Sunday, November 19, 2017

ARC Review: The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania, #3) by T.J. Klune

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.

Jewel's rating:

"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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