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ARC Review: Lost Talismans and a Tequila - Annette Marie

Lost Talismans and a Tequila by Annette Marie 
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #7
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Urban Fantasy
Published July 10th 2020 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.

Source: Review copy via Publisher
You know that squirmy sensation in your gut when you have no idea what you're doing and you're about to screw everything up?

Yeah, that feeling.

I thought I was a good judge of character, but recent events proved me very wrong. Now, in a brilliant demonstration of my newfound caution, I'm putting all my faith in a demon—a demon who's tried to kill me before. The squirmy feeling is making sense, right?

Unfortunately, I don't have any other options. Ezra's time is almost up, which means I need answers and I need them fast. So it's time to toughen up, pack my gear, and find me one of the most illegal, reviled, and scarce mythics out there: a demon-mage summoner.

And all I have to do is follow a demon's instructions on where to look. How could that go wrong?
** I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Lost Talismans is the seventh, and penultimate book in The Guild Codex: Spellbound.

WHAT A Ride! It's so hard to believe that we're already so near to the ending of this amazing series. I'm both incredibly excited and horribly depressed. The only fact bringing me joy is that next year I believe there might be a series I've been awaiting extremely, extremely anxiously (Blackfire! Squee!) and no matter what, there will be more Annette Marie goodness including a new, co-authored spin off series to this world (check out The Guild Codex: Warped).

In this epic instalment in which my heart almost failed numerous times, we see Tori and her friends doing what they do best : bringing out the best in each other whilst continually fighting for each other and perhaps getting into a little (or a lot!) of trouble along the way.

“Magic doesn’t make you an invincible superhero."

This series has been long enough that I am more than attached to these characters: I think about them in my everyday life and their histories, struggles and motivations are something that reaches far beyond the words on these pages. These characters are lodged firmly in my heart and that depth of connection can't help but make this one of my favourite series of all time.

I also love that the plot of this and Demonized have been spun so seamlessly and in fact, you can read these series completely independently of each other (although I definitely would never recommend that! Don't miss any of the amazingness of this world!).

This one also finally sold me on the main ship of this series. I have to admit - I had been wondering at the very beginning of this series who it would be and while the last couple of books made it clear, I had just never really bought into the chemistry... Until now. Now I finally get it.

I have absolutely no idea where this is going, and I have no idea how Annette is going to continue to weave these threads so seamlessly between series AND be able to keep them so separate and yet intertwined.... Honestly I have no idea. But I have all the faith. After so many incredible books (I have read every single book she has written and not a single one is rated under four stars!) I have never failed to be awed, thrilled and thoroughly satisfied and this instalment was no exception. Action, adventure, amazing friendships (like #squadgoals of note - Annette writes AMAZING friendships), jaw dropping reveals and stakes that just keep getting higher, this series is not to be missed.

ASGSHAGFAGS!!!! That's it, I've dissolved into a fangirl mess. I can't even word about how good this is any more! So what are you waiting for? Go read this series!


Other books in this world (in my recommended reading order):

THREE MAGES AND A MARGARITA (THE GUILD CODEX:SPELLBOUND #1)
DARK ARTS AND A DAIQUIRI (THE GUILD CODEX:SPELLBOUND #2)
TWO WITCHES AND A WHISKEY (THE GUILD CODEX:SPELLBOUND #3)
DEMON MAGIC AND A MARTINI (THE GUILD CODEX:SPELLBOUND #4)
TAMING DEMONS FOR BEGINNERS (THE GUILD CODEX:DEMONIZED #1)
THE ALCHEMIST AND AN AMARETTO (THE GUILD CODEX:SPELLBOUND #5)
SLAYING MONSTERS FOR THE FEEBLE (THE GUILD CODEX:DEMONIZED #2)
DRUID VICES AND A VODKA (THE GUILD CODEX:SPELLBOUND #6)

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