Grim Tides (T.A. Pratt)

Grim Tides is the sixth of the Marla Mason novels by T.A. Pratt.
Finished on: 6.12.2019
[Here are my reviews of the other Marla Mason novels.]

Marla Mason had to leave Felport behind, and now she is in exile – on Maui. With Rondeau. Who is super rich, albeit struggling with his new body. It could be worse. If only Marla could find some way to occupy herself. Her business as an occult detective doesn’t really do the trick – although she’s been asked to solve a murder. That Marla is at such a low point is the perfect opportunity for some old enemies, and maybe a few new ones, to try to get their revenge. But even at her low point, Marla is a formidable opponent with interesting friends, so she will not go down without a fight.

Grim Tides is a good, fun read and continues Marla’s story in interesting directions. I enjoyed it a lot.

The book cover showing a woman standing between two tiki statues, glowing magical symbols emanating from her hand.

In Grim Tides, we find Marla in a very different position than she was in so far and that was a nice change of pace. Not that I had tired of the old setting or that it was completely new, but it was still fun. Maybe it also felt a little newer because my memory sucks and it had been a while that I had read a Marla Mason novel (and the last one was a prequel), so it took me a bit to get back to the point where this book starts.

Anyhow, I was a little apprehensive about the Maui setting – it can so easily devolve into exoticism – but I thought that was handled okay here, although I’m of course not sure how a Hawaiian would read it.

Despite the difficult start because of those things, I was quickly back in the story and in Marla’s life. There are some interesting new characters here – like the god – and some interesting turns with the old characters. I felt sorry for Rondeau struggling with his new body, being entirely overwhelmed by it and I am intrigued by the developments with Death – I wonder how this will go in the future.

Sometimes it does make itself felt a little that the series is no longer conventionally published. It could have used a little more editing here and there. But it was never too much, never took me out of the story, and I am still glad that the series is continued in any case.

Summarizing: Nice.

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