Review: Three Mages and A Margarita by Annette Marie

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Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1
Pages: 312
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Release Date: September 14, 2018
My Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig.
It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview—to see if I’d mesh with their “special” clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an ***hole right back. That’s the definition of fitting in, right?
I expected to get thrown out on my ***. Instead, they… offered me the job?
It turns out this place isn’t a bar. It’s a guild. And the three cocky guys I drenched with a margarita during my trial? Yeah, they were mages. Either I’m exactly the kind of takes-no-*** bartender this guild needs, or there’s a good reason no one else wants to work here.
So what’s a broke girl to do? Take the job, of course—with a pay raise.

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. When it showed up on my facebook ads, the title was just bizarre enough to pique my interests. Since it was free on kindle unlimited, I gave it a go, and it captured my attention immediately.

We follow Tori, a sassy twenty-something living on her brother’s couch. Since moving to the city three months before, she’s been unable to hold down a job and has been blacklisted from every restaurant around. When she stumbles across a flier for a bartender position in a sketchy part of town, she figures she’ll give it a shot. The frazzled manager tells her to come back later to cover the bar during a busy gathering and the job is hers. Tori soon realizes that this sketchy bar is actually a headquarters for a mage’s guild, and this job is going to be much different than she realized.

I’ve been reading quite a bit of urban fantasy lately. It’s a fun escape from reality without needing to understand an entirely new world. In my quest for urban fantasy, I’ve also discovered that it’s not easy to find good ones. I’m not generally a fan of YA urban fantasy, as they tend to be romance-heavy and follow all the same tropes as Twilight (nothing inherently wrong with that, but it’s been done to death), and a lot of adult urban fantasy tends to be heavy on the sexual content. They also haven’t been super popular lately and, given their roots in the real world, don’t tend to age well.

While this definitely isn’t for those looking for a deep, heavy fantasy with politics and enriching worlds, it’s a super fun, short book if you’re in the mood for sassy characters getting into all sorts of mischief. It’s a solid start to a series and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes!

_Tia

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