Pratt's second book featuring bad girl sorcerer Marla Mason is just as awesome as the first volume, if not better. Marla's a fascinating protagonist with conflicting motivations, a truly awe-inspiring proclivity for violence and (finally!) sensible clothing. The secondary characters are also remarkable, especially Genevieve,
a woman recovering from sexual assault. Her reaction to her assault and her recovery are superbly written, and readers will root for her even as she wreaks havoc.
Now Genevieve is awake, wandering the city and infecting everyone she touches with her nightmares. It falls to Marla, as chief sorcerer of Felport, to stop her. (Bantam Spectra, Apr., 320 pp., $6.99)