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, because who wants to risk life and limb to control the biggest bullies on the mythic playground?
Well, some people do, 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.
How on earth does Annette Marie write books that I simply can’t put down? It’s the darndest thing really. I start one of her books and all too soon, hours have skated by without me realizing and I’m flipping that last page.
She hits it out of the park once again in her fourth installment of her Guild Codex: Spellbound series. The plot hits the ground running, thrusting Tori and the Crow and Hammer Guild into the center of a demon hunt. Scary stuff, given the expert world-building and characterizations both in this novel and leading up to it in previous books.
The world-building, once again, is one of my favorite parts. I love how magic doesn’t always make things easier for the characters occupying this world. It’s a love-and-hate relationship, just like with social media for example, that has it’s good parts and it’s bad ones. The complexity of guild interactions, how the laws are set up by the MagiPol, and the prejudices and taboos all give this novel a very real feel.
That level of detail and imagination bleeds over to the characters as well. We learn more about our favorite Crow and Hammer mythic trio, the elements teased out expertly in the narrative. And, in the center of it all, we have Tori’s spunk, sass, and flaws prevalent as she tries to navigate this demon hunt.
What can I say? 5 out of 5 stars!