🎧 Damned Souls and a Sangria (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #8) by Annette Marie

Hello, fellow audiobook fans. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Damned Souls and a Sangria written by Annette Marie and read by Cris Dukehart. The eighth and final audiobook in Annette’s urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Spellbound.

My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Audio, for the audiobook in exchange for a candid review.

What’s Damned Souls and a Sangria about?


Listened To: 7th – 13th February 2022

What did I think about it?

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A Fitting Finale For This Gripping Urban Fantasy Series!

Annette Marie has become a tried and trusted author with this series. Annette’s writing style is intelligent and easy to sink into. I’m captivated by this world of Mythics, danger and secrecy.

Damned Souls and a Sangria had all the elements that I look for in a gripping story.

It has a great time-restrictive plot, with plenty of action, conflict and desperate, inner turmoil. However, there’s also enough humour to keep me engaged. Tori is a young woman (only 21) and has become a fantastic character. Throughout this series, she’d exhibited many of the personality traits that I love; resilience, humour and self-reliance. Not being born into this dangerous world of Mythics, Tori has had to think on her feet and scramble to fill in all the gaps in her knowledge and skills. I loved it! Tori’s gumption and desperation to save the ones she loves are put to the ultimate test in this story. I wept at the seemingly hopeless situation she found herself in, but Tori’s determination was inspirational.

Cris Dukehart’s performance was fantastic.

I really liked the pace at which Cris read this story and the various emotions she conveyed in the narrative. Cris has managed to create slightly different voices for all the characters in this series; each one captures the character’s personality. This means that I never felt confused about who was speaking during the many conversations in this audiobook. Cris’s performance plunged me into this tumultuous adventure.

The Guild Codex: Spellbound is a wonderful example of the “found family” theme.

Tori has continued to grow and develop with each book. We’ve also learnt more about Aaron, Kai and Ezra as the series has progressed too. New characters have been introduced in each book as has more about the Mythic world. I’ve loved how the multi-faceted relationships within the Crow & Hammer Guild have evolved, and how Tori has earned her place within its ranks.

I’d recommend Damned Souls and a Sangria to fans of action and adventure stories. Especially those who enjoy escapades within urban fantasy settings and don’t mind a bit of slow-burn romance thrown in.

Keep reading to find out more about Annette Marie. But first, I want to share some info about this fabulous series with you.

The Guild Codex: Spellbound by Annette Marie

Welcome to the Crow & Hammer. Meet Tori. Sassy redhead, ex-waitress with an attitude, and human bartender of a magic guild. Three Mages and a Margarita opens the hilarious and heart-warming Guild Codex series.

Books in the Series

I’ve fallen in love with this series. Click on the book title to be whisked away to my review in a new tab.

And now as promised, here’s Annette’s bio and social media links.


And because this is a review about an audiobook, here’s Cris bio and links too.


Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about Damned Souls and a Sangria. Have you read this one or any others by Annette Marie? Do you have any titles read by Cris Dukehart on your shelves? Drop a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

I’m enjoying this series so much that I’ve recently added Annette to my favourites page. Therefore, before you go, check out who else is listed in my A to Z of Amazing Authors. Is your favourite author on my list?

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