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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Fourth book in the series, Marla Mason and I have come to an understanding she is badass In Blood Engines, the characterization wasn t the greatest, but she s since turned into my favorite female urban fantasy heroine.Both B and Marla s no good brother, Jason, hit Fellsport at the same time, with disasterous results B s visits to the different sorcerers was farentertaining than Jason s lessons in the grift life to Rondeau especially the meet with the Bay Witch, who manages to confound Fourth book in the series, Marla Mason and I have come to an understanding she is badass In Blood Engines, the characterization wasn t the greatest, but she s since turned into my favorite female urban fantasy heroine.Both B and Marla s no good brother, Jason, hit Fellsport at the same time, with disasterous results B s visits to the different sorcerers was farentertaining than Jason s lessons in the grift life to Rondeau especially the meet with the Bay Witch, who manages to confound me as much as she does the characters in the book.A great moment, though, when they take Cam Cam out to the island, and Marla greets them standing sideways on the wall thanks to her new gecko boots.Pratt didn t take the easy way out in the ending, and I applaud her for that even if I was left going NO Marla s reaction to B s death at Rondeau s unwilling hands played out true to character, and her grief felt real I take comfort in the fact that if there s a way to bring B back and in this series, anything is possible , Marla will find it And, as her husband, Death, confirmed, he s not actually dead Can t I just have nice things without the emotional ache Is that too much to ask This one is almost an instant classic T.A Pratt is leading up to his promised fifth book in the series, and Marla s world has frayed It hasn t come apart, yet but it s very clear that s the intention.As usual for the Marla Mason books, her greatest enemy as opposed to the antagonist, who moves the plot along , is herself In this case, it s her own history, hinted in previous books, as a runaway from a broken home, and what happened with her brother This is the last wall of Marla s protecti This one is almost an instant classic T.A Pratt is leading up to his promised fifth book in the series, and Marla s world has frayed It hasn t come apart, yet but it s very clear that s the intention.As usual for the Marla Mason books, her greatest enemy as opposed to the antagonist, who moves the plot along , is herself In this case, it s her own history, hinted in previous books, as a runaway from a broken home, and what happened with her brother This is the last wall of Marla s protection, and in the course of events, it s shattered.The consequences here are enormous view spoiler B, the only reoccurring nice guy in the series is killed hide spoiler , and the loss of innocence is precious While Nicolette returning wannabe nemesis whose impact is greater than Marla knows has an influence, this time the crisis is of Marla s own instigation The last half of the story mostly serves as a setup for the next, the grand climax to the arc As such, it may be perceived to be a weaker story, but that s just because it s the proverbial calm before the storm the crisis is personal, the pace subdued, and energy lower.Your mileage may very, but I recommend it Not my favorite Marla Mason story Not bad, mind you But certainly one the weaker stories in this series Maybe it was because the stakes were not as high in stories past Maybe I just didn t like Marla s brother and held it against the rest of the story Or perhaps it was the plethora of typos and errors that were contained in the Kindle version that I read while logging miles on the treadmill If the errors were enough to be distracting while I was running and sweating profusely, there is som Not my favorite Marla Mason story Not bad, mind you But certainly one the weaker stories in this series Maybe it was because the stakes were not as high in stories past Maybe I just didn t like Marla s brother and held it against the rest of the story Or perhaps it was the plethora of typos and errors that were contained in the Kindle version that I read while logging miles on the treadmill If the errors were enough to be distracting while I was running and sweating profusely, there is something wrong I didn t particularly enjoy the grift plotline either It was so, um, unmagical It felt like part of Gaiman s American Gods but without the grit and weaker characters I love this silly series, though, so I will forgive T.A Pratt for this one.I will say that I enjoyed the ending I didn t see that coming I look forward to reading about how Marla is going to sort everything out and get her two friends back ( Kindle ) ♫ Spell Games ☲ Brain eating fungi, wannabe sorcerers, long lost relations does even a hard core witch stand a chance Mad sorcerers, psychic vampires, an army of vengeful demons, Marla Mason would rather face them all than a flesh and blood ghost from her dysfunctional family past her con artist brother, Jason As Felport s chief sorcerer, Marla would ordinarily consider it her duty to protect her town from such an unscrupulous ne er do well As his sister, things are a lot trickier Now, as Marla attempts to train an apprentice oracle whose magical wires have gotten crossed, Jason is setting up an elaborate sting and drawing her ever so corruptible partner Rondeau into the ruse Their patsy is a filthy rich wannabe mage and their bait is something so valuable, so dangerous, so sought after, it probably doesn t exist But now word s gotten out that the Borrichius spores do exist and instead of a sucker Jason and Rondeau have a much bigger and much deadlier fish on their line a reclusive sorcerer whose devotion to the mushroom god and command of vegetal magic could bring a fungal apocalypse to Felport It ll be the mother of all bad trips unless Marla can pull off the ultimate magical switcheroo and somehow live to tell about it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book was kind of meh to me until the end The con artist storyline wasn t all that interesting to me The other plot lines were good B s training sessions were great for explaining the various kinds of magic but also for bringing in the wizards of Felport The villain was nothing I d ever seen before Very imaginative The end was where it really got good but for very bad reasons What happened to B and Rondeau was a huge gut punch Marla s reaction to it was both wrenching and completely This book was kind of meh to me until the end The con artist storyline wasn t all that interesting to me The other plot lines were good B s training sessions were great for explaining the various kinds of magic but also for bringing in the wizards of Felport The villain was nothing I d ever seen before Very imaginative The end was where it really got good but for very bad reasons What happened to B and Rondeau was a huge gut punch Marla s reaction to it was both wrenching and completely in character for her The ebook version does have several typing errors By far my favorite of Pratt s Marla Mason novels This pushed my squee buttons for confidence games I dig a good long con, like in The Sting or Ocean s 11, or the BBC show Hustle , and the back and forth of this story kept me going all the way to the end Marla also feels muchrounded in this story not that she was in any way two dimensional before, but Spell Games is apersonal story, not least of all because of the involvement of her brother Jason And though I cringed at first at By far my favorite of Pratt s Marla Mason novels This pushed my squee buttons for confidence games I dig a good long con, like in The Sting or Ocean s 11, or the BBC show Hustle , and the back and forth of this story kept me going all the way to the end Marla also feels muchrounded in this story not that she was in any way two dimensional before, but Spell Games is apersonal story, not least of all because of the involvement of her brother Jason And though I cringed at first at the rhyminess of Jason Mason, I was pleased to see such a clever character share my first name Apocalypse is threatened in the person of the mycomancer Bulliard, but the book doesn t feel quite so end of the world as Pratt s previous books, which was a nice change A smaller scale enables Marla to feellike a real person, and her interactions with her brother are touching and honest and heartbreaking.This seems to be the last Marla Mason book for a while, although I greatly hope it s not the end of the series The book ends on a life changing cliffhanger, and it honestly made me feel the same as the first time I watched The Empire Strikes Back, namely that I really wanted to find out what happens next Each book has gotten progressively better, and Pratt s handle on the magical universe he s created has only increasingly solidified I hope Spectra decides to keep the series going, because they ve got a winner on their hands Marla Mason is Chief Sorcerer of Felport She s got such a badass reputation that her older brother Jason, estranged since something bad went down between them as teenagers, hears about her and comes calling Jason doesn t know that magic is real he just assumes she s running a successful con herself, much like he does He asks to use her name to help him fool an annoying wealthy would be sorcerer, and Marla is confident in her own abilities, happy enough to see him, and annoyed enough with the Marla Mason is Chief Sorcerer of Felport She s got such a badass reputation that her older brother Jason, estranged since something bad went down between them as teenagers, hears about her and comes calling Jason doesn t know that magic is real he just assumes she s running a successful con herself, much like he does He asks to use her name to help him fool an annoying wealthy would be sorcerer, and Marla is confident in her own abilities, happy enough to see him, and annoyed enough with the rich guy that she agrees But alas, rumors of Jason s con filter into the magical community, and a nigh unstoppable mushroom god storms to Felport looking for the imaginary spores he pretends to be selling.So much of this book is threats building on each other, where Marla and Rondeau can t or won t see them, but we the reader see how the situation is compounding from bad to lethal It made for a tense read I was relieved when view spoiler Jason s true nature is finally totally clear to everyone, and frankly disappointed after Marla let him get away I want blood hide spoiler The mushroom magic was both cool and deeply icky, which is probably exactly how it should be First I m pissed this ended on a cliffhanger Obviously the ending isn t clean, but it still irks me that I get drawn in, put up with a lot of nonsense the general plot is lame, as is what resolution you get and then I have to go out to get another book to get any conclusion to the hanging plot threads I guess I just don t have a lot of respect for serialization like that It s a marketing trick and the work of a lazy author that can t wrap up his her plots.Conversely, I like this unive First I m pissed this ended on a cliffhanger Obviously the ending isn t clean, but it still irks me that I get drawn in, put up with a lot of nonsense the general plot is lame, as is what resolution you get and then I have to go out to get another book to get any conclusion to the hanging plot threads I guess I just don t have a lot of respect for serialization like that It s a marketing trick and the work of a lazy author that can t wrap up his her plots.Conversely, I like this universe I like that we re finally getting some history on Marla Admittedly, I like it when they reference events that haven t been recorded in the books, it gives the characters depth in a weird way allows you to imagine things yourself to fill in the gaps But we find out about her past and eventually how she ended up in Felport.It s also nice to see Marla vulnerable and human, she s a tough broad, and it s hard for her to deal with emotion But the plot seems like it could have been resolved in a short story, and dragged quite a bit I can t say muchwithout wrecking it And of course, I will be reading the next book But it sucks that the series seems to be shaping up to be the odd books rock, the even ones are weak This novel lacked the sense of danger that made the previous novels so exciting The characters are great, and it was fun learning about B s apprenticeship, but the bad guy in this book was disappointing Supposedly a fungus magician is on his way to threaten Fellport Well he certainly does show up, however, he leaves about 10 minutes later The other question mark is Marla s brother Jason That plot line wasn t muchdeveloped than the mushroom guy Nothing much happens in this book, which This novel lacked the sense of danger that made the previous novels so exciting The characters are great, and it was fun learning about B s apprenticeship, but the bad guy in this book was disappointing Supposedly a fungus magician is on his way to threaten Fellport Well he certainly does show up, however, he leaves about 10 minutes later The other question mark is Marla s brother Jason That plot line wasn t muchdeveloped than the mushroom guy Nothing much happens in this book, which is disappointing since I loved this series so much Even with all of that said, I ate the book up It s just so fun to read about Marla no matter what is happening, or in this case, isn t happening Hopefully the next one picks up the excitement a bit I m sick of reading in the first few paragraphs about some interesting drama Marla has run into between books, I want to experience it Time to bring back our snake god from book 1 please Fans of the other books should definitely read this, even with it s shortcomings