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Poison Sleep (Marla Mason, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – March 25, 2008
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This is the second Marla Mason novel and the first that is set in her beloved city Felport. Marla is a straight shooter with a clear head for leadership and instinct. She is also Felport's Head Sorcerer and now once again has to save the city from some interesting characters before it is too late and everyone gets stuck in their worst nightmare.
Pratt is incredibly inventive in her plot and characters. Sorcerers are specialized, new beings emerge and new tricks are introduced all through out her novels. Her heroines and heros have an edge that gives a depth that can be lacking in the genre. Poison Sleep is a great read and I look forward to the next book.
I just finished Poison Sleep, the second in the Marla Mason series, and I was thoroughly entertained by it. Can't tell why Poison Sleep worked for me more than Blood Engines, but it did. Full disclosure, I've never been a big fan of 3rd person narrative and multiple POV when I read Urban Fantasy. It simply hasn't worked that well for me, and this series is written from that perspective. Regardless, Poison Sleep hit all the right spots I was looking for.
The book is filled with what I call "what the f" magic, as in anything goes and weird magic (and crap) abounds. It's fast moving with some amusing dialogue and quite humorous at times. The key to reading the series is just to sit back and enjoy the ride, and not take it too seriously. Really like Marla Mason as a character, she's quite badass and has her own set of morals and priorities; she's a law (or government as she mentions in Poison Sleep) unto herself. Another thing I liked is that you're constantly switching on who you're rooting for, majorly because of the different POV and there's a lot of gray area to work with. There's no shortage of fun characters either.
My main complaint is that I felt like there wasn't a good exposition of Marla's magic in this book, something that I thought worked very well in Blood Engines. She was more of a hack and slash chick this time around. Another is that due to the nature of multiple POV, some of the twists that occur throughout the novel were spoiled.Read more ›
The book is set inside the city of Felport, though which state Felport is located in is unknown. Marla wasn't the deus-ex force of nature that she was in book one, and really glad that vibe was toned down. In this book she has a bit of romance, which I found rather silly, but it wasn't emphasized and so was bearable.
The plot revolves an insane sorceress who can reweave reality, and who is having a mental breakdown after being woken from her fifteen year long coma in an insane asylum. On the side we have some assassins, personal assistants, divination, and chaos magic. I really like how creative the author is in terms magic specializations, and unlike the first novel, the interesting mages aren't immediately killed off after they get introduced.
Overall what really put this into the 'I like it' territory were the quirky, unique ways of doing magic described inside this novel.
And that would have been a shame, because I really enjoyed "Poison Sleep." The title character is still a no-nonsense, ass-kicking thug of a magical city manager, but she seems to have actual feelings and thoughts beyond that one-note character description. Some of this may be due to the early introduction of a "beautiful boy"--a man with the magical ability to wind anyone and everyone around his little finger, definitely including Marla. Some of it may be growth in the author's writing. And some of it may be that "Poison Sleep" is more of a "howdunnit" than a "whodunnit."
T.A. Pratt's penchant for alternating points of views is a weak writing choice and often unnecessary, but it does mean that we understand the villain(s)' motivations and plans early on in the story. If we assume (as I always tend to) that the main character will win out in the end, speculation turns towards how Marla will figure things out and fix the mess. In fact, in this book, the few "whodunnit"-style mysteries that Pratt leaves for big reveals are obvious and flat, while the rest of the magical procedural is hard to put down.
The one other major problem with "Poison Sleep" is that a large part of the plot revolves around a magical young woman whose mind was fractured due to a rape in her youth.Read more ›
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This book didn't work for me. The premise is that there are hugely powerful sorcerers everywhere, but they keep the rest of us unaware of their existence while they have huge... Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Lindsay
Pratt has a good pace and some fun ideas. A good light read and a decent extension of the first novel. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by JRL
Generally, I don't read fantasy. Although I freely admit I cut my teeth on LOTR and very much enjoyed the Harry Potter series. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by G. Girard
Great characters and wonderful descriptive narrative. A refreshing break from the usual paranormal stuff out there. I love the witty repartee between well fleshed characters.Published on October 31, 2012 by shifty
I can't believe I didn't review this book after I read it. If I did, it was lost somehow. I read this book years ago. Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Jwb52z
Yet another exciting adventure for Felport's favorite the thug-thrashing thaumatologist. Pratt continue to weaver an imaginative and edgy universe inhabited by an every going cast... Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by Malcolm
This book from the Marla Mason series is a pleasant moment, offering a good story with must have elements (suspense, action, magic), and the majesty of Tim Pratt's imagination. Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Jni
I got the plot 'twists' like 6 chapters before they happened - the author screamed them at the reader... Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by R. Rogers
I loved Blood Engines, the first Marla Mason book, so this one didn't quite live up to my high expectations. Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by rantboi