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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author TJ Klune invites you back to the land of Verania in a new collection of short stories starring the beloved characters from the Tales of Verania series. 

In the opening story - "The Unicorn in the Tower" - Gary is a princess trapped in a stone tower by the evil Lady Tina DeSilva, who plans on sacrificing him on the first full moon after his 18th birthday. With help from his friends - a bird named Tiggy and a mangy weasel called Sam - Gary interviews potential suitors to rescue him and love him above all others, as he so rightly deserves. 

"The Unicorn in the Tower" is followed by "Sam and the Beanstalk", wherein a poor farm boy exchanges his family’s bull for magical beans and the promise of treasure in the sky. But when he climbs the beanstalk, Sam finds things are not as he expected them to be.

"The Good Boy" sees Todd and his immaculate ears taking center stage. When Todd’s father dies, he leaves his son in the care of his evil stepmother and two stepsiblings who live to make Todd’s life a living hell. It’s not until the household receives an invitation to attend a ball for the mysterious Sir that Todd begins to wish for a life beyond what he knows. 

"David’s Dragon", the final - and only canonical - tale, is set a thousand years before the rise of the dark wizard Myrin. It begins simply: a lonely boy in a small village befriends a dragon. What follows is a story of love and sacrifice, hope and heartbreak, and what it means to earn your place amongst the stars. 

Welcome back to Verania. It’s going to be a hell of a ride.

©2021 Travis Klune (P)2021 Travis Klune

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Fantastic but listen to the other books first

Love this book and the fairy tales included!

First things first, there are spoilers if you have not listened to the other books in the series first. Leave this till last. The stories also won’t be as funny if you don’t understand all the little in jokes that come from the previous books. Example: there is a small reference to the song “cheesy dicks and candlesticks” in one of the short stories.

Michael Lesley as usual did an amazing job performing the story, bringing the characters alive and offering much needed tone at critical junctures. (Seriously if Michael has a podcast someone point me to it, I could listen to him talk about anything).

While all of the short stories were amazing my favourite is “The good boy”.

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Michael Lesley is a treasure and a delight

I honestly often forget a single person is narrating - it feels like a full cast. Listen to all the credits too!

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loved

I have listened to all of this series and loved it. This one did not dissappoint,esp the last story,made me cry. Hope the series will continue. The narration is outstanding as usual!

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  • Belen
  • 2021-05-10

Amazing narration ❤️

Retellings of three classic fairy tales Verania-style with Gary in a hysterical 'Rapunzel' retelling, Sam in a sweet 'Jack and the Beanstalk' reimagining, and Todd as a Cinderfella (with Gary playing the evil stepmother a little too well, and Justin and Tina being just awful...) getting his kinky happily ever after, then finishing with an original fairy tale that gives us the history of David and his dragon. Pack a Kleenex for David's story. ❤️

"It’s said, even now, that if you look upon the stars on a clear night, you will see David and Lockes, wings spread across the heavens. A boy and his dragon, together for eternity."

Michael Lesley is once again brilliant in his narration with fantastic voices, effects, pacing, timing...An absolute pleasure to listen to.

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  • Susan Bauer
  • 2021-05-14

Laughed and Cried

Wow, TJ does it again. We start off with 3 hilarious stories created by the characters from the series. You can absolutely see their hand in these goofy stories. You crack up laughing at familiar voices and names in ridiculous situations and settings.

Then.... Then you get to David's dragon. TJ can hit me like a ton of bricks with his writing, and Micheal's heartfelt voices bring them alive. Davids Dragon will make your heart utterly break, and shows how the constellation came to be, along with the city of Lockes. It's beautiful and sadly shows the amazing beauty of human nature and the absolute worst of it. You learn a little about what Ryan and Sam are up to, and a little more about Sam's history with the dragon and about GW. GW irritated me in the books by being so judgy, but here, we get to see a different side of him, a kinder side along with his history a bit, and what he really is. It isn't all rumors like I assumed.

David's dragon, who was a bit snippy in the books, you learn so so much about him and David and their absolute love and friendship of the ages. It is left of a bit of a mystery about the town David grows up in, and it totally bugs me that I don't have a definite answer, but I assume it has to do with GW.

All I can say, is it's great. LSH is my second favorite book series by TJ, Wolfsong is my favorite. And while my soul lives in Green Creek, my soul lives in Verania.


And if we don't get some Justin Romance up in here imma cut a B, as Gary would say. It will be Gore City up in here.

Micheal is truly talented, his ridiculous amount of voices and his addition of sound effects is stunning. If you listen till the very end, even his CREDITS are hilarious. Add in TJ and you have an amazing team.

Thank you to both of them for sharing their amazing talent.

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  • Kashonna
  • 2021-05-05

Heartbreaking

The 3 fairy tales were cute and fun. Beware of David's Dragon. That story will break your heart and have you bawling.

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  • Manduh
  • 2022-03-07

Michael Lesley makes any story worth listening to

5 Stars for the Narrator. Michael Lesley is just one of the best narrator's out there. He does a fantastic job once again. All the stars always for him. 💜

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This is a collection of stories. It is the retelling of fairy tales which of course has TJ's twist using the characters we know and love.

The Unicorn in the Tower

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This was just pure silliness. It is TJ's version of the story of Rapunzel with Gary as the main character. There is a whole lot of sexual innuendos and more of Gary and Kevin than I ever wanted to hear lol

Sam & the Beanstalk

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Instead of Jack and the Beanstalk it is Sam. Sam gets the beans and in his Beanstalk is a castle where a giant lives with his friends he has collected over the years. Initially Sam was looking to find treasure to help his family instead he found himself friends for a life time.

The Good Boy

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TJ's version of Cinderella. In this one Todd, with the best ears, is the main character. Gary is the evil step mother and Justin and Tina the step sisters. It is all casts really perfectly especially when Mama is the Fairy Drag Mother. The one thing I didn't like was how evil Gary was. Gary can be a b**ch but usually it is for reasons and also it is usually directed at people who deserve it. His treatment of sweet, sweet Todd was not deserved. It was one of the first times I did not like Gary. Yikes! However, there was a kinkly ever after and I appreciated it.

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When David was born he always had this voice in the back of his mind connected to him. As he grew older the voice became louder until one day he met the creature behind the voice (a dragon). The two become friends and grow to love one another. This is all in secret. David lives his regular life in the city where his mom is mayor, his dad by her side and his best friend/ husband Levi.

David keeps his secret for many years afraid if anyone knew they would try to hurt his friend. Turns out David was right. David suffers a great loss. He goes on a journey to find the oldest dragon in existence when he meets him he is set on a task. If David completes this task he will then be reunited with his dragon. David is determined to have that happen so, he does as he was told.

This is the story of how the city of Locke's became to be. It was sad and heartbreaking but IMO a bit boring. I wanted more. I needed the drama of what happened to the town's people after to play out lol

Overall it was an entertaining listen because Michael Lesley is top notch!

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  • all_terrain
  • 2021-07-06

Not tj’s best work.

Not tj’s best work. Or Michael lesley’s. Story’s felt forced. And Michael forgot what the characters sound like.

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  • Dillon Agnew
  • 2021-07-02

at this point you know you're gonna buy it

idk why you're here looking at my comment we both know you're gonna buy it, but sigh yes Todd's story had me love hating Gary and David's dragon broke my heart, it will do what every other book in this series does, leave you desperate for more

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  • Michael Nadeau
  • 2021-05-22

Wonderful as always

I am a big TJ Kline fan, and this book didn’t disappoint. The first 3 stories made me smile, and David’s Dragon was deep and moving. Highly recommend.

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  • Outlaw
  • 2021-05-01

Utterly Brilliant!

Without having read the rest of the Verania books this would be a ridiculously funny collection of stories. Having read them all this is more than icing on the cake. This was a silly love note to the series and the fans. So ridiculous and pushed the envelope JUST enough. TJ is a master at making you feel feelings through the tears. Laughter & otherwise. This was nothing short of perfection.

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  • Aerielle
  • 2021-04-28

Fantastic

This is a wonderful collection of stories. I loved the TJ twist on the three fairytales but David’s Dragon is the shining star. That little story wrenched so much emotion from me. Beautiful story or love and sacrifice and loss.
Michael Lesley outdid himself with this one. I love what he brings to these books with the sound effects. They really added to my enjoyment of this audiobook

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2022-08-11

Oofda

The first tales are ridiculous and fun. Todd's fairy tale is the sweetest thing ever. But fair warning, have a box of Kleenex on hand for the final story and do not listen in public.