The latest Marla Mason tale has all the series hallmarks: fast-paced action, whimsically horrifying magicians and
a kick-butt heroine. Marla's conflicting motivations continue to be a standout; few writers in this genre handle ethical gray areas as deftly as Pratt does.
Unfortunately for Marla, things go south with a vengeance, and she must scramble to retain her balance in a world that's gone topsy-turvy. Things won't ever be quite the same again in Felport, and Marla is definitely not happy about it. (BANTAM SPECTRA, Mar., 336 pp., $6.99)