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Currently I'm a librarian and before that I was an archaeologist, a journalist, and definitely a bit of a world traveler.  I tend to mostly read science fiction and fantasy, though I do love a good mystery and I'm a bit of a book dabbler overall. I've been doing Goodreads for awhile, but a friend thought I might enjoy this as well. Let's see, yeah?

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Spell Games - T.A. Pratt, Tim Pratt

I'm not sure why this book comes up with the wrong author -- it's T.A. Pratt, the altered name to Tim Pratt (he was told that readers wouldn't like his female protagonist if they knew the author was male).


At any rate, maybe I was just having a bad reading week or two since basically everything I read felt close to three stars...  I hate to rate a Pratt book at 3.5 stars because I'd much rather his publisher picked him up again -- though he's kept the series going via e-book.  I have the next one on my Kindle to read soon.


I really enjoyed books two and three of the Marla Mason series, but this fourth book felt a lot more like the first book to me...  And that one just rubbed me the wrong way for some reason.  There's this level of grime and dirt that he layers on this world (well, our world with magic) that sometimes works for me and sometimes doesn't.  I can't exactly tell you where the line is, but it exists in this series.  Sadly, for this one it's on the wrong side for me.


I enjoyed his magical techniques, as per usual, and it's always interesting to get to know the powers in Felport.  This time, not all the opponents are magical, however, though that plot line seemed rather more predictable.  You definitely get a lot more back story on Marla, and that's great.  I definitely was sucked in by the very end -- be aware this ends on a cliffhanger!


Like I said, maybe the low stars are all me...  It could have just been a bad time to read these.