Welcome to the blog tour of The One and Only Crystal Druid by Annette Marie.
Below you can find my review and there’s also a giveaway below to win 3x $10 Amazon gift cards (open internationally!
Author: Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Unveiled #1
Publication: September 24th 2021 by Dark Owl Fantasy
Genre: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
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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…
From the author of the best-selling Guild Codex books comes a new series that delves into the dark, dangerous world of druids and fae alongside two ravaged souls who may be exactly what the other needs…if they don’t destroy each other first.
Unveiled can be read as a standalone series or in conjunction with other Guild Codex series. For the full reading order, visit Annette Marie’s website.
More series in the Guild Codex world:
The Guild Codex: Spellbound
The Guild Codex: Demonized
The Guild Codex: Warped
I’ve been looking forward to this book since the first time that I met Zak in The Guild Codex: Spellbound series and I know a lot of the other Guild Codex fans have been feeling the same way. You never know how you will feel about a highly anticipated book until you’re actually reading it and I’m so happy to say that I really loved it. I shouldn’t have worried because right from the start I was hooked with the story which I really flew through and the characters didn’t let me go until the very end. I already can’t wait to get my hands on the second book!
So this books features Saber Rose Orien, a witch with little power who works as a vet technician. She has a coven but most of them don’t seem to like her very much. This may have something to do with her being on on probation for killing someone in her past. The only one who does seem to like her, mostly, is Saber’s fae familiar Ríkr, who’s a shapeshifter. Lately a lot of animals as well as various fae have been turning up dead and without their hearts. And then Saber discovers the dead body of the coven’s matriarch Arla. Arla’s daughter Laney immediately accuses her of murder so Saber has no choice but to team up with the one and only Crystal Druid.
Saber was a very prickly character on her best day and downright homicidal on her worst. She went through a lot in her past, making her the person she is now. She’d rather stab first and ask questions later. And I absolutely loved her. Annette Marie always manages to write her heroines different from one another and definitely managed this with Saber. I also loved how she went after animal abusers hard and without pity. Yasss queen!
And then there’s Zak a.k.a the Crystal Druide a.k.a. The Ghost. Saber and him were a match made in… hell? For real, I loved reading about them so much. Every scene that had the both of them in was pretty close to perfection. The chemistry between them, the banter that went back and forth. It was the chef’s kiss! I can’t wait to see where Annette Marie is going to take them in the next book because a lot was revealed and I have so many more questions both about Zak and Saber. I just wanna know it all!
There were lots of secondary characters that I enjoyed reading about too. But my favorite by far was Ríkr. I loved him so much! He likes taking the shape of white animals such as a white cat, a white owl, a white ferret etc. And let me tell you he absolutely had the sass of a cat, that’s for damn sure. Also shout out to Kit (from The Guild Codex: Warped series). I love how he’s always showing up everywhere.
The final chapters were super exciting, action-packed and the end pretty much blew me away. I was simply shook! Which is part of why I need the next book so badly. It comes out in January 2022 so I know that at least the next year is gonna start out good. Do you need to read the other Guild Codex series? Not necessarily but I would recommend it.
About the author:
Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter, and sassy UF series The Guild Codex.
Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures 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 book.
Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her 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.