Audio: Dark Arts and a Daquiri by Annette Marie @AnnetteMMarie @CrisDukehart @TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooks

Posted July 6, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 2 Comments

Audio: Dark Arts and a Daquiri by Annette Marie @AnnetteMMarie @CrisDukehart @TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooks Dark Arts and a Daquiri by Annette Marie
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Series: The Guild Codex Spellbound #2
Published by Tantor Audio on November 16, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 7 hours, 39 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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When I found myself facing down the scariest black-magic felon in the city, practically daring him to abduct me, I had to wonder exactly how I ended up here.

It all started when I accidentally landed a job as a bartender—but not at a bar. At a guild, populated by mages, sorcerers, alchemists, witches, and psychics. Good thing this lame-o human is adaptable, right?

Then my favorite guild members—three sexy, powerful, and intermittently charming mages—asked for my help. Did they want access to my encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails? Oh no. They wanted to wrap me up in a pretty ribbon and plunk me in the crosshairs of a murderous rogue to lure him out of hiding.

So that's what we did. And that's why I'm here. About to be kidnapped. Oh, and our grand plan for safely capturing said murderous rogue? Yeah, that completely fell apart about two minutes ago.

Why did I agree to this again?

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I’m loving the Guild Codex Spellbound series.  Tori is a unique heroine in being human.  She cares passionately about others, but is a bit TSTL (too stupid to live) at times. I mean she is human and doesn’t know everything about magic and magical creatures; she could get hurt or dead easily. I’d be a bit more cautious.

A familiar Urban Fantasy style is used as Tori gathers her odd band of misfits as her allies. She really has a strong will to fight for others and what she needs.  She is making some real friends in the world newly opened to her.

There is plenty of action and sort of mysteries to solve.  Tori has flirting romances but romance is not a solid part of the series, yet?  This was fun and I’ll be going on with the series.  They are in Kindle Unlimited currently but I’m listening to them on audio from the library.


Cris Dukehart as a narrator is settling as Tori in my head. There is quite a bit of the book which is from Tori’s stream of thoughts so it’s most enjoyable when it feels like a fit.  I enjoyed this performance which captured the emotional feel of the characters.  I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip: HERE

About Annette Marie

Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every single book.

Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her remarkably patient, comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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Narration (Audio)
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Posted July 6, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 2 Comments

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