Rule one: Don’t look at the demon.
When I arrived at my uncle’s house, I expected my relatives to be like me—outcast sorcerers who don’t practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.
Rule two: Don’t listen to the demon.
My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I’m supposed to act like I don’t know how illegal and dangerous it is.
Rule three: Don’t talk to the demon.
All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn’t find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn’t notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn’t break the rules.
But I did, and now it’s too late.
I freaking love Annette Marie: her stories, her writing, the covers of her books. She’s an author I come back to again and again because to me, her books are magnificent.
Taming Demons for Beginners didn’t disappoint.
I’m already a big fan of the Guild Codex series, and this companion series, set in the same world with Robin and Zylas bumping into Torie and the gang, only deepened my love for the world Marie created. I love the magic system, the magical organizations set in place, the secret world thriving right under human noses–I love it. It’s Fairy Tale and Harry Potter and I can’t get enough.
But enough gushing: let’s get to why I love the book.
If I had to narrow it down to one thing, I’d pick the relationship between Robin and Zylas. It starts from a mutual feeling of loneliness and confinement. Zylas is trapped physically by a summoning circle but Robin is trapped by obligations to her parents: namely, in receiving her inheritance after her parents’ passing. From there, the parallels build–I wouldn’t go into much more detail, as I think you should discover them yourself. They’re remarkably similar in so many ways, but what makes those similarities utterly delicious is the fact that their personalities are completely contrary. Robin is timid, meek, and avoids confrontation (I hear ya, girl) while Zylas is arrogant, brash, and welcomes confrontation when victory is assured. They clash, they work together, they bicker, and it might be one of the most refreshing partnerships I’ve read in a long while.
I didn’t have a single thing that drew me out of the story. In fact, I finished it in one sitting (minus a bagel break) and can’t wait for the next one in the series. I’m giving it a solid 5 out of 5 stars for its wit, humor, and mostly, the characterization and relationship between Robin and Zylas.