My Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MF
I thought I understood power.
My parents taught me that magic attracts equal danger, and everything I’ve seen since becoming a demon contractor confirms it. I’ve witnessed how power twists and corrupts–and I’ve tasted power no human should wield.
I thought I knew greed.
Ambition and avarice drove my family into hiding. My parents died for someone else’s greed. I’ve never hunted anything in my life, but now I’m hunting their killer–with my demon’s help.
I thought I’d seen evil.
But with each step closer to my parents’ murderer, I’m uncovering a different sort of evil, piece by hidden piece. I’ve stumbled into an insidious web that silently, secretly ensnares everything it touches. My demon and I came as the hunters…
…but I think we might be the prey.
I am really enjoying this series so far and excitedly dived into Hunting Fiends for the Ill-Equipped. Like the previous books this one takes place alongside the Guild Codex: Spellbound series. And it’s best read in the recommended reading order. Even more so with this book as there are some big spoilers for Spellbound in this one as well as some events that make less sense if you haven’t read Druid Vices and a Vodka. The series really start to intertwine and you only get the full picture if you read them both.
Robin and Zylas are working together to try and find Claude as well as finding clues in her family’s grimoire for finding a way to bring Zylas home. This book is full of twists and reveals and it’s a great installment in this series.
I have to say the first few chapters didn’t fully grip me, maybe it’s because we already got most of the events from Tori’s point of view and while it’s interesting to know what Robin is up to there are only small pieces added to the overall picture of what happened. I also think that if you haven’t read the Spellbound series you might be a bit confused as Robin doesn’t really know what’s going on and only gets the highlights as these events interact with her goals. While the whole battle at the end of Druid Vices and a Vodka is going on Robin learns an important clue herself about Claude. And that’s when the story really started getting exciting for me.
From there on it’s a great adventure to find more about these new enemies and what they are doing here. I liked seeing Robin interact with one of the characters from the Spellbound series and seeing her perspective of this character and how different it is from Tori’s. There are some parts that feel a bit weird, where it’s obvious we don’t know all the pieces as we will be getting that in the next Spellbound book. This only makes me more curious for the next book and what is going on with Tori. As about 30% of this lines up with the previous Spellbound book I think the other part of this book lines up with the next Spellbound book. It’s exciting seeing these series intermingle.
One of my favorite parts of this series is Robin and Zylas’ their relationship. I love seeing how these two interact, how they learn more about the other and their world and how they grow closer. At the start of this book it felt like they did a step back. Robin is keeping secrets namely about her feelings for Zylas which confuse her and Zylas knows she is hiding something, which creates some friction. The moment they work through that is amazing and totally worth the wait. I like seeing how the events of this book make them grow closer and also how they trust each other more. I still can’t really see how they are going to make this work and I am so curious what book 4 in this series will bring and how this will be resolved.
Amalia is a great side character and while she doesn’t always have a big role, I like the part she plays. How she has Robin’s back and also seeing what she does for herself and how she slowly gets more comfortable about Zylas as well. There also is more of Zora, but due to certain events she isn’t in as many scenes.
I also really liked how Robin learns more about her family’s grimoire, as well as demons and magic in this book. The world building gets expanded upon quite a bit in this book. There also is a dangerous enemy with rarely seen magic. There is more about the demon world and the amulet as well. And I can’t wait to learn even more.
To summarize: This was another great book in this series. It’s full with action, danger and secrets. There are some awesome twists and reveals. There is friendship, romance and ruthless enemies that threaten the characters. And I love seeing Robin and Zylas their relationship deepen. They start of with some friction between them, but over the course of the book they work through that. And the moment they do is amazing and I love seeing how they interact and grow closer. Amalia continues to be a fun side character. And there are some great scenes with a character from the Spellbound series and I like seeing that character from Robin’s point of view. The two series really start to intertwine and I think these are enjoyed best if you follow the recommended reading order. This books also adds parts in terms of world building and our understanding of the world, magic and the demon world as well. Which was fascinating. I especially like the bits about the demon realm and how it gives us a better understanding of why Zylas is the way he is and acts the way he does. All in all this was another awesome book and I can’t wait for book 4 in this series and the next Spellbound book!