The Consumption of Magic (Audio Review)

Title: The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania #3)
Author: TJ Klune and Michael Lesley (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 30th 2018
Genre(s): High Fantasy
Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 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.

I’m not even going to lie, I have listened to this multiple times since I bought it approximately six minutes after it went live on Audible. I’m not even a little bit sorry. I’m actually on my fourth listen right now.

And yes, I have cried at the end every. single. time.

Michael Lesley – you’re a genius and a truly gifted performer. Kudos and bravo, sir! (And, can I just say Pat and Leslie – brilliant!)

TJ Klune has long hinted that we would be mad at him by the end of this book. There is a lot that happens to build off where we’ve been in The Lightning-Struck Heart and A Destiny of Dragons and, because it’s the penultimate in Sam’s trilogy (quadrilogy?), it brings the reader much closer to what seems to be building toward the inevitable ending.

Never fear, there are no spoilers here. Which is so hard – you don’t even know. BUT SO NECESSARY. I wouldn’t have wanted someone to warn more about what happens in The Consumption of Magic, because, even though it damn near killed me, it fits so brilliantly into this story.

So what can I tell you? Well, I can give you hints TJ himself has let slip –

  • I can tell you Prince Justin is back with the group in a major way and he’s redeemed a lot (in my opinion)…
  • I can tell you that Consumption has some of the biggest action scenes from the series…
  • I can tell you the mated Northern Dragons are everything you could hope they’ll be and more…
  • I can tell you it has the longest sex scene TJ’s ever written…
  • I can tell you it has some twists that you won’t see coming.
  • And I can tell you by the time you finish you will have run through an entire gamut of emotions: You will laugh, gasp, hope, and suffer from Wookiee Cry Face.

This was my initial reaction after reading the book –
I’m having a hard time processing my feelings for this. I’m absolutely heartbroken. I know they are just characters, but I have read and listened to the stories in this series so often I could recite whole chapters verbatim. And I love these characters, okay? I love them. And this…I thought I could see it coming. I thought I knew what was going to happen. I didn’t. Not at all. And my heart. is. broken.

5 devastated stars

This series is phenomenal, no lie, but the audio elevates this to a whole other level. This is NOT a standalone. BUY THIS SERIES. Read this. LISTEN TO THIS.

“A warning. All of you will not survive until the end. There will be loss, Sam. And it will burn like nothing has ever burned before. You must remember to keep in the light, even when the dark begins to curl around your feet.”


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