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
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 afraid that the latest books I've chosen to read all suffer from the same problem:
This tends to happen when a story you're reading is supposed to be something else entirely, but the plot and characters end up taking a completely different path, leaving the reader completely dumbfounded and unsure of what he/she is reading.
Is this urban fantasy?
No, it has too many paranormal romance traits... like lusting after a guy while you're walking through a sewer...
So, it's p ...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
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
However, I was really impressed with this book. I liked the protagonist a lot. Yes, she's pr ...more
Heart Of Stone is a play on a gargoyle, Alban, who finds himse ...more
Negotiator Trilogy/Old Races Universe #1
Margrit Knight, a lawyer and negotiator in New York City gets involved with a world she never knew existed when she meets Alban - a gargoyle and one of the Old Races.
Someone is killing women in Central Park and Alban has been framed. Who and why? That's the big question. Margrit's homicide detective off-on lover, Tony, thinks he has the answer. Margrit helped to give it to him, but when she listens to Alban's side of the story sh ...more
Well, it turns out one of mine is poverty legal services. Who knew! And this book gets that so completely and of ...more
My first big issue was the MC Margrit who I took an instant dislike to. Despite the fears of her friends she likes to go running at night in Central Park, with the 'it'll never happen to me' smug attitude that grated on my nerves. She seems to think she is superior because she is all brave and better than all the scared people. Of course she is also in a dispute with he ...more
Margrit (Grit) is a legal aid defense lawyer of mixed race, she's diminutive in height & size, confrontational, has balls of steel who uses her negotiation skills with a sharp intelligence, intuition, that is enough maybe to give a dragon a run for his money. And boy oh boy does she need it.
Women of the same hair & eye colouring are being murdered & Al a gargoyle is the chief suspect who wants Grit to trust him & figure out who is the real murderer & act for him. ...more
I really enjoyed Heart of Stone. I liked the mixture of crime drama and supernatural romance, though I see it appealing more to women then to men. Lawyer Margrit Knight tests her mettle by running through Central Park after dark each night, aware but uncaring of the danger. There is someone watching her, however, every night she runs, and he's been watching her for years -- not to hurt, but to protect. His name is Alban, and he app ...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
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 hardly deny what she'd seen…and touched.
The mystery man, Alban, was a gargoyle. One of the fabled Old Races who had hidden their existence for centuries. Now he was a murder
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
Une très belle surprise, je ne connaissais pas l’existence de cette série avant de tomber dessus par hasard et j’en suis vraiment heureuse. Je n’ai pas encore lu énormément d’histoires sur les gargouilles or je les adore assez on dirait.
C. E. Murphy nous offre le récit d’une jeune avocate métisse vivant à New York. Margrit est vraiment pleine de fougue et très idéaliste j’ai beaucoup aimé ce trait de caractère ainsi que s ...more
I'm surprised to say that it mostly just improved my enjoyment in places. For example, there was a scene when the name of Eliseo Daisani was dropped for first time, and all of the characters went "uh oh, he spells trouble." But knowing him beforehand I was in awe, thin ...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.”