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Publisher's Summary

I'm not your average girl.

My best friend is my switchblade. My favorite hobby is using it on the cruel, the abusive, and anyone who gets on my bad side. I'm a convicted murderer with a chip on my shoulder and a dangerous lack of restraint.

And then there's Zak.

His rap sheet makes mine look tame. The bounty on his head is worth more money than I'll ever make, and the deadly fae that shadow his every step wield more power than I'll ever know.

He's the Crystal Druid, and his first mistake was setting foot on my turf. His second was saving my life.

And his final mistake will be failing to realize that however dark, however ruthless, however broken he is...I'm worse.

©2021 Annette Marie (P)2021 Tantor

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Phenomenal as all the Guildcodex series!

I need a moment to breathe- that was such a exhilarating read. Another phenomenal start to another Guildcodex series! First off if you are wanting a book to suck you in with well developed characters full of unique personality and a world that seamlessly combines magic and fantasy into our urban modern day life read this or any of her Guildcodex books! You will not regret it!
I loved getting to know Zach more and absolutely loved his interactions with the new main character Saber. She is badass and viciously deadly to those that piss her off, but also more kind hearted and intelligent than she gives herself credit. I loved everything about her character, and I think her and Zach as perfect for each other and are going to have many more wild adventures while they work on their relationship. Her interactions with her familiar was such a delight in this story, his personality in contrast to Zach familiar works really well too..I can't wait for the future books. I just adore how fresh the story and characters feel; every story Annette creates is a masterpiece and has me never wanting to put the book or headphones down! I kinda guessed the ending but even guessing still it left me shocked..that I litterally said "what!?" out loud on the bus lol. This series was such a joy to listen to, and as always the voice actor does a phenomenal job! I am always blown away by her range of voices and that she actually able to put personality and feelings into each voice creating the character is incredible. I cannot wait for the next one, and really hoping Annette will make this as long as her Tori's Series. I can't tell anymore which of her Guildcodex series I love more! I can't wait to have the physical of this! :) PLEASE READ THIS OR LISTEN! It was amazing! I highly recommend listening though to enjoy the full experience of the characters and their personalities.

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Secrets and twists

I absolutely love this author. And the narrator is awesome, too! The story made me laugh and cringe and laugh again (as do most of the authors books). I did find this one a little more dark than the others, but it is the druid book, after all.

Hiighly recommend for an entertaining "read," although I would suggest starting with the Guild Codex: Spellbound to get a better understanding of the Crystal Druid first.

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Awkward

Simplistic writing that I was prepared to forgive since her target audience is generally YA. But - the awkward phrasing so prevalent throughout the book dumps the reader out of the story and honestly, ends up cringey. For instance she didn't hear the sound, it scraped against her ears and she didn't take a deep breath, air rammed into her lungs. The story idea is great but this phrasing and unrealistic and/or cliche character motivation make the story well below average. The writer makes her character no better than her opponent when she's cruel in response to cruelty but many writers are guilty of that. What really does her work in is putting the main character on a soapbox spouting self-righteous dialog. Marie's ideas are solid but her mechanics need serious work. Don't waste money on it, borrow it from the library if you feel the need to read this book.

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Love getting to see more about Zachs past.

Here we meet our bad ass female lead Saber Rose. With a love for animals and a deep detest for anyone who mistreats them we learn about her past and how she keeps winding up in less than favorable situations.

Zach come is part way through and helps Saber along her quests to find the truth. We get to see all Zach familiars and even get a nice cameo by another character from a pervious book. this book has lots of twists and turns especially the end.

Annette Marie does an amazing job brining this world to life and making you feel like you are there with them. Cris Dukehart brings that world into technicolor which her colorful narrations and sassy inflection.

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slow start great finish

Took a while to get into the story just couldn't get attached to the characters. But the ending was great and has me completely invested in the series. Worth the listen.

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The Freaking Ending!

I loved this book so much. I was not sure about it at first, but I was hooked by the 4 chapter. It took for me to like Stabby Mc Stabby but near the end, I do like her. I still hate lalaki so much. But Riker is pretty cool. I love how Cris narrates her books, and love how she narrates KIT. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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  • Rae
  • 2021-10-21

UGH!!!

I absolutely love the Guild Codex stories, they are my favorite and I've read all the books several times over. I love Annette Marie! She's amazing at building this world and very consistent throughout all the books.
This book was no different. It's amazing and captivating and I plowed through it; devouring it in a single day!! It has a little different feeling to it but I still very much enjoyed this book.
No spoilers but damn!!! Why did she have to leave me hanging like this at the end!!!! I'm dying!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-10-13

My favorite Guild Codex book yet

I was definitely wanting to read about what happened next with the Crystal Druid but I wasn’t expecting such a rich new story line. Marie seamlessly blends old and new storylines in a way that never feels forced or recycled. She doesn’t just use previous book as a jumping off point, but adds new depth to the fascinating world she created. I cannot wait for the next book!

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  • Steve Reif
  • 2021-11-06

Zak is back and with great new characters

Finally a deeper dive into our favorite Druid, but
Saber is the main character and a great one.
I hate spoilers so I will leave it at; if you enjoyed Codex spellbound you will enjoy this book and I look forward to book 2.

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 2021-10-21

Fae-tastic!!!

Annette has hit the mark with the Guilded Codex world. Perfect world building, great magical system, well developed  characters, and stories that... they're just really entertaining!

This story gives us darker characters. They aren't all goodie-two shoes. They don't mind getting their hands dirty or bloody. I loved it. There is only so much do-gooder storytelling I can take. 🤣 Saber Rose is a better female lead than Torri. And the Fae... much more Fae in this series.

At this point any book in this series is a must read. This story introduces a new set of characters within the Guilded Codex world. As with the other series, events are intertwined with characters in the other books. This story mixes with Zach, aka The Ghost. It shows some of what he has been up to since the events with Torri and that series final installment.

Book ends with a cliff hanger so be prepared!

Narration was great!

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  • Jonathan J.
  • 2021-12-25

everything awesome except the ending

does this mean that there will be a sequel? the ending to this book is unexpected but also frustrating. it kind of like watching a movie after you are just about to finish it and the vcr eats the vhs. Or watching a TV series and the last episode that explains everything is never made because it got canceled. because of that I can't give it full marks. all I can do is say grrr.

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  • amanda
  • 2022-03-21

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I liked it. called some parts but held my interest. just wasn't breath taking and something that will stick with me forever.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-03-21

So disappointing!

I loved all the other guild codex books, bunging the entire series, which is why this was so very disappointing. The protagonist has no redeeming qualities and is utterly lacking in charm. The Crystal Druid is portrayed as a tortured, powerful, mysterious magic man in the other books. Here he’s just another guy with some magic skills.

Don’t waste the credit.

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  • Michelle
  • 2022-03-10

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Mixed feelings about this book and the rather abrupt ending. As much as I’ve enjoyed other books by this author, not sure if I’ll continue with this one

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  • Cristal L.
  • 2022-01-20

Worth the wait

Although I struggled with Saber's personality like so many other reviews have noted, it did ring true for someone who had been through her experiences. It was a great introduction to this series and Zak is soooooo much more likeable! The reveal at the end, yeah Ms. Marie that's why I shouldn't even be reading this until they are ALL out, but I did so when I run out I will just suffer.

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  • Michael Turner
  • 2022-01-19

Not As Compelling

First, I need to iterate that I LOVE this series. I wait anxiously for each new story. However, I couldn’t relate to Saber. There didn’t seem to be much character development beyond anger. I couldn’t make myself care about her. I love Zach, though, I’ve never seen him as the “bad boy” to generate so much immediate hostility from the people who read his profile. I would like, for once, for someone to read his profile and toss it aside to go and get the “real” story.
I have to keep listening for the next book, but only for Zach. Saber can ride off onto the sunset

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