Poison Sleep (Marla Mason #2)
by T.A. Pratt
What is it about:
The bad girl of the magical underworld is back and badder than ever
Someone wants Marla Mason dead. Usually that’s not news. As chief sorcerer of Felport, someone always wants her dead. But this time she’s the target of a renegade assassin who specializes in killing his victims over days, months, or even years. Not to mention a mysterious knife-wielding killer in black who pops up in the most unexpected places. To make matters worse, an inmate has broken out of the Blackwing Institute for criminally insane sorcerers—a troubled psychic who can literally reweave the fabric of reality to match her own traumatic past.
With her wisecracking partner Rondeau reluctantly in tow, Marla teams up with a “love-talker” whose dangerous erotic spells not even she can resist. Together they’re searching the rapidly transforming streets of Felport for a woman who’s become the Typhoid Mary of nightmares, infecting everything—and everyone—she touches with a chaos worse than death itself.
What did I think of it:
Yup, it's official: I'm in love with this series.
Marla is such a deliciously practical, no nonsense character. She has very flexible morals, and doesn't shy away from taking extreme measures, but at the same time she's not above listening to advice. And the supporting characters are really interesting as well, although it's clear that I'll have to be careful in liking supporting characters. Pratt isn't a G.R.R. Martin yet, but doesn't shy away from killing off characters for the good of the story.
The magic system and the world building is really cool as well. I like how many of the sorcerers have their specialization and can do really intriguing stuff with it.
The story is very suspenseful, and even though I expected Marla to save the day, I was nervous about the outcome from time to time. All in all this is a great story, and you bet I'll be picking up book three in this series soon.
Why should you read it:
It's an awesome Urban Fantasy read.