Last updated on March 25, 2021
Taming Demons for Beginners
Series: The Guild Codex: Demonized, Book #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Occult, Supernatural
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★★
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.
From the author of The Guild Codex: Spellbound comes a new series that will plunge an unprepared young woman into the darkest magic of the mythic world.
OK, straight up, this was an amazing book. I don’t have any negative comments, which is really rare for me.
I loved the concept, and the characters are fantastic. I really enjoyed having a female lead who doesn’t have a ton of awesome powers and abilities. Robin isn’t remotely heroic in the typical sense, but she’s heroic in a way anyone could be. She’s kind, brave, and intelligent, and she has flaws like the rest of us. I’m eager to watch her develop and come into her own through the series.
Zylas is a bit of an enigma. I was left not knowing if demons are simply misunderstood, or if he’s developing a conscience and feelings, or if we’re simply being led to incorrect conclusions like authors like to do. Whichever it is, I like him, and I look forward to finding out out how their relationship progresses.
I eagerly anticipate future installments of The Guild Codex: Demonized and have already pre-ordered book 2 so I can read it the moment it’s out. By the time you read this, I’ll likely have already read it. If you like reading, then pick up Taming Demons for Beginners, it’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed.
About the Author
Annette Marie is the author of Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.
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Disclaimer: This review is based on a complimentary eBook I received from Xpresso Book Tours. The complimentary receipt of this book has in no way affected my review or rating.