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Demon Magic and a Martini by Annette Marie #2021AudiobookChallenge @TantorAudio

Hello, fellow audiobook fans. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Demon Magic and a Martini by Annette Marie. The third book 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 Demon Magic and a Martini about?

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Demon Magic and a Martini by Annette Marie #2021AudiobookChallenge @TantorAudioMy Rating:
Title: Demon Magic and a Martini by Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #4
Published by Dark Owl Fantasy Incorporated on 12 April, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 7 hours 15 minutes
No. of Pages: 312

When I first landed a bartending job at the local guild, I didn't know a thing about magic. These days, I'm practically an expert on the different magical classes, but there's one nobody ever talks about: Demonica.

Turns out they have a good reason for that.

My guild is strictly hellion-free, but some people will risk life and soul to control the biggest bullies on the mythic playground. And now a demon has been loosed in the city.

My three best friends are determined to slay it, but even badass combat mages are critically out-magicked. And that's not all. The monster they're tracking--it's not hiding. It's not fleeing. It's not leaving a trail of corpses everywhere it goes.

The demon is hunting too. And in a city full of mythics, it's searching for deadlier prey.

If we can't unravel the demon's sinister motivations, more innocent people will die, but finding the answers means digging into dark secrets ... and learning truths I never wanted to know.


Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository*

Listened To: 2 – 7 May 2021


What did I think about it?

A Fraught Adventure That Had Me On The Edge Of My Seat.

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.

Demon Magic and a Martini had all the elements that I look for in a great story.

It has a well thought out plot, with plenty of action and conflict, but with enough humour to keep me engaged. Tori is a young woman (only 21) and a great character. She’s already exhibited many of the personality traits that I love; resilience, humour and self-reliance. However, in this story, I was more frustrated by her “ignorance is bliss” attitude than I was in previous stories. Tori’s been in this dangerous world of Mythics for five months, I would have wanted to learn how to protect myself – self-defence training, increasing my knowledge about the different classes. But, no. Not Tori. Grr! Thankfully, this story deals with that. *phew*

Cris Dukehart’s performance was fantastic.

I liked the pace at which Cris read the story and her slight tonal adjustment for the dialogue. I never felt confused about who was speaking. Cris has definitely captured Tori’s character and the feel of the story brilliantly in her narration.

Annette doesn’t leave us with nasty cliffhangers. Woop!

Tori continues to grow and develop with each book. We also learn more about Aaron, Kai and Ezra as the series progresses too. As more about the Mythic world is revealed and secrets are uncovered, new characters are introduced. But, nothing is left hanging dangerously in a life-or-death cliffhanger. The threat and mystery in this story are dramatically dealt with before the end. However, I’m keen to find out how the events in this story will affect things. What will Tori get mixed up with next?!

I’d recommend Demon Magic and a Martini 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.

Has my review of Demon Magic and a Martini encouraged you to find out more? ‘Course it has! 😉 Click on any of my links to check it out yourself. Keep reading to find out more about this series and its author.

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.

As promised, here’s Annette’s bio.

About Annette Marie

Annette Marie Author Photo

Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter, and sassy UF series The Guild Codex.

Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every book.

Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar.

When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

And because this is a review about an audiobook, here’s the narrator’s bio.

Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about Demon Magic and a Martini. Have you read this one or any others by Annette Marie? 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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I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(6) Comments

  1. This sounds like a great series and I just love the titles! I’ll look them up on audio.

    1. Flora says:

      The titles are brilliant, Sabrina. I look forward to reading your thoughts about them. x

  2. Awesome review! I’m SO glad you loved this series! Everything Annette Marie writes is amazing ♡

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks for drawing my attention to it, Mikky!

  3. I’ve read book 1-5 and really want to continue but, have some many things to read. I’m hoping to continue soon though, really great review!

    1. Flora says:

      Lol! I know what you mean, Holly. I’ve got so many unfinished series on my shelves but I’m a mood reader so who knows what I’ll pick up next!

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