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Delivering Evil for Experts by Annette Marie
Narrator: Cris Dukehart, Teddy Hamilton
Series: The Guild Codex Demonized #4
Published by Tantor Audio on January 5, 2021
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 9 hours, 35 minutes
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I promised to avenge my parents.
But their killer is still on the loose, and he's stolen more than my parents' lives. Now, as he draws closer to his mysterious goals, he's poised to destroy what little I have left.
I promised to translate an ancient grimoire.
But it holds the secrets of my family - and the secret history of demon summoning. I fear its answers as much as I need them. Who was the foremother of Demonica…and who am I?
I promised to send my demon home.
But the way he watches me, the way he protects me, the way he touches me - how can I cast him away forever? I swore I would do this for him, but can I? Should I?
But I promised - and I will keep my promises even if they cost me my heart, my soul, and my life.
Guild Codex Demonized series is a different aspect of the Guild Codex Spellbound world. I have read the entire Spellbound series. I would say you can read Demonized without Spellbound first but I wouldn’t. I really prefer to read in order, yes, but there is also background on the world, the guilds and some of the characters which is really helpful if you ever have first book in a series issues. PLUS the Spellbound books are awesome!
Robin has gone through so much and so many changes over the past 4 months with Zylas. I don’t know what I expected or how she would keep her promise to him. I have been glad for relationship with Amalia to develop as well as friends at the Guild like Tori and Zora.
I really like the strength of Robin in her efforts to translate and understand the grimoire and its history. She also learns to work with Zylas and his magic. Robin and Zylas discover a lot about the history of demon contracting. It’s also fun to see Amalia work on her clothing line and be supportive of Robin even though Zylas scares her.
Things are frantic with the cult along with hunting and being hunted by Xever / Claude and Nazhiver. Xever and his cult have big plans which Robin, Zylas and the Crow & Hammer Guild have to disrupt. It was a little difficult to line up this story with the Spellbound story. I may have to go back and read Damned Souls and a Sangria again to put them together in my head.
Robin and Zylas do explore their feelings for each other as they try to resolve the many problems. Both of them care more about what the other wants than their own preferences. But Robin does have to dig deep to say what she wants and how she feels and her choices about what must be done for the future of demons. Robin and Zylas put the future of demonica ahead of their personal wants. Delivering Evil for Experts is an adrenaline rush with so many feelings.
Cris Dukehart is what my mind expects to hear. I really enjoy her voices for Robin and Amalia. Dukehart is one of my favorite narrators. I slowed this down to 1.25x speed to savor it a bit longer.
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