Saturday, September 4, 2010

Review of Blood Engines

Blood Engines
T.A. Pratt
Pub. Date: September 2007

Blood Engines is an urban fantasy set in a world that is close to modern day but with complex magics. The main character Marla can be off putting at times, but shes also the guardian of Felport and has to have to the tough personality (though I thought that she wasn't that smart not fully helping the snake God not now making him her enemy...)
My favorite part is when Marla and B, a powerful seer, is trapped in the universe of possibilities. I find this fascinating that they were able to see the different outcomes in the world that could have happened.
All in all I give this a 4, at times I found it hard to put down, but also wish Marla was a little nicer and less selfish, because I honestly really liked the snake God. 


Meet Marla Mason–smart, saucy, slightly wicked witch of the East Coast.…

Sorcerer Marla Mason, small-time guardian of the city of Felport, has a big problem. A rival is preparing a powerful spell that could end Marla’s life–and, even worse, wreck her city. Marla’s only chance of survival is to boost her powers with the Cornerstone, a magical artifact hidden somewhere in San Francisco. But when she arrives there, Marla finds that the quest isn’t going to be quite as cut-and-dried as she expected…and that some of the people she needs to talk to are dead. It seems that San Francisco’s top sorcerers are having troubles of their own–a mysterious assailant has the city’s magical community in a panic, and the local talent is being (gruesomely) picked off one by one.

With her partner-in-crime, Rondeau, Marla is soon racing against time through San Francisco’s alien streets, dodging poisonous frogs, murderous hummingbirds, cannibals, and a nasty vibe from the local witchery, who suspect that Marla herself may be behind the recent murders. And if Marla doesn’t figure out who is killing the city’s finest in time, she’ll be in danger of becoming a magical statistic herself.…

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