Mini Review – The Alchemist and an Amaretto by Annette Marie

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January 17, 2021 by ceresbooksworld

The Alchemist and an Amaretto by Annette Marie

Book five in The Guild Codex Spellbound

Book Six in The Guild Codex Universe

Publisher : Dark Owl Fantasy Inc

Publication date : October 11th, 2019

Source : Paperback

Rating : 5 hearts


As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything—mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I’d rather run for the hills. It doesn’t even have to be my family.

So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron’s mom and pop was a good idea.

Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I’ve got a bigger problem. Students of his family’s renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds–and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus…and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.

Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we’ll protect the students.

And Aaron’s parents too, I suppose. If we have to.


Tori goes on vacation with Ezra, Kai and Aaron to the parents of the last one. You can imagine that nothing will happen normally. First of all, the Aaron at the Sinclair Academy is much more arrogant and he even becomes hateful. Luckily, Kai and Ezra will be there to bring him back down to earth. Tori will be in danger, she will also get to know a certain demon and then the secrets will begin.

Tori becomes aware of many things in this tome, she really gets close to Ezra, she also discovers that he is in danger and makes a drastic decision to do whatever it takes to save him. Even though she takes the risk that if Ezra finds out, he will never speak to her again.

Mutant Werewolves are attacking the academy, these wolves are dangerous and our four heroes will have to fight to save the people they love.

Ezra is touching in this tome, I’m under his charm since the beginning of the series but we discover him a little more here and we meet Etterran.

I liked the rapprochement between Ezra and Tori, the friendship between Aaron, Kai and Ezra which intensifies. We go even more into the story and I can’t wait to read more.

Quick word: The adventure continues at Christmas time in a different environment.


Tori part en vacances avec Ezra, Kai et Aaron chez les parents de dernier. Vous vous doutez bien que rien ne se passera normalement. Premièrement, le Aaron au sein de la Sinclair Academy est nettement plus arrogant et il en devient même détestable. Heureusement que Kai et Ezra seront là pour le ramener sur terre. Tori va être en danger, elle va aussi faire connaissance avec un certain démon et du coup les secrets vont commencer.

Tori prend conscience de beaucoup de choses dans ce tome, elle se rapproche réellement d’Ezra, elle découvre aussi qu’il est en danger et prends une décision drastique de faire tout ce qu’il faut pour le sauver. Même si elle prend le risque que si Ezra le découvre, il ne lui parle plus jamais.

Des Loups Garous mutants attaquent l’académie, ces loups sont dangereux et nos quatre héros vont devoir se battre pour sauver les personnes qu’ils aiment.

Ezra est touchant dans ce tome, je suis sous son charme depuis le début de la série mais on le découvre un peu plus ici et on fait connaissance avec Eterran.

J’ai aimé le rapprochement entre Ezra et Tori, l’amitié entre Aaron, Kai et Ezra qui s’intensifie. On rentre encore plus dans l’histoire et je suis impatiente de lire la suite.

En bref : L’aventure continue en période de noël dans un environnement différent.

About the author

Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, romantic fantasy Red Winter, and sassy UF series The Guild Codex.

Her first love is fantasy, while fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has 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 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.

Find out more about Annette and her books at


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