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Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Friday, April 30, 2010

Review: Heart Of Stone(Negotiator, book 1) by C E Murphy

Heart Of Stone (Negotiator Trilogy, #1) Heart Of Stone by C.E. Murphy


Published 2007
438 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/Urban Fantasy



My rating:


- Margrit relaxed back into him, grinning lazily, eyes still closed. His breath spilled over her shoulder again,against her neck,and she tilted her chin up, exposing more throat. He hesitated, close enough that she could feel the heat of his mouth against her skin before he murmured,
"I didn't kill that girl." -


Synopsis:

What secrets lie shrouded in darkness?

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 suspect, and he needed Margrit's help to take the heat off him and find the real killer. And as the dead pile up, it's a race against the sunrise to clear Alban's name and keep them both alive.…


My Thoughts:
"Heart Of Stone" is the first novel in a new contemporary fantasy trilogy by C. E. Murphy. It's also the first book I've read by Murphy before. She's mostly known for her Urban Shaman fantasy trilogy, which I have yet to read also.
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 really like Gargoyles. And boy and I glad I did. I absolutely loved it.
It had everything I look for in a book; action, suspense, mystery and romance.
20 pages in and I knew I was going to be hooked.


Margrit (Grit for short) is a bright attorney who works for the public defenders office. She has just won a major case. Being that as it may, she doesn't always make the right decisions..
Running is her cure for stress, and it's her addiction. "Heart of Stone" starts off with Margrit on one of her usual runs through Central Park at midnight. And although she knows she's being crazy, she still does it. During the run she meets a rather strange man. Later on the news that man is described as a suspect of murder, which does little for Grit's stress.

Alban Korund is pale and beautiful, but is also accused of murdering a woman in Central Park. He has been watching and protecting Margrit for 3 years, but now he needs her to protect him.
Alban is a Gargoyle. During the day, he is stone and useless but at night, he is powerful and strong.
He's part of The Old Races. Which include; dragons, djinns, gargoyles, selkies, and vampires. They are all that has survived in time.
As they begin to work together to uncover the identity of the killer who he fears is one of his race, Margrit realizes she's in way over her head with the paranormal. One day changes her life forever, and she ends up making deals with handsome dragons and taking from powerful vampires. She's on edge with her newest case and she's torn between two men. Her life is about to change forever.

I. loved. this. book. I immediately went out and bought "House of Cards" (which I'm rushing this review, so that I can go read!) right after I finished "Heart Of Stone". I was looking for something new and exciting, and I got it.
Each of the characters are strongly written and well-thought out. I really liked Janx. He's a jerk, but we're going to see a lot more of him, I know it.
This seris is sort of a mix between Kim Harrison's Hollows series and Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series. (Both of which are AMAZING!)
I highly recommend this book to paranormal romance/urban fantasy lovers.
I'm very much looking forward to "House Of Cards"






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2 comments:

Lisa R said...

I'm off to put this on my wishlist. I read two books in a series a year or so ago that had gargoyles in it(cannot remember who wrote it) and I loved it. Thanks for the review as I've had a dry spell and was looking for something new to read.

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