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Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound) Paperback – September 11, 2018
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It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview — to see if I'd mesh with their "special" clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That's the definition of fitting in, right?
I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they… offered me the job?
It turns out this place isn't a bar. It's a guild. And the three cocky guys I drenched with a margarita during my trial? Yeah, they were mages. Either I'm exactly the kind of takes-no-shit bartender this guild needs, or there's a good reason no one else wants to work here.
So what's a broke girl to do? Take the job, of course — with a pay raise.
Note: The three mages are definitely sexy, but this series isn't a reverse harem. It's 100% fun, sassy, fast-paced urban fantasy.
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The Guild Codex: Spellbound
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Mages, psychics, sorcerers, druids, demons—and a human with a feisty attitude, no magic, and one last chance at gainful employment. Join Tori as she dives headfirst into the world of mythics as the human bartender of a disreputable guild in the opening series of the expansive Guild Codex world.
Welcome to the Guild Codex
Four series, one magical world.
This expansive urban fantasy world includes four separate series: Spellbound, Demonized, Warped, and Unveiled. They can be read as standalone adventures or as one huge interwoven story, but wherever you start, you're in for a thrill ride of magic both whimsical and dangerous, fast-paced adventure and mystery, heart-warming friendships, and tantalizing slow-burn romance.
When feisty redhead Tori landed a job at a sketchy pub, she had no idea she'd just joined a magic guild. And the three guys she drenched with a margarita during her first shift? Yeah, they were mages. She's about to get a crash course in the world of magic and mythics.
Hilarious and heartwarming, The Guild Codex: Spellbound is perfect for readers who enjoy sassy heroines, found family, underdogs, humorous banter, slow-burn romance, and a hidden-magic world so immersive you'll be watching for mythics on the streets.
When shy bookworm Robin found a hellish creature imprisoned in her uncle's basement, she never intended to make a contract with the rare, deadly demon. And their contract? His protection in exchange for... cookies. There's no way that could go wrong.
Blending thrilling action with an irresistibly slow romance, The Guild Codex: Demonized is perfect for readers who enjoy heroines who grow into their strength, demons with attitude, unlikely partnerships, frequent doses of humor, and a love story spanning millennia.
When psychic conman Kit is arrested, all he wants to do is escape. Instead, he finds himself partnered with by-the-books MagiPol agent Lienna and tasked with bringing down his ex-partner-in-crime. That might make escaping custody a tad more difficult.
Explore the magical FBI of the mythic world, MagiPol, in The Guild Codex: Warped alongside their most unlikely new agent. This series is perfect for readers who love off-beat heroes, pop culture, hilarity, buddy-cop stories, and wicked cool psychic powers.
When ex-convict and incompetent witch Saber encounters the notorious Crystal Druid, she tries to kill him. Then she discovers a mysterious fae on a deadly rampage. Together, they have a chance to stop it—if she can resist stabbing her new ally.
Delve into the dark, dangerous world of druids in The Guild Codex: Unveiled. This series is perfect for readers who enjoy a fierce, troubled heroine, intense banter, mysterious magic, otherworldly fae, and a heart-rending second-chance romance.
- Publisher : Dark Owl Fantasy Inc. (September 11, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1988153239
- ISBN-13 : 978-1988153230
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.78 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #426,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love this universe. I love the guild codex world. It drew me in and I have loved all the amazing characters, stories and magic that I have experienced through these books.
To start this guild codex adventure just feels right. This book is filled with awesome quirky characters and is one of the best introductions into the Crow and Hammer guild that is so essential to this universe. I love this book. You get to meet some of the best characters right off the bat and it is amazing.
I am always impressed with Annette Marie's ability to write character growth in her books. It is just marvelously done. Tori had amazing character growth in this book and I am excited to dive back into her world and experience all the wonderful adventures that are to come in this universe.
I would easily recommend this book to anyone who loves a good Urban Fantasy. I will absolutely reread these books again in the future.
Steam Content: Just kisses and hugs.
Three Mages and a Margarita was a fun read. I've had some of this author's books on my to-read list for a while now, but this is the first book by her that I actually read. If you're looking for an enjoyable urban fantasy read this is definitely a good one to check out.
Three Mages and Margarita is told from first person point of view from Tori's perspective. At the start of the book she gets fired from another job, she has a hard time keeping a job because of her temper. I don't really care for characters with a temper, but in most situation I thought her temper made sense. She didn't just got angry all the time, only when people really went too far. And instead of letting things slide she exploded with her temper then. She sure isn't afraid to tell anyone what she thinks and knows how to stand up for herself.
After another failed interview she stumbles upon a job to be a bartender and decides to check it out, which is how she lands in a magic guild working as a bartender. I liked the set-up for this story, with how a normal human desperate for a new job accidentally stumbles upon a guild and start working there as a bartender. It also was interesting to see how the magic people reacted to Tori and they weren't too happy at first with a normal human in their midst. And even tough Tori is just a normal human, she still can contribute things and holds her own surrounding by all the magic users. I kinda liked how she is a human while being swept up in some magic problems.
I liked Tori as a main character. She has a bit of a temper, but also works hard and doesn't back away from danger. I liked how she was just a normal human surrounding by people with all sorts of magic, but still hold her own. This book also touched upon some fears she has, but that didn't get explored as much as I would've liked. I do have the feeling we're going to see more of that in later books. Overall I liked her, but would like to get to know her better. And I had hoped to see a bit more about the whole bar tending thing, but while most of the book takes place while she's bar tending, except for her first day there, we don't get as many details about her actual work.
There are a bunch of side characters as well that play a role in the story. Most noticeable the three mages that the title refers to. Aaron, Kai and Ezra are three mages that sit at the bar during Tori's first shift and she slowly befriends all three of them. All of them had their own personality and I liked how they were close friends that had each other's back.
My favorite so far is probably Ezra, he is the quiet and mysterious type, who has a soft side and actually cares a lot. There's a bit of mystery surrounding his past that gets hinted to. I liked the hug scene with Tori as it really shows he has a lot of emotions even tough he doesn't always show them. Aaron is a bit fiery and talks a lot and there are some great interactions he has with Tori too. There's also a bit of history he has with how and why he joined this guild, which was kinda interesting. Kai is the one I probably find the hardest to get a good feel for. He's Aaron's best friend. He is described as hot, just like the other two and there is a cool action scene at the end of the book, but besides that I wasn't fully sure what to think of him. There are a few pieces of information that give a bit of a look into his personality tough.
Overall I am looking forward to getting to know these guys more and I am a tad sad this isn't a reverse harem as I have no clue how Tori is going to choose between these 3 if it ever comes to a romance. Tori gets to know all three of the guys and there is a small hint of a possible romance, but it doesn't quite get there. And while she kisses one of the guys, she also seems pretty close to one of the other too, so not sure where that is going yet.
I liked the set-up for this world building with the guild thing and how the magical people police themselves. There are also a bunch of different types of magic users, anything from the mags who throw elemental powers to alchemists, sorcerers who learn spells, powers like telepathy and more. There are grouped in some main categories and we get a feel for the different types of powers. It is a bit of an everything exists world when it comes to the magic and paranormal, but I did like how the main groups and things like the guild gave an unique touch to it all. And I have the feel we only have a glimpse of what this world has to offer.
To summarize: this was a fun urban fantasy read. There was a good solid story and the main storyline gets mostly wrapped up by the end of the book, I liked how Tori a normal human who stumbles upon a guild and gets hired for a trial job as bartender. I liked Tori as a main character, she has a bit of a temper, but she works hard and can hold her own surrounded by magic users. She also doesn't shy away from some danger, but also realizes what she can and can't do. The three mages are have their own personalities and befriend Tori. There is a hint it might become a romance, but in this book it doesn't go further than her getting to know all three of them and kissing one of them. I liked how close the three mages were and they seemed good friends. I liked the set-up for the world with the guilds. It does have most paranormal and magic type of abilities fit in this world, but there are different main categories and the whole guild system which gives it an unique touch. This was a fun read and I am curious to see where the series goes next.
So, the premise: Tori, a part-time college student (whose fiery temper pretty much proves the whole “hot-headed redheads” notion) has just managed to lose another part-time waitressing job. That situation is not at all great, because Vancouver (or Vancouver-like, since the city is never actually named) is good-sized… but not nearly large enough once Tori learns she’s basically been blackballed by all of the nearby restaurants (oy, that hair-trigger temper).
Fate steps in, though (as it often does, whether in fictional or real life), when an errant sheet of paper—with a handful of job listing written on it—lands at her feet after blowing down the street. With nothing to lose, Tori sets off for the first one on the list: a bar she’s never heard of, in a dodgy part of town, looking for a bartender (which no, Tori is not, but eh, girl’s got nothin’ to lose, remember?).
I won’t spoil anything (because where would the fun be for any of us, in that?!), so, broad strokes, here… The bar is seriously understaffed—and with a big private gig that night—so Tori lucks into a “trial run”. (But, not a bartender, you’re saying! True, but… girl has her phone and the internet; she can totes get through one night, that way, even if it’s not very efficient, m’kay?) The real hitch? The clientele are seriously unfriendly. In an odd twist of fate (ooh, there you are again, you scamp!), Tori somehow wins some respect when she finally reaches her (admittedly-not-too-high) breaking point… and not only does she not get fired, she instead gets offered the job. Shortly afterward, though, fate throws a bit of a spanner in the works. Tori learns that the bar isn’t a regular ole bar, it’s a guild—as in, a group of people belong to it—and the group isn’t just your run-of-the-mill motley lot (as if!), but is actually a secret congregation of… well, people with supernatural powers, skills, and whatnots. (Yep. Really. Think mages, witches, all sorts of mentalists, those who can manipulate things, and so on, and you’ve got it.) And all of them? Don’t know that Tori isn’t one of them, that she’s just a regular human, whose greatest superpower is her temper.
But, anyone who’s ever read UF knows better than to count a scrappy human out of the game, right? It’s up to Tori to prove her mettle, when things go sideways… and prove it, she does (making some new friends—as well as some “frenemies”—along the way).
The author makes a point to let the reader know the series isn’t about a young woman and her “reverse harem” (oops, the eponymous “three mages”? they’re all über-hot, funny, sexy, yada yada… and they become friends with our heroine), but rather, about the young woman’s journey finding herself… with help from some friends she makes, along the way. (At least, that’s my take on The Bigger Meaning. ;)) And that, I’m very much okay with… more than okay, actually. (I’m still gonna roll my eyes every time Tori describes how smokin’ the other characters are, but then again, she’s young, and there’s those hormones, ’n all…)
Seriously, though, Three Mages and a Margarita is a well-written, fun, and humorous romp… with hints of greater depths to be plumbed in most of the characters we encounter. Now that’s a series I can get behind!
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Okay before we start, I just have to say, I’m really glad this isn’t a reverse-harem series as I’m not overly keen on those. That said, I really love all three of the mages. It’s so hard to choose a favourite among them as they each have their own charms. I’m beginning to think this is one of Annette’s gifts, as the relationships in the Steel and Stone series are also seriously well written. She has a gift for storytelling and connecting the reader and characters. Right from the beginning we fall into Tori’s world and get swept along in her adventure. But it’s more than that, we quickly come to care about her and her friends; at least I did.
So what’s there to love besides an exceptionally well-constructed supernatural world and a wonderfully written plot? Well, I have to admit that I enjoyed the way in which this group of supernaturals are able to admit their weaknesses. Not that they are weak, but being saved by a girl doesn’t cripple their male egos and that’s always nice to see. The book also had me giggling from start to finish, even in dire situations there would be something to make you smile, even if it was the way in which Tori handled herself.
This was a great start to a series and I’d definitely recommend it. I can’t wait for ‘Dark Arts and a Daiquiri’ to come out as the chapter 1 teaser at the end of the book already left me wanting more.
Annette Marie is fantastic at world building and adding depths to her protagonists that alot of writers cannot achieve. She is so convincing that I'm sure she has many people hunting the dingy corners of their city looking for bar work at a pub like the Crow and Hammer.
Annette is one of my favourite authors to the point that I now have all of the kindle editions of this series and I am now in the process of getting the paperbacks. Yes, I love the series that much.
I absolutely have to recommend this you’ll have a great time with this and the next seven or so books that are currently out.
Her other series are also good but not quite on the level of this one (though still four stars - Amazon would you please give me A rating out of 10 instead, this should be a 9 where her others should likely be an 8)
Tori has a terrible temper that has got her into trouble on more than one occasion so much that she is desperately seeking a new job. She inadvertently picks up a piece of paper with a job advert on and goes for it. However when she enters the bar instead of just getting a job as a bartender she enters a whole new world of magic. Great fun!