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Three Mages and a Margarita

por Annette Marie

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Séries: The Guild Codex: Spellbound (1)

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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-shit 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.… (mais)
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Three Mages and a Margarita is book one in The Guild Codex: Spellbound by Annetta Marie.

This is my first taste of Author Annetta Marie. I’ve had my eye on her work since she first came on the scene. Her covers are very eye-catching and make want to take a second look.

Three Mages and a Margarita was a very entertaining and amusing listen.

Tori is our lead. She’s a twenty-one-year-old heroine who’s currently sleeping on her brothers couch while attending college and working in the serving industry. Tori doesn’t have the best of luck on keeping a job and soon she’s looking for something new. Magically she finds herself at an unusual bar and the tale that unfolds is hilarious, snarky, sweet, and fun.

We are soon introduced to three mages who are all friends/roommates and work together to collect bounties. Tori’s interaction with each one is unique and each guy plays a role in her life as a friend. There might be a possible love interest, but that’s not here nor there.

The story-line is fast-paced and enchanting. The world-building is nice. The secondary characters are all unique, interesting, and fun.

Three Mages and a Margarita unfolds nicely and is a great start to the series. I can’t wait to continue on. If your looking for an enjoyable urban fantasy to listen too then this is definitely one to check out.

Narration: Cris Dukehart is a new to me narrator. She did a fantastic job with Tori and the rest of the gang. Things moved along at a nice pace, emotions where captured, and the snark came off as fun and appealing.

Rated: 4 Stars

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  angelsgp | May 14, 2021 |
An Action-Packed Story To Kick Start This Urban Fantasy 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. ( )
  -Flora- | Nov 8, 2020 |
Listened to the audiobook. Loved the novel. The characters are great and the plot is interesting. Kept me coming back for more until it was finished. Great read. ( )
  CatherineMilos | Jul 11, 2020 |
My Thoughts:
Good start to a new-to-me series!

It started off slow but it picked up about halfway into the book. I like the premise. I also like the way the sotry is told. What I didn’t like is the fight scene where the protagonist just stand there while people around her got beaten up by the bad guys. Makes me wanna scream like, “Pick up the damn frying pan and whack the bad guys with it!”. But other than that, the story building was solid.

The cover art is kind of misleading though, because our heroine is supposed to be human and has no magic. So that light thingie at the end of her fingers in the cover (which I presume is suppose to denote magic) is not true.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 3.5
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (7 hrs and 14 mins listening time)
Plot = 3.5
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

http://www.cherrymischievous.com/2020/06/three-mages-and-margarita.html ( )
  cherrymischievous | Jun 14, 2020 |
Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the Guild Codex: Spellbound series. I borrowed this through Kindle Unlimited. There are going to be seven books total in this series. There is also a sister series to this called Guild Codex: Demonized that weaves in and out of the Spellbound timeline but features different characters. Previous to reading this I have read and enjoyed all of Annette Marie’s other series.

Story (4/5): This story is a very traditional urban fantasy/paranormal story. It features Tori who is a rather hot-headed young woman who is trying to find a steady waitressing gig and trying to go to school to learn to start her own business. After being fired (again) for mouthing off at a cruel customer, she stumbles upon a strange bartending job. Ends up things at this bar are a bit different than she expected.

This is a pretty typical type of urban fantasy story but it’s fun and well done. I liked the twist of the heroine being normal and not having any magic powers in a situation where everyone else is magical. It’s an easy and fun read with some humor.

Characters (5/5): Tori is a fun character and the three mages she interacts with are also very well done. Marie does an amazing job with characters and that shines in this story. Even the side characters are interesting and engaging.

Setting (4/5): This is set in the city, a pretty typical urban fantasy setting. I do like the mysterious bar Tori ends up working in, it’s a fun setting.

Writing Style (5/5): I absolutely love Marie’s writing style; it's just so readable and absolutely sucks me in. She really excels at making excellent characters, fun situations, witty dialogue, and does a wonderful job with action scenes as well. This reminds me more of the “Steel and Stone” series than her “Red Winter” series.

My Summary (4.5/5): Overall this was just so much fun to read and so hard to put down. This is one of those books where I kept finding excuses to sneak off by myself and read it when I should have been doing other things. I would highly recommend it if you enjoy light-hearted urban fantasies. I am immediately going to pick up the next book “Dark Arts and a Daiquiri”. ( )
  krau0098 | May 29, 2020 |
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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-shit 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.

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