The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania, #3)
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.

The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania, #3) Details

TitleThe Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 20th, 2017
PublisherDreamspinner Press
Rating
GenreFantasy, Romance, M M Romance, Dragons, Magic, Humor, Funny

The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania, #3) Review

  • T.J.
    January 1, 1970
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the the second (third?) book of the Destiny Fuck Yeah! trilogy, and I have been dying to get my hands on it. I have also been pretty nervous, about the hints TJ kept dropping.He told us there were going to be some big changes in this book....He told us we would get to know Justin a bit better, and he warned us about the emotions we would be feeling while reading this one. He wasn't wrong....damn my emotions and Wookie Cry Face !!This books opens right where "A Destiny of Dragons" left us This is the the second (third?) book of the Destiny Fuck Yeah! trilogy, and I have been dying to get my hands on it. I have also been pretty nervous, about the hints TJ kept dropping.He told us there were going to be some big changes in this book....He told us we would get to know Justin a bit better, and he warned us about the emotions we would be feeling while reading this one. He wasn't wrong....damn my emotions and Wookie Cry Face !!This books opens right where "A Destiny of Dragons" left us. Now I am going to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, because I don't want to ruin things for all the readers, who are anxiously waiting to read this baby.All you really need to know is, that even though there will be times you want to reach for a drink, there are also plenty of funny moments...There will be some new and awesome characters introduced, and Sam's "best friend 5eva" Justin, plays a much bigger part in this one (I can't help but love that broody little prince!!)There is an amazingly sexy and (dare I say) "kinky" sexscene, that I did not expect (though it made me very very happy) I don't even care that TJ wrote it just because he was annoyed :PThis book will make you laugh (ugly) cry and even scream, but in the end...I agree with my dear friend Susan ...it was neccesary.I have very high expectations for the final book in this series, and thankfully TJ is not making us wait too long !!I highly recommend this one, but don't forget...this is not a stand alone and you will need to start with the most awesome book of all books "The Lightning Struck Heart" !!! My reviews are posted on DirtyBooksObsession
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  • ☆ Todd
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, let's just get the elephant in the room out in the open, shall we? In the last book, David's dragon laid a huge prophecy out to gnaw on our brains. 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. Then Sam spent the rest of that book pondering on the fact that, unless something truly miraculous happens, someday R Okay, let's just get the elephant in the room out in the open, shall we? In the last book, David's dragon laid a huge prophecy out to gnaw on our brains. 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. Then Sam spent the rest of that book pondering on the fact that, unless something truly miraculous happens, someday Ryan will die and he will be left alone. And he outright refused to let that happen, EVER. So in this book, there was this gigantic, ominous shadow clouding the story. Sam knew that the star dragon had guaranteed that at least one of them would die and that Ryan, the love of his life and cornerstone, would be his greatest loss.And doesn't that shit just bring a story right on down, folks?Yet, for the majority of this story, when I wasn't worrying about who might die, the story felt pretty upbeat, with tons of humor and snark, which I loved. It was almost like revisiting "The Lightning-Struck Heart" again. At least for me. I particularly loved the prologue of the book, which retold the story of Morgan rescuing Sam from the slums, but in significantly more detail than we were given before. I adored that entire section of the book and seeing "Nox" in the periphery there, Lord, all the feels. In the first 85% (or so), the story stresses the camaraderie and love between all of the people in Sam's life and it was truly epic. It actually made me forget about most of the foreboding shit that could hit at any given moment.We saw that Gary and Kevin were still fighting, but beginning to get over themselves, Justin was starting to soften a bit and had even begun repairing his friendship with Ryan, much to Sam's big ole' jealous chagrin. Plus, we were starting to see a different side of Randall, other than him being cantankerous 24/7/365.And the Lady Tina DeSilva was still a raging twatwaffle of the highest degree. TJ also gave us a full-blown (slight pun intended) sex scene, and let me tell you, the man does NOTHING by half measure. He's normally all chaste and semi-virginal on-page, but sweet Jesus, of course he's going to take it over the top and write a *double-penetration* scene, the one time that he actually goes there. And TJ, you rocked that shit, bitch! ;- ) We then found out more details as to how Morgan and Randall had imprisoned Myrin in the shadow realm and about a betrayal that led to his escape and subsequent rise in power.Myrin himself only made the briefest of appearances on-page in this book; however, the impact while he was there, just... GOD. Talk about a game changer. : ( Yes, the events of the last 15% of the story TRULY SUCKED DONKEY BALLS. Big time. It was painful and awful and not to be repeated, but probably necessary to cement the seriousness of the threat that Myrin represented to the lives of *everyone* in Verania.The epilogue made me want to buy a ticket to Virginia to hunt TJ down, but the "Sam?" at the very end of the book made me pull up short on that thought.Overall, this was an amazingly entertaining and very touching story of friendship, love and loss, which I loved so hard, you wouldn't believe.So I'd rate it at a solid 4.5 stars, only hesitating from giving it a full 5 stars due to the "I WANT TO FUCKING KILL TJ" factor.-----------------------------------------------My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links)-----------------------------------------------
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  • Renée
    January 1, 1970
    I will summarize my entire reading experience of this book in one sentence. Just one.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. Believe him.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 r I will summarize my entire reading experience of this book in one sentence. Just one.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. Believe him.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.
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  • Jewel
    January 1, 1970
    "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." Did you hear that sound? It was the sound of my heart shattering . And that other sound? That would be TJ cackling, the evil rat-bastard. I'm not going to tell you why my heart is in bitty bits on the floor, though. I wouldn't do that to you. Or to TJ. Lets just suffice it to say I want book 4 right the frak now! Also, I might be plotting TJ's "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." Did you hear that sound? It was the sound of my heart shattering . And that other sound? That would be TJ cackling, the evil rat-bastard. I'm not going to tell you why my heart is in bitty bits on the floor, though. I wouldn't do that to you. Or to TJ. Lets just suffice it to say I want book 4 right the frak now! Also, I might be plotting TJ's demise...just a little. But don't worry, I'll give TJ a chance to redeem himself -- we'd better get an EPIC happy at the end of book 4, though. Just sayin'.Where do I even begin with this review? The Consumption of Magic was everything I hoped it would be, and also everything I feared it would be...scratch that...TJ managed to show me fears I didn't even know I had. "Stone crumbles." If there's a theme I can pin down here, it would be 'consequences'. Sam has to face the consequences of, not only his actions, but also the past actions of Morgan and Randall. Mistakes have been made and secrets kept and feelings of betrayal cut deep. Sam learns, though. He does. He sees the hypocrisy of being angry over secrets kept from him, even as he keeps secrets of his own. The weight of the prophesy and all the consequences he must face threaten to crush him, but Sam pushes on because he must. "“In the end,” [...] “it is about the choices you make. Never forget that.” We still have our Merry Band of Misfits (I capitalized it, so you know it's a thing) and TJ's trademark banter, for both comedy relief and because Sam would never succeed without them. Gary, Tiggy (my favorite half-giant ever), Kevin, and, of course, Ryan, who is the reason that Sam pushes on. Even Justin has a role to play in The Consumption of Magic and, I totally did not expect this, but Justin is becoming more likable. He, too, has grown into himself.The Consumption of Magic felt even more epic than it's predecessors; heavier, darker. I carried with me a feeling of foreboding for the entire length of the book; holding my breath and just waiting. And our Sam of Wilds has grown as a person, so much. Remember, this is Sam's Hero's Journey. His quest. His destiny. TJ managed to both surprise me and leave me in shock. He pulls no punches, here.In fact, I am left reeling at the ending of The Consumption of Magic. And I hate TJ just a little bit for putting me through that. And by a little, I mean I am feeling a bout of glitter-rage coming on. Verdict: The Consumption of Magic was even better than A Destiny of Dragons and packed a stronger emotional punch. A punch I'll probably be feeling for days to come.----------------------------------------ARC of The Consumption of Magic was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Hearts I’m going to keep this short and simple. If you love Klune and if you want adventure and epic love and magic, then pick up this series or don’t delay in finishing it!!In essence, my review is just me reiterating what I’ve said for the first two installments. Though there are a multitude of shenanigans and inappropriateness and sheer madness, at its core this series is all about family, friends, and love made better and possible through the goodness of one zany wizard apprentice who is 4.5 Hearts I’m going to keep this short and simple. If you love Klune and if you want adventure and epic love and magic, then pick up this series or don’t delay in finishing it!!In essence, my review is just me reiterating what I’ve said for the first two installments. Though there are a multitude of shenanigans and inappropriateness and sheer madness, at its core this series is all about family, friends, and love made better and possible through the goodness of one zany wizard apprentice who is the glue that holds things together.As always, Michael Lesley wonderfully brings this story to life with his unbelievably talented narration, giving distinct voices to every character, some who are now indelibly branded into my brain and whom I’ll never ever forget - most notably Kevin, Gary, and Tiggy (I love you big guy and giants rule)!Klune doesn’t shirk on the emotions, the humor, and never on the feels that range from swoony to devastating to sheer amazement as to what he has created here!Whether you read this or listen or both, hold onto your seats for one entertaining ride! This is definitely a buildup to the grand finale coming up in A Wish Upon the Stars, as this concludes with a gawd awful punch to the gut and heart. I so look forward to seeing the bad guys get their due comeuppance in only the grand style that I know Klune will deliver! Thank you to the author/publisher for the audio in exchange for an honest review
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  • Jilly
    January 1, 1970
    How can people actually hate a wizard apprentice who is a hilarious twink with best friends who are a gay unicorn and half giant?I mean, come on? What's not to LOVE?But, it is happening in this book. There is a group of anti-Sam protesters rising in the city who are petitioning the king to kick his ass to the curb. They even started throwing tomatoes as Sam walked by. "The ... fruiting," Morgan said, lips twitching, "was an unfortunately misguided attempt at protest by the group known as the We- How can people actually hate a wizard apprentice who is a hilarious twink with best friends who are a gay unicorn and half giant?I mean, come on? What's not to LOVE?But, it is happening in this book. There is a group of anti-Sam protesters rising in the city who are petitioning the king to kick his ass to the curb. They even started throwing tomatoes as Sam walked by. "The ... fruiting," Morgan said, lips twitching, "was an unfortunately misguided attempt at protest by the group known as the We-Hate-Sam-A-Lots." Those bitches! Well, unless they were just trying to get Sam to eat healthier. Maybe that's what it was. Oh, except the name gives them away. Nope, I have to stay with my original thoughts.Those bitches!So, in this book things go a little downhill for our gang. I guess it was bound to happen eventually. Things can't be giggles and sunshine and rainbows all the time. Although I have to wonder why not? Why do bad things have to happen to good twinks? I guess that's a question that philosophers will be trying to answer for the rest of time.I'm just saying. This book is like one of those "special" episodes of Blossom or whatever. Where Joey gets testicular cancer and loses all his hair in chemo and shit..? (Did you miss that one?)Just, ugh!Does everything have to get all dark and depressing?Wow. Okay, so I see the answer to my question is Yes. If the f-ing printer can't stay out of the dark abyss of depression, then what are our odds?Obviously, by now, you are understanding that this book has a darker tone than the others in the series. Bad things happen. Feelings and angst are everywhere. I think they even take a side-trip to Hot Topics on their way through the haunted forest.Dammit Mom! It's NOT a phase! I NEED that Nightmare Before Christmas dress to express myself. I will totally wear it when I'm older. Please give me my allowance for doing nothing but sitting in my room listening to My Chemical Romance and writing my poetry!Anyway...Yeah, it gets sad. And, it ends sad.It's a good thing the world news is so cheerful right now, huh?um, so on to the next book where the damn happy, love, and rainbows better return or I'll cut a bitch.Oh. Well.That's much better. I feel better now. Thank you, internet! You are my best friend.
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  • BWT (Belen)
    January 1, 1970
    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. “How did you think this was going to end?” Randall asked, as if he had all the time in the world. “What did you think you were going to accomplish here 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. “How did you think this was going to end?” Randall asked, as if he had all the time in the world. “What did you think you were going to accomplish here?” I've promised no spoilers. Which is so hard - you don't even know. BUT SO NECESSARY. I mean it, I went into this only knowing the hints TJ's been giving over the last few months as I've stalked followed his blog and Facebook page, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. 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 - It's funny and action-packed and sad and ridiculous and things will happen that you won't see coming, things that will change Verania forever. * 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... Dragons sucked. I couldn’t believe I used to be so enchanted by them.Fuck them. Fuck them all. * 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 - I'm having a hard time processing my feelings for this. I'm absolutely fucking 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 fucking heart. is. broken.5 devastated starsThese were my emotions while reading 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. This is NOT a standalone. Get the others. Read this. READ THIS.RECOMMENDEDAdvanced Review Galley copy of The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania #3) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I was a bit disappointed in the second book. That’s why I was so happy I loved this one! I felt like everything was finally coming together. While book 2 was all gloom and doom, this one felt more hopeful.I’ll put the rest in a spoiler tag, even though I won’t say anything about the plot. I just know that most people don’t want to know a thing.(view spoiler)[For the first 40% I had the same feeling as the second book. I felt as if nothing was going right, like the humor was forced and didn’t flo I was a bit disappointed in the second book. That’s why I was so happy I loved this one! I felt like everything was finally coming together. While book 2 was all gloom and doom, this one felt more hopeful.I’ll put the rest in a spoiler tag, even though I won’t say anything about the plot. I just know that most people don’t want to know a thing.(view spoiler)[For the first 40% I had the same feeling as the second book. I felt as if nothing was going right, like the humor was forced and didn’t flow that naturally, and even the solid relationship between Sam and Ryan wasn’t enough to make me as happy with this as the first book. But… I’m not sure what happened, but it was like the flow was suddenly back after 40%. The humor didn’t feel forced anymore and the puns were once again amazing and super corny.I read the last 60% in one sitting, and I was so happy the magic of the first book was back.I know most of you have heard that there will be suffering in this. All I want to say about that is that it felt necessary and served a purpose. I normally hate those kind of scenes in books (god, do I hate ugly crying), but in this it was okay. I think it was mostly because I knew something would happen and I got ready for the worst. It is worth mentioning separately that there is an amazingly long sex scene in this. And it was even a bit kinky! I absolutely loved it. (hide spoiler)]I absolutely loved the path this book took and after reading the blurb of the final book I already know it will be amazing. There is so much potential for awesomeness.This has turned out to be an amazing series (I was a bit doubtful after reading the second book, but we're right on track with this one!), and I can’t wait for the next book. I need it NOW!------------------------------An ARC of The Consumption of Magic was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.
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  • Christelle
    January 1, 1970
    **WOOT** I’m amazed to enjoy this tale so, so much, because, really, fantasy romances and quests with so many OTT characters, creatures and events are not my usual tastes. But NO ONE can write banter and OTT mixed with so many feels like TJ Klune.And Holly Molly : this 3rd part of the Verania Tale is crazy, hilarious, swooning, fast-paced, riveting. But the weight of Sam’s destiny is looming and hurt, real hurt is coming.No time to review more : I’m going straight to read book 4 with Josy. Do no **WOOT** I’m amazed to enjoy this tale so, so much, because, really, fantasy romances and quests with so many OTT characters, creatures and events are not my usual tastes. But NO ONE can write banter and OTT mixed with so many feels like TJ Klune.And Holly Molly : this 3rd part of the Verania Tale is crazy, hilarious, swooning, fast-paced, riveting. But the weight of Sam’s destiny is looming and hurt, real hurt is coming.No time to review more : I’m going straight to read book 4 with Josy. Do not disturb !! **Note for Lisa : thank you s much for this present and for sure, you cannot have less fun than I had, yeah !!!. <3**
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  • Jenni Lea
    January 1, 1970
    Unicorn Gang Bang Review with my pals Chelsea and Ann!That… Fucking… Asshole!That was my first thought upon finishing this book. It was quickly followed by “Bastard!” and “He’s just a big ole meanie!” (all of which was said, of course, in the most loving way possible) My heart was shredded at the end of this story and I now have an unbridled need to read the next book as soon as possible. I’m finding it hard to write a proper review without spoiling anything so I’m just going to tell you how I f Unicorn Gang Bang Review with my pals Chelsea and Ann!That… Fucking… Asshole!That was my first thought upon finishing this book. It was quickly followed by “Bastard!” and “He’s just a big ole meanie!” (all of which was said, of course, in the most loving way possible) My heart was shredded at the end of this story and I now have an unbridled need to read the next book as soon as possible. I’m finding it hard to write a proper review without spoiling anything so I’m just going to tell you how I felt while reading. I went through the whole gamut of emotions and the notes I made pretty much speak for what I was feeling at the time.It went something like this: · Only TJ has the ability to make me laugh out loud while simultaneously breaking my heart.· “Shit toast monkey fucker,” LOL!· OMG!· Stupid Knight Delicious Face and his stupid words making me cry.· I ♥ Justin 5eva· OMG Kevin!· Damn you, Kevin! Making me cry· OMG· I hate everything right now· OMG!!!!!· AAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!· This is what made me wookie cry. Gah!· That… Fucking… Asshole! Now, after seeing this, you might be thinking The Consumption of Magic was nothing more than a big angst fest filled with tears and sadness, but it really wasn’t. For the most part, it was a light-hearted comedy that had me bursting into laughter at the most inappropriate moments. That is, when I wasn’t swooning at the heart melting romance. TJ pulled out all the stops with the romance in this one, my friends. Ryan made some of the most romantic proclamations that were so heartfelt I couldn’t help but shed more than a few tears, which was unfortunate for me as I read most of this at work.To quote Gary: “You great big bag of assholes,” […] “How dare you say something romantic and sweet and wonderful like that!” Sam did a lot of growing up in this book. He’s still the adorable little asshole we’ve come to love, just maybe a tad more mature than in the previous installments. And his love for Ryan has grown even stronger than ever. But even with all of that, even with the weight of everything resting upon my shoulders, I didn’t regret anything that had led me to this moment. To this man standing in front of me. HaveHeart for life, motherfuckers!TJ Klune is a Master Storyteller (capitalized so you know it’s true) who took my heart on the most amazing adventure. Yeah, it got a few bumps and bruises along the way, but it was returned mostly intact… mostly. I can’t wait to see what shenanigans he will think up next. All I can say is… bring it. I can take it. My heart is strong! I don’t need any hand-holding. I am a strong, independent unicorn who don’t need no mens… er… wait. *cough* Excuse me. Got a little carried away there for a minute. What was I saying? Oh. Yeah. That’s right.Read this book!See Chelsea and Ann's reviews on the blog!
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  • Ariana
    January 1, 1970
    *4,5 stars*So much love, so much pain, so much dark and light, and so much craziness.Yes, this book went out on a punch to the guts. But I expected that after the reviews ...the cliffhanger ... and that was also the reason why I waited, waited AND WAITED all this time to read it. Because ... not knowing meant I could sleep for four months. I still timed it badly. It's another four days until the final book is coming out.FOUR blooming WHOLE days to continue where Mr. Klune left us. Darn. Somebody *4,5 stars*So much love, so much pain, so much dark and light, and so much craziness.Yes, this book went out on a punch to the guts. But I expected that after the reviews ...the cliffhanger ... and that was also the reason why I waited, waited AND WAITED all this time to read it. Because ... not knowing meant I could sleep for four months. I still timed it badly. It's another four days until the final book is coming out.FOUR blooming WHOLE days to continue where Mr. Klune left us. Darn. Somebody distract me. Somebody tell me ....a joke. If possible not one with sexual innuendo because ... that'll remind me.Or a story. If possible not one about friendship and love. Because that'll remind me.Or a tragedy. If possible not one about sacrifice and responsiblities. Because that'll remind me.Or anything else actually. Because I can't turn my brain, my thoughts and hopes off.Somebody - please make those four days pass quickly.
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  • Sanaa ☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars. Edited to add: I hate myself. I just reread the ending. And now I'm bawling. Again. Dammit. --------- Life is like this: it aches. It’s biting, and you ache from it. You are strong, because they tell you that you are. You are stronger than anything they’ve ever seen. You have to be. It is what is expected of you. First of all, fuck you very much TJ.I really, really, really hate you right now.Because, seriously?Why? Just...why?I mean...really?I'm speechless right now. And heartbroken. 5 stars. Edited to add: I hate myself. I just reread the ending. And now I'm bawling. Again. Dammit. --------- Life is like this: it aches. It’s biting, and you ache from it. You are strong, because they tell you that you are. You are stronger than anything they’ve ever seen. You have to be. It is what is expected of you. First of all, fuck you very much TJ.I really, really, really hate you right now.Because, seriously?Why? Just...why?I mean...really?I'm speechless right now. And heartbroken. “...I think this is bigger than just you or me. It’s my destiny. And I still hate that word so, so much. Because it’s not fair. I never wanted this. I never asked for this. But it was given to me, regardless.” My eyes are leaking water as I think about what to write and start remembering everything I went through the last 20% or so. But I will say this; The Consumption of Magic was so much better then the second book. And that much funnier. And so much more emotional. Honestly, I didn't think that could happen, but it did. Tiggy, Gary, Kevin, Ryan, Randall, Morgan, Justin and Sam were just the best thing ever. Their conversations, banter, journey is the funniest shit ever, I tell you. “You’re not his mentor,” Ryan said. “Morgan is. Why would you need to teach him anything?”Randall cocked his head at Ryan. Ryan blanched. “Uh. Why would you need to teach him anything, my lord head wizard Randall. Please don’t melt my face off.” “Kiss-ass,” I muttered. “I like you,” Randall said. “For now.” “Eep,” Ryan said. “You’re a knight commander,” I hissed at him. “Find your balls, Foxheart!” ...“You came to Meridian City because you were worried about me.” “Go fuck yourself,” he said coolly. “Nah,” I said, ready to take our friendship to the next level. “I’ve got your ex-boyfriend for that.” If I haven't already mentioned it, I love Sam. I adore the hell out of this guy. His sense of humor was one of a kind. He really is what made this story so much more memorable and one that will stay with me for a long time. So I said Malakasham and Flora Bora Slam and Abra Wham, because everyone knew that you had to say magic words until magic happened. I loved that TJ (I still hate you) focused on their relationship more this time around. That it wasn't just focused all the drama or the destiny (though it still was quite a lot lol). It was more serious. He showed us their ups and downs. Their adorable moments that made you swoon. The moments where you wanted to shake them and make them see some sense. “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.” As much as I hate his guts right now and think he's an asshole, I can see where TJ was coming from. Even though he warned us that we'll hate him, I was not prepared at all. At. All. Which is one of the reasons why I have really high expectations for the next book. Because of what Klune put us through, the next one better be magical - no pun intended.
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  • Meags
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsIn this third installment of Klune's impressively written Tales From Verania series, the Kingdom of Verania is under the increasing threat of the dark wizard Myrin’s evil plans. Our young hero, Sam of Wilds, wizard’s apprentice and all-around legend extraordinaire, is still very much in the midst of the action and danger regarding his so-called pesky destiny as the foretold "chosen one" (who is meant to stop said evil plans from coming to fruition). Life obviously isn’t as fun and caref 4.5 StarsIn this third installment of Klune's impressively written Tales From Verania series, the Kingdom of Verania is under the increasing threat of the dark wizard Myrin’s evil plans. Our young hero, Sam of Wilds, wizard’s apprentice and all-around legend extraordinaire, is still very much in the midst of the action and danger regarding his so-called pesky destiny as the foretold "chosen one" (who is meant to stop said evil plans from coming to fruition). Life obviously isn’t as fun and carefree for Sam and his friends as it once was, but their deeply loyal and loving makeshift family are all determined to work together to thwart the bad guys’ plans in any way they can, even if it means not all of them will make it out the other side alive.I found myself on the edge of my seat throughout most of this story simply because I felt the weight of this heavy foreboding cloud looming over these much beloved characters. It made me uneasy waiting for the other shoe to drop, and it certainly did drop before all was said and done. (view spoiler)[My one complaint regarding the telling of this story was how those final showdown moments unfolded and who was involved. (view spoiler)[To begin with, the "luring" of Sam and Ryan was just ridiculous and so obviously a set-up that I couldn't help but be frustrated over the stupidity of it. And Ruv? Seriously? This reveal seemed totally left of field and not in a surprising, fun way. (hide spoiler)]. The loss that followed was a heavy blow and I mourned right along with characters and readers alike, but I'm still unsure if I accept the way in which it all happened. Honestly, it seemed like a pointless sacrifice to me and I feel that way because I don't truly understand the reasoning for why this character did what they did. (hide spoiler)]I’ll admit I shed a lot of tears throughout this story. As those who know me will be aware, I highly rank any book that can bring me to emotional ruin, and although I didn’t quite reach ugly-cry breakdown mode, I certainly felt myself being deeply affected by the pure emotion of several powerful scenes over the course of this story. I’d be remiss not to mention how much I loved the prologue of this book, which chronicled when Morgan of Shadows first came to find Sam all those years ago in the slums, and how Sam and his parents were whisked away to Castle Lockes for a better life. These scenes were sweetly sentimental and surprisingly emotional. I loved witnessing these pivotal moments between Morgan and Sam, and also between Sam and Nox (view spoiler)[(AKA teenage Ryan) (hide spoiler)]. It really was the start of everything to come and I thought it was a great way to open this story with the powerful kick it needed.For me, this series began as something fun, fantastical, adventurous, and extremely comical, and even though it’s still a little bit of all of those things, it’s impressively grown into this truly epic high-stakes fantasy saga that is both deeply emotional and highly captivating.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! <3
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Godsdammit. Only the Klune can make me run the gamut of SO many emotions in one book. I’m not even talking the series, just this one installment. When I read Lightning Struck Heart back in 2015 I had no idea the level of EVERYTHING this series would become. It’s so, so much. I mean that in the best possible way. In a scary commiserate way , I get Lady Tina (HaveHeart forever Motherfuckers! Don’t even with me Lady Tina) and that is never something I should say as a grown ass adult. But, I am inve Godsdammit. Only the Klune can make me run the gamut of SO many emotions in one book. I’m not even talking the series, just this one installment. When I read Lightning Struck Heart back in 2015 I had no idea the level of EVERYTHING this series would become. It’s so, so much. I mean that in the best possible way. In a scary commiserate way , I get Lady Tina (HaveHeart forever Motherfuckers! Don’t even with me Lady Tina) and that is never something I should say as a grown ass adult. But, I am invested here beyond just idle curiosity about what will come next. This is visceral now. My head and my heart are ecstatic and heartbroken in turn. I’m amused and despondent all in one page. I’m from SoCal, my people are not meant for this. By nature we give very few fux about things in general but when we feel passionately, it’s ridiculous. My car may not start, I may end up with a leak in my roof and my hot water heater may explode all in one day and my reaction will be “It’llbeallright” All One Word. But 30% in, 87% in for The Consumption of Magic? I’m ruined.I knew heartache was coming in The Consumption of Magic, but the tone of the story stayed so Sam, that the foreboding knowledge of what I was in store for was not overwhelming. The story is not here for the angst, it is balanced perfectly with the humor I love and the feels I crave, so I wasn’t just sitting on pins and needles (ouch and ewwww) waiting for Myrrin to fuck up all the things, I enjoyed every conversation and revelation from beginning to end. What I love about this series, and this is a characteristic that makes a series a series for me, is that, yes there are secondary characters, but they are not secondary to the MC. Every story gives me more of someone and the dimension of the overall arc intensifies. Randall and Kevin have their “things”. Randall is an impatient grouch and Kevin is a horny hoarder with inappropriate familial ideals. But, in The Consumption of Magic, I learned so much more about both of them and their stories were just as important as Sam’s. Sam has his destiny that he loathes, but every characters destiny is intertwined and I can only shudder in awe of the spreadsheets the author must have for every detail for every character. Plus, when I get to know each player more, they don’t change, they just build and I love getting to know them on deeper levels. (Mind out of the gutter Kevin).Now, on to the fuckery. Firstly, how dare you? You know who you are and ohmygawd, how dare you? I wouldn’t say the story ends on a cliffhanger, I mean the overall arc does, but The Consumption of Magic does not, it ends as it should, but damn. I had (and I’m copying Jenni Lea here with the bullets):Sorrow Anger (again, how dare you)Surprise/ShockHope LoveFrustrationMore LoveANXIETYHonestly, this needs to be about me now as I channel my inner Gary. How the actual fuck am I expected to wait until 2018 to get my next fix? I think we can all agree that 2017 has been a bit of a dumpster fire, so I am really looking forward to what comes next. I have theories, which are utter bullshit, but it’s what one does when one is Lady-Tina-Level consumed. The series continues to be it’s amazing self, we all pretty much already knew that to be a thing. Just hop on for the ride and soak it up. TJ Klune is a master wordsmith. He has the ability to make me forget I’m even reading. I’m there, I’m in the thick of it all and he has a true gift that I appreciate beyond measure. So, now we can all discuss and wallow in our fandom together and overanalyze everything as we wait impatiently for 2018. **a copy of this magic was provided for an honest review**
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  • Len Evans Jr
    January 1, 1970
    OK... First off just gotta say I really hate the ending to this book... that said I also have to admit it was pretty damn good. Though I still hate it... part of that is I just Did Not See It Coming... talk about being blindsided... Now... my first instinct is to leave my review at that... cuz let face it I seriously and I mean like drop dead seriously HAVE to start reading book 4. But I will say at least a little bit more about this book. It delivered in every way, the insanity, the humor, the OK... First off just gotta say I really hate the ending to this book... that said I also have to admit it was pretty damn good. Though I still hate it... part of that is I just Did Not See It Coming... talk about being blindsided... Now... my first instinct is to leave my review at that... cuz let face it I seriously and I mean like drop dead seriously HAVE to start reading book 4. But I will say at least a little bit more about this book. It delivered in every way, the insanity, the humor, the suspense, The Boner-Inducing Ryan/Sam Sex (note it's capitalized) and the Heart-Boner Feels! So now on to book four and to find out if I will need therapy or not (no real question there heck I always need therapy).
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    The ultimate Klunatic gangbang over on the blog with Ann and JL!Well fuck me sideways! This is the most epic series of epicness ever written!!! This series and especially this book had me feeling all the feels! Literally everything. I love and adore these characters, I laugh with them and definitely cry with them. I feel slightly nauseated by Gary and Kevin's sex and more than slightly aroused by Ryan and Sam's. I. Am. Invested! Just like everyone else who reads this series!Now onto my deep dark The ultimate Klunatic gangbang over on the blog with Ann and JL!Well fuck me sideways! This is the most epic series of epicness ever written!!! This series and especially this book had me feeling all the feels! Literally everything. I love and adore these characters, I laugh with them and definitely cry with them. I feel slightly nauseated by Gary and Kevin's sex and more than slightly aroused by Ryan and Sam's. I. Am. Invested! Just like everyone else who reads this series!Now onto my deep dark confession....I did it. I did what everyone tells you not to do. I maaayyy have sneaked a looksie at the last page. Don't shoot don't shoot! I know I know, but hear me out. I am not a heart-wrecking reader, it stresses me the fuck out, so much so that I can't rate a book highly if I'm too busy fighting off heart attacks. So I sneaked, because I love this series and I didn't want to hate it. It was the right choice for me because I loved every word, was still wholeheartedly consumed (see what I did there) by it and still felt shocked, sad and suspended when I was reading the end but... I didn't need to take a bunch of valium to make it through. So, WIN.Now if you are much hardier than me and can actually handle some serious emotion. Don't spoil this for yourselves. I can promise you'll hurt but not break. You will want to continue the series…. But maybe wait until the last book comes out.Comedies without deeper feelings just don't make good romances or stories, having both is what makes this series and especially this book so wonderful! An easy 5 hearts if ever there was one!And just because this book deserves a picture in it's review,See all our reviews here.
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  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't love this one as much as the first two books in the series, just felt a little drawn out in some places. But I'll be reading about my favorite wizard and his gay unicorn and knight delicious face as long as T.J. Klune keeps writing them. :D
  • Line
    January 1, 1970
    That was... I am... Yeah...Great addition to the series. I loved seeing all of these people again, they feel like family, or at least like someone you want to best friends 5eva with.I did want to throttle Sam more than once, and I loved that his 'people' called him out on his shit, but the secret-keeping... Ohhh, the secret-keeping *sad face*I'm just gonna leave this here, am pretty speechless and sad that it is over and that we have to wait to the spring for 'the end'. It IS okay though, becaus That was... I am... Yeah...Great addition to the series. I loved seeing all of these people again, they feel like family, or at least like someone you want to best friends 5eva with.I did want to throttle Sam more than once, and I loved that his 'people' called him out on his shit, but the secret-keeping... Ohhh, the secret-keeping *sad face*I'm just gonna leave this here, am pretty speechless and sad that it is over and that we have to wait to the spring for 'the end'. It IS okay though, because the journey is wonderful.
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  • Suanne Laqueur
    January 1, 1970
    The Verania series is an in-your-face blend of silliness and seriousness. And I'll be honest, there were times in this installment when I wished the silliness were reined in a little. The 50-year-old nag in me sighing in exasperation, "Would you attention whores knock it off and get back to the point?" I swear, when all the protagonists are in one room, I sympathize the most with Randall and Morgan.But the thing is, TJ Klune doesn't give a fuck. And the series is so full of honest don't-give-a-f The Verania series is an in-your-face blend of silliness and seriousness. And I'll be honest, there were times in this installment when I wished the silliness were reined in a little. The 50-year-old nag in me sighing in exasperation, "Would you attention whores knock it off and get back to the point?" I swear, when all the protagonists are in one room, I sympathize the most with Randall and Morgan.But the thing is, TJ Klune doesn't give a fuck. And the series is so full of honest don't-give-a-fuckness, that even when everyone's mouth is ten steps ahead of their brain, it's so much fun.Also, fuck Tina.
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  • Joyfully Jay
    January 1, 1970
    Updated for audiobook review:Read Jay’s audio review in its entirety here.A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsI wish I could tell you more about this story. I wish I could relate the many times I burst out laughing at the impossible discourse between Kevin the dragon and Gary the unicorn. I wish I could hint at how incredibly wonderful it was to watch Sam and Ryan grow even closer even after Sam finally revealed all the secrets he had been keeping from his cornerstone. I so wish I could tell you that Updated for audiobook review:Read Jay’s audio review in its entirety here.A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsI wish I could tell you more about this story. I wish I could relate the many times I burst out laughing at the impossible discourse between Kevin the dragon and Gary the unicorn. I wish I could hint at how incredibly wonderful it was to watch Sam and Ryan grow even closer even after Sam finally revealed all the secrets he had been keeping from his cornerstone. I so wish I could tell you that the latest pair of dragons is perhaps the funniest yet and the little twists that Klune gives their personalities is just the best thing ever. I wish I could show you just a little of how Randall finally comes to an understanding with Sam and the two of them have a few moments that are just so heartfelt and lovely even while the snark that is always present between them stays healthy and alive. I wish I could show you how Sam finally understands and forgives Morgan and while it’s still a bit shaky for the two of them, the love Morgan has for his Sam is so very vibrant and healing as only a mentor’s regard for his student could be. But most of all, I truly wish I could tell you that the grievous loss at the end of this novel doesn’t really happen and it doesn’t force Sam to open his eyes to a reality he never really wanted, but one he steps up to embrace nonetheless.Read Sammy’s review in its entirety here.
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  • BWT (Belen)
    January 1, 1970
    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 tha 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 starsThis 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." RECOMMENDED.This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.
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  • Annika
    January 1, 1970
    3,5 starsSo I'm kind of glad that I waited to read this book until I had the last in the series lined up, because that ending... it would've been torture to wait months to know what the heck was going on!I'm of two minds about this book. The first half was just above meh. It wasn't really bad or anything, it was just... nothing really happened. A lot of going back and forth, and not really bringing anything new from the previous book.Then around halfway through (or there abouts) things were star 3,5 starsSo I'm kind of glad that I waited to read this book until I had the last in the series lined up, because that ending... it would've been torture to wait months to know what the heck was going on!I'm of two minds about this book. The first half was just above meh. It wasn't really bad or anything, it was just... nothing really happened. A lot of going back and forth, and not really bringing anything new from the previous book.Then around halfway through (or there abouts) things were starting to happen and move along, and then things really started to happen. You knew it was coming but it still threw you when it did.All I'm saying is, I'm so happy I can jump right into the next one.
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  • Kristen Burns
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsReview:*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*I don't know what to say about this book that I haven't already said about the others in the series, so I'll just say it all again.This book has the same silly, fun, modern, sex-filled, Tumblr-esque humor of the other books. If anyone in real life ever talked about sex and their sex lives as much as these characters, it would be awkward and we'd probably want to tape their mouth shut, but with 4 StarsReview:*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*I don't know what to say about this book that I haven't already said about the others in the series, so I'll just say it all again.This book has the same silly, fun, modern, sex-filled, Tumblr-esque humor of the other books. If anyone in real life ever talked about sex and their sex lives as much as these characters, it would be awkward and we'd probably want to tape their mouth shut, but with these characters, it's just hilarious.And speaking of sex, I love how healthy the sex is in this series. Sam and Ryan have their kinks, and they actually TALK and communicate and discuss what they like, what they're not ok with, etc., even if it's awkward or difficult. In one of the scenes in this book even, Sam could tell there was something Ryan wanted to ask for, so he got Ryan to say it, and then he gladly obliged and thanked Ryan for telling him, told him he likes when he asks for things. Sam would also keep checking in with Ryan, asked before they started if he remembered their safeword, etc. Their acceptance and communication and willingness to be open and put in the effort to please each other makes everything between them so much better. (But I want to point out that despite all the talk about sex, there aren't that many actual sex scenes in this series.)Then there's all the relationships---romantic, friendship, family, like family. They're all so sweet and supportive. I think this book had more heart-to-heart conversations than any of the others, most notably between Sam and Randall and between Sam and Justin. Yes, even Justin got in on the feels this time. Honestly though, I think I had the most feels when *SPOILER* (view spoiler)[Kevin offered to trade his hoard in exchange for the Great White helping them. I mean, come on, you know how important Kevin's hoard is to him, and he was willing to give it up for Sam without hesitation <3 (hide spoiler)] *END SPOILER*These books have also been getting heavier though, so it wasn't all laughs. But the heaviness was balanced with the touchingness of the relationships, and that kept it from getting too dark.But why did that ending have to be so intense and leave me hanging like that?! The ending was tough, but TJ Klune managed to find a way to make that less tough too. *SPOILER* (view spoiler)[Yeah, Sam left his loved ones for a year to go train with the Great White, but Kevin and all his dragons came with him, and that made me feel a little better. (hide spoiler)] *END SPOILER*So overall, this was another funny yet touching book in a great series that keeps getting more intense, and I am eagerly anticipating the next one!Recommended For:Fans of Books 1 and 2 in TJ Klune's Tales from Verania Series. Anyone who likes modern humor, adorable friendships and family, M/M romance, sassy characters, and sweet stories. Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight ---------------------Initial Thoughts:Why was that ending so intense?! I need the next book NOW!
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  • Josy
    January 1, 1970
    I still don't have words. I still feel broken. And I know it will take me a long time to recover from the pain I felt while reading this book.It wasn't all pain and sorrow, of course. But it was a roller coaster of emotions - so many ups and downs, roaring laughter and rivers of tears, hope and angst. It was TJ Klune at his best!I'm really, really glad that I waited to read this one until book 4 has been released. I can't imagine having had to wait for months to find my happy place with these ch I still don't have words. I still feel broken. And I know it will take me a long time to recover from the pain I felt while reading this book.It wasn't all pain and sorrow, of course. But it was a roller coaster of emotions - so many ups and downs, roaring laughter and rivers of tears, hope and angst. It was TJ Klune at his best!I'm really, really glad that I waited to read this one until book 4 has been released. I can't imagine having had to wait for months to find my happy place with these characters again so... on to the last book in this fantastic series!Christelle, thank you for sharing my pain and holding my hand! And thank you to Karen and Simone, who popped in every now and then to provide encouragement, hugs, and laughs!
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Forget the magic...this one will consume you...mind, body and soul... Holy hell!!! TJ Klune has knocked it out of the ball park with this series and then when you turn it into an audio book with a narrator as talented and just innately tuned into the story as Michael Lesley is...well, you've created a monster of the best kind.I thought the first two books were incredible and they were...are but with each successive story this just gets better and better...I gave the first two books 5 stars and Forget the magic...this one will consume you...mind, body and soul... Holy hell!!! TJ Klune has knocked it out of the ball park with this series and then when you turn it into an audio book with a narrator as talented and just innately tuned into the story as Michael Lesley is...well, you've created a monster of the best kind.I thought the first two books were incredible and they were...are but with each successive story this just gets better and better...I gave the first two books 5 stars and I'm doing the same again here because for me it's not really a matter of each book gets better it's more a case of each part of this story remains equally as amazing as the one before it was. So yes, to begin with if you haven't read or listened to 'The Lightening Struck-Heart' or 'A Destiny of Dragons' stop now and go fix that because this is truly one big epic fantasy story and you need all of it in order to truly appreciate and understand what's happening. To be quite honest I've read and listened to the audio book for the first to parts of this series and still I would happily go back and listen to them all over again and I will as soon as time permits because without a doubt this is going to be one of my favorite series EVAH!!!This part of the series essentially picks up where 'A Destiny of Dragons' left off and we get to spend more time with Sam of Wilds and his entourage of interesting and unusual friends. I've pondered on more than one occasion who's my favorite and while I have to admit I am so totally a fan of dragons...when it comes to this bunch I just love them all. As a collective they work and somehow one without the others just wouldn't be a good...so I feel no need to choose and I simply adore each and every one of them.As the adventure progresses in this story so does the danger to all involved. Sam is reunited with his mentor, Morgan of Shadows and Randolph only to discover that there are secrets so any secrets and not only do they threaten the faith and trust that he has always had with Morgan and begrudgingly with Randolph as well but the very well being of Sam, his friends and the whole of Verania as well. Also just a bit of a heads up the story doesn't end here and this one's definitely left us sitting on the edge of a cliff...a seriously freakin' scary cliff but fear not the next book is already out so if you can't wait for the audio book to be released there is the e-book currently available and if you're like me you may have hopes of reading the book before the audio comes out because this one's worth experiencing once or twice or maybe a few times more.Like the previous books 'The Consumption of Magic' is filled with adventure, action, laughter tears...so freakin' many tears...TJ, Kleenex called to thank you for the boost to their sales...ffs!!! you need to stop this...no, no actually you don't because as much as you're books tend to shatter me into a millions itsy bitsy pieces each time the adventure is done you've put me back together so I'm going to trust that you'll do the same with this one as well. Just keep writing stories that are unputdownable. Yeah, it's a word...hey, google said so and google would never lie to me (just FYI I typed this with a straight face). So if you're still not convinced about this book...this series, well all I can say is you need to go to GoodReads or Amazon and read some more reviews because they're out there a whole lot of really, really awesome reviews for a really, really awesome book...seriously check it out.***********************An audio book of 'The Consumption of Magic' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, I can see where the anger towards TJ is coming from. As I said in an update earlier, this book is much more serious in tone than those before it. Yes of course there are LOL moments, and Sam and Gary and Tiggy are still ridiculous and Kevin is still Sam's stepdad, (haha), and Justin and Sam and Best Friends 5eva! And Ryan is Sam's true love and cornerstone. They go on an Adventure! together and find the Lesbian dragons, and find the Great White Dragon. Comedic is too light a word for all the Ok, I can see where the anger towards TJ is coming from. As I said in an update earlier, this book is much more serious in tone than those before it. Yes of course there are LOL moments, and Sam and Gary and Tiggy are still ridiculous and Kevin is still Sam's stepdad, (haha), and Justin and Sam and Best Friends 5eva! And Ryan is Sam's true love and cornerstone. They go on an Adventure! together and find the Lesbian dragons, and find the Great White Dragon. Comedic is too light a word for all they went thru. But along with that is the more serious nature of what Sam's Destiny entails. And it ain't pretty.Myrin is still the Big Bad and I was sooooo on the edge of my seat anxious as the ending drew near.(view spoiler)[If you really want to see a VERY BIG SPOILER, click on(view spoiler)[I am NOT joking, this is going to seriously spoil the ending; you might hate me for being the messenger.(view spoiler)[Are you sure you want to know?(view spoiler)[Are you positive?(view spoiler)[Because if you're not sure, you should stop clicking the button. Like, really stop.(view spoiler)[Because once you know, you can't unknow.(view spoiler)[Well, you've made it this far, so you must be sure. Right?(view spoiler)[What if I said someone dies? Are you still sure you want to keep going?(view spoiler)[Yes? ok, Last Chance To STOP and turn away from a SUPER BIG SPOILER!!! The next reveal reveals ALL the secrets. Ok, I warned you. I want that on the record.(view spoiler)[Sam and Ryan are tricked by the son of the Truth Corn Queen who tried to sacrifice Sam to Kevin, and Tina is also involved due to her blood lust for revenge towards Sam for destroying Rystin. Sam and Ryan are led to an abandoned house and after much monologueing Sam finds himself bound my a magical circle of dragon's blood. And then Ruv reveals himself to be a Bad Guy (told you it was a BIG spoiler! You have no one to blame but yourself.) Ruv has been tricking Vadoma and everyone to suit himself and Myrin. Yep, they are working in cahoots with each other. The son of Truth Corn Queen (I can't remember his name right now) is also deeply involved and out for revenge. So when RUV DRIVES RYANS OWN SWORD THRU HIS CHEST! there is no one who can help. Sam is powerless behind the dragon's blood circle, and Ryan is impaled by his sword to the wall. But then Morgan arrives. Hurray! Until he and Myrin do battle with each other, brother against brother. And Morgan sacrifices himself so Sam and Ryan will live. Ryan (he fell from the wall and the sword is free at this point) uses his last bit of strength to throw his sword to break the dragon blood circle, thus freeing Sam. And whooooooa boy, is Sam PISSED! But now Morgan is DEAD! (Yes, I warned you - told you so!) And Randall arrives (or maybe he arrived earlier - it was LATE at night when I finished this so I was tired, and my facts of order might be a little jumbled, but the gist is true.) and he and Myrin dialogue each other and then Randall disappears them. But Morgan is dead, Ryan is seriously, seriously wounded, and Truth Corn son is free, Tina is free (although she might be sorry) and Ruv is locked in the castle dungeon in a magical cell. But Morgan is dead and Sam knows grief and loss and Ryan isn't awake yet and the physician's don't know if he will wake up (Sam's fear). The Great White Dragon had told same you are not ready. But now Sam is ready, and he finds the Great White again, but this time Kevin, and Pat and Leslie and Zero are there with him. And they train for battle. The End. Almost. I will leave some of the spoiler untold. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)].This series just gets better and better and I need the next book NOW!! Like right now, immediately. Surely someone has a copy somewhere. I have to know how things go on from here. I know how this book ends so I can only imagine how the next one starts! I am wailing here for some pity and someone to give me the next book. This, this right here MUST be why people are cursing TJ because the next book isn't out yet. Diabolical Mr. Klune. I see who you are now, you are the Dark Shadow come to ruin us and drive us insane with the waiting. For those who didn't click on the spoiler, you may want to think about waiting to read this until the next book comes out because you might end up bald pulling your hair out in frustration. Just sayin'.
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  • Lori S.
    January 1, 1970
    Amazonaute asked me this on a thread in MM Romance and Gay Fiction:"Lori, did consumption of magic seem to be a proper book to you? Fit to be published?"My answer was "No" and followed by what's below.Klune can write when he sets his mind to the task. There is a good book buried under the layers of irritating sexual innuendo and stupid, distracting, dialogue. Yet, just when he gets a decent bit of serious plot going, Klune allows his characters to go flying off the rails again. It's almost like Amazonaute asked me this on a thread in MM Romance and Gay Fiction:"Lori, did consumption of magic seem to be a proper book to you? Fit to be published?"My answer was "No" and followed by what's below.Klune can write when he sets his mind to the task. There is a good book buried under the layers of irritating sexual innuendo and stupid, distracting, dialogue. Yet, just when he gets a decent bit of serious plot going, Klune allows his characters to go flying off the rails again. It's almost like he's afraid of allowing them to actually mature into adults._Klune desperately needs an editor who will sit on his tendency to go off into nonsense and keep him on track. While I like his writing and his humor, I would love to see him actually grow in his ability to write and right now that is not happening. It shows in how he approaches and avoids pushing his characters into the next level. There may be some hope there, as Sam has finally been forced to deal with one of life's awful realities, but we won't know until next year with the last book if he actually does grow from this lesson. Maybe a year away from his friends will help with this._Currently, all of the characters, with the possible exception of Justin?, are stuck in adolescence. ALL OF THEM*. Sam is the worst of the bunch and several characters tell him straight to his face just how spoiled he is, but Sam, being Sam, only hears what he wants to hear. _He needs a bit of grounding - a down to earth type of grounding. Randall tried, but he just did not have the umph it would take to get through to Sam's hard headed naivete._*I can't believe it took me three books to figure out that Kevin is still essentially a teenager himself, with his preoccupation with sex and all that. Grrrrr.- And another annoying thing - the whole "bad touch" business drives me nuts. Yes, there are touchy things about touch and some people, myself included, who really don't appreciate being touched without permission, regardless of the type of touch. Yet, Sam & Co. take this to new heights and Sam, especially, doesn't seem to see that he's just as bad as the people he complains about when it comes to unwanted touching. I'm sorry, but if you just walk up to me and start hugging me for no good reason, even if you think it's a good reason, I will do everything in my power to get out of the hug and away from you. I really wish Justin had just popped off and punched Sam more than once through this story. Grrrrrrr.Thanks to Amazonaute for the question!
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t even know how to write this review - my heart is a mess and my mind is still thinking about this installment while I sit at work and try to focus on RL. So NO spoilers from me .... let me say - I loved it ... god damn TJ why do you do this ? The loyalty and love between these characters is beautiful, stunning and all things brilliant- so much so that I want to be in this band of misfits and verbal spa with Gary, hug Tiggy, banter with Kevin and marvel at the heart boners between Sam &amp I don’t even know how to write this review - my heart is a mess and my mind is still thinking about this installment while I sit at work and try to focus on RL. So NO spoilers from me .... let me say - I loved it ... god damn TJ why do you do this ? The loyalty and love between these characters is beautiful, stunning and all things brilliant- so much so that I want to be in this band of misfits and verbal spa with Gary, hug Tiggy, banter with Kevin and marvel at the heart boners between Sam & Ryan. Of course there is humour, ridiculous humour but there is love, SO much love. This series is a must for TJ fans - really awesome
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  • Elsbeth
    January 1, 1970
    Elaborate review to follow when I've listened to the awesomeness of Michael Lesley.But what can I say?? This was AMAZEBALLS again. And yes I capitalized it so it's true.
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