Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Sequel to The Consumption of Magic
Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.
The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.
But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind.
Review: I hate and love reading the final books of my favorite series. You go on this journey with these amazing characters that you’ve grown to love and then it’s over. You want them to finally triumph over evil but it’s sad to say goodbye. There’s a slight hint there may be more in the future. I REALLY REALLY hope so since this is one of my favorite series. I honestly don’t know many authors that can make this ridiculous band of characters this brilliant. I’m amazed over and over.
Book 3 left us with Sam running off to join the Great White and abandoning his friends and family. Of course he thinks it’s the right thing to do. After the tragedies in book 3 a little fear and grief play into his decision. A Wish Upon the Stars picks up after he’s spent almost a year in the Dark Woods. Verania isn’t the same place he left. It’s fallen into Myrin’s control. Sam has no idea what’s become of everyone he loves but he vows to make it all right as only he can. He has become a full fledged wizard without the trials. Sam is still Sam however. Sam 2.0 with crazy powerful magic! He hurt a lot of people when he ran off however so there’s some explaining and making up to be done. After all Kevin followed him into the woods. Gary is sure to livid! The hardest reconciliation however is with Ryan. Remember Sam promised him they’d do this together. Sam of course broke that promise. Throughout this series he has kept some secrets from all those he loves. That’s something they have to work through. Basically there’s a lot of emotional healing going on between the complete and utter hilarity of the characters. Don’t worry. It never gets too heavy. Nothing like the last book that left me a sobbing mess at 3 in the morning.
So Sam gets his team back together. There’s still the ultimate baddie named Myrin to contend with. Sam is super powerful. But so is Myrin. I have to say I expected a big battle to the finish with these two after everything leading up. Sort of that climactic seen where Sam fulfills his destiny and defeats him in one on one combat. There is some of that but it’s not quite what I expected. That was both good and bad for me. Probably totally my issue for assuming it would go down that way.
It’s hard to not spoil any of the many amazing things that happen in this book. We meet Gary’s brother and learn more about his missing horn. The dragons are present but don’t play a huge on page role in this book. Except the Great White. He and Randall finally have it out. Justin steps up in his leadership role when the King is held prisoner. Lady Tina attempts to redeem herself but I’m with Sam. I never really trusted her the entire book! Basically there are tons of cameos from characters throughout the series. I think that was my favorite part. Just seeing everyone one last time. There’s tons of magic and battle scenes. Lots of emotional healing. For the characters and for me! Like I said. I’ve loved this series. I’m happy almost everyone got their HEA but it’s sad to see it end. Lucky for me there will be many many rereads and an audio book to listen to when released. It’s an absolute must read series if you like fantasy and humor.