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.
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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Title: Demon Magic and a Martini
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #4
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy
A lot happened in this installment, and holy shit but Marie really compacted the fuck out of this.
It’s Halloween week and everything is going oh so well. Tori’s officially part of the Crow & Hammer with her own MID number, her friends are alive and well, and it’s been a few blissful months. Sure, her ties with her brother have strained a little ever since that night, but life’s otherwise great so she’s not too worried. And then an alert goes out that a demon’s on the loose.
I loved this book because 1) having to bunker down when a demon’s in the city is terrifying and awesome; 2) Tori’s around the entire C&H guild and actually gets to see other guild members and their own GMs (Guild Masters) in action. It took up about half the book but a lot kept happening and progressing and I almost couldn’t believe how much there still was despite already getting so much.
Some stuff bothered me, but the unpleasantness never lasted more than a few seconds, save for two or three things that I couldn’t get over. Like Kai’s surprise reveal that he had a fiancee. I thought that was already brought up in the first installment, and it bothered me enough to check, but I couldn’t find it (yet), so I had to force myself to pretend all was well. There were other stuff that bothered me at the time but having finished the book, I can’t remember what they were. Which means they probably weren’t that important so moving on!
This book basically centered around the quietest of the group, Ezra. The points made here were actually things I hadn’t considered and seeing them from a new perspective almost made me sad, and then I had a mind-blowing experience (or maybe I was just that happy) with seeing how it tied to Tori’s own insecurities and childhood. I know the last few installments focused on them, but this one was different. It wasn’t too obvious, it didn’t focus and hammer on one thing, but rather took something we’d all thought was normal and dissected it. Because of this, I was almost never annoyed with anything she did
unlike the last installment. I’m not sure if it’s the way things can be predictable, but I’m pretty sure I like her as a character, and it’s just the predictability that irks me because then almost always something convenient comes up and I swear my brain takes on the narration of CinemaSins.
She drools over the guys again for my sake, and it’s clear that it was definitely a good thing she and Aaron broke up. It seemed a little convenient that Aaron didn’t turn into a suspicious asshole every time she and Ezra had a moment, but I’m happy. I’d hate to see the four of them break up because of jealousy so I’ll gladly take a chill Aaron any day. But seriously. Yes, Tori notices and deeply appreciates all of their hot bodies, but there seems to be a lot of hinting when it comes to her and Ezra. It happened a bit with Kai in the third installment, but then it quickly switched over to Ezra. I’m not sure how I feel about not knowing what’ll happen. Is she gonna have something with Ezra and Kai now? Is she forever going to watch them during training to have something for the spank bank? I’m pretty sure it’s been a while for her and I’m betting good money it won’t be long before she cracks. Is she gonna meet and crush on other guys the way she did with Zak?
IS ZAK COMING BACK? So many questions, but with the way this installment ended, I feel like we’ll either get a part two (three?) to Ezra’s story in the next book or something new will be added, which will allow Ezra’s subplot to fester or grow to something more cynical. Like the kidnapping sorceress who escaped. She’s still out there and I can’t imagine any of these characters disappearing after all the pages dedicated to them. Unless it is going to be like that, then I don’t know what to expect.
This demonic installment is full of Ezra and some hilarious stuff. And also sad, sad stuff. I almost had a heart attack in the middle of the stupid thing and I had a hard time swallowing the egg being shoved down Tori’s throat, but it all had to happen. Yes, I skimmed over the fighting scenes. No, I did not continuously wish that two of them would just bone and get it over with. I totally thought of their friendship.
All in all, a good addition to the series. More C&H characters were present and relevant, actually showing up to be a part of the magical world that got my engines revving in the first place. While I love the four musketeers, it’s always great to see the other people that make this world. That expand and enrich the world building. I can’t wait for the fifth book to come out and I’m totally recommending this series and author.