Book Review

Three Mages and a Margarita

Three Mages and a Margarita

The Guild Codex: Spellbound/One

Annette Marie

Narrator by Cris Dukehart

Tantor Audio, Oct 2018

Audiobook, ebook, paperback

Urban fantasy


Purchased from Audible

The cover was what attracted me to this book in the first place. It looks so fun. And the book lived up to it.

The heroine of the story, Tori, is totally human, broke and in need of a new start in life. By pure chance, she comes across a listing for a job as a bartender and decides to apply for the job. She has a little trouble getting through the front door of the place as it seems to have an attitude and makes her want to turn around and go home. But she persists and goes in. The place seems to be empty and it’s a total mess. She finally finds the woman to interview her; things go really well, and she ends up with the job. She starts right away. Her first shift is more than a little strange. Well, her customers are a little strange. It’s a special meeting and all the drinks are on the house, so no one’s paying and no one’s tipping, which doesn’t make Tori very happy. And some a few most of the customers are grumpy, well, make that downright rude. Then there are the three hunky guys sitting together near her drinks station who have been pretty nice all night. Then one of them decides to get funny, she thinks and orders a margarita. So Tori mixes up a nice slushy margarita and serves it up all over the three guys, and it’s a very good thing that they have such good senses of humor. The three of them just happen to be the three toughest mages in this guild and have the combined firepower to bring the whole place down around their ears.

So Tori gets a laugh instead of fried where she stands and ends up making friends with Aaron, Kia, and Ezra, badass combat mages. Welcome to the guild.

That’s as far as I’m going with this one, because after that things get really wacky and nothing even resembles normal. But it’s a fun read and it sets you up really well for the second book, Dark Arts and a Daiquiri, which is another good one, but nothing like the first one.

Cris Dukehart does an outstanding job handling all those voices and accents and attitudes. I was really impressed with how well she handled all the different voices. I don’t think there was a slip up in the whole thing. If there was, well, I never noticed it. I was so lost in the story and the interaction of the characters. I kept waiting for one of the three hunky mages to make a move on our heroine, Tori, but nope, not a single one of them. No romance here. Doesn’t mean a girl can’t look, though. And I highly recommend you look up a copy of this book for yourself!

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