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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (30 Jun. 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0557211409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557211401
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.4 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,506,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Roberts on 14 Jun. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The early chapters which deal with with the heroine's introduction to magic were entertaining. Unfortunately the author then starts to skip through events at a great rate, with potentially interesting characters appearing and then being disposed of within a few pages. In the end I didn't much care what happened. I think it would have been better if the author had picked out the more important events and written about them in depth rather than producing something that read like an outline of a novel rather than a finished work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Well worth the price 23 Dec. 2009
By Fiona Q - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you're hesitant about jumping into the Marla Mason series, this should be your first port of call. This is her coming-of-age story, and it is tight and engrossing from start to finish, a short, sweet taste of what's to come.

If you're an established Marla fan, do NOT miss this, it is a treasure in every way. It fills in some backstory while giving you a solid, engaging read in and of itself.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
MORE MARLA MASON!!! FANTASTIC!!! 9 Mar. 2010
By Robin in Vermont - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
AND -- a great back story of what made Marla who she is. I enjoyed reading Bone Shop as a serial on T. A. Pratt's website, and I'm delighted to now be able to buy it in book form on Amazon. For those looking for a new amazing paranormal fantasy adventure, look no further. For those who've been waiting for more Marla, here she is!

Because I personally hate it when reviewers give too much of the story away, suffice it to say that Marla is a wizard/sorcerer who watches over a city where magical beings would happily create chaos if not for her and her merry band of magicians. It's a rough reality but she's a tough cookie with a mysterious background, and a lot of power. In the original series, we never really know what made Marla so tough, so Bone Magic fills in the holes and completes the picture. It isn't necessary to read the prequel to enjoy the series -- in fact it wasn't possible until now because T. A. just wrote this book last year. But since it's available, why not?

T. A. Pratt brings so much imagination and humor to his books that you'll find yourself both amazed and laughing out loud at the same time. And yet the characters are anchored in a reality so fully realized and scary that when your finished reading about them, you care about them, too. Now he's writing the next book in the series called "Broken Mirrors," and he's serializing it online, too. If you get through the series and can't wait for the next book, now you don't have to. (BTW: T.A.'s great about communicating with his readers online, which adds so much to the experience.)

And if you like audiobooks, the first four books of the series is also available on Audible-- and they're fantastic. Hopefully Bone Shop and Broken Mirrors will get the audio treatment soon, too!

Note: There is some sex and violence, so not recommended for young readers. It's not graphic though.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic with caveat... 24 Dec. 2009
By Seraph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The pace and plotting of this book was very good. It had everything a fan of Marla would want and then some. This is the "hows" and "whys" of Marla Mason. You start out seeing her as the young and insecure apprentice she had to be and then Mr. Pratt organically and skillfully shows you the germ of the woman she will become. There are few series that do this well and this is most definitely one of them.

Despite all of this, I would never recommend this for a newcomer to the Marla Mason series. This should be the last book you read. Like C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia series, these books should be read in the order that the author wrote them. There are many many revelations and explanations for things that happen in the series proper, but you don't care about them and shouldn't know about them until you read the series. Then it takes on new meaning and it creates an even more powerful reading experience when you go back to the prequel. The message: Newcomers, this is a wonderful read. The protagonist is kick-ass, she's flawed, and she is a real person; but you must see all of that before you read this prequel before any of that has meaning.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Marla comes back to kick some butt 16 Dec. 2009
By Fourier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As a fan of TA Pratt, I was very disappointed to learn that Marla wasn't renewed for further publication - however TA Pratt is a real trooper and he went and wrote a book on his own without a publisher, and self published this book.

It's a great read, which says a lot considering it wasn't copy edited - pure author production. At $[...] a pop on the Kindle I can't imagine a better deal.

You can also buy it in paper form from [...] - however because of the cost of per unit publication, it runs for $19.00. So I would buy it here!

This is a prequel to the series, so you can start the series here and work your way forward through Blood Engines on. As an avid reader across genres I can suggest this series for most readers, however some appetite for fantasy / noir style / urban fantasy is of course necessary.

If you like tough detective style stories, then give this a try. If you like personality driven sci fi or fantasy (not "hard sci-fi" or massive engineering style sci fi), you will probably like this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Marla Mason Series ... Bone Shop 23 May 2010
By S. Grandone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am an avid fan of this series. I cannot say enough or recommend more highly a series over T.A. Pratt's Marla Mason books. I was very unhappy to hear that the publisher dropped the series. I am quite impressed and happy that T.A. Pratt pursued alternatives in publishing and getting the stories out there. I certainly hope he is successful in bringing more stories to the table. Bone Shop was an excellent addition and explains many of the how's and why's of Marla's character and how she got in the top dog position. We revisit many later characters from an earlier time and we get to know those mentioned later but are no longer in the picture. There are a few discontinuity errors but it does not matter. Bone Shop is well written and keeps you interested and engaged throughout.

One of the things I really like about this series is that Marla is complex and possessing some amount of darkness which is carefully balanced with a sense of honor and obligation in doing what is in the best interest of her city. She is no nonsense and does what she has to do to get the job done. The other thing I really like about this series is that Pratt has a way of starting and finishing a story that can go further but does not have to go further as he's given you enough to satisfy closure for that book. He very carefully crafts these stories so that he is not constrained with one story line. He can introduce a new next catastrophe for Marla and her City to deal with and each (so far) is riveting, complex, and somehow tied to other aspects of other stories to always remind you of where she came from and likely to go.

I certainly hope there are many more Marla Mason novels to be had.
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