Book Review

Where’s My First Aid Kit? — Mage Assassins & Other Misfits by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen {ARC Book Review}

Mage Assassins and Other Misfits by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen

Title: Mage Assassins & Other Misfits (The Guild Codex: Warped #5)
Author: Annette Marie & Rob Jacobsen
Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Release Date: June 7th, 2021
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: New Adult – Urban Fantasy

My rating in stars: 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My rating in words: 
Where’s my First Aid Kit?

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The weirdness level of my life has reached an all-time high. Which is saying something, considering I started out as a psychic conman and somehow ended up as a MagiPol agent. And not just any agent. Lately, I’ve been Captain Blythe’s right-hand man and most trusted confidant.

Yeah, I know. Super weird.

It’s also kind of awkward, because unbeknownst to her, I’ve also teamed up with her most loathed nemesis, Darius King, guild master of the Crow and Hammer and the number one guy on the Consilium’s “To Be Eliminated” list.

Oh, and the Consilium? It’s just a secret organization embedded deep in the upper echelons of the MPD that’s using its nefarious influence to take over the world. Or destroy it. We’re still figuring that part out.

“We” being me and Blythe. And me and Darius. But not Blythe and Darius. Like I said, it’s awkward.

Unfortunately, the Consilium knows we’re on to them. It’s only a matter of time before they reveal how much power they truly wield—and eliminate all three of us for good.

The Guild Codex: Warped
Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors (#1)
Hellbound Guilds & Other Misdirections (#2)
Rogue Ghosts & Other Miscreants (#3)
More than a Little Warped (#3.5)
Stolen Sorcery & Other Misadventures (#4)
Mage Assassins & Other Misfits (#5)

More series in the Guild Codex world:
The Guild Codex: Spellbound
The Guild Codex: Demonized
The Guild Codex: Unveiled

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Mage Assassins & Other Misfits by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen {ARC Book Review}

MY THOUGHTS (spoiler-free):

Note: I received an Advanced Reading Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

“Somehow, it was up to us—a ragtag band of misfits from Vancouver pitted against the seemingly unstoppable tide of the Consilium and its secret faction of the MPD’s most powerful leaders. I’d never wished that “the underdog always wins” movie magic applied to real life more than I did now.”

I didn’t know just how much I had actually missed Kit and the world of the Guild Codex since my last read. But then I dived into this book and (to put it in “beloved” bookish phrases) I could finally release the breath I hadn’t realised I’d been holding. Not only was it just so amazing to be back inside of this wonderful world, but it also felt really natural to dive back in. I wasn’t lost, my goldfish brain didn’t need to do a re-read or refresh my memories. I just slipped right back in and felt as if I never left. That’s when you know you’re reading something exceptional.

What can I say about book 5 that I haven’t already mentioned in any of my previous 4 rave reviews? Well, that somehow this book has upped the stakes tenfold. Which is a feat after so many books in this world. But still, Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen keep on expanding on this world and its characters. We keep learning new things about the world and the characters in them. In this story in particular we get involved into a political power struggle where our favorite misfit heroes have to take on a huge anonymous net of corrupt members of the most powerful organization in the mythical world in a quite literal race around the world. (And no, no time for sightseeing, sorry Kit!) So yes, the stakes are higher than ever and Kit and co definitely have their work cut out for them. This is a thrilling, action-packed and intense rollercoaster ride of book that will be almost impossible to put down.

And yet, despite all of the action and politics and intrigue, Kit is still a character to steal the spotlight every single time. Our favorite underdog is facing his biggest challenge yet, and still he’s learning and growing and discovering new aspects of his power along the way. All that, and he still manages to be witty and real and empathetic and just a First Aid Kit (hah!) for the people he cares about. Can you tell I adore Kit? I’m just gonna go out and say it, Kit is my favorite Guild Codex character (sorry Zak, sorry Zylas…).

While we are talking about amazing characters, as the title suggest and many fans have been highly anticipating for a while, this book also heavily features our favorite silver fox guild master and former assassin, Darius! No spoilers here, but let me just say his backstory was intense and heartbreaking and I hope he gets everything he wants in the next book.

As for the romance fans, while the romance aspect is a bit on the backburner with all of the running/flying around the world going on, there are still a few lovely scenes in there that will definitely have you swooning!

Overall, I just can’t not rave about this book in particular, nor the series as a whole. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I highly recommend you to. It has an amazing well-built and ever-expanding magical world, epic action-scenes that read like you’re watching them play out on a movie screen, complex and loveable characters you’ll fall in love with and slow-burn romance that will have you swooning your little heart out.

And if you have picked it up, please let me know so we can rave together as we impatiently wait for the next and final book in the Warped series!

Five Stars
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Have you read The Guild Codex? What did you think about it?

Lindsey xoxo


  1. Ooh, I’ve never heard of this series, and it sounds like a lot of fun! I know what’s going on the top of my list for when I get this stupid dissertation finished!

    1. It’s definitely such a fun series! Hope you’ll love it when you get the chance to give it a try! 🙂

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