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Hellbound Guilds & Other Misdirections by Annette Marie, Rob Jacobsen
Narrator: Iggy Toma
Published by Tantor Audio on September 14, 2021
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 8 hours, 12 minutes
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Agent Kit Morris. Has a nice ring, doesn't it?
It's a big step up from "wanted criminal" or "that weird con-artist guy with weirder psychic powers"—both of which recently applied to me. But my promotion to MagiPol agent comes with a few drawbacks.
First, supremely talented and effortlessly gorgeous Agent Lienna Shen won't agree to a dinner date with me. Second, my new assignment has pitted me against a guild with very bad taste in pets. Third, those pets are demons, and those demons want to kill me.
My psychic magic is great for conning people. It doesn't do jack shit against hellish orcs. If I screw this up, my dinner date will be with a demon—and I'll be the dinner. Even better, I kind of suspect this supposedly straightforward assignment is actually the tip of an unholy iceberg of power-hungry malefactors bent on destroying all law and order in the city.
I should probably mention that part to my boss.
I continued to enjoy the next story in the Guild Codex Warped. I’m not sure yet where this one fits in the overall Guild Codex Universe. It definitely is somewhere in the middle of the Demonized series. The overall story arc is connected and like most urban fantasy, I would read them in order. I hope to re-read all the universe in order at a future date.
Hellbound Guilds & Other Misdirections shows us more of Kit and Lienna and their start in the MPD. Kit is busy torturing his cubemate, while hoping to pass his agent tests. The examiners know what his magic is, so it’s hard to fool them with his illusions. He’s tired of failing. He’s exhausted and begins to doubt he will make an agent. But the boss assigns him to work with Lienna which is exactly what he wants to do.
We get much more of Lienna’s history and why she would take a position in Vancouver, rather than Los Angeles where she was raised. Their boss is making things rough for her to stay. So Kit is trying hard to help her, as he is attracted to his coworker. It is also rough as someone keeps trying to kill them. There is plenty of danger, fast-paced action. They are also investigating a demon guild which is equally dangerous.
Kit and Lienna are just off beat enough, they make a good team and smart enough to figure out the criminals and proving their deeds with evidence. It’s hard to find evidence when most of your time is spent staying alive. Somehow they pull together enough skill, luck and friends to survive, and bring down the bad guys.
I really enjoyed the story after the action started. The team did a good job with directing their investigation and not just reacting to attacks. I loved seeing them interrogate Darius King. The cultural movie references were hilarious. There seems no end to the things to learn about the magic in this world. I’m looking forward to seeing how they continue at the MPD.
I’ve settled in with the narrator for this newer series. I enjoyed the distinct voices for males and females. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
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