• The Alchemist and an Amaretto

  • The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series, Book 5
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,761 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything - mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I'd rather run for the hills. It doesn't even have to be my family.

So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron's mom and pop was a good idea.

Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I've got a bigger problem. Students of his family's renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds - and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus...and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.

Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we'll protect the students.

And Aaron's parents too, I suppose. If we have to.

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

©2019 Annette Marie (P)2020 Tantor

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Cliffhangers!!!

big fan love the story so far, tori is my current favorite heroine. but omg the ending of this book will have you cursing rhe autors name with every day she makes you for the next one in the series

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Fantastic series

I stumbled across the first book in this series and was totally hooked. Since then I’ve anxiously waited for each new audible book to come out. The author is wonderful and the narrator is one of my favorites. Trust me, if you enjoy paranormal books, this is a series not to be missed!

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Next one please

This book was better than the last one and quite frankly I have to know if the amulet will work or not. I know the next book is in print right now but I have to have the audio book please. This book is great I love the backstory on Aron and the incorporation of werewolves into the book with very unique take on them.

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Better and Better

The standalone stories are intriguing and unfolding an interesting world, the story arc for Guild Codex: Spellbound takes an emotional turn during this one and I am already dying for the next title. I also cannot wait to see how the two series in the Guild Codex intertwine. Robin was briefly seen here, but Tori and the mages stepped away from the Guild for this exciting episode.

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The friendship continues

Although I love the action in the book. I would've liked to see the romance progress more. These books tend to be too short like a series I have to wait months to see another episode of. Overall good story

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Tori's back!!!

This was basically a filler book. Though I'm glad the author is pushing these out like All- You-Can-Eat pancakes at IHOP. This was the least interesting installment. If you have ever seen any type of TV, then you'll know who the villian is the minute they are introduced in the book.

The book does provide a critical setup for the remainder of the series. We now know what the focus will be for the next few books. I'm all in and cant wait to see how things turn out.

Tori, does redeem herself in this one. Where in the last few books she became a clingy, needy, pathetic, and dumb little woman... in this one she puts on her big girl pants and steps her game up. She still isnt the sharpest tool in the shed, but a far-cry from the idiot in the last couple books.

Overall it's a decent read but if you can wait until the next installment, I'd suggest reading them together.

Chris Dukehart does excellent job on narration. Her performance of the little fae, Twiggy, was so adorable!

3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟- Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next.

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How long until the next book.

Love this series. I sure hope we don’t have to wait to long for the next book.

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Book 5 and I'm still loving this series!

Most the time by book 5 in a series im bored but not this one! I'm eating through a book a day. This series is like a world to escape into and not leave. I love it

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Better!

Though this book was quite short compared to the others, Tori felt more like herself in this one. It has the episodic feel the first few books had, and a shifting of love interest. Though I see it becoming more drawn out or maybe even fizzling out like the first almost romance did. It was a cute, addition to the series. It was a little predictable but that doesn't take away from the story. It's a fun, light read, bringing back the feel of the beginning of the series.

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Love it! Lots of fun.

If you’ve gotten this far I’m assuming you’ve already read the other books in the series. If you haven’t, go back and start with Three Mages and a Margarita and come back when you have some idea of what’s going on!! Lol

This book is a wonderful continuation in the guild codex storyline. Lots of great character development, fun interactions, interesting plot twists, and mutated werewolf shifters... I mean, who can’t get behind something like that? :-)

*potential spoiler alert*

This book also goes into more detail about Ezra‘s backstory and why he has started to pull away from his friends emotionally. As well as creating more romantic tension with Tori.

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  • Stacey mann
  • 12-20-20

Excellent

It you have read the other guild cortex book this is the book you have been waiting for.. a better look into our favourite three sexy mage’s as Tori becomes even more intergraded into the family. Tori taking her training to another level and if it’s possible becoming and even stronger MC. I was laughing by the 10th page and that where there emotional rollercoasters starts, the alchemist and an amaretto has EVERYTHING humour, heart ache, you will hold you breath A LOT. As always it is rammed with action and adventure, watching out favourite characters grow as well as new characters to love and hate... truly amazing read I can’t recommend this book and this hole series enough, it is a must read.

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  • Sarah C
  • 04-14-20

Bloody brilliant!!

Another brilliant book from an amazing author. This certainly packed a punch. The further we get into this series, the better it becomes. The characters and their individual storylines are all coming together and it makes you want to read and read until you are finally finished then you feel bereft! Straight away I started the next one. It leaves you always wanting more! 5 stars without a doubt!

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  • Sarah Mac
  • 03-24-20

Great

Wasn't as fast paced as the previous books but it was just as good.

Someone or something is attacking students on the grounds of Aaron's parents school, where our quartet and Sin have headed for the Christmas holidays.

Great book and brilliant narration.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 03-22-20

The Alchemists and an Amaretto

This is another really funny story with Tory proving she can keep up with the Mages. Read brilliantly by Cris Dukehart.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-20

more of the same good stuff

this book focuses inn on the 4 main characters. I'd call it filler if it wasn't good as the plot advances very little but rather focuses on character development

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  • Donna
  • 01-29-20

Amazing next chapter

I can't wait for the next book, what's going to happen with Tori and Ezra? ❤️

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  • Matthew
  • 05-18-20

Still good, but getting predictable.

Following the same story of Tori and her three hot male magic besties through their adventures.
The narration is top shelf.
This story became a little predictable and no real plot twists. I thought that an M4 would have been a better gift than a paintball gun in this situation.
A decent lead up to future plot developments.
You'll listen to this because you're hooked on the series anyway.
Enjoy!!

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  • Phoebe
  • 01-30-20

A dissapointing new chapter

Not up to the standards of earlier books. Weaker writing, less interesting & more stereotyped plot. I think quality over quantity would be a better rule for Annette when writing these books. There are 2 key plot points that are worth knowing as we continue on to the next book, but perhaps those can be caught up on by reading an external quick book summary. Still, there remains some pleasant humour and friendly banter which was enjoyable.

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  • Cassie Fox
  • 03-31-21

Great addition

I think this is one of my favourite books in the series aside from the first one.
I am enjoying the development of Tori and Ezra and am really keen for more of that.
The stories are slightly darker and I kind of miss the more bad arse heroine that we saw in the first book but it’s still great.
I really like how each book wraps up the main story by the end of it whilst these later books also start to weave developing storyline’s that push the series forward and keep you invested.
I think these books are good for a wife age range which is nice but I am hoping that the romance aspect will develop more in the next instalments.

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  • Kit Matthews
  • 09-16-20

Loved it

Bastard of an ending but I'm keen for the next one! Hell of a cliffhanger!

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  • Shivvy
  • 05-15-20

Awesome read

I absolutely loved this book! Couldn’t stop listening and wanting to know what would happen next.

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  • HH
  • 01-29-20

love this book

This book made me laugh, sigh, squeak with happiness and cry uncontrollably. What a rollercoaster ride! Another amazing book by Annette Marie. I loved getting to know more about Aaron.
Chis Dukehart did an fantastic job, she is an outstanding narrator.