First things first, The Consumption of Magic is out Monday the 20th, so it's almost time. Here is where you can buy it on pre-order:
Also, I know the audiobooks aren't up yet, but I don't have control over how long it takes to upload to Audible. As soon as I know, you'll know.
The rest of this post is going to be some bits and pieces to help wrap up the Consumption arc of blogs, and it's going to be the last time I talk about the book for now. Starting on October 5th, I've written five fairly lengthy posts on what to expect, what went into the book, and what's to come. Typically, I do a post-release discussion of a book, but I'm not going to do that here. I'm just going to let it...be, for a little while. I'll come back in February into the lead up to the last book, A Wish Upon the Stars, which is scheduled for March, but nothing else until then. I want to give you all a chance to speculate on your own, to come up with your own ideas about what's will happen next. I think, sometimes, knowing the hows and the whys, at least right away, can take away from a bit of the magic.
You've probably noticed how I haven't released any excerpts. Dreamspinner has one up on their website, and it's up to you if you want to read it. I would suggest not, but I won't stop you. I haven't released excerpts because you know these characters by this point. You know how the think and talk and act. I don't need to introduce you to them. At this point, I think any excerpt could just lead to spoilers, so I decided to just avoid it all together.
This is going to be a big book, and not just in terms of length. Many things happen in this story. You will laugh and cry and jump for joy and probably want to throw the book across the room a time or two. Everything that happens in Consumption happens for a reason, and is part of a bigger plan. I don't know that I've ever had such a detailed outline on a book and/or series before. It was a little overwhelming, when I first started these three books, and I don't now why I ever thought I could have written it in just two. But I needed to make sure that I got it right. As you know, these are different books than Lightning was. The last book, out next year, is also different than Consumption and Destiny. You'll find out why soon enough.
And it bears repeating: this book ends on a cliffhanger. A Wish Upon the Stars is already written, and only has one more round of edits before it's complete for March, so you won't have long to wait. The blurb for that last book is at the end of Consumption. Don't flip to it first. It is spoilery. You will feel like punching yourself in the face if you ruin Consumption for yourself. This ending wasn't because I ran out of story and decided to just end it where I did. No, it's far more nefarious than that. It ends where it does because I'm a dick, and the blurb is at the end because it's strategic. It tells you what to expect, and you're going to go nuts.
(And no, I won't be laughing at you. Why, that would just be mean. What kind of person do you think I am?)
I've used the villains of this series sparingly so far. I'm always of the mind that the less you see of the bad guys, the more effective they become. If you look back at A Destiny of Dragons, Myrin barely has any lines in the book, most of which come at the end. He's in Consumption even less. But every scene he's in is important. It means something when he shows up. He's dastardly, he's evil, but I also hope you see him as a tragic figure. I truly believe, deep down, he's not completely bad. But I think he's too far gone to ever come back. You'll learn things in Consumption about him, and about his relationship with Morgan and Randall. I honestly felt sad about their backstory. Randall has always been this enigmatic, gruff figure, Morgan the serene, gentle mentor. But they have had a hard life, losing the one person that meant the most to both of them. But they are strong, far stronger than even Sam knows. He'll find out soon enough.
I'm excited for this book. It has some of the biggest action scenes of the series, some of the funniest moments. We'll get to go to places that in the past have only been discussed (Castle Freeze Your Ass Off comes to mind) and see the return of some characters we were introduced to in Lightning, but sat out Destiny.
The Consumption of Magic also has some of my biggest ideas: on the power of friends and family and the choices we make to keep them safe. It all comes down to just how far Sam will go in order to do what he must.
Because the prophecy, no matter how much he fights it, must be fulfilled.
On Monday, November 20, I will invite you back to Verania to see what tricks I've got up my sleeves.
And I promise you this: you are in for a wild ride.
I hope you're as excited as I am!