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Sara's Review: Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie

Updated: May 5, 2020

REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc. RELEASED: September 14, 2018 GENRE: New Adult, Fantasy LENGTH: 314 pages FORMAT: eBook, Paperback, Audible


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 ***hole right back. That's the definition of fitting in, right?

I expected to get thrown out on my ***. 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-*** 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. FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS

I had just finished Slaying Monsters For the Feeble, which is book 2 in The Guild Codex: Demonized series. Different series In the same universe. When I started the Three mages and a Margarita, I didn’t realize how interwoven these books truly are. I honestly think Marie meant for these books to be read as a multiverse because Three Mages and a Margarita give a more detailed backstory and explanation of this universe. Marie gives a breakdown of the reading order for the multiverse here. I highly recommend reading the series in order. The fact that the books are on Kindle Unlimited, why wouldn’t you? In this novel, we meet Tori, a young woman with an attitude that has trouble keeping a job. “Keeping a job involves a few simple rules: Arrive on time. Work hard. And don’t assault customers.” It just so happens that Tori can’t manage the last on the list. She keeps assaulting customers. Fired from her last job for just such an incident she stumbles across the Crow and Hammer, who are looking for a bartender. Tori is received horribly by the patrons and is ready to quit, but after she puts one of the customers in his place, things start to change for her. You see, the Crow and Hammer are a mages and witches guild and a place for all magic people to belong. When Tori finds out what the Crow and Hammer is, that is when the world is really broken down for us, which was only skimmed in Demonized. Tori’s take no crap attitude fits right in with the crowd. “Do you know the first rule of the guild?” “It’s ‘Don’t hit first, but always hit back.’ I LOVED this story. Tori is incredible, she is brave where most would not be. I loved her sass and fighting spirit. I also loved Aaron, Kia, and Ezra. I know this isn’t going to be a reverse haram which I will admit I am a bit disappointed I still found this book so yummy. And as much as I like Arron I am going for team Ezra right now. As of right now, I have a new favorite author, and I am loving all things Annette Marie. I can’t wait to devour more. I am rating Three Mages and a Margarita 5 Boundless Stars; this is a wicked wild ride with a kickass leading lady. I love that, and I loved it.

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