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Dead Reign got an awesome review in Publishers Weekly:

Dead Reign T.A. Pratt Bantam Spectra, $6.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-553-59135-4

The complex, funny and powerful third entry in Pratt’s urban fantasy series (after 2008’s Poison Sleep) pits kick-ass sorceress Marla Mason, the guardian of East Coast metropolis Felport, against the newly reincarnated king of the underworld, a handsome and lusty fellow who calls himself Walking Death. He invades her territory in human guise and demands her prized artifact, a magical dagger that symbolizes her office and can cut through anything as long as its rightful owner wields it. When she refuses and Walking Death discovers that the weapon can’t be seized by force, he exiles her and takes over the city. While a few unpredictable allies start an underground resistance, Marla turns the tables on her enemy by launching her own invasion of Hell. Pratt’s writing is wildly imaginative, with roller-coaster pacing and startling twists galore. (Nov.)

I think that's the most purely positive review I've ever received from PW!

Last night we made a very tasty dinner -- a tomato sauce with sun-dried tomato and mozzarella sausage, onion, bell pepper, fennel seed, garlic, basil, etc., served over polenta. (I was going to make the polenta myself, but I got lazy and bought a tube of the stuff, which wasn't as flavorful but soaked up the sauce nicely.) We actually sat down at our table and had dinner as a family, with River eating vast quantities of polenta and tidbits of meat. Tonight we did the same thing, though we had crabmeat quesadillas, and River's a bit young for shellfish, so he settled for jarred baby food and goldfish crackers. It's nice eating dinner all together. Kind of gives a pleasing shape to the day.

The new novel zips along nicely, and stands at about 16,000 words now. Pacing a 60,000 word book is rather different from pacing a 90,000 word book, but I think I've got the hang of it... and now I'm going to work on The Stolen State some more, since the baby's in bed. Hope you all had a beautiful Wednesday.

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