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House of Cards (2008)

de C. E. Murphy

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Séries: Negotiator Trilogy (2), Margrit Knight (2), Negotiator Trilogy (2), Old Races Universe (2)

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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 Korund, the sexy gargoyle who got her into this mess--and whose granite-strong touch still haunts her every fantasy...… (mais)
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Liked:

Janx & Eliseo Daisani. I like them individually and as long-time rivals and friends. I love what Janx is, how it's described with such power and awe.

Grit's mother, who alternates between being protective and deliberately closing her eyes on things she doesn't want to--or can't--know.


Disliked:

Tony being written as an unreasonable jerk while Grit is portrayed as being nearly without fault. Tony doesn't have all the details, Grit deliberately withholds them from him (for good reason) so he can't be expected to understand.

Grit & Alban pairing off. It doesn't work for me. I'm told about Grit's fascination, attraction, and love, but I can't quite see it. Everything has happened so fast to her, how can she adjust that quickly? ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
Hate. Hate. Hate. I can't even begin to tell you why I hate this book. I didn't quite hate the first book, but I do this one. The only reason I read it was because I was trapped for nearly 3 hours at the dealership waiting for a tire to be replaced.

I don't like the characters. I don't like the plot. I HATE the nickname "Grit" -- who wants to be called "dirt?" ( )
  lesmel | May 19, 2013 |
Amazon received
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
the most action pacted of the series yet. i cant wait to see what else this author has to offer. ive been hooked since her shaman series and cant get enough of her writing style and unique characters. the plot description on the back of the book is deceptive and paints a picture of an storyline that might be to predictable. c. e. murphy has twists and turns that keep you guessing through out the series. so dont be fooled by faulty descriptions of her books, decide for yourselves ( )
  pagemasterZee | Feb 9, 2013 |
Continuation of the story. Margrit the laywer still owes Janx the dragon and crimelord some favours - and although these were originally promised as like for like, ie information, they both seem to have forgotten this and so Margrit agrees to help protect Janx's mani henchman the djinn Malic from a series of attacks which Janx;s organisation has been subject to. Quite how a mortal human can protect one of the Djinn was uncertain to both parties, however they both though that the Vampire Disraeli was probably behind it, and it so happened that Margrit has some barginning room with him.

Meanwhile of course Aban the sexy gargoyle is still around, and Tony - Margrit's partime police lover - at least he was until she met the Old Races. And don't forget the selkies - one of the links back from the last book was the absence of Cara. She's back.

Much else remains as was the case in the previous book. Margrit is still a silly name, and she still doesn't really understand the world she's involved in. The romance is dialled up a bit with some actual sex. I was glad the author had thought about the physics and practicalities involved which makes such scenes more believable for the characters than purely thrown in as expected titillation for the readers. Still not totally convinced. I like everything else about the world though - the unusualness of the Old Races chosen, how well they integrate with modern humanity, and how normal humans interact with them. I was especially impressed with Margrit's housemates who managed (apart from once or twice) to appear as characters in their own right, with understanding and compassion - even if, again, they're way more tolerant than any two saints I know, if any of my flatmates had Margrit's lack of communal living skills they'd be long gone. Margrit's arguments with Tony were also well written.

Overall a very enjoyable continuation to the series and I'm looking forward to how it's all resolved in the last book.
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On re-read it's definitely weaker than the first book, always hard to follow the revelation that the other are among us, but not badly done at all. ( )
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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 Korund, the sexy gargoyle who got her into this mess--and whose granite-strong touch still haunts her every fantasy...

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