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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-21

suprisingly good

what at the outset apears to be yet annother dirirative, like that of Torys later books. is instead a deligt well foreshadowed and grounded in the established mythos.

it is worth noting i do not recomend this book as your first. but it follows upp nicely on several questions established abaut this worls Spiritaulis class.

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  • Matthew
  • 10-16-21

Just Superb

Great Story. Well told and just enough crossover into the Guild Codex universe to tease.
Zak & Sabre are awesome together.
Swamp Monsters, Fire-breathing Familiars & Lalakai
With Switchblades, Golden Whips and a little Tandem Bareback Riding, this story is next level.
Narration and production were flawless as expected.
Enjoy!!👍

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  • Noreen
  • 03-01-22

Great narration but unlikeable character

I struggle to finished. Main character, Saber, is all hot air with no substance. Keep wishing the story will do her more justice by hinting she is something more but nope, throughout just keep repeating how dangerous she is but every turn she is the weakest. She is so full of self pity and keeps making stupid decisions. By stroke of luck she manage to survive. I find her rather irritating and would not bother to find out what happens to her next.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-22

Aaaaargh! I need a sequel immediately!!!

I love all things Anne Marie. I didn’t like Saber as much as her other characters. She was well written, I just didn’t like her as a person. She’s defensive and angry and traumatised at the start, but she doesn’t really grow much as a person in this story. She’s an arsehole and a psychopath, and pretty narcissistic, even if she is kind to animals. But, sequels are imminent and perhaps she’s just a slow burn character who’s going to take a while to grow into someone I’d want to be friends with. Or an antihero I’m going to like. (You can be a rogue as long as you’re a lovable rogue.) Or maybe she won’t. She’s like that kid who would beat you up in highschool because their parents were on drugs and they had ADHD and they couldn’t regulate their emotions. All the teachers make excuses for them because they’ve got a tough life, but at the end of the day, they still pushed me over and stole my lunch money and now I’m hungry and my knees hurt, so they don’t get any sympathy from me. I don’t care how horrible their life is, because they’re still a jerk and they can just SUCK it! I like her friends though, and she can’t be all bad if she has so many people who are loyal to her, and I can see that she’s TRYING to be better (admittedly in a half arsed way) so at this stage I’m willing to put up with her so I can hang out with her friends. Perhaps over time she’ll let her guard down a bit and start to actually care about other people, instead of just pretending, and perhaps she’ll stop being such a narcissist and making everything about herself (oh no, my mentor just died, why doesn’t everyone realise that I’m the real victim here?). When she can learn to actually care about people, then I’ll start to really care about her. Give me a reason to forgive her bad behaviour and I’ll be hooked.

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  • Naedrax17
  • 11-24-21

I love how big this world is getting.

As a fan of all the other series's in the Guild Codex world, I started listening to this without reading the blurb, so was surprised this is told from the perspective of Sabre & not Zak. Sabre is a take no 'sheet' kinda of girl & love that she takes care of animals. I can't wait to get to know the back story of Zak more. The end left me busting for the next instalment.

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  • Tam
  • 10-31-21

Loved it!

I just finished the second book in the warped series and honestly I didn’t even finish it. I love Annette Marie but that series was so lack lustre I almost gave her away. But this book was fantastic! It’s more of the tail of Sabre Rose than the druids but all the same it held my interest and really left me wanting more. Would highly recommend

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  • jessica
  • 10-27-21

Amazing

Annette has done it again!! It’s hard to believe this different side of Zak but I love it, and what an amazing female lead. Strong and venerable, I love her and can’t wait for the twists and turns this series’s going to have.