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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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- 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: #171,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2. There are 3 awesome guys you need to meet.
3. Tori is a true red head
4. This book is fun, fresh, light with just a hint of swear words.
5. I'm excited for the next book to come out in November!
6. Annette Marie writes amazing, fantastic books!
Just wanted to put that out there first because some of you are like me and just want straight up answers.
I really enjoyed this book, but I have loved all of Annettes books! I won't summarize the story for you because that takes the joy out of reading it for yourself, however, I will say that I am for very intrigued on what happens next and if there isn't more to Ms. Tori.
I love the “yes, I see the title but this isn’t an RH” disclaimer.
I like Ezra.
I’m starting to become a little sad that this isn’t a reverse harem. Okay? Judge me.
I hate Tabitha. She has to be in on it. Right? Scum bucket.
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, yeah. Marie creates such captivating fantasy worlds. Not only is this world (and all of her other fantasy worlds) creative, but it is also damn intriguing. There are different magical systems that are detailed and just plain awesome. There is a magical governing body, magic guilds, and supernatural creatures. There are so many fun and compelling elements that are crafted into this world. There was clearly a lot of thought and research put into this world.
This book was different from Marie's other books in that it has a self-contained plot. Marie has said that this series will be episodic. So while elements of the series will carry over to other books, each book of the series will have its own story. While I typically tend to stick to book series that have plots that encompass the entire series as opposed to single books in a series, the change up in style did not negatively impact my reading at all. So if you are hesitant to try the series because of this, I would urge you to still read this book! I was still able to appreciate the story. The story did seem much more fast-paced than Marie's other books. And while some serious things do occur in the book, the overall feeling was much lighter than her other books. I think the lighter feel and the fast pacing works well with the self-contained plot.
The characters in this series were a true delight! I fell in love with these characters so quickly! Like, crazy fast! The main character is spunky, feisty, and fierce. I immediately liked her. Her three mage companions were just as likable. They each bring a different flavor into the story. And no, this isn't a reverse harem story so put that out of your head. (But if that's your thing then good on you. It just doesn't apply here. :)) And if I am being honest, I loved not having any inclination which way the romance in the story would go. With so many options, my mind was whirling!
I also really appreciated the underlying themes hidden in the story. Friendship, trust, self-reliance, prejudice, and conviction all show up in the story in one way or another.
Overall, Annette Marie is a storytelling Queen and you are mad if you do not read this! Pick this book up and fall into a world you'll want to stay in with characters that you'll want to stay with. This book will make you laugh, will make you root for the heroine, will give you the hella hot mage feels, and will make you crave more stories from Annette Marie! And while you are at is, pick up her Steel & Stone series, her spin-off Spell Weaver series, and/or her Red Winter series. Once you read one of Marie's books you will be under her spell! I am so stoked to read the next book in this series!
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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.
I loved that there was no major cliffhanger at the end of the story. Something Annette Marie had said before. The stories will be episodic, hence we don't know yet how many books it will contain. If they all stay true to this format, I don't mind.
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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.
Although this book took me a little longer to get into, it's very different from her other books in the sense that the main character is very much a human with no magic.
This could be seen as weakness, but in this case it's what makes the main character strong. She doesn't need the magic to a heroine.
This book is very refreshing, in a very good way, because it's so different to what I'm used to and I cannot wait for the next one 🙂