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A new series from Annette Marie delving into
the dark, dangerous world of druids and fae…

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…  

I’m worse. 

THE ONE AND ONLY CRYSTAL DRUID, the first novel in The Guild Codex: Unveiled series by urban fantasy author Annette Marie.

The One and Only Crystal Druid by Annette Marie
SERIES The Guild Codex: Unveiled | GENRE Adult Urban Fantasy
PUBLISHER Dark Owl Fantasy Inc. | PUBLICATION DATE September 24, 2021


A The Guild Codex: Unveiled Novel
© 2021 Annette Marie

When my attention landed on him, he strode toward me, his long legs eating up the ground and coat  billowing out behind him. Stopping almost on top of me, he reached down as though to take my  elbow—and seized the front of my jacket. 

I grabbed his wrist as he roughly hauled me onto my tiptoes, bringing my face close to his. Despite the  moonlight and forgotten flashlights illuminating the clearing, the interior of his hood was filled with  unnatural darkness. 

Ríkr watched us from his lofty perch, pale blue eyes gleaming. 

“That was quite the scene I came in on,” the man rumbled in a low, dangerous tone. “What do you know  about that bear fae?” 

I stared into his hood. 

A rough sound grated from his throat. “You don’t seem to be grasping the situation. Tell me what you  know before I lose patience.” 

I smiled, showing my teeth. “Was that a threat?” 

“What do you think?” 

My smile widened, and I lifted my empty hand toward his face. “It’ll take more than a hood and a threat  to scare me, especially when”—I pushed his hood back—“I’ve already seen your face.” 

The shadows fell away, revealing his countenance again. Inhumanly vibrant green eyes, framed by dark  lashes, fixed on mine, his eyebrows lowered with menace. A beautiful face, if I were honest. Striking  cheekbones, a strong jaw, full mouth—currently pressed into a thin, angry line. By my best guess, he  was in his mid-twenties, maybe a bit older. 

My palm brushed against his clean-shaven cheek as I let his hood fall—and with the same motion, I  flicked my hand, pulling my switchblade from my jacket sleeve. The blade sprang free, and in an instant,  I had the point resting against the corner of his left eye. 

But not fast enough. 

A cold, thin edge pressed against my left cheek. I didn’t break eye contact to see what sort of weapon he  had in my face, but the blade felt sharp—sharper than my little knife. 

Neither of us moved, his fist tight around the front of my jacket. If either of our hands wobbled, we’d  both bleed. 

His right eyebrow arched slightly. “How do you want to play this?” 

“Let go of me.” 

“I don’t think so.” 

“I stab you, you stab me,” I suggested frostily. “My cheek is more likely to heal than your eye.”


He wouldn’t let me go and he wouldn’t play knife-chicken. What was left? “Then I’ll answer your  question if you answer one of mine.” 

His full mouth thinned again, green eyes raking across me. “Fine.” 

His agreement surprised me until I realized he expected to win this game too. He thought I’d reveal  more with my answers than he would with his. 

Not likely. 

“Who the hell are you?” I demanded. 

“Answer my question first.” 

“You first. Who are you?” 

He growled under his breath. “The Crystal Druid.” 

Surprise flushed through me, and I couldn’t stop my eyelids from flickering with a single, startled blink. He was a druid? 

“Now,” he rumbled, “tell me what you know about that bear and the other aggressive fae in this area.” “I don’t know anything.” 

His blade pressed painfully into my cheek. “This little game doesn’t work if you lie.” “I’m not lying.” 

“Then you’re an idiot. Every fae across the lower mainland is talking about the attacks and  disappearances around here.” 

“Fascinating, but this is the first I’ve heard of it.” 

“Aren’t you a witch?” 

“Yes, but a terrible one.” 

His striking green eyes narrowed. “Terrible in what way?” 

Ignoring his question, I shifted my blade ever so slightly, ensuring he couldn’t miss the sharp point in his  peripheral vision. “My turn again. Why are you here?” 

“The fae—” 

“Yes, yes, the attacks. But why do you care about some aggressive fae?” I arched my eyebrows, though  my bangs probably hid them. “What are you hoping to gain, Crystal Druid?”


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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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