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Meet Marla Mason - smart, saucy, slightly wicked witch of the East Coast.... Sorcerer Marla Mason, small-time guardian of the city of Felport, has a big problem. A rival is preparing a powerful spell that could end Marla's life - and, even worse, wreck her city. Marla's only chance of survival is to boost her powers with the Cornerstone, a magical artifact hidden somewhere in San Francisco. But when she arrives there, Marla finds that the quest isn't going to be quite as cut-and-dried as she expected...and that some of the people she needs to talk to are dead.
It seems that San Francisco's top sorcerers are having troubles of their own - a mysterious assailant has the city's magical community in a panic, and the local talent is being (gruesomely) picked off one by one.With her partner-in-crime, Rondeau, Marla is soon racing against time through San Francisco's alien streets, dodging poisonous frogs, murderous hummingbirds, cannibals, and a nasty vibe from the local witchery, who suspect that Marla herself may be behind the recent murders. And if Marla doesn't figure out who is killing the city's finest in time, she'll be in danger of becoming a magical statistic herself.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author T.A. Pratt.
©2007 T.A. Pratt (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Starr on 07-28-09

The Title Explains It All

I usually do not write reviews, but I just thought I'd give it a shot this time. The book is a great read/listen. I listened at work and found it entertaining, made the day flow by quicker. Some audio books can take a while for me to understand where the story is going, this one I picked up what was happening right away. The reason for writing this review is that enjoyed the book and wanted to see which is the next in the series. It took a little investigating because they are not numbered, so I went to T.A. Pratt's site. The order goes as follows.

In Blood Engines
In Poison Sleep
In Dead Reign
In Spell Games

I hope that helps some people who enjoyed the first book and would like to follow the series, and not make the mistake of downloading the books not in series sequence.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Laurene on 04-04-09

Imaginative and action-packed

A very pleasant discovery, this novel has a fairly basic plot -- mostly just the main character and her sidekick chasing all over San Francisco looking for a magical object and a mad sorcerer. However, the magic -- attacks by frogs and hummingbirds, oracles in sewers, a goddess of possibilities -- are original and beautifully imagined. The heroine is very ruthless, not your typical goody-two-shoes that people find "sympathetic," and perhaps the author hits that note a few times too many, but I found it refreshing. I'll be checking out the sequel.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 03-05-10

Promising start

Marla Mason is the head sorceress of Felport and is on a mission to find the cornerstone to cast a spell and therefore defeat her main rival Susan. However life is never simple and she soon finds herself up against other sorcerers, frogs and even hummingbirds. I found this book a little slow to begin with and I wasn't sure if I liked Marla or not as she came across as quite horrible in places. However I persevered and I did eventually warm to her character. Her two sidekicks Rondo and B for me made the book as I found them quite funny. I Was wanting to give this book 3.5 stars not quite a 4.

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