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Three Mages and a Margarita

(The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,167 ratings  ·  262 reviews
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 asshole right bac
ebook, 312 pages
Published September 14th 2018 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
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Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc, paranormal
4.5 stars

Magic guilds, Elemental mages and psychics and other magic people, strong sense of friendship and loyalty.....what does this remind me of?...

Oh yeah.....

Say hello to the more adult, urban fantasy version of Fairy Tail, one of my FAVORITE ANIMES OF ALL TIME. I mean Erza is even my profile pic. I don't know if the similarities are wishful thinking on my part or if the author took inspiration from Fairy Tail, but either way I was SO EXCITED with the connections I was making.

I devoured thi
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*

The blurb says this book is a fun, sassy, fast-paced urban fantasy, and I gotta say, that is actually a highly accurate description!

Tori, our main character, was one of those heroines who is full of sass and attitude and runs her mouth off or does impulsive things even when she shouldn't, and that's normally a type of character I'm not fond of. But her short temper was kind of understandable in th
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
09/17/2018: Read for the second time! This book has been out for only three days and I have fully read it twice already and skimmed through it a third time. I love it!

This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This book was a glorious adventure and it was just what I needed right now! Annette Marie has broken the mold and shattered my expectations yet again. Just when I think that she is super clever for coming up with imaginative, complex fantasy worlds she releases another and I a
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I think I've said this before, but whatever. I love Annette Marie's books and I'll read anything of hers at this point. Anything.

I was ecstatic when Marie announced two new series, one of them being this one! I was just waiting for more info to come in—cover reveals, character reveals, blurbs, all that good stuff. And each new teaser just got me hyped up all the more.

That being said, I was extremely satisfied with Three Mages and a Margarita! Despite the t
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
~*Full review here on The Bent Bookworm!*~

I was expecting to like Three Mages and a Margarita. I was NOT expecting to love it. And well..let’s just say as soon as I finished I jumped onto GoodReads to see when the next one was coming out!

I signed up for the book tour because I like sassy female characters and felt like I could use a lighthearted, amusing read in the middle of all my heavy science stuff that I’ve been working on for months. The description made me think Jim Butcher and Gail Carri
4.5 Stars - I loved this book... it was cute, funny, fluffy, and just what I needed on a lazy Sunday. The description says it's not reverse harem, but it is definitely similar. Lots of witty banter and flirting between Tori and the three hot male leads (guess that's why it needed a disclaimer). I can't wait for book 2!
Yael Shalom
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ohhhh boy , That was so much FUN !
great characters , great action, three hot bad ass guys and a cool as hell heroine .
I loved it .
Will defiantly read the next book .

Sarah Leenart
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There comes an author once in every while that every word they write is just pure magic on the page. Yes indeed! Annette Marie is one such author for me. Starting out a fresh new series in a whole new world after others have been firmly cemented in people's minds and hearts must be daunting for an author and I admit for a reader it is slightly nerve wracking too, will I like the new world/characters as much as the others? Whether you are a long time fan or new to this author's writing, you will ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great new urban fantasy series from a recently discovered author. I’m really enjoying her Steel and Stone series but like this first book in a new world even more, partly because the protagonist is a bit older. We have here a world where the magic community is more or less unknown to humans, but lives in plain sight. The magic community regulates and polices itself and alchemists, Psychica and mages belong to guilds. I liked the fact that Tori herself has no magical abilities, although there a ...more
This was so much fun!

There's a bit of romance - with a hint of more to possibly come....

...but for the most part this is solidly in the UF territory - just fluffy UF. BUT it's FUN fluffy. Lots of snark, sarcasm and action. I'm totally going on to read book 2!!
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4 stars!


Don’t hit first, but always hit back.

Three Mages and a Margarita is a charming Urban Fantasy book with lots of humor and a cast of well developed characters. The world-building is really well done, and the premise of a bar being a guild is both intriguing and really well explored. There’s a bit of a romance vibe between several characters, but the novel is not a reverse harem deal, just filled with fun.

Annette Marie creates a unique world and a great set up for the series in this no
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First draft, so funny.

I came across this book in my GR feed & suggested it to a friend. We promptly set up a Buddy Read to happen in a few days. I am a dork. This book is currently available on Kindle Unlimited, and I went to read a few pages to see if I would like it. I was hooked by the down to earth character & humor and ended up reading the whole thing before the Buddy Read. Ha!

My friend read the book, had a good time and we're in to Buddy Read the next one when it comes out.

I like Tori &
I received a free copy from Xpresso Book Tours and voluntarily reviewed it.

Three Mages and a Margarita was a fun read. I've had some of this author's books on my to-read list for a while now, but this is the first book by her that I actually read. If you're looking for an enjoyable urban fantasy read this is definitely a good one to check out.

Three Mages and Margarita is told from first person point of view from Tori's perspective. At the start of the book she gets fired from another job, she ha
Nicole (TheBookWormDrinketh)
This book definitely had ELEMENTS of a reverse harem, but please don’t be scared away by that!! It’s a fun fantasy all the way! I loved the world building in this book. The fact that magic lives amongst us in Secret Guilds that are protected by a shadowy Government Agency… IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE!

I LOVED Tori, she’s sassy, she’s vibrant, and she’s got a good (though impulsive) head on her shoulders,

“Anyone who’s known me for more than an hour has an inkling of my temper. And by inkling, I mean I
Nikk the Sapphired Book Dragon
This book was a surprisingly fun and quick read. I originally picked this up as it worked for a challenge and I have read other books by this author that i have enjoyed but i think i enjoyed this one more. A urban fantasy, this book had a an action packed and entertaining storyline, a capable, independent heroine with a temper and a knack for losing jobs. This read was fun, quirky and an easy and entertaining read. I am already seriously considering pre-ordering book 2 which is out in November
Stephanie Meehan
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I was given an ARC for an honest review*

OMG this was just soo good. Annette has done it again and gotten me hooked into a new series! Tori is a feisty redhead who gets herself into trouble. Her temper gets her fired from way too many jobs. Desperate she goes the Crow and Hammer for a simple bartender job. Well it wasn;t simple. She uncover a magical guild filled with things she never knew excited. With three mage hotties. Kai, Aaron, and Erza. These characters will have you laughing, gushing wi
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I really liked this one -- the main character is fun, feisty, and ends up in an unusual situation. There's attacks, hilarious moments, borderline hot moments (still not sure which of the guys will be the one yet), intriguing world building. For a change she's the norm in a group of paranormals instead of there being something unsual about her "powers" (she has none). Will be reading the second soon.
Snarktastic Sonja
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute book with snarky characters. This is a short book with not a lot of character development. In reality, the characters don't really *need* a lot of development - but they are just a tad one dimensional. There is room to grow for each one. It will be interesting to see if they *do* grow along the way. And, make no mistake, I will continue along in the series.

My only caveat is the whole "reverse harem" thing. I dislike that genre. With a passion. Author clearly states in the description that i
Tanya Davis

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie was a fun dip into the world of the magical!

Tory is a big character. She has attitude issues that would make you laugh. The opening scene alone let me know I was in for a treat. When she finds a place that actually puts up with her temper and doesn't fire her for throwing margaritas in a customer's fac

Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)
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Annette Marie has done it again! This was a fantastic start to what I can already tell is going to be an amazing series! I love how detail oriented the universe's she creates are. The narration and pace to the story were great and has left me wanting more.

Tori was a fascinating character to get to know. She has quite a temper and refuses to take anyone's crap. Those personality traits don't make it easy for her to keep a job until sheer luck and coincidence make an appearan
Christine Rinaldi
I absolutely adored this book! My favorite part of the entire book was the main character Tori. She isn’t supposed to be involved in this world because she is just human but she belongs in it. Tori says exactly what we wish we could say in real life to people who are rude and obnoxious. Annette comes up with most creative and funny insults I’ve ever heard. I’m going to edit my review with some of my favorites later 😂
Another bonus to this book are the guys, this isn’t a reverse harem FYI. There a
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, urban-fantasy
2.75 stars
4 stars

This is not your average damsel in combat-boots urban fantasy, and honestly I like it. Tori is just the right amount of sassy redhead in a weird situation to make this and amusing story. It helps she isn't being damseled all the time.

Full review to follow
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars= I liked it. I thought this was fun, I liked the magicless heroine being able to hold her own and make a difference when she stumbles into a hidden part of the world that has magic and mages. I liked the interactions with the three mage guys - and am happy that this is not going to be a reverse harem. So this was a good KU find, and I am looking forward to the next one.
Berna Yaz
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The blurb makes this sound like it's gonna be funny omg can't wait!

Update 11-03:

Okay. I just need to say that this book was flipping awesome.

Tori was fabulous, I just absolutely adored her character. She was badass in a way that wasn't cringy, or shoved down my throat like some other books that try to portray a "strong female lead." She stood up for herself, and while her temper may make others think she has a really tough personality, she's actually really thoughtful and hates to be a burden o
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good beginning to a new series

Annette Marie knows how to build worlds. This series seems more character driven than her previous ones. The characters feel fresh and new. I really enjoyed Tori, she was angry, strong, but very loyal. Aaron was hilarious. Kai, nice and awesome. Ezra, gentle with anger issues. Now, why was this not a reverse harem series? I really don't want to pick one.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Three Mages and a Margarita as an eARC for me to review and let me just say, I loved it! And I'm not just saying that! I love everything that Annette Marie writes and yet again, she came out with another amazing book! Three Mages and A Margarita is the very first book in Annette's new series, The Guild Codex: Spellbound

Tori is a fun main character with the right balance of sassy, determination, and thoughtfulness. I loved seeing her come into her role as the bartender at the
I received an ARC copy of this book by the author. I truly loved it and it was amazing. It starts off with the female lead; Tori at her job an it was so funny i was oh my god if that happened then it would be very bad but since it's in a book then it's fine its fine with me.

After Tori was fired, she goes home and then goes out the next day for a job and then gets hit by a flier after looking at it she sees three jobs interviews and she goes to the last one; bring on the bar scene.

If i was in T
Amber Wilson
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh Annette... How do you do this?? Every single time.. every single book and every single character just makes me fall in love with your writing more and more...
When I first read Chase the dark by Annette oh like 3 years ago.. I said it then and Ill say it now... her books have a speed of their own... Books start out slow and pick up pace or sometime along the way they lose some of their flare but not her books they are always fast paced all the freaking way through..
That said lets talk about t
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Annette Marie is the author of 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 urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to incl ...more

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