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Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized Book 1) Kindle Edition
When I arrived at my uncle's house, I expected my relatives to be like me—outcast sorcerers who don't practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.
Rule two: Don't listen to the demon.
My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I'm supposed to act like I don't know how illegal and dangerous it is.
Rule three: Don't talk to the demon.
All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn't find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn't notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn't break the rules.
But I did, and now it's too late.
From the author of The Guild Codex: Spellbound comes a new series that will plunge an unprepared young woman into the darkest magic of the mythic world.
The Guild Codex: Demonized
Taming Demons for Beginners (#1)
Slaying Monsters for the Feeble (#2)
Hunting Fiends for the Ill-Equipped (#3)
Delivering Evil for Experts (#4)
More series in the Guild Codex world:
The Guild Codex: Spellbound
The Guild Codex: Warped
The Guild Codex: Unveiled
- ASIN : B07X2WZ819
- Publisher : Dark Owl Fantasy Inc. (September 13, 2019)
- Publication date : September 13, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4405 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 362 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,666 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book spends a good deal of time building Robin’s back story and her partnering with her demon. They are opposites as well. Both are small in the context of their own worlds, but where Robin is retiring and non-confrontational, the demon is feisty, canny, and aggressive. By the end of the book, it’s pretty clear that the two will temper each other, although it’s doubtful that Robin will ever change the demon - more that he will learn to make allowances for humans based on what he is learning from Robin. And, what can I say, I loved the bickering between them - it’s the vehicle that teaches Robin how to assert herself and really helps establish the relationship between Robin and the demon (yes, he has a name, but discovering it is half the fun of the reading).
In the last half of the book, as Robin, her demon, and her cousin Amalia strike out on their own after an unbound demon, they start to cross paths with Tori and the crew from the Crow and Hammer. I really enjoyed how their stories overlapped with readers being given glimpses of Tori and all from an observer’s perspective instead of being part of the main action. I can see them crossing paths in the future without ever really combining into one story and that’s fine. The world building is excellent with more than enough room for both arcs.
I truly loved this book - so much that, like the Spellbound series, I purchased the books rather than just borrow them through my Unlimited subscription (which I’ve gotten excellent value for, I must say). I’ve really enjoyed the Spellbound series as well and am anxious for the next adventure in Tori’s arc, but I can say that I had just as much fun with this one and look forward to more adventures with Robin, her demon, and Amalia as they search for Robin’s inheritance and more information on her lineage as a sorcerer and summoner.
I want a MC that I can relate to or picture, or that I want to BE LIKE because she is such a cool bada$$! This girl was none of those things. I was hoping as the book went along it would turn into some sort of caterpillar-into-butterfly thing but nope. That was my last chance I gave to this book. When I reached the end I wanted to continue in the story, but only if I could pick her out of it and insert someone else.
There is a lot of action and what sounds like some interesting male characters that MIGHT lead to some sort of romance?? But when I thought about that as I pondered getting the next book I thought about reading of a 6th grader in a romantic situation and shuddered and did not purchase the next book. I won't continue in this series and I am bummed about it.
Robin grew up with some loving parents that always taught her to stay away from magic and it will stay away from you. So, imagine her surprise when she learns that her family line was one of the premier demon summoners and that her uncle is trying to do it illegally from the house she is staying in.
First off, I really like that Robin isn’t your typical kick-ass I’m great at absolutely everything kind of heroine. She reads books, loves to bake and hates confrontation of any kind. She knows about magic and has studied it, but is not a practitioner, well wasn’t a practitioner anyway. I like that she is a bit sheltered, naïve and kind without being TSTL. Sure, she is thrown into a lot of learn fast or die situations, but that was the fun of this story.
The second thing that I really liked is that this has witches and demons. I think there are going to be some pretty cool reveals down the line about the ‘known things’ both on the human side and demon side of the veil. The world set up is working very well for me and I like the slow trickle of information that we are getting as things progress.
Lastly the plot set up is going well in this story. Not to be a KU snob, but I’ve found that some of the stories on that bypass plot for a plethora of action scenes. There were action scenes for sure but there is also the character development of Robin and the Demon Zylas that made this such a good read. I loved the dynamic between Robin and the demon, most of their banter was great and funny. I really enjoyed the relationship they currently have and I do have some high hopes that down the line it might turn romantic.
Overall is was a really fun read for me. I’d never read this author before so I didn’t realize until after that this is set in the same world as another series written by Ammette Marie. So before I can continue into this series I’ll need to read Three Mages and a Margarita series.
We met Robin, a shy and socially awkward woman. She navigates a her way through a new world for her. This book has it all! Suspense, action, comedy. Seriously, read it, you won't be disappointed.
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I would 11000% recommend reading this book, it's funny, got crap tons of action and intrigue, and just has that feel good feeling making you want to go back for more (we're onto a good one guys 😉)
Honestly can't wait to crack on to the next book, keep them coming please ! X