Marla Mason, touted as a most powerful sorcerer and leader of Felport travels to San Francisco with her sidekick Rondeau to get extra power to maintain her "throne" so that another sorcerer, Susan, doesn't steal it from her. That's the long and short of the book. The duo gets into trouble almost constantly. The story line is creative and inventive, but the characters are lacking in development. We don't learn much about how Marla got to where she is and we know even less about Rondeau, although his character is much more likable than Marla's. Marla is very sarcastic, which could be funny if the wit were appropriate. She reminds me of Myron Bolitar in Harlan Coben's books, but without the panache or even the delivery. Pratt doesn't quite pull it off. In her defense she claims she had intended this book to be a stand alone. Yet even really good stand alone books get the reader personally involved in the character. I wasn't pulling for Marla. But I wasn't pulling for Susan, either. It didn't matter to me. I could have put the book down anytime and not missed it. In fact, after reading it, I went on to my next book. And when I finished that and was deciding what to read next, I pulled up Blood Engines again. Of course I realized after 30 seconds into the book that I had already read it. But to not even remember the title or the characters until I clicked on it again speaks volumes about the book. It's just not memorable.
The author tells the listener that he hadn't planned on writing other books in this series, and in this book it shows. Don't get me wrong, its worth the credit, lots of imagination and action. But I really wished the author had re-written some of this book before it made it to Audible. Still enjoyable
Yet another entry in the "I have power that your mortal minds cannot conceive, but I'll do essentially nothing throughout the book" collection.
I simply can't identify with a protagonist who has no flaws, has awesome power (but does nothing with it). She's so good at everything that she can carve her initials into a man's buttocks with a bullwhip. She's immortal. She's got awesome and dangerous artifacts. How do I connect with that character? She's saving the world from certain doom. How do I connect with that character? Why do I care what happens to her?