Review ~ Taming Demons For Beginners by Annette Marie @TantorAudio

Posted January 30, 2020 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

Review ~ Taming Demons For Beginners by Annette Marie @TantorAudioTaming Demons For Beginners by Annette Marie
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Length: 7 hrs 52 mins
Series: The Guild Codex: Demonized
Published by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc, Tantor Audio on December 31, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 296
3.5 Stars
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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.

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Taming Demons For Beginners is a bit of a spin off from Guild Codex: Spellbound. Robin is young woman who is being manipulated by her uncle into living with them while she waits for her inheritance. She has been raised to avoid magic, but her uncle and his family are buried deep in it. In this story we follow Robin as she falls into a world unknown to her.

Robin really doesn’t know much about magic. She finds a demon trapped in the basement library. Robin has a big problem fighting curiosity and she soon moves from looking at books to dealing with a demon. However, there are those that Robin should fear more. In trying to save herself, she finds herself in an unorthodox contract with a demon.

In keeping her new contract secret, Robin must join a guild. The guild is hunting a demon and this is where we link up with the Hammer and Crow from the Spellbound series. I am curious to see if these two series are going to become one or if they will continue to run side by side.

I enjoyed Taming Demons For Beginners. It will be interesting to see how Robin can control the demon. It is also fascinating to see the demon’s reactions. Robin is not the same kind of aggressive personality as Tory, she’s a little more meek. However, I think the more time she spends with the demon the more we are going to see her grow. I’m excited to see what kind of demon contractor Robin grows into.

Taming Demons For Beginners is a fun introduction into the demons of the Guild Codex. The narration is also great. I love Cris Dukehart and her take on the characters. It makes this book a delight to listen to.

About Annette Marie

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 include them in every single book.

Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her remarkably patient, comparatively sensible 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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