Hello Avid Readers. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie. The first book in her new urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Spellbound.
As from earlier this year, I decided that when I read a book that I’ve bought for myself, I wont write one of my full reviews. Instead will just write a paragraph or two to publish on Amazon, Goodreads and here on my blog.
I will continue to write full reviews for ARCS; the books I receive from authors, publishers and PR organisers.
I want to build up my blog to be THE place to go to for adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy fans. Therefore, with that in mind, it’s on to my thoughts about…
Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie
Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig.
It went downhill the moment they asked for 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 jerks, 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.
Tori has no problem getting herself into trouble in every book in the Guild Codex series, but each one is a complete adventure–no cliffhanger endings.
An Action-Packed Story To Kick Start This Urban Fantasy Series.
Annette Marie is a new-to-me author, I must confess to being a bit weary as she is a well respected YA author. I usually avoid YA like the plague, but I quickly found myself really enjoying this book.
I liked her writing style and I found this story easy to read. The prose and pace used was good. The tale never felt rushed and came without any dreaded information dumps or slumps.
I downloaded the ebook for free using my Kindle Unlimited subscription and used my Audible credit to add the narration. Cris Dukehart is a new-to-me voice actor and as a narrated book, I was impressed with her performance; loving the pace at which she read the story and her slight tonal adjustments for the dialogue. I think the narration encapsulated Tori’s character and the feel of the story brilliantly. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.
Three Mages and a Margarita had all the aspects that I look for in a great story. Intelligent writing style that’s easy to read. Main characters with depth of personality that I can like and believe in. Depth of character in the supporting cast. Believable background story and setting. A balanced mix of relationship, tension, action and mystery within the plot. I loved the fact that the mystery and conflict was satisfactorily concluded by the end of the book while still leaving enough threads and interest to tempt me into getting the next book.
I would recommend this book to fans of mystery stories who enjoy adventure within an urban fantasy setting and don’t mind a bit of bloody action and a sprinkling of romance thrown in.
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Have you read (or listened to) this book? If not, I hope I’ve sparked your interest and that you add this one to your groaning TBR piles. 😉
Bye for now,