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Taming Demons for Beginners

Guild Codex: Demonized Series, Book 1
Written by: Annette Marie
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Series: The Guild Codex: Demonized, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
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Rule one: Don't look at the demon.

When I arrived at my uncle's house, I expected my relatives to be like me - outcast sorcerers who don't practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else. 

Rule two: Don't listen to the demon.

My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I'm supposed to act like I don't know how illegal and dangerous it is. 

Rule three: Don't talk to the demon.

All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn't find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn't notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn't break the rules. But I did, and now it's too late. 

Make sure to check out the companion series, The Guild Codex: Spellbound, available now, and The Guild Codex: Warped, coauthored by Rob Jacobsen.

©2019 Annette Marie (P)2019 Tantor

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Long slow start

Read this in the order suggested for the Guild Codex universe meaning it was book 5 or 6. I am all over the place on this one. this first half is a 2. it was a brutal slog to get to chapter 13 which is when the action finally picks up. the rest is a 4 except when we get to see the scenes we have already experienced from Tori's perspective. those are real fun... I'd give those a 5. Glad this ends with her in the Crow and Hammer as the authors real strong suite is interesting characters interacting. This had far to little of that and awesome Demon never quite filled those boots.

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A great author to follow

Annette's books are binge worthy reads with magic and complexity. they provide an excellent escape from the real world. Fun, sassy, steamy, and great story. Can't wait for more.

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another great story in the series!

loved learning about a new character and how she came about before joining the crow and hammer guild. once I start one of these books, I don't want to stop until its done! ✔

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Amazing - Finished in a day!

I love this author and this book! Amazing and enthralling entertainment as always!! I couldn't stop listening. This book draws you in right away and is not stop action!

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  • niaskywalk
  • 2020-01-09

Simply Fun!

Although she has several series, I have only been reading The Guild Codex series by Annette Marie. I must say the woman knows how to write a good fun adventure.

Young Adult Urban Fantasy in a normal world with a twist. This story stars a new character and unfolds the events that led to her entering the Crow and Hammer's guild hall at the end of Demon Magic and a Martini. From this point onward, I see and interesting weaving beginning.

This volume reads well as a swift introduction to the World and can be read independently. However, I Highly recommend going to the beginning found in Three Mages and a Margarita: Guild Codex: Spellbound, Vol 1 as soon as possible afterward :-) I am eating this series up like a delectable buffet of homemade cookies.

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  • Willow5
  • 2020-01-14

Wonderful

I think I may like this series even more than the Spellbound books! Annette Marie has a way of writing endearing female leads that you find yourself rooting for. I don't understand the reviewers that found Robin too naive or helpless - that was part of her charm! I was only too happy to follow this character with real flaws, and watch her slowly start to grow into herself. And I very much enjoyed the developing relationship between her and the demon. The back and forth between the two was extremely entertaining.
Marie's writing is witty and fun and fast-paced, and includes the perfect amount of emotional drama and just a tease of simmering romantic tension. To top it off, the narrator was fantastic. Five stars all around, and I don't give that lightly!

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  • A. Sunmonu
  • 2020-01-08

Not my cup of tea

Got as far as chapter 16 before i had to call it a day. Can't stand the helpless heroine routine and the stupid teenager walking into a bad neighbourhood all hapless and the "save me!" routine.... Having fainting fits because someone shouts at you...... Like i said, not my cup of tea

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  • Barb (Paging Through The Days)
  • 2020-01-21

Wow!

I’m not sure I can put into words just how freaking awesome this story was! Haha. This was not what I had been expecting. Robin this sweet, tiny slip of a girl is a total bad mamajama!! The innocence she brings to the table makes you instantly like her. Her family, if that’s what you could call these despicable people are horrible to her, try to give her to a demon but something back fires... and the demon is now bound to her. Yet, he’s a wild card she’s not really ready for.

The battle with herself, the demon and the outside world really is a lot to take on. Her game of cat and mouse almost ends up with her being taken over. Her demon however, earns his money where he can. The biggest hurdle is to keep the secret she’s carrying around just that, a secret. She’s now part of the Crow And Hammer which means... not only is her secret in jeopardy so is someone else’s.

I can’t wait for more of this series!

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  • James
  • 2020-02-21

It’s ok

The main character is a little bit annoying but overall it’s a good story a bit slow in the beginning but it picks up later on.

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  • MaD
  • 2020-02-19

Love it!

So...I have read all of the Spellbound series up to this point and figured I would give this offshoot a try. We met Robin in "Demon Magic and a Martini" , so let's see what she is all about. After only a few chapters, I could not put it down. Robin is SO different that Tori! She is shy and introvert and would rather have her head inside of a book (I can relate!). While she may hate confrontations and has to work herself to try to stand her ground, you can tell there is strength under there somewhere.
So how does a shy, non-confrontational bookworm become a demon contractor? Well, that's the story now, isn't it!

And Zylas? I love this demon and his snarky attitude! And I truly enjoy the voice that narrator gave him. Makes it very easy to picture him in your head!

I like how this series is now mingled with Spellbound. You get to see how situations are viewed from different angles

Nice job !

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  • Morning Star 0724
  • 2020-02-16

Enjoyable

I love Annette Marie's writing style. Her words flow, not too many, not too little, words not repeated. She is my favorite Urban Fantasy Writer.

This book delves more into the demon world. It matches up with her other series, The Guild Codex.

The reading and voices are well done.

I'm glade to be able to clean my house while listening, and sit down with the kindle and pick up where I left off.

If you like Urban Fantasy, I highly recommend reading Annette Marie. (Already have a co-worker addicted to her books.)

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  • Joy H.
  • 2020-01-07

I love Annette Marie!

I have enjoyed all books I have read so far my Annette. And I think Chris Dukehart is one of the top three narrators I have heard in Audible. Thank you both for the magic you bring to my life!

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  • ConnollyHouse
  • 2020-01-05

Stick with it

This book starts off kind of slow. I was disappointed at first but I stuck with it and it definitely got better.

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  • Beatrice George
  • 2020-01-03

I didn't like it

I really enjoy the Spellbound series, but I couldn't get into this one. I won't be getting the next book in this series. As always, Cris Dukehart did a great job as narrator.

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