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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.
©2008 C. E. Murphy (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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By Daniel S. Palter on 03-18-12

Strong middle book for the trilogy.

The second in the Negotiator Trilogy finds Magrit Knight thrust once more into the world of the old races even as she comes to terms with how she feels for the Gargoyle, Alban Korund.

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.

When the world of the old races pulls Magrit back into their side of things, Magrit doesn't protest - at first, but things rapidly spin in a direction she wasn't ready to face. One that loses her Tony as anything other than a friend, and exposes her to the unexpected prejudice of one of her roommates, Cole.

Add in the fact that someone is trying to kill the Djinn, Malik - someone Magrit would happily see dead herself - and things start to become a little complicated for the legal aid lawyer.

As the middle book in the trilogy House of Cards is a solid, enjoyable read (or in this case, listen). Murphy continues to build on the strong foundations of the setting without swamping the reader with too much background. The draw between Alban and Magrit feels real, just as Janx and Daisani continue to be compelling in their own ways.

I could feel Tony's frustration when he finally gives up on the relationship, and the way Magrit deals with that reminded me of more than one friend's reaction to a bad break-up.

The narrator works brilliantly, to me, for this series and I'm glad there wasn't a switch as there have been in some series I've listened to. Her pacing matches the story nicely, making the story easy to listen to.

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By Michelle L Rivas on 05-02-09

Delightful 2nd in Negotiator Trilogy

Contrary to what others have written, I find the second book in this trilogy just as enjoyable as the first. And the narrator is a delight to listen to. I have no problem distinguishing the players because she effectively stays consistent in her dialects. I look forward to the third book. The author is an excellent writer and it will be like saying goodbye to good friends when I finish the trilogy. Thank you for making my travel hours so enjoyable.

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