Monday, November 20, 2017

Release Day Review: The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania Book 3) by TJ Klune

consumption of magicTitle ~ The Consumption of Magic

Author ~ TJ Klune 

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 20th November 2017

Genre ~ Fantasy M/M Romance





Sequel to A Destiny of Dragons

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.


Jane’s Review

*Lol*, *lol*, *ooh really*, *wow didn't see that coming*,*sob*, *sob*, *wookie cry face* yep, that's this book!

TJ Klune just know that right now I am hurling all the godsdamn worst curse words in all of Verania at you!

This review is spoiler free because when you read this book you will all be like I was above, and you will all be cursing TJ with me for his evil, cunning, genius writing that makes us feel all the feels!

This book picks up after A Destiny of Dragons and Sam and his friends are still on the quest for the five dragons to fulfil an ancient prophecy to save all of Verania from the darks. We’ve already met Kevin and the vague Star dragon. We’ve been introduced to Zero the teenage emo desert dragon and in this instalment we meet the Mated Northern pair of dragons and the Great White.

The Great White plays a much bigger role than I'd anticipated and relates to someone's backstory in a much bigger way than I’d thought. The plot advances nicely as we learn more and more and work out what fits where, always returning to cornerstones, prophecies, dragons and snippets of what we’ve already learned to advance things.

Sam and Ryan, Knight Commander Delicious Face, are still going strong #HaveHeart 4eva and that leads to a particularly sexy chapter, entitled “Don't Read This at Work or Church (Because of Butt Sex)”. TJ did a blog post about this chapter and let me tell you it is so hot and raunchy, he can definitely write sexy sex!

At one point Sam is parted from his friends as he needs to return immediately with Randall to Castle Freesias to learn more and to give up some secrets to the great wizard. The repartee and snarky banter between Sam and Randall when they are alone together is particularly funny. As is the general banter throughout between all of the friends, Gary and Kevin in particular just make me die with their awesomeness. We once again have the perverted pleasure of seeing Dimitri, King of the Dark Woods Fairies and knowing his history with Sam, it’ll surprise no one when there's talk of a ‘mustache ride’. I about wet myself at the entire scene. So the hilarity that threads through this series is in much evidence here, more so I thought than in Destiny.

The story flows along well with proper laugh out loud moments, interspersed with more serious moments for about 75% of the book and then BANG! The return of a few old faces, a cunning plan and a dastardly betrayal! I kind of expected the unexpected but when it came it still floored me because the writing was just so good at describing the emotion and intensity and then my eyes started leaking and didn't stop. From here right to the end my heart was in my mouth at what was going to happen and it's truly brilliant, plotwise anyway, no good for my leaky eyes or pumping heart though. It's set up for a truly fantastical fourth and final book, A Wish Upon the Stars, coming in spring 2018. I cannot wait to see how it all plays out, but I’m secretly hoping things will turn out just as I wish. I enjoyed this book more than Destiny as it had a bit more of everything for me, more plot, more character development and more snarky hilarious banter. If you haven't got round to reading this series then please give it a go starting with The Lightning Struck Heart and you will fall in love with just the best bunch of characters ever.

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lightning struck heart

The Lightning-Struck Heart

(Tales From Verania Book 1)

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.
Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King's Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.
When Sam is fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.
At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.
Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can't control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan's boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.
Or so he thinks.


destiny of dragonsA Destiny of Dragons

(Tales From Verania Book 2)

Sequel to The Lightning-Struck Heart

Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.

Life is good.

Until it’s not.

Because Vadoma, the leader of the gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.

And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.

Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.



Meet TJ Klune

When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder. But that’s okay, because he’s recently become a full-time writer, and can give them the time they deserve.
Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011.
And one of those things isn’t true.
(It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.)

TJ can be reached at



1 comment:

  1. I finished reading this yesterday and loved it too. And that ending! OMG! I need book 4 asap. <3
    Elizabeth Marshall (e.marshall@)