Spell Games is the fourth of the Marla Mason novels by T.A. Pratt.
Finished on 25.2.2018
[Here are my reviews of the other Marla Mason novels.]
As usual, Marla has her hands full, even with Rondeau by her side and while training B. But then her brother Jason makes an appearance to make her hands even fuller. Jason is charming, smart and a con artist. And he and Marla have a difficult history. Now he’s there and he is planning something. Still, if it had just been Jason, Marla could have probably juggled things easily. But in a city like Felport, there is never just one thing going on.
Spell Games is an exciting entry into the series that has me anxious to learn what will happen next. I enjoyed reading it a lot.
I really did not see that ending coming. I mean, I saw things with Jason coming 3 miles off, but what happened to Rondeau and B really left me speechless. And an emotional wreck. I really need to continue reading soon to find out how things continue with them.
The way to that ending was entertaining enough, although the plotting was pretty weak. Which is okay, because instead Pratt focused his attention on developing and building his characters and his world, expanding both in a few new and interesting ways. Especially the introduction of the new nature magician was pretty damn awesome (although I could have done without the inbreeding angle here).
But there were also smaller bits that I enjoyed: B’s training and the Messenger with his Fuck-It-All complicity and Death’s short appearance. And I thank the high heavens that Pratt acknowledged the ridiculousness that is the name “Jason Mason”. I think I would have died if he hadn’t.
In any case, I’m ready to see what will happen next and to see Marla kick ass and, hopefully, fix things.
Summarizing: Good stuff.