Top positive review
Demon magic and a Martini (+ books in the Guild Codex series)
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2019
Warning: binge reading is not good for you, and is hazardous for your sleeping habits! (That said, sometimes it is hard not to delve deeply into a magical world and just silently promise yourself, “five minutes more, and I’ll put down the book to sleep…that won’t hurt anybody”).
Anyway, if you have not yet read any of Annette Marie’s books I highly recommend you trying them out. They are to die for (not literally, because then you wouldn’t be able to actually read them)!
Demon Magic and a Martini feels slightly darker and more serious than the other books in the series in a very good way, and while all the books are good, I really liked the vibe of this last one. A demon is loose and acting out of character, and Tori and her friends need to stop him. The story focuses mainly on the Demonica class and many secrets are revealed (read the story), making the book a pivotal point in the series. The pacing of these reveals, and the story itself, is exceptional and nothing feels rushed or forced.
Characters are complex and believable and grow beautifully throughout the books. Especially Tori learns to face her own worst fears and flaws, to trust and to believe in her own “specialness” despite not being a mythic in the classical sense. I think it is admirable, how she slowly, but surely, steps out of her comfort zone by admitting to herself that safe and good does not necessarily mean true happiness and real connection. Sometimes, if it is something you believe in, you have to take risks and fight for it.
Then there is our three hot mages: Aaron, Kai and Ezra (…did I mention Ezra!?). One word…Yum! I wish I had three hot guys like that and then there’s Ezra (sorry for the repeat). No spoilers here, but there are some lovely Ezra scenes waiting! Fantasising aside, I really love how the characters of Aaron, Kai and especially Ezra (and Zak) develop and how their origins and stories are unravelled.
The world building is phenomenal and intricately woven into ”our” mundane and magicless world to form an equally dazzling and dangerous place populated by fae, demons, mythics and other magical creatures. Like all of Annette Marie’s other creations, the world is so vivid that we as readers get to live inside another universe for the length of time it takes to read the book, so much so that returning to the “real” world sometimes feels like a loss.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series, but somehow I think it may be a good thing that the release date is after exams -_-
(BTW…I’m really looking forward to reading the new spinoff series).
(BTWx2…I really, really like Ezra…but I kinda also like Zak…).