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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Great entertainment. Seemingly yet another urban fantasy, but it feels different to most. More or less as good as Iron Druid and obviously not as good as Dresden Filed, but it definitely does stand out from the girly and romantic ones. One of the reasons is that it was a kickstarter project and no marketing or editing pro were there to tell Pratt how many sex scenes the market wants, etc.
"Top-Shelf Marla (and Pratt)!"
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.
"Revealing background into Marla's history"
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.
"A great Marla prequel"
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.
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 think I'm still psychologically traumatized from listening to this book. HaHa! Just kidding! I loved listening to this story. I was immediately sucked into it. There's a lot of trash talking, and a lot of adult language, and a whole lot of magic. It's the story of a girl that's living on the streets, who gets a lucky break, and becomes a Sorcerer's Apprentice, and of course where her life goes from there. It's great fun! There's a lot of adult language, and a lot casual talk of sex, and body parts, but it fits the book and the setting of the story. It really had me laughing. It was a nice break from my epic fantasy genre. I've already bought, and downloaded the next book in the series, and will start listening to it as soon as I submit this review.
The narrator was perfect! I've never heard her before, but I'll keep an eye out for more of her. I'm sure that whenever I hear her in the future she'll remind me of this series. She really made the characters come to life.
"the prequel to Marla Mason series"
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.
Jessica is one of the best audio voice actors I've heard. Her capability to perform female and even male voices surpasses most everyone else I've heard. The story is not my liking mostly, but nonetheless interesting. Though Jessica just has a way of bringing anything to life. Good job, Jessica!
"Great book well written and very enjoyable."
This book would be good just on its own but add Jessica Almasy as narrativer and it becomes a great book.
"excellent start for the series"
very engrossing and original. characters are wonderful. perfect narrator. looking forward to the next book.
"Chaotic storyline, amazing narration"
The book was really enjoyable, I immediately bought the next (1st?) in the series, but it felt like the author was rushing through just trying to get plot points down. I hope the next one is less disjointed.
That being said, the narrator is the best I've ever heard on an audio book.
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