The One and Only Crystal Druid
(The Guild Codex: Unveiled, #1)
Published by: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Publication date: September 24th 2021
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
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
What was your inspiration for the book?
The Guild Codex: Unveiled began with a supporting character in another series (The Guild Codex: Spellbound). That character was a dangerous rogue druid with a frightening reputation—and being an enigmatic, morally gray badboy who also happened to be entirely too sexy, I of course fell completely in love with his character from his first appearance.
He wasn’t intended to be a main character or a love interest, but he determinedly tried to steal the show every time he appeared in the series. So what else was I supposed to do? I had to give him his own series, and so The Guild Codex: Unveiled was conceived.
However, I knew from the start that his story couldn’t be told from his perspective. It needed to be discovered by a leading lady who was tough enough, determined enough, and dangerous enough to match him step for step. But she couldn’t merely be fierce. She needed to be much more than that—she needed to be as complex, contradictory, and unpredictable as her rogue druid counterpart.
Putting two emotionally guarded characters with criminal pasts, violent habits, vigilante streaks together has proven both fun and very challenging. Though I actively began outlining The One and Only Crystal Druid late last year, I’ve been quietly planning the series for about three years now, and I’m excited to finally get to explore these two characters, their secrets, their histories, and their complicated and delightfully stormy relationship.
The Guild Codex world includes four series that can be read independently or as part of a larger interwoven story. The One and Only Crystal Druid is first in The Guild Codex: Unveiled and a perfect place to jump in. 😉
Annette Marie is the best-selling author of The Guild Codex, an expansive collection of interwoven urban fantasy series ranging from thrilling adventure to hilarious hijinks to heartrending romance. Her other works include 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 adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada with her husband and their furry minion of darkness. 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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