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Three Mages and a Margarita

The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (138 ratings)

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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 me to do 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 dickheads, 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-sh-t 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. 

Make sure to check out the companion series, The Guild Codex: Demonized, available now, and The Guild Codex: Warped, coauthored by Rob Jacobsen.

©2018 Annette Marie (P)2018 Tantor

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Way too much leery vom in mouth

It's not a bad premise, and the story isn't bad, but the constant "he's so hot my panties are on fire, drool drool" stuff is awful. It's like it's written for the female version of the raincoat brigade, by it's leading member. It's the kind of stuff men writing in the 50s didn't even get away with. Which is a shame because the rest of the book is pretty OK. I'll try the next one in the hopes she mellows out a bit, but this one's going back under the protest of feminists throughout the ages that half the characters are nothing more than pieces of eye candy meat.

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My first audiobook review

This was the first time if have listened to an audiobook right through and without purchasing the book itself. I found it was good for when walking the dog and driving. I had to rewind a few times when I missed something though. If something else attracted my attention, I found that I was easily distracted from the audiobook and would have to reply the past I missed. The story and character were good. Romance doesn’t seem to be the main part of this series. This is the first time I have read/listened for this author. I was first introduced to this author at the book convention and was attracted to the cover art which the author does herself, but also liked the descriptions of her books. The narrator was good, however only really had three main voices - from the heroines perspective Tori, men (the three main men in this series sounded similar and was hard to tell them about, and a sort of posh lady voice, however I did still enjoy her narration of the story.

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Safe to say I enjoyed this book immensely.
Yes it is from a very capable independent women's POV, but I can handle that.
This first person account of the adventures of Tori the 'Fire-Cracker Redhead' and her immersion into the hidden world of Magic Society is a great slant on traditional story telling of a well trodden genre.
The story is fast paced and original. It's very easy to listen to and is read at a beautiful syncopation.
Sticking points for some were the overly descriptive interactions and fantasy with the male characters, who are of course, quite pleasing to Tori's eye. If it's too much use the 30 sec advance icon. Don't let the throbbing Bratwurst stop you from enjoying an easy to listen to fiction with a great story.
P.S. you may even get some insight on how the female mind ticks... well at least how Tori's mind ticks.

Enjoy

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light fun

not earth shattering. bit cheesy and predictable. but overall fun and enjoyablw if you're after some magic, fantasy romance and combat scenes. I'll be listening to the next one.

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on a whim purchase

loved the narration and story. i had never heard of the author before purchasing but saw this series as a recommended book and fell in love. Cris's narration is also one of my fvaourites

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Great Read

A mix of action and magic. This book doesn't have a cliffhanger, however, it does end with a half certain romance. The main element of this story is the bad-ass female protagonist who is loyal to a fault but doesn't expect the same from anyone else. This is a story about a girl who is surrounded by things way more powerful than her but continues fighting for what she believes in. This was a great listen with awesome narration. Having read some books by Annette Marie already, this was definitely not a letdown to read. I loved this book!

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Fun easy no thinker

Just an easy book for young adults, nothing to surprise or think critically on later. If you just want something to lose an hour too here and there then give it a listen. Well read.

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Pretty good actually

Story and narration held my attention. Perfect combination of interesting characters and plot but nothing too complex or serious, because who needs that right now! I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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Pour yourself a drink & enjoy

Ive had this in my wish list for a while & was not disappointed. Tori is a feisty human who can't keep a job for more than a few months due to her tempted. Things seem to take a turn for the better when she starts at The Crow & Hammer... or do they. But unbeknownst to Tori she's actually working in a mage bar & her life is never the same again. I liked Tori & the three mages she befriends Aaron, Ezra & Kai, the four f then had good chemistry. She seems to be able to hold her own in this new world even when surround by powerful mages. Cris Dukehart did a great job with the narration. Can't wait to continue on with this series. A really fun listen.

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  • HH
  • 11-09-2019

Amazing Book

I love this book and series by Annette Marie. I've lost count how many times I have listened to this book/series. The story is great, and the characters are the reason I keep coming back. Looking forward to the rest of the series to be written.
Cris Dukehart does a fantastic job, I've listened to a few different stories performed by her and she is always great.

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  • Roz Hans
  • 18-10-2018

Enjoyable and fun

Not epic but a light fun magical read. Nothing made me roll my eyes which is an accomplishment in itself, no over flowery romance or stupid dialogue, just light quirky characters with a fun story, nothing mind bending or surprised but pleasant with laughs.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-2018

No spoilers

This is the first book I've listened/read by MS Marie and I liked it a lot and will try more of her books. This one was full of action through out, suspense and some laughs no flat spots in the book moved along nicely. I wouldn't say it was a must read but it was entertaining and I will be reading/listening the next in the series. As far as the narrator MS Dukeheart she did a fantastic job loved her voice. She brought this book to life did the voices of all the characters very well. Without hesitation i will listen to any book read by her. Highly recommend the Audible and it's a nice price too. After you read this series try M.L Ryan Corsedon series or Deborh Dunbar Imp series both very good but read this first and enjoy like I did.

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  • Pip
  • 12-11-2018

Fluffy Fun for the Win

The normal pattern is that our hero is a supernatural in a human world who saves the day, this time around its a mortal who stumbles into the supernatural world and whilst not quite saving the day, does seem to use her own mortalness to help out.
It is a cute story and I'm looking forwarding to more.
#fluffyfun #mortalhero #supernaturalbar #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Mina
  • 25-01-2019

Damsel in Distress with hot guys

I am not into female characters evolving only around men, the damsel in distress story is too old school for me and there are too many books now that try to force multiple love interests to one girl instead of developing her as somewhat individual character its this constant protect the female vibe. The narration was very good but the story sucked.

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  • RedDaBEAR
  • 20-12-2018

Like it was written from a playbook

Trite, simple and shallow. That is the story, the characters, the MC and well... the whole thing. I could not believe how dead linear the progression of the story was or how ridiculous the MC was. "Oh, look, I'm a super hot and hot-headed ginger who has ZERO skills or self-control but everything bad that happens to me is someone else's fault and not because of my own choices in life and OH YEAH, I have no powers but I'm constantly saving the lives of these three totally hot guys who are SO into me right now". Not even books that target adolescent boys are this trite.

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  • Diana
  • 07-03-2019

Young Adult or Teen level story. Basic writing

Just a straight forward story of a young woman who is mouthy and has poor judgment and has no critical thinking skills and who is focused on young men and needs to be protected and rescued by the same young men. Plain writing with few interesting descriptions, observations, or plot twists.

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  • a.nava
  • 02-11-2018

LOVE LOVE LOVE

It is sooo hard now days to find a good book where the Heroin is not whinny or waiting on a guy to save here. And let me tell you this book is amazing! I loved every second of it. The MC is not one to let people push her around, nor is she one to just stand by and let the guy do all the saving. She is smart and has a lot of attitude, and a bit of a temper. But this book has you smiling and laughing and rooting for her to kick butt. She does not have "gifts" of her own so she is a human helping mages and let me tell you that she is doing a fantastic job doing it.

I am already excited to get the next one! This is a fantastic series!

Also the narrator was perfect for this series. Just the right tone for all of them and you can tell everybody apart which makes the book play like a movie in your head. I definitely recommend this one!

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  • MaGGot
  • 21-04-2019

Teen Urban Fantasy

When the cosmos puts a mundane amoungst the mystics, she finds a home, a place to be, happiness. The main character has something... critical thinking ability, like Sherlock Holmes, as well as a willingness to put herself in harms way for the peeps she cares for. An excellent trait. This was a satisfying read, no over the top hot and humping...

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  • Ezra
  • 12-03-2019

Medicore

I listened to it all and it was fine but I do not feel very incllined to continue the series.

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  • Teresa
  • 01-05-2019

Light and Fun.

I enjoyed this story, but I didn’t love it enough to continue with the series. Maybe it was because I wanted a bit more romance in this book. Or maybe it was the fact that I wanted the heroine to end up with a different guy that makes me want to stop. Overall a good book, although it was light on mystery and romance it did have a lighthearted element and an easy to understand storyline that it has potential. I might consider the next book on a sale. The narrator is good for this story and I could tell who most people where by her different voices.

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  • Carl
  • 16-11-2018

An Excellent Listen

This book was a blast, plain and simple. Great story, interesting characters and some really funny moments. I've already picked up the second, and hoping its just as good as this one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-10-2018

Brilliant!

I love the story. I love the mc. I love the fact she kicks was and saves butts but also needs a bit of saving . Looking forward to new adventures!

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  • *Flora*
  • 22-01-2020

An Action-Packed Story To Kick Start The Series!

Annette Marie is a new-to-me author, I must confess to being a bit weary as she is a well respected YA author and I usually avoid YA like the plague, but I quickly found myself really enjoying this book.
I liked her writing style and I found this story easy to read. The prose and pace used was good: the tale never felt rushed and came without any dreaded information dumps or slumps.

I downloaded the ebook for free using my Kindle Unlimited subscription and used my Audible credit to add the narration. Cris Dukehart is a new-to-me voice actor and as a narrated book, I was impressed with her performance; loving the pace at which she read the story and her slight tonal adjustments for the dialogue. I think the narration encapsulated Tori's character and the feel of the story brilliantly. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.

Three Mages and a Margarita had all the aspects that I look for in a great story: intelligent writing style that’s easy to read, main characters with depth of personality that I can like and believe in, depth of character in the supporting cast, believable background story and setting and a balanced mix of relationship, tension, action and mystery. I loved the fact that the mystery and conflict was satisfactorily concluded by the end of the book while still leaving enough threads and interest to tempt me into getting the next book.

I would recommend this book to fans of mystery stories who enjoy adventure within an urban fantasy setting and don’t mind a bit of bloody action and a sprinkling of romance thrown in.

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  • Rebel
  • 09-12-2018

Missing Something.... Powers

This book had great potential however I couldn't help but wish the lead character had some powers... I know this is what the author was going for... a human surviving in a non human environment but frankly it was boring. The story around how she ended up getting a job in the guild was also weak. Much better stories out there.

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  • Will McC
  • 26-06-2020

Fun, funny, and captivating

Chris Dukehart does a stand up job of captivating the MC's essence. (the only issue I have with her performance is sometimes she pronounces words in a weird or unfamiliar way "quay" as "kway" instead of "keee" for example).

Tori is hilarious. I love her grumpiness and her stubbornness. Her character shines through in her every decision.
Actually, all of the characters stand out wonderfully. They're so individual and interesting and dynamic.
The story itself is fun, and interesting. I spent a lot of my time in heart-pounding tension or grinning ear to ear.
I would absolutely recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy, especially hidden magical worlds.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-2020

lovet it!

i could not stop laughing at the awesome characters and fun story. im realy looking forwardto the next one.

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  • Cobhireland
  • 22-04-2020

Great Read

Great book to listen to to while sitting in the summer sun. Good story, keeps you intrigued, nothing too heavy to have to concentrate on.

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  • Sarah Mac
  • 05-03-2020

Surprising little gem

This author is a new to me, I have not read or listened to any of her work before, but after listening to this, I will definitely be listening to/reading more.

Tori is a hot headed redhead who has had 6 jobs in 8 months and gets fired from them due to her temper. The story starts with a customer looking to get their meal for free, but Tori's having none of it, she ends up getting fired. She trudges home to the apartment she shares with her cop brother.

She looks for another job and comes across an advert for a bar maid. She goes to the bar and she's given a trial shift, during which she throws a margarita at a customer. Instead of getting fired, she's given the job.

However, things are not what they seem - it's no ordinary bar, but a bar for magicals, and she's human, a human that is unaware that magic exists.

Tori's a great character, full of snark and spunk, says what she wants and often lets her temper get the better of her. And she's not afraid to step in and help her new friends out when needed, despite not having magic like them.

I liked the narrator, she told the story well and made it enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Lady Blu
  • 24-07-2019

Anyone for a margarita?

I was a little unsure of this book at first; I'm not one for fantasy book, but surprisingly I really enjoyed this book.

I found the book well paced, full of explosive action, a few thrown drinks and lots of cheeky banter. The characters are fun, intriguing and make you smile. I found myself smiling and even chuckling at the exchanging banter between Eren and Tori!

If you like magic, antics and sass, then this book is for you. I will definitely be getting book 2 ^^

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  • Just Enough Books
  • 09-07-2019

Bloody Brilliant

Yes. Yes. Yes. Listen to this now.
This was my first ever Annette Marie Book. I'd somehow never heard of the author prior to this but the synopsis looked good so I took a cgace and gave it a go. I'm so freaking glad that I did! I actually listened to this audiobook in May and by April I had purchased and (listened to), not only every available book in the series, but every book Annette Marie has ever written.
That’s how good this book was.

OK, let’s get to the actual book review now that I have finished telling you, apparently, my entire life story. It’s written in first person narrative so you feel intimately connected with Tori straight away. The narrator does a fantastic job and you can tell each characters voice from another easily. It’s easy listening and damn fun. The humour is sarcastic, witty and playful and you quickly fall in love with the characters; they leave an imprint on your soul. Seriously.
This book is the first in the Guild Codex: Spellbound series. It follows Tori, a sassy, flawed but badass individual, as she attempts to navigate a hidden world of magic with the help of three handsome strangers who have secrets of their own. A genuinely enjoyable book to listen to.