Title: The Consumption of Magic (Tales from Verania #3)
Author: T.J. Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Genre(s): Fantasy/Comedy/Romance/Established Couples
Page Count: 450
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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 will summarize my entire reading experience of this book in one sentence.
Here it is: TJ is a RAT BASTARD!
He warned us. He said we’d want to kill him after what he does in Book 3, and that’s why Book 4 would be published only a few months behind it.
If I didn’t love his writing so much, I’d be sending him hate mail.
But I digress……
I liked this one better than Book 2. It’s got a maturity to it that shows Sam’s growth. (And, yes, I said maturity even though this group regularly talks about incest, bestiality, and gang bangs as running jokes). Spoiler – Gary doesn’t really know what bestiality means and has been using it wrong!
Not only is there a maturity to Sam’s thoughts and POV, this story was written so that there was another side character. It was a shadow. It was darkness. Klune, in the way that he has shown his talent before, weaves this shadow lurking around every word. Every action. Every thought. I never let my guard down, not for the entire book. There was always this sense of foreboding. It was done really well.
Sam and Ryan are still as in love as ever (and getting kinkier, btw). Gary and Kevin are still as ridiculous as ever. Tiggy is still as loveable as ever.
And guess who played much bigger roles in Book 3? Randall and Justin. I dug it. They are becoming more integral to the story arcs.
And then it happened. The other shoe dropped. I thought I was prepared. I thought I knew what would happen.
I’ve survived Wolfsong, FFS, I can survive this.
It wasn’t the level of angst of Wolfsong, IMHO, but it was different than that book.
It’s where he left it.
And then he leaves us with the blurb for Book 4. Strategic man, he is. It’s spoilery. Don’t you dare skip to the end of this story to read it!
But now I’m scared. I’m scared about where he left off. I’m scared about the fallout of what has happened. And I’m scared for Book 4.
Devious, evil genius.