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Book Review: Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie

tgc1Book: Three Mages and a Margarita
Author: Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1
Genre: Urban fantasy, paranormal

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.


My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

I saw this book on a lot of people’s favourite lists of last year so I decided to pick it up and I’m so glad I did because I really enjoyed it.

The Guild Codex is an urban fantasy series that follows Tori, a human, who gets fired from her job and ends up coming across a job opening for a bartender. When she starts working there she finds out that it’s not just an average bar but a guild, which is where different classes of mages, sorcerers, witches and so on come together to take on jobs and missions. I liked finding out about this hidden paranormal world through Tori’s eyes.

I was instantly sucked into the story because of the writing. It felt so easy to get lost in the story and the pages quickly flew by from there. Tori is such a funny and likable character and I loved reading about her, her pov makes the story so much more fun.

The book introduces a lot of interesting characters especially Aaron, Kai and Ezra who are three mages that become friends with Tori. They’re all interesting with their own personalities and I liked how close the three of them were with each other. They have a deep friendship bond and I liked how they quickly took Tori into their group.

Overall I enjoyed this book a lot and thought it is such a great start to the series. The pacing of the story was also really great and I flew through the pages. I would recommend this if you’re looking for a new urban fantasy series with amazing characters and a captivating plot.

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie

  1. This sounds interesting, I’ve added it to my TBR! I’m always on the lookout for new urban fantasy stories tbh. I’m always intrigued by the way authors are going to write magic into the modern day. Nice review!

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  2. I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about this series, so I’m glad to hear the first book was so enjoyable! 🙂 I’ve been somewhat hesitant, and this is kind of superficial of me, because the cover and title seemed so out of my comfort zone. Great review!

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