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The Alchemist and an Amaretto by Annette Marie
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Series: The Guild Codex Spellbound #5
Published by Tantor Audio on January 28, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 6 hours, 55 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything—mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I'd rather run for the hills. It doesn't even have to be my family.
So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron's mom and pop was a good idea.
Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I've got a bigger problem. Students of his family's renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds--and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus...and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.
Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we'll protect the students.
And Aaron's parents too, I suppose. If we have to.
I continue to love the Guild Codex Spellbound series and its world. The books are in Kindle Unlimited currently but I’ve listening to them on audio from the library, and now for review.
Tori is such a sassy and yet caring character. She is all heart and loyalty to her friends, and has some compassion for others. Tori is willing to jump in to protect others, even when her skills are limited and it is very dangerous for her. Thankfully, she has been training and learning more skills and magic. We also get a glimpse of Robin and Zylas before everyone leaves for the holidays.
The Alchemist and an Amaretto is actually kind of a holiday story. Tory and the guys are invited to go with Aaron to his parents. They are exposed to the parents constantly pushing him and how Aaron deals with this difficulty. Tori learns more about why he is in the Crow & Hammer and stays there in spite of the incredible offers he receives from other guilds.
There are some strange incidents both before and after they arrive with some very strange attacks on the students. With their combat experience, Tori and the guys end up working on the mystery of where they are from and trying to stop the attacks.
The other main theme is Tori’s growing attraction to Ezra. He’s been strange lately; it seems like he is avoiding her. But it turns out to be a different thing. We learn a lot more about what is happening with Ezra and how demons / contracts work. The next book can’t be available soon enough!
Cris Dukehart is my voice for Tori and with her point of view, it is a comfortable stream in my head. Her male and female voices seem right. She is doing a great job with her performance of this series. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
Listen to a clip: HERE
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