Demon Magic and a Martini

The Guild Codex: Spellbound, Book 4
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,141 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Make sure to check out the companion series, The Guild Codex: Demonized, available now, and The Guild Codex: Warped, coauthored by Rob Jacobsen.

©2019 Annette Marie (P)2019 Tantor

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Ezra's story

Tori is officially a registered magic user and member of the guild. Yipee. I was getting tired of her issues. Tori really pissed me off in this story. She is like Tori on steroids. She comes across as nosy, presumptions and hypocritical. She’s in Kai’s business, when her relationship with Aaron wasn’t honest. At one point it was a toss up to who she was going to have a relationship with Aaron or ghost. Considering her faults, I don’t think it is fair that she is up in the guys business telling them how to live. Her relationship with her brother is fractured.

It seems that Annette Marie, the author, is letting us in on the history of our mages’ past. The previous book we discovered information about Kai’s family and this story center on Ezra’s. Ezra past plays a big part in this story and it is very captivating. I am assuming we will discover more about our rich mage Aaron in the next book.

If you got to this point you know how the characters roll. Marie does not disappoint. There is still the snarky conversation, the guys protecting each other’s back, them getting into trouble with the council, and Darius getting them out of jams. There is a threat to the city that mandates all members from all guilds work together.
Sit back and enjoy the story.

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I absolutely love this series!

This time the guild has a demon problem and Tori is part of the group. But the crow and hammer isn't the only guild in this fight. But one guild wants only the glory.

Tori is my hero, I love the way she - well, everything ! And the 3 guys are awesome. I'm hoping Tori and Ezra will be thing in the future. Also, I can't wait for the next one!

The narration is terrific! Chris is awesome and she is one of my favorite narrators!

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Cotton Candy for the Soul

Fun escapist faire, if you're looking for easy fun this series fits the bill. Not too much heavy thinking involved.

Full disclosure - I'm not the target demographic. I listen to these stories while I'm exercising or working. I've laughed out loud more than once through the descriptions of the "very hot" guys Tori is surrounded by. I enjoy the character interactions and how the relationships are building as well as how Tori's role in the mythic realm is developing. I do find some inconsistencies in Tori's behaviors. She sometimes exhibits a lack of boundaries which is then inexplicably overlooked by everyone. I am hopeful the development of the other characters continues and their stories get more fleshed out. I'm also hoping for more strong female characters. Ghost is great btw. The writing has a nice rhythm and flow. I'll keep following the series for sure.

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  • 06-18-19

This book is terrible

I kept things vague, this review doesn't have any major spoilers.

I loved the other 3 but this book reads like an out of character bad fanfic. The characters' relationships devolve into unhealthy codependance that leads the main character to be more comfortable with killing people. She's at first horrified with the brutality revealed by her 3 main friends (one pushes them to hunt down and kill people to silence their information and is only stopped by one of the guys) but continues to go along with it no matter how bad it gets. This is such a huge red flag. The message is "the power of friendship" but this is just plain unhealthy. Her friends lash out on her respecting boundaries around a big secret (they're furious she didn't pry it out of them) and even more furious when she balks at them hunting down and killing 3 people who discover the secret.

She's also terrified and paralyzed by her fear through out the story, which was the one thing she wasn't in the previous books no matter how dangerous things were. I'm not concerned she stuck around after discovering the big secret, but I am concerned about all the guys actions surrounding this big secret. They were just terrible and she, frozen and panicking, went along with it.

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Good Book... Bad Tori


One thing I LOVE about this series is how fast the author is putting it out. I'm so happy not to have to wait years to see what happens next. Thank you author chick. Your dedication to your craft is much appreciated by this inpatient reader. 😊

If you just want the basics, then here you go: The story was GOOD. The side characters were GOOD. The main chick was annoying. Tori's character has changed a lot and in my opinion it wasnt a change for the better. The book didnt deserve her antics. It had some good action scenes and a big reveal towards the end.

I also like that the author is spreading out her books to cover all aspects of the supernatural. This story involved demons but it isn't overly dark or sinister. These demons dont appear to be the traditional opposite of Christian religion type demons but come from another place.

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For such a short book it took me forever to write this review. I'll keep it simple on this one. This story is an excellent addition to the series. This book focuses of Ezra and his background. (I'm an audio listener so I'm guessing at the spelling here) Ezra is my favorite of the trio but I was a bit underwhelmed. Before the big reveal it's pretty obvious what is happening. We find out what we all wanted to know so in that regard I'm glad that the hat is out of the bag. It's the fumbling, sometimes insecure, barely tolerable Tori that rubs me the wrong way.

Tori's character has maintained some of the personality changes that I didnt care for in the last book. There is a line between being inquisitive and being nosey... Tori constantly crosses that line. It's not cute and it's the main thing I dislike about her. She is regressing instead of progressing.

She also comes across as a dunce a few times. This wasn't the case in the first two books. Why now???

I understand that authors want to put a bit of romance in their series, but why does it have to be with one of her "best friends" ??? Women and men can be friends without the extra "benefits".

If you like the series, then I would not skip this book. It has some details you'll need to continue.

3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟- Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next.

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Another great story

I just love a sassy heroine with attitude to spare. I have read all the Guild Codex books and they do not disappoint.

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She started as a badass and turned into....

The main character started this series as a badass. She is fearless and ready to jump into the action. This 4th book, what happened? She turned into this little whiny girl who started to rely on her three knights in shining armor to save her. blah. Stick with the first three books, steer clear of this one. I couldn't even finish it; i got soo sick of listening to her whining.

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Another fun read from Anette Marie

Most serious than the last three back still a good read. Delving deeper into the Mages lives and Tori's evolution of self as she joins them on another adventure.

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Too much battling

This book has so many battle descriptions and not enough plot. While I enjoy series I’m much more about the relationships established versus how she fights.

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Looking forward to book 5

I started off this book as just needing something to give form to my imagination during my hour long drives into work and the hour drive home. To my surprise I was so enthralled by the series I ended up binging the entire series in a week.

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  • Sarah Mac
  • 03-17-20

Demons!

This book is much darker than the previous ones as it focuses on demons.

Tori gets roped into organising the guild's halloween party - all she wanted was to put a pumpkin on the bar, but things spiralled out of her control. However, there's an unbounded demon on the loose which scuppers the plans for the party.

All the guilds gather to try and catch it, but one of the guilds isn't playing fair....

We also get to find out Ezra's backstory, which is very interesting.

Great storyline and very well narrated.

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  • Gemma Bannister
  • 06-12-19

entrancing

love it! and cant wait for the next book in the series. cant get enough

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 04-29-19

Demon Magic and a Martini

This is an other great book in the series, fun and full of fighting and fear. Read with great feeling by Cris Dukehart.

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  • Christopher Edwards
  • 11-17-19

Much better, only made me vomit in my own mouth on

Still improving with each book. This one only had one point where I was writhing in agony listening to the author hornbag on. Looking forward to the next one! Good stuff.

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  • Drax17
  • 09-26-19

More action packed.

After reading mixed reviews I was a bit wary to read / listen to this book. But really enjoyed it. There is more action than the last few books which did seem to make the story go quicker. We find out more about Ezra & his past finally. Tori finally gets a talking to by Darius about putting herself in harms way all the time. The only thingsI didn't like was how Tori killing a person in the last book has been glossed over. Its only hinted at that things are tense with her brother, but no-one not even Tori mentions she's killed someone or how she feels, if anything at all about that. For someone from the human world not use to mythics & that violent world general, to then kill one & have it not effect her in anyway seems ridiculous. Tori's still also going on about how hot all 3 of her best mages are. I am slowly starting to get over this & wish the author would just put her with one & let a relationship develop. Another great narration from Cris Dukehart. But can't wait till book 5 is released.

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  • phoebe
  • 06-05-19

darker

took a darker turn in this installment than previous novels. not really a pro nor a con, but personally I prefer a bit more light and fun for this particular series.

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  • Rainbow Fish
  • 05-29-19

Great!

The story was entertaining, and I excitedly await the next instalment.

The narration was very good. I kept forgetting it was one person doing all the voices.