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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Robert
  • 2021-06-04

DARN YOU TJ KLUNE

I love this series and I am annoying anyone who would listen to me on I love this series. every time I think, "there's NO way this series can get better" TJ Klune seems to hear me and goes, "Oh, you silly man you.... here's this!" Love this because it shows Klune's different styles of writing from comedy to dramatic. this feels like a love letter from Klune to his fans like me

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  • Litbovely
  • 2021-05-25

What a treat!

Oh my gods, TJ Klune and Michael Lesley are a match made in stars! Classic fairy tales retold lecherously through the cast of previous Verania books, crowned by the previously only hinted at story of David’s Dragon.

Ps. Incredibly, even Michael’s reading of sound effect credits are always a delight.
(A note from a native Finn though: YLE Arkisto is not an individual, but the Archive of Finnish Broadcasting Company that released a lot of SFX into the public a while back.)

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  • 2021-05-21

Just so much fun!

I can't get enough of the way TJ Klune writes (hilarious, childlike, soul ripping, complex, sultry, lazer life) and the way Michael Lesley performs (intresting, wide range of lavish vocal play). Buy it and laugh, let your heart break (just a little) and enjoy the bawdy, licentious ride.

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  • Rivulose.
  • 2021-05-20

I was totally besotted!

My personal experience. I was terrified. I laughed. And I felt grief all over again. I was charmed and delighted. I don't normally like short stories. However, this wasn oddity for me. And I'm so glad I went down this dark and disturbing road. I look for books that can paign to picture. It definitely was a picture hung in a modern art museum. Where the security guards are strippers. And they are smearing peanut butter and jelly all over them. And you are asking yourself is my coffee laced, with something more than coffee. I'm believe this book can stand alone. From the series, It was that good. Now my life seems dull and boring. I am ruined. Having a dark and twisted sense of humour might help.You be able to look yourself in the mirror afterwards. You're going to need time to process. It's going to be OK! You will have a good time. And question your sanity.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-05-05

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Michael Lesley is amazing as always. Very skillful and charming. End credits are funny as always. Absolutely loved it!