House of Cards (Negotiator Trilogy/Old Races Universe #2)
New York City's only legal counsel to the fabled Old Races, Margrit Knight is levelheaded in all matters extraordinary. But when she's summoned to negotiate a peace treaty among rival factions, her own mortal world threatens to fall apart. Margrit's been in hot water before, but reentering the underworld brings a new set of problems. And a new set ...more
Margrit is an excellent negotiator. She's had to play 5 sides since book 1 and she gets better in book 2. However, I ...more
In this book, she's paying off favors to both the dragon/crime lord and the vampire/business mogul, who find their personal war turning from cold to hot. Two selkies throw the balance of power into disarray just by arriving and her gargoyle protector/friend ...more
Margrit "Grit" for short, was use to her normal by the book life, but after meeting Alban the Gargoyle, her life has changed 100 perfect. At times, she wished she has he ...more
The pacing is slow, even dragging at some points, and for awhile I thought the book would never come to an end. But then every time I got to a point I was going to put the book down something truly interesting would happen and I'd keep going. At about the halfway point things really begin to pick up.
One thing I really l ...more
I finished the first book in this series with slightly mixed feelings. I loved all the secondary characters (there really are some great multi-layered ones in here) as well as the love interest character, Alban, but felt little to nothing towards the protagonist, Margrit. I had nothing against her, exactly, but found her a bit dull overall. I think if she were stronger or I connected with her more, this series could move up from being really good, ...more
This book involves further treachery between humans the Old Races and humans. Janx is a crime boss very like a mafia kingpin. Mr. Daisani is a very successful businessman and ...more
This book was a slog for me. It was neither as engaging or as quick-moving as the first book. The author seemed to get bogged down in a lot of myriad storylines in the middle of the book, and I was frustrated by the distractions towards the end, though it did wrap up in a tidy--if swift--ending.
I am hoping that the third book will be a return to her former br ...more
I am regretting that now. This is literally a sleeping pill. Big accomplishment last night, I read a whole chapter instead of just 6 pages before being knocked unconscious.
New York City's only legal counsel to the fabled Old Races, Margrit Knight is levelheaded in all matters extraordinary. But when she's summoned to negotiate a peace treaty among rival factions, her own mortal world threatens to fall apart.
Margrit's been in hot water before, but reentering the underworld brings a new set of problems. And a new set of friends and enemies, including a ruthless vampire mobster, a dragonlord who won't take no for an answer, a band of subversive selkies…oh, and Alban...more
I feel the relationship of Margrit and Alban is secondary.
It's been a few months since gargoyle Alban Korund pulled back from New York City lawyer Margrit Knight after exposing her to his world and the Old Races. His intentions were sound; he wanted her safe from the machinations of monsters and he wanted her to have a normal human life with normal human trials and tribulations. The only thing Alban didn't take into account was Margrit's complete disregard for what he wanted for her. The spunky, feisty woman had tasted the magic of ...more
(Please be aware that this review may contain spoilers b ...more
When her on again/off again boyfriend, Tony, invites Magrit to attend a function with him (one he's acting as a body guard for the visiting wealthy Hawaiin, Kaimana) she's introduced to the all too human world of wealth and power. Except Kaimana isn't human. No more than another of the party goers, Daisani, is.
Although I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first book, it was still a pretty fun read. I'm fascinated with the bits and pieces of history being revealed about Janx and Daisani. Competing against each other, tbey still regard each other with certain kind of respect and seem to have had a closer relationship in the past. Frenemies! LOL. Alban's determination to not involve Margrit in Old Race dealings came way to late, Janx and Daisani were just as determined to keep her invo ...more
That's how she first met Alban, a gargoyle, in HEART OF STONE, the first book, and how she finds out that about the Old Races, Djinn, Dragons, Vampires, Gargoyles and Selkies.
As one of the few humans who knows about them, Margrit's skills as a negotiator are in-demand as the Old Races' balance of power is shifting and they need an outside party.
Margrit also owes crime kingpin and dragonlord, Janx, a favor a ...more
Once all the players get involved, however, the story picks up quite nicely. The dialogue is snappy and humourous at turns. Magrit, the main character, is more involved with th ...more
Not such a big fan of this one, though. The book never gets going. All I can remember from reading it right after it came out is Margrit driving back and forth between the different representatives of these races. I hope they were paying her mileage.
And I remember her bizarre loyalty to someone who tried to kill her for no particular reason. I know she is a lawyer but should ...more
In this book, Margrit finds herself in the middle of a dispute between Janx (the crimelord) and Daisani (the businessman) that seems to be hinging on some action by the selkies. Rather than play things from the sidelines again, she jumps in with both feet and and lands (as the m ...more