Book: The Consumption of Magic
Series: Tales From Verania #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publication Date: November 20, 2017
Length: 450 pages
Reviewed by Erin
Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.
It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.
Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.
With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.
A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.
I’m going to be upfront with you guys and tell you this review isn’t going to have much in the way of 1) thoughts about the book –It was INCREDIBLE 2) passages and sentences I highlighted—there were SO many! or 3) warnings—Listen to TJ, don’t read ANY spoilers.
With all that being said, I CAN say a few things. The first is Have Heart For Life, motherfuckers. Truly. For anyone who thought maybe, possibly Sam could be with Ruv (I have no idea who you are or why you would even think such a thing, but I guess to each their own, even if they’re the wrongest to have ever wronged) The Consumption of Magic will put any doubters of the fact that Sam and Ryan are meant to be to bed forever. There is no one for Sam other than Ryan and vice versa.
“Because it’s always been you, Sam. I promise. I promise. I promise, because when I look upon these stars, there is nothing I wish for more than you.”
Justin might be a spoiled, pain in the ass, but there is SO much more to this guy and I can’t wait to learn even more about him. Best friends 5eva indeed.
Mama and Dimitri are back and they’re as awesome as always. Mama is badass and Dimitri, for all his pornstache and inappropriate flirting, is really MUCH more than I thought he was.
While The Lightning Stuck Heart and A Destiny of Dragons are fabulous and wonderful, I think Consumption has a much different “feel” to it. Yes, there are moments of utter ridiculousness and yes, there are moments of jaw-dropping, white knuckle action, and yes, Sam and Ryan are utterly swoony, BUT there is a darkness to The Consumption of Magic. There has to be. Learning what the title means very early in the book (not a spoiler, TJ has mentioned this) means that there is a heaviness with each page, no matter what’s happening because you can’t help but wonder what’s coming next. There isn’t another storyteller out there that has TJ’s talent at building a story, at weaving even seemingly inconsequential blink and you’ll miss them moments into an arcing plot and bringing everything together. And we’re not quite there yet, since there is still another book to go.
You’re going to be exhausted, both physically and mentally by the time you get to the end of The Consumption of Magic because while reading you will experience every emotion you possibly can. Again, not a spoiler because this is TJ Klune we are talking about here. The thing is, it’s the BEST kind of exhaustion. I mean the books thus far have their own kind of language, don’t they? Harry Potter has muggles and dementors and avada kedrava. Star Wars has light sabers, storm troopers, and The Force. Words and things that fans understand and live and breathe by. Now we have Knight Delicious Face, smashing, and flora bora slam, just to name a few. Verania might be a made-up place, but TJ has transported each and every one of us there fully and completely, so much so, it’s hard to leave, even for a little bit.
Heed the warnings, friends. DON’T read any spoilers. Hell, TJ has said not even to read the excerpt posted at Dreamspinner. He is the master of making the little things turn into big things so you never know what you might stumble across if you go searching. Trust me, spoiling even the tiniest thing for The Consumption of Magic is a crime punishable by death. (Well, maybe NOT quite that dramatic. But close!) So, sit down, strap in, and be ready for one hell of an adventure!
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