite heroes and Justin. 5 stars all the way

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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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Need more!

This series has been one of my favorite, book series that. I've ever come across. I get transported into a world of inappropriateness and dark humor and I love every minute. Because, who couldn't love a book series that has a dirty foul unicorn, for a mouth. And characters you just have to experience. I can't wait for more there is a possibility that, this could go even further, and that, makes me, happy. I will be patiently waiting for the next book and putting that energy out into the universe. And hoping and praying is dark, and twisted, because, I love it. And there's an interesting theme, of a moral compass. And trying to discover what that, will be, and what that, will look like for each character. It's a fantasy with so much human emotion. And surprisingly with self-reflection and introspection that, make you asked questions about yourself. The series has engaged me. And made me think, and feel emotion.
This book series is either, a gift, or a curse, upon the world. However, I am grateful, it's kept me, distracted through my grief, and my pain, in my loss. And if, a book can do that, well done...

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Long awaited story

I wanted Justin's story for so long and finally got it. I am very grateful 😊

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Love it!

I’m obsessed with this entire world like fan club status! I need more!!! Sam and Ryan adopt or fosters then adopts like situations!!! That would be awesome…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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!!!