A Marla Mason novel! She's an ass-kicking sorcerer who doesn't wear a leather catsuit, doesn't suffer from low self-esteem, doesn't wallow in angst, and is almost always absolutely certain she's right... even when she's dead wrong. What about Broken Mirrors? It's got monsters. It's got sarcasm. It's got death, betrayal, ancient gods, dark doppelgangers, mirror worlds, wisecracks, artifacts, oracles, and magical daggers. Oh... and a cloak.
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I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
A good series is like the perfect comfort food. You know more or less what you're going to get if you've been here before, and you take pleasure in that familiarity. The Marla Mason books are my comfort food. I love the wicked sense of humor and no-nonsense Marla provides, and I love the way Jessica Almasy reads her. I could be up for a dozen more adventures of this character.
Broken Mirrors finds Marla Mason at odds with her few friends and confidants as she attempts to do the impossible - resurrect her slain apprentice, Bradley Bowman. Resurrection turns out to be impossible, so Marla opts for the next best thing: removing a different Bradley Bowman from an alternate universe. Unfortunately for her, this has a couple of unexpected consequences: 1) The B-Bowman isn't so keen on being taken from the universe he was in, and 2) Marla's own alternate - the Mason, and her murderous associate Crapsy (alt. Rondeau) are also pulled into Marla's universe.
While our Marla and Rondeau take the B-Bowman back to his own universe, and agree to aide him in fighting a revolution, the Mason and Crapsy go on a killing spree that leads them all the way to an unprotected Fellport. In the Mason, Marla finds her most dangerous foe - a darker, more vicious version of herself. And I think it's probably the best villain of the series.
It really feels like Pratt was pulling out all the stops with this one. This was the first of the Marla books that he self-published, and I suspect he realized that it might very well have been the last (thankfully, it isn't). We see characters that we've gotten to know over the past four novels (and short stories) fall, which was more of a punch to the gut than I expected. On the other hand, traveling to the alternate universe and seeing a lot of characters that have appeared in and/or died in the previous books was a sheer joy. It's the Marla Mason equivalent of Days of Future Past or Age of Apocalypse (which Pratt said he read for "research." Yes, we all feel so much woe for how hard it must be on him to write these books.)
All in all, Broken Mirrors is as much fun as it could possibly be, and a must for fans of this series.
Of all the books I own, I most love the ones that paint word movies in my mind.
I'm a HUGE T. A. Pratt fan and was delighted just to be able to read this novel as an e-book! Now it's on Audible (and has the amazing Jessica Almasy reading it), and I'm over the moon! If you haven't tried the Marla Mason series and you love fantasy, you'll love this series. It fast, funny and smart. The dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny, and the originality of the world T.A. created never fails to surprise. How awesome is that! (Just remember to start with book 1 -- they're all great!)
I have waited so long for this book and was drawn right back into marla's story.....great story, great characters and jessica almasy did an excellent job narrating......please don't let this be the last marla book mr pratt!!!!
I am only part way through this book but I am finding the latest annoying at best. Marla's Character seems to regress with each new book rather then grow. She comes across like a spoiled petulant child. I expected better. I enjoyed Jessica Almasy's narration of the first books but she seems to have changed her style in this book too and I am unclear as to why. For me a dissapointment so far hopefully the story improves.
I've really enjoyed this series so far, but this on was my least favorite. Still I've downloaded the next book right away and I'm diving right in. I plan on finishing the series in the next few days.
I've read all the other books in this series up to this one. It took a bit to get used to the Marla Mason character in the first book, but she grows on you and I enjoyed them all. Unfortunately this is the one that really killed her for me. I could go on a page long rant here but basically, I couldn't believe that someone could be so self-centered and selfish to actually do everything she did in this book. She was like a child. She was completely uncaring about all the deaths she caused and refused to take responsibility for any of it. If I hadn't known better I'd have a hard time believing that she was the heroine of this story.
As a positive, if you can call it that, if the story had been tweaked a little it could have been quite good. Like if Marla had been home defending her city from invasion instead of creating the opportunity for one because of her own selfish interests.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
Any day of the week. I am obsessed with Marla Mason.
Rondeau of course. I love her Rondeau voice, any time I hear it in other non-Marla Mason novels, I'm like, "aww Rondeau."
This one was so disturbing. Loss such loss! But the premise is super cool and I wonder what my other dimensional Mar's would be like. Ending not cool by the way.
The characters were cartoonlike
Yes. Her performance seemed overacted, but the story lent itself to that.
I didn't finish it and that is rare for me.
This book would be ok for people who have been following the series, I guess. I couldn't figure out what was happening or who the characters were.
Lack of character development and the scenes changes were too abrupt.
The cadence of her voice. It would have this pause at the end of each sentence and then it would dip. I found it very irritating.
I couldn't finish the book. I had to delete it off my iPod. I'm grateful that it was on sale and I didn't pay full price.
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