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The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2, Guild Codex Universe #2
Published by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc. on November 16, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy
When I found myself facing down the scariest black-magic felon in the city, practically daring him to abduct me, I had to wonder exactly how I ended up here.
It all started when I accidentally landed a job as a bartender—but not at a bar. At a guild, populated by mages, sorcerers, alchemists, witches, and psychics. Good thing this lame-o human is adaptable, right?
Then my favorite guild members—three sexy, powerful, and intermittently charming mages—asked for my help. Did they want access to my encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails? Oh no. They wanted to wrap me up in a pretty ribbon and plunk me in the crosshairs of a murderous rogue to lure him out of hiding.
So that's what we did. And that's why I'm here. About to be kidnapped. Oh, and our grand plan for safely capturing said murderous rogue? Yeah, that completely fell apart about two minutes ago.
Why did I agree to this again?
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Wowowow. Annette Marie might become one of my favorite authors by the end of 2018.
I absolutely loved Three Mages and a Margarita, where we were introduced to the world of mythics with Tori as a bartender. With Dark Arts and a Daiquiri, Annette Marie brings us back to that same world with a new adventure as the three mages Tori met in the first book ask her to help out with one of their missions.
Tori is still the sassy and funny protagonist from book one.
If there’s one thing I love about Tori from book one, it’s her sassy and funny personality added on to her no-bullshit attitude. She knows she’s human and powerless compared to the mythics around her, but she is still strong, independent and badass, and I just love her for that. Even though the entire guild has her back, she doesn’t let them change her core self.
Dark Arts and a Daiquiri is a little overwhelming sometimes.
I totally read this in the dark of night near the end of the semester when all the projects are beginning to be due (I have no regrets, though), so I think that might have played a little role in this one. With Tori’s latest adventure, there is so much more to the mythic world. Annette Marie introduces us to a variety of other types of mythics and creatures that can’t be seen to the normal human eye and depending on the mood or type of reader, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, I found the world-building was interesting and the humor of Marie’s writing style balances this out.
New adventures = new characters!
While we’ve got our favorite crew from Three Mages and a Margarita, Annette Marie introduces us to quite the assortment of new characters in this sequel. They’re a little hard to like at first (intentionally), but they grew on me quickly. Plus with the way Dark Arts and a Daiquiri ends, there is without a doubt some of these new characters will be making some important future appearances in later books, and I am excited to see what Tori is up to next.