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The One and Only Crystal Druid (The Guild Codex: Unveiled) Paperback – September 24, 2021
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My best friend is my switchblade. My favorite hobby is using it on the cruel, the abusive, and anyone who gets on my bad side. I'm a convicted murderer with a chip on my shoulder and a dangerous lack of restraint.
And then there's Zak.
His rap sheet makes mine look tame. The bounty on his head is worth more money than I'll ever make, and the deadly fae that shadow his every step wield more power than I'll ever know.
He's the Crystal Druid, and his first mistake was setting foot on my turf.
His second was saving my life.
And his final mistake will be failing to realize that however dark, however ruthless, however broken he is…
From the author of the best-selling Guild Codex books comes a new series that delves into the dark, dangerous world of druids and fae alongside two ravaged souls who may be exactly what the other needs…if they don't destroy each other first.
Unveiled can be read as a standalone series or in conjunction with other Guild Codex series. For the full reading order, visit Annette Marie's website.
More series in the Guild Codex world:
The Guild Codex: Spellbound
The Guild Codex: Demonized
The Guild Codex: Warped
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- Publisher : Dark Owl Fantasy (September 24, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 330 pages
- ISBN-10 : 198815359X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1988153599
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.83 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #719,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Saber Rose was a good main, but I struggled to connect with her like I have with this author’s other leading ladies. She acted like she was this dark character that had to fake being nice, but I didn’t see what exactly made her a “bad guy.” Instead she just seemed like someone who wished they were tough but aren’t. I didn’t understand why the side characters were scared of her.
The story is still good and I plan to read the next, but I’ll limit my expectations this time around. Hopefully Zac toughens up and Saber loosens up for it. Rikr was my favorite part of the book so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next with him.
It was fun to see Kit appear in this book. It makes me wonder what shenanigans will be coming later on. Hopefully Kit can influence the MPD in a good way. The MPD seems to condemn people without knowing the circumstances, and as a result, they either completely fail at their job, or create a worse monster than what they started with.
I don’t understand Saber’s relationship with Zak. One minute they’re threatening each other, and the next they’re nearly taking each other’s clothes off. I don’t know how I feel about the romantic hate.
The reveal at the end of the book was really cool. I knew Saber wasn’t what she seemed, especially because she was always referred to as a weak witch but the fae creatures seemed to love her power (even if it was weak). It was just a little suspicious how much her “weakness” was emphasized. I had a feeling her familiar wasn’t what he seemed either. After the reveal, I’m wondering if he had a hand in disguising the fact that she’s a druid, not a witch. Kind of like how Lallakai protects Zak. It will be interesting to learn more about him in the next book.
Hopefully we’ll learn why Zak didn’t give Saber the poison in the next book. The betrayal seemed like it was a huge deal for Saber, but it felt like it was completely dropped by the end of the book. And that felt out of character for Saber.
Plot-wise, I think this was probably one of the best developed books in the series (or series of series) in terms of complexity. I started out reading these with Three Mages and a Margarita as a bit of "brain candy" and really love the way everything has developed/played out and gotten deeper. It's funny, one of the negative reviews commented about how Saber isn't the bad guy she thinks she is....and they're right. She's not a fully trustworthy narrator, and not _just_ because she had chunks of memory missing. She's a beautifully wounded character who is only just starting to heal. I look forward to watching the rest of her journey (but seriously, only two books?! I want more, darn-it!!)
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This isn't Zak's story however, it's Saber's. I don't want to say too much because this isn't a book you want spoilered but whether you're a returning fan or a new reader this is an excellent addition to the Guild Codex world. You can definitely read it without reading the other series though I highly recommend all of them.
This book is dark and at times uncomfortable but it's also full of hope for the future, light hearted moments and some incredible weaving of folk lore throughout. Trauma is a theme but it's handled superbly with compassion and care. If you like mysteries, magic, believable characters and a dash of romance - not to mention a broody druid who has definitely met his match- then this could be the book for you.
This book starts off a bit quicker with the love interest, which I personally liked. It is also darker in nature, which I didn’t dislike, but one scene near the end was a little too sudden for my personal taste.
I always enjoy talking animals, so that’s another win. And I really enjoyed the flashback chapters - a different, interesting writing style for Annette. She excels at both first and third person narrative.
Saber is an interesting character and I look forward to learning more about her backstory. Also, I did love a cheeky cameo from a Guild Codex fan-fave character!
I look forward to the next book in the series!
As always in this series the main characters have flaws and challenges that make them believable, rounded people. Saber is a great addition to the cast, she feels like a good match for Zak.
The world building is excellent and the story engaging with just enough hints scattered throughout that you can guess at the surprise waiting at the end.
And it's always lovely when characters from the series have a cameo tying the book in to the greater story arc.
I can't wait for the next instalment