Monday, 30 March 2020

Review: Hunting Fiends For The Ill-Equipped by Annette Marie


*Some spoilers for other books in both Guild Codex series ahead!*
 Sorry, they're getting unavoidable.


I thought I understood power.

My parents taught me that magic attracts equal danger, and everything I've seen since becoming a demon contractor confirms it. I've witnessed how power twists and corrupts--and I've tasted power no human should wield.

I thought I knew greed.

Ambition and avarice drove my family into hiding. My parents died for someone else's greed. I've never hunted anything in my life, but now I'm hunting their killer--with my demon's help.

I thought I'd seen evil.

But with each step closer to my parents' murderer, I'm uncovering a different sort of evil, piece by hidden piece. I've stumbled into an insidious web that silently, secretly ensnares everything it touches. My demon and I came as the hunters...

...but I think we might be the prey.

*eARC provided by author*


ebook


First-person, single pov.


Yes!
You need to have read the previous books in the Guild Codex: Demonized series as a minimum and if you ever plan on reading the Guild Codex: Spellbound series, you should read it first as there are major spoilers here for GC Spellbound #4 (Demon Magic & A Martini) onwards!


No, but the wait for the epic conclusion to this series just might kill you anyway!


Not in this book!


Yes! Magical battles galore!



OMG! This book just about killed me! It was perfect!
Packed full of Robin and Zylas goodness and I am shook, people. Shook!
There was so much packed into the story... I don't even know how to begin to convey how much I loved this instalment.
It had everything I wanted and some stuff I barely dared to hope for!

The first third of Hunting Fiends overlaps with events in Druid Vices and A Vodka (GC: Spellbound series).
You get to see key moments from Robin and Zylas's pov and it brings a whole other dimension to what's been going on in the world.

Robin and Zylas's relationship evolves in a major way and my little shipper heart almost exploded from happiness! We finally get to peel back layers of guardedness and mistrust and find their soft squishy centres. The relationship these two are building is amazing and it's made even more special with a huge reveal about why it's forbidden to summon 12th house demons!
(I'm betting the why they can do what they do is also very interesting but I guess we have one more book to wait and see if I'm right on my suspicion relating to Robin's ancestor!)

Honestly, there was just so much in this book, I don't even know how to talk about it...
There are lots of revelations about the Athana's sorcerers, Amalia is actually useful and we get to see more of Kit and Leiana (from an upcoming spin-off series).
Things reach a boiling point with Claude (aka Mr Evil Bastard) and I fear for Zylas in the next book due to something he did to protect Robin...
Most important of all there's lots and lots of Ezra!! And not just Ezra, Eterran!!
Yep, that's right folks! Ezra and his demon are out the closet to Robin and her demon and they actually work together! It was amazing! I loved seeing Ezra separate from Tori, Kai and Aaron. He's still our beautiful sweet Ezra but he has a harder edge in this book driven I assume from desperation as I have no idea how much longer he and Eterran can hold on...

The end is in sight!
It's foot fully down on the throttle now and I'm both terrified for and super hopeful that all our lovelies will make it through this together and in one piece!
That may be misplaced optimism but I NEED to believe it.
There's going to be hard-decisions and sacrifice to come but I have faith that Annette Marie will bring it home in a way that doesn't shatter our souls...

Honestly, if you've spent more than five minutes on this blog, you'll know how much I love the Guild Codex series so it's almost pointless to say I really recommend it but I REALLY RECOMMEND IT!
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The attention to detail in Annette Maries covers is insane!
I adore them!

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My thoughts on Book One - Taming Demons...
My thoughts on Book Two - Slaying Monsters...

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like this one was absolutely packed with both plot and characters! Seems like often books in a series alternate back and forth but I love it when you get both. And the covers are gorgeous!

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  2. I can't believe this series is coming to an end, both of them really. I am excited for her new series set in the same world, I loved the excerpt from it! Can't wait to read this one and congrats on getting an ARC lucky girl!

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    1. I was almost wishing the year away so I could get to October and see how both the series ends and now with the covid-19 situation I'm doubly eager for this year to move along, lol.

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  3. Your excitement is making me excited lol I love when people LOVE books!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Yeay! I love it when I infect people with enthusiasm! It's the only socially acceptable thing to share at the moment, lol.

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  4. Annette Marie seriously has some of the most amazing book covers. I love them all! I'm still working my way through her Red Winter series but your review definitely has me adding this series to my TBR as well. It sounds wild!

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    1. Can you believe she designs them herself?! So much talent...

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  5. This really was an awesome book. I liked seeing Zylas and Robin's relationship develop. And there were so many twists and reveals in this one, it was great. I also thought it was really interesting to see Ezra and Eterran from Robin's point of view and see how different he is from her perspective.

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