This is the 4th book in the Marla Mason series. I haven’t read the previous installments: “Blood Engines”, “Poison Sleep” and “Dead Reign”, but still felt as though I was able to follow the story-line.
In “Spell Games” Marla’s long-lost brother turns up in her life again. They parted on bad terms and Marla isn’t sure how she feels about seeing him again. But her brother, Jason, is a con-artist and quite a talker and manages to convince Marla to give him a chance. She ends up helping him with a con, and surprisingly has quite a good time – until complications arise.
There are some really strange characters in this novel. One of them is a mushroom-worshipping sorcerer. I guess that’s what I liked about “Spell Games” – its strange twists and turns and dry wit.
As entertainment, this is a pretty good choice of reading.