The Consumption of Magic (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

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Title: The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania, #3)
Author: T.J. Klune
Buy link: (Second Edition)
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Genre(s): Fantasy Romance, Paranormal
Page Count: 450 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5

Blurb:A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!

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.

Stark, Raving, Lunatic-tastic

I don’t even know where to start with this one. TJ Klune outdid himself. It was the best of both worlds, a perfect mish-mash of all the things I loved about books 1 and 2. You had a singular blend of the snark, the humor, the love, the personalities, the fun times, the jokes, and the uniquely HaveHeart4Ever adventures with the serious, the dark, the seedy, the paradoxical, and the heartbreaking.

Another reviewer’s reaction to certain events in this book was self-described as the Wookiee Cry Face—I took liberties and capitalized it because now it’s a thing—and oh holy hell, I can totally relate. Of course, OF COURSE, I had to start this book when I really should have been in bed getting some sleep before work the next day because OF COURSE I couldn’t put it the fuck down. It was Gorilla-Glued to my damn hands and my eyeballs. OF COURSE IT WAS! So … by the time I got to the end, with about 5 minutes to spare for an in-the-sink whore bath (ewww), I needed way more than a shower to fix the ravaged damage all the bawling did to my poor, beleaguered face.

ugly cry face~~~snot bubbles

Trust me. Those kids are way cuter than I am. But yes. There were snot bubbles and everything. I looked like an albino raccoon by the time I got to work. Yep. Baaaaaad. But so, so worth the lack of hygiene, the depleted emotional reserves, the exhaustion, and that sandpaper feeling under my breastbone and in my nasal passages. My ribs hurt from laughing and I felt like I’d been crying for days, but still. So. Worth. It.

I won’t spoil anything. I won’t belabor any points here. If you’re already a fan, you don’t need my encouragement. If you aren’t a fan, here’s a challenge, if you dare: Read the first book. Read it with an open mind even though you don’t need it. If you don’t end up compulsively reading them all, well … there’s no hope for you ever possessing an imagination, a sense of humor, or a heart. None.

despondent dean

I’ve been reading for going on 35 years now. I’ve read—and continue to read—the best the fantasy and sci-fi genres have to offer, and I’m well on my way to reading the best of what traditional romance, paranormal romance, and M/M romance have to offer, at least to date. I have read tens of thousands of books. That is no exaggeration.

I’ve forgotten more books, book titles and authors than I could list if I wrote them all out for 3 years straight without sleeping or taking a break. But this series … it’s, well, it is hands down, by far one of the best series I’ve ever read. Top ten … maybe even top five of all time. And given the number I have to choose from, that is truly saying something.

high five supernatural sam

Take that however you will. Whatever you may think of me or of what I have to say, give this series and this book a try. You will not regret it. I certainly don’t. Plus, if you don’t read it you’ll miss out on one of the hottest scenes between Sam and Ryan thus far. Holy shit. So. HOT.

The only drawback I can even come up with is the whole having to wait for the next book thing because dammit! Patience is not one of my admittedly few virtues! In the wake of some monumental changes in the dynamics of both the characters’ lives and the world they live in, well … something even more wicked their way comes, and I’ll leave it at that.

This review cross-posted at Goodreads.
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I am a life-long reader and an avid learner. I remember reading books without pictures when I was about four, and raided every title on my parents' full and intimidating book shelves—well, the ones they would let me read, anyway—from then on. Characters written by authors like Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, and Anne McCaffrey were my childhood playmates. Back then, I went nowhere unless I had a book in my hand. While the rest of my generation was shifting from cassettes to CDs and from Atari to Nintendo, Sega, and Playstation, I spent my allowance on Myth & Magic pewter figurines and on books at the Stars and Stripes bookstore. These days I don't have a book in my hand anymore, at least not the printed variety. Instead, it's any device with a Kindle app. I stubbornly held on to the printed page until a military move weighed my book collection in at over a ton. Oops. Sorry-not-sorry, but I did have to exercise some pragmatism in that area, unfortunately. Now I only buy hardbacks from my favorite authors, the classics, or long-running series. Otherwise, I've surrendered to the times and our weight allowance and have gone all digital. I stay strictly on the fiction side of the fence because non-fiction is generally too dry to hold my interest. I was always a scholar, and so have read enough textbook-like titles and required reading for school and college to last me a lifetime, thank you very much. So, non-fiction? No, thanks. However, barring non-fiction and biographies (ewww people), there's not much out there I won't read. I have loved romance novels since I was prepubescent. Something about historicals and anything with horses, i.e., Native American inspired romances just did it for me. My grandmother was appalled that my parents let me read that 'smut' as she called it. I'd already justified my position on being allowed to read those controversial titles with a logical argument that there were a lot of historical facts in those books that couldn't be learned in the classroom alone. And to this day, I maintain that stance. I have learned more from books, specifically romance and fantasy novels, than I ever did in a classroom. ~~wink-wink~~ My dad always said I was too smart for my own good. Looking back, he was probably right! I could logically talk my way into and out of just about anything. It's served me well, but caused me no end of problems, too. That said, despite my love for the romance genre in general and the m/m romance genre in particular, there is little chance that a decent book of any kind will fail to catch my interest, and there's nothing at all I'm unwilling to learn. So bring it on. I hope you enjoy my reviews.