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The Guild Codex: Spellbound #4
Other Books: Three Mages and a Margarita, Dark Arts and a Daiquiri, Two Witches and a Whiskey
Published by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc. on April 12, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
Format: ARC, eBook
The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review.
When I first landed a bartending job at the local guild, I didn't know a thing about magic. These days, I'm practically an expert on the different magical classes, but there's one nobody ever talks about: Demonica.
Turns out they have a good reason for that. My guild is strictly hellion-free, because who wants to risk life and limb to control the biggest bullies on the mythic playground?
Well, some people do, and now a demon has been loosed in the city. My three best friends are determined to slay it, but even badass combat mages are critically out-magicked. And that's not all. The monster they're tracking—it's not hiding. It's not fleeing. It's not leaving a trail of corpses everywhere it goes.
The demon is hunting too. And in a city full of mythics, it's searching for deadlier prey.
If we can’t unravel the demon’s sinister motivations, more innocent people will die, but finding the answers means digging into dark secrets … and learning truths I never wanted to know.
So many questions are being had over here.
Two Witches and a Whiskey left with a bucket load of questions back in February I hoped would be answered in Demon Magic and a Martini. The fourth and latest novel in Annette Marie’s The Guild Codex: Spellbound series continues with Tori’s journey as she navigates the Mythic world. Annette Marie answers all of the burning questions I had from the third novel while keeping the plot engaging. We get more insight into Ezra, but there are still many more questions to be had.
Convenience and predictability.
This is likely just me and the sheer number of fantasy novels that I read, but I found myself being ahead of the characters a lot. I’ve also noticed that Tori sometimes has things going awfully convenient for her when shit goes down. While this normally would bother me, I’m brushing it aside because there are a lot more good things about this series and I am very much invested™ on focusing on those instead.
Secrets and friendship.
Since the beginning of the series, Tori develops a strong bond with Aaron, Kai and Ezra, three Mythics in her guild who are close friends. She’s been through good and the bad with them, but Demon Magic and a Martini truly puts their friendship to the test. The stakes are much higher, things get a little dark and secrets are being threatened to unravel. We see massive character growth, especially in Tori, as she realizes having access to this world isn’t all fun and games all the times. Sometimes shit gets real, and I love seeing her growth as she continues her journey.
I also enjoy the bond between Aaron, Kai and Ezra! I mention in my review for Three Mages and a Margarita that I love their relationship and how open they were to Tori and this definitely doesn’t change here. In fact, with all of the things Annette Marie reveals in Demon Magic and a Martini, we can see how close they are as a group. I think this novel made their bond stronger and although this sounds evil, I kind of want to see how far the limit is?
Looking forward to the fifth book!
Overall, I enjoyed Demon Magic and a Martini! It was interesting to learn about demons and how they play into the Mythic world. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for each of them as the series continues and Annette Marie reveals more of the world she’s building.