Heart Of Stone (Negotiator Trilogy/Old Races Universe #1)
Okay, so jogging through Central Park after midnight wasn't a bright idea. But Margrit Knight never thought she'd encounter a dark new world filled with magical beings -- not to mention a dying woman and a mysterious stranger with blood on his hands. Her logical, lawyer instincts told her it couldn't all be real -- but she could hardl...more
I'm torn in how I feel about this book. On the one hand, it's not well written. The plot rests on a precarious tower of coincidences, each more unlikely than the last. The dialog is like what middle schoolers think hard-bitte...more
Me: Why would you give your main character the nickname "Grit," which is basically something I'd clean out from under my fingernails?
Book: It's to make her sound tough...or something.
Me: Well, do you have to say Grit ten times in one short conversation? I thought only hostage negotiators did that.
Book: You're just too critical. If you're so busy counting repeated "Grit" sightings, you aren't even payin...more
Our protag isn't beautiful (well, she probably is; they all are), she isn't strong physically, mentally, psychically, or magically (although she has some cojones and she's in good shape a...more
First in a trilogy called “The Negotiator,” I found this book fantastic!
Lately I've been reading new books from series I've previously read, but I couldn't find a great new series to start. Then I picked up "Heart of Stone", because the storyline was compelling, and I r...more
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book as the Negotiator trilogy isn't one that I hear mentioned very often in my book reading circles in comparison to her more popular Walker Papers series. So I was a bit nervous about starting it; wondering if the reason there was no buzz was simply because it wasn't very good. But I have to say that while the book didn't blow my mind, I definitely did enjoy it for the most part. I particularly enjoyed the audiobook narration (s...more
I'm a bit late catching up on some of the more popular urban fantasy books of today. After taking a break from the paranormal genre, I'm slowly dipping my feet in a little at a time.
Heart of Stone is apart of my book discussion group and I've been meaning to check it out. I thought this was as good a time as any to dive into this series and check out Harlequin's Luna line as well.
This first entry of the Negotiator series focuses on hardcore lawyer Margrit Knight. During a night jog in Centr...more
Heart Of Stone is a play on a gargoyle, Alban, who finds himse...more
Some of the things I liked:
1. The mythology behind the Old Races is very unique and I thought it was well laid out
2. I really liked Alban. He seems very old world, kind and considerate.
3. I liked Margrit but thought that she has a definite chip on her shoulder. She was...more
However, I was really impressed with this book. I liked the protagonist a lot. Yes, she's pr...more
I'm sincerely glad that this book was a beginning for a series because that's what it felt like. One long "introduci...more
Series: Gargoyle series Book #1
Author: Christine Warren
Blurb: Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people--and her powers in check--while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum's...more
Margrit is an underpaid twenty-something Legal Aid lawyer who digs in and fights for her cases. She is also an amalgamam of races, with her cafe au lait skin and corkscrew curls brown hair; she also mentioned Native American and more. Possi...more
That's just one of my problems with this book, he watches her for 3 years and speaks to her on the night of the 1st murder. 2nd coincidence Cara another of the old races comes to her for help, why because she was on TV. She arrives on the same day that Grit wins the pardon and is on TV isn't that awful fast. BTW Cara is a squatter, does she even have a TV or power to run it? 3rd bad coin...more
The book is filled with with everything that makes a book entertaining- swift pace, old foes...more
Margrit is a multi-racial lawyer. Multi-racial is important because it allows her the advantage of viewing the "old races" from a different vantage point. She's strong, sometimes cocky, and smart although with a tinge of believing herself to be impervious to harm, perhaps because she...more
Until I got to the end of the Nook edition and saw the date. 2007 -- so some of her early work. That makes the weaknesses forgivable.
I found the human characters least interesting, which is, I suppose a situational hazard for urban fantasy. But again, I kn...more
Good things first: The premise was different. Lawyer instead of fighter? Interesting. The heroine had some serious hurdles because she wasn't a kung-fu expert. Tackling racial divides? Great. My favorite line: "My people have been in the United States since the seventeen hundreds. I don't know what else it takes to be just an American."
Gripes: Not much outside the standard UF tropes to really get me enthuse...more
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His life is lived in shadows, exiled from his own kind and alone in the world but for her, the woman he protects every night. He doesn't know her name. He doesn't know what she does for a living. He's never broken through the racial boundaries and dared speak to her, his human ward.
Though he wants to. Aches to with a need that grows by the year, by the night.
He is Alban Korund. He is gargoyle.
Most of Margrit Knight's friends joke about her having a death wish, and...more
Though what kept me going is I've always liked gargoyles as a thing but never read a book with them included before- though he is a long living, good looking one but I suppose nothings perfect.
The main character was fiesty and clever. If a tiny bit stupid about her own safety- as fiesty heroines all tend to be (mouthing off to someone who could kill you in a heartbeat makes you more idiotic than smart in my opinion but hey, works...more
"Vampires aren't the only creatures of the night..."
I was just enthralled by this one ladies...I couldn't eat, sleep or do anything without wanting to have my nose in this book. I'm not to sure what this novel is considered; romance? sci-fi? urban fantasy? mystery? WHATEVER! It has it all!
This is the first book I've ever read by Murphy (I think I started one a while back and put it down. I bet you know what I'll be digging for tonight) and it won't be the last.
As I began my post legentem dissection, I discovered that there's a lot about Heart of Stone that, taken alone, doesn't work. For example, the dialogue is lacklustre and occasionally even groan-worthy. In most books, this isn't a plus, but it's particularly problem...more
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groaned. “Please don’t tell me he’s one of you.”
Daisani’s shoulders rose and fell, a single admission of silent laughter. “I believe Mr. Jordan is as human as you are, Miss Knight.”