Marla Mason is the chief sorcerer of Felport, a woman who's tangled with gods and monsters and come out on top (if a bit damaged in the process). But she wasn't always a formidable engine of brute force and pragmatism; she started out alone, in a strange city, without allies or any more power than the average teenage runaway on the street. Marla was always willing to do anything necessary to survive, and it didn't take long for her to stumble into a world of magic, danger... and even the occasional moment of grace.
Bone Shop tells the story of Marla's evolution from runaway to sorcerer's apprentice to mercenary magician and beyond. Fans of the urban fantasy series from Bantam Spectra that began with Blood Engines will find surprising secrets revealed about Marla's past, and new listeners can get to know the character from the very beginning.
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I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
I'd read some of the other Marla Mason books, but this is the first one I'd listened to. I might just have download the rest of them because I couldn't stop listening to this. Pratt's characters are simultaneously wicked and delightful. I lost count of how many times I laughed out listening to this. This is in no small part due to Jessica Almasy's fantastic reading. She sounds exactly like the wicked witch you're sharing a beer with should.
The storyline is definitely more of a serial than the other Mason novels I'd read, with the main plotline being Marla's introduction to magic, and her rise to power among the witches and wizards of Felport. The serialized style only adds to the overall charm of the story and characters. Marla makes you laugh, breaks your heart, punches some monsters, and then does it all over again.
In short, it's seven hours of pure entertainment. I loved every minute of it, and am looking forward to hanging out with Marla for another round.
I'm glad I listened to this book first as the prequel to the other Marla Mason novels, even though it was written after Spell Games and before Broken Mirrors. It gives some much needed background of Marla's history. Knowing this gives insight into why she acts the way she does. I also wonder if she will ever recover her memories that were erased, with a spell she asked to be cast, in future novels (which I haven't finished yet). Marla is quite human in her psychology and therefore she is flawed. It is nice to have a main character that isn't perfect, nor are any of the other characters, though some are better than others. I hadn't listened to Jessica Almasy as a narrator before, and at first I wasn't sure I liked her, but as the reading continued, I found myself relating very well to her reading of the book. I look forward to listening to the rest of the Marla Mason novels.
Love books that paint pictures, authors that can construct worlds with depth and completeness, so that you feel like you can see behind the curtain. I also love characters that have complicated inner lives, ones that don't always know exactly how they feel about everything, or what they're going to do next.
As usual, this book is peopled with great characters, presided over by great flawed wonderful Marla. The world is a character in itself: hard, gritty and true; the author's conception of magic and its requirements both colorful and unique. We get to see Marla claw her way up from squalor to a kind of greatness, rising and falling on the way.
rambunctiously soft spoken.
All of the Marla Mason books are novels on their own, one dose not run on from the other which I found hard I like an on going story but I got over it ,this is a sort of prequel you find out how Marla became Marla, how she got her cape and how she and her best friend Rando came about ,it made me laugh out loud and I was fascinated to see how she was forged into the sarcastic hero she is.
I enjoyed the story. It is an adult story but it is not romance. I have read a few of the Marla Mason stories and none are really romance novels. This really is the story of how Marla came from street urchin to the become a part of the magical world. The narrator has a kid like voice but it isn't out of charactor for who Marla is. She is a bit sacastic in tone and uses the pregnant pause a great deal. Her delivery of the story is also slower paced for dramatic effect so much so that you can speed the narration up with little loss of the impact the narrator is trying to achive and without making her voice sound more chipmunkie than it already is. I enjoyed the humor and the story.
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Yes, I felt like he could write better stuff
Not sure, she was great though really expressive voice
No, fairly simple book easy to follow. seems like more of a girl book.
I'm honestly in 2 minds......the book was a good read and i enjoyed it, but not to the point where I felt the need to rush to the "store" to get the next in the series. Don't get me wrong, it was a good read, but nothing fantastic enough to make me want to lose sleep in getting the next one.
I have read some of the reviews on the next series, and they're quite good.....so I'm still in two minds as to whether or not to spend a credit on the next one......just not entirely convinced it'll be worth it........
This was an interesting start to a series. This book was actually written in the middle of the series and is like the secret history of the main character. As such, I think that some of the world background got glossed over and there were some akward manuverings to make things fit. But it was still an interesting story and I am more than willing to actually listen to the rest of the series. It's kind of nice to see characters that have such twisted moral and no regret angst over them.
Yes. I liked a lot of the world but it lacked detail. Since this was a prolgue to his series though, written in the middle of the series, that might be understandable.
I thought she did a very good job giving the character's that teenage sarcastic ring without making you hate them.
I should have, and will from this point on, review a book before buying.
In the first two sentences my jaw dropped. I checked to be sure my speakers were working. I can picture a female Elmo Muppet reading this. Very distracting especially during the foul language.
I'm boggled as to why this person is a narrator.
If she reads the rest of this series, I won't purchase. I can't get into the story at all.
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