Book Reviews

The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania 3) by TJ Klune at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Gods/Godesses / High Fantasy / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Royalty/Nobility / Warriors/Soldiers / Wizards & Witches / Erotic Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 20-November-2017

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

“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.”

Whereas the two previous books in this series, ‘The Lightning-Struck Heart’ and ‘A Destiny of Dragons’, shared very strong similarities to exceptional films—i.e., ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (with way more laughter and gay sex) respectively—'Consumption of Magic’ has gone much farther and entered a realm more alike to ‘Star Wars’, in my opinion. Sam is very much Anakin Skywalker with Randall as Yoda and Morgan as Obi-Wan. The third book in this series is very much about a war within Sam between light and dark, love and hate, need and fear, emotion and logic, and the universal war between life and death. It is also about sacrifice and suffering, and realizing that no matter how much you want to, you can’t always protect the ones you love the most.

‘The Lightning-Struck Heart’ was an amazing and heroic journey for Sam, Gary, Tiggy, and Ryan, where Sam learned a few things about himself and his magic. Sam learned that sometimes the things you have to do aren’t what you want, but you do them because they’re the right things to do, regardless of your own feelings and wants. ‘A Destiny of Dragons’ had Sam growing up even more and learning to face his destiny regardless that all he wanted to do was stay in the City of Lockes with his family, and have everyone be safe and happy. ‘The Consumption of Magic’ is darker in some ways, although at its base it continues to be about Sam, Tiggy, Ryan, Gary, Morgan, Randall, Justin, Kevin, laughs, gay sex, and also his destiny that was written in the stars centuries ago. They’re still heroes trying to save the world against Myrin but now Sam knows what Myrin really wants, and it’s not some jokes or witty sarcasm. Sam is dealing with hard-core magic and this battle isn’t going to be easy. Sam is going to have to mature even more and deal with things he normally ignores, runs away from, or both.

As I have finished each of the books in this series, so far, I’ve said “It can’t get any better. It can’t get any funnier. It can’t get any more exciting. It can’t get sexier (chapter 7 my friends)”, and yet the author continues to amaze me beyond my wildest imagination. I knew the humor would be there along with the heroics and the feelings. Much to my surprise and shock, however, there were tears. Wookie Cry Face (all capitalized so you know it’s true) came to me in a vengeance and I wasn’t expecting it. I should have been, I suppose, but I’m the reader who always believes that everything will turn out okay in the end and nothing bad will happen to anyone. It wasn’t to be in this novel. Sam faces sacrifice for the first time in his life. He suffers and he can’t make everything okay.

“The boy did his best. In the end, even his best wasn’t good enough. He was warned it would hurt when it came. That it would burn like no other. And still he hadn’t prepared himself. His lightning-struck heart felt cleaved in two. But the choice he made next was not born of grief and anger, as they sometimes are. No, the strange and somewhat lonely boy made his decision because the world was so much bigger than his grief. Than his anger. If he let it go, if he let the darkness rise, then the people of his country would know exactly how he felt. And he wouldn’t wish that on anyone.”

I was literally stunned when I finished ‘Consumption of Magic’ and, in fact, had to go back and reread so many parts to make sure that I hadn’t dreamt what happened. I didn’t dream it. One of them is gone and has crossed beyond the veil. I was gifted with the blurb for the final book at the end of this one and I know the author is going to make the finale the most incredible read ever. I look forward to watching Sam and the five dragons of Verania (Kevin, Zero, Pat, Leslie, and the Great White) kick ass and take names.

But I will leave you with this quote by Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, because love is more important than anything, including magic.

“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.”





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 450 pages/163362 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-November-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle, $24.95 audiobook
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