Sam of Wilds is a twenty-one year old apprentice magician to the King of Verania’s wizard, Morgan of Shadows. Having been discovered in the slums at the age of eleven, accidentally performing an extraordinary feat of magic, he and his parents move to the King’s palace where he can begin his apprenticeship. Over the course of the next few years it becomes apparent that Sam is no ordinary wizard, in fact he may be the most powerful wizard in history.
In the years Sam has been under Morgan’s tutelage he has gathered an extraordinarily group of friends who become pivotal to his and the Kingdom’s future survival. Given Sam’s unfortunate habit of attracting disaster whenever he ventures forth from the castle, it’s a good thing he has managed to gather such an spectacular group of magical and non-magical companions. There’s Gary, “the gay, hornless unicorn”, master of sass, inappropriate behaviour and commentary; Tiggy the sweet-souled, loyal and tenacious half giant; and Kevin, an adorably sex obsessed, gay dragon, and Gary’s partner in love/lust.
Ryan Foxheart is “the dreamiest dreamboat that ever existed.” He is Knight Commander of the King’s guard and the man who holds Sam’s heart. The fact that he is also Sam’s cornerstone-the person who grounds a wizard’s magic and helps him build his skill- makes him a perfect soulmate and invaluable addition to Sam’s band of brothers.
Prince Justin is heir to Verania’s throne and when he becomes the King, Sam will be his ‘King’s Wizard’. They have had a somewhat shaky beginning, what with the small matter of the Prince being left at the altar when Ryan, his betrothed, declared his love for Sam and called off the wedding. Sam, however, is irresistible, with his sass and verbal diarrhoea, and all around fabulosity, and Justin is reluctantly beginning to accept the fact that they’ll become (as Sam tells him multiple times a day), “best friends 5eva”- it’s inevitable.
Just a ‘typical’ group of sidekicks really.....
As Sam’s destiny unfolds, the future of Verania is in dire peril, and “his merry band of misfits” must work together to fight the extraordinarily powerful dark wizard, Myrin, to save the realm.
There is also the ‘slight’ challenge of earning the trust and loyalty of all five dragons of Verania in order to fulfil the Star Dragon’s Prophesy. He already has Kevin, but with one teenage emo dragon, two sassy lesbian partners, and the snarky Great White (who’s older than time, and has the temperament to match) it’s going to take all of Sam’s abilities and careful planning (like that’s ever going to happen!) to pull this off. Dragons inherently hate humans, and wizards in particular, so what could possibly go wrong?
Well it’s Sam of Wilds, so literally everything really.
The Consumption of Magic is a hysterically funny, heartbreakingly sad, utterly riveting, beautifully written, masterpiece. It is a breathtaking story of love and loyalty, brotherhood and friendship, honour and selflessness; contrasted against the worst kind of betrayal and evil imaginable. It will make you laugh so hard you’ll have to put the book down to breathe and minutes later you’ll be devastated, and/or sob crying. It also has the hottest, most erotic chapter of any TJ Klune book I’ve read! You’ll know when you get to it because it has The Best Chapter Heading Ever (capitalised . . . so it must be true.)
In short, The Consumption of Magic is everything a reader could wish for from such a gifted storyteller. I would give this book more than five stars if I could and, in case you haven’t already guessed, I can’t recommend it highly enough.