Heart of Stone Creat C E Murphy are Books C E Murphy is a writer of fantasy novels and short stories She also writes action adventure romance novels under the pseudony
Heart of Stone Creat C.E. Murphy are Books C.E Murphy is a writer of fantasy novels and short stories She also writes action adventure romance novels under the pseudonym Cate Dermody, which was her grandmother s maiden name.. The first title in The Negotiator series Attorney Margrit Knight has found the perfect man except he is a gargoyle wanted for murder When Alban Kround comes to Margrit for help to help clear his name, he reveals he is one of a handful of Old Races gargoyles, vampires, selkies, and djinn left living in the human world Original.. Popular Books Heart of Stone Margrit "Grit" Knight (ugh, the name!) is a public defender with too little time and too much courage. A chance encounter with a handsome stranger in Central Park entangles her in a web of lies, power games and revenge. And not all the people pulling the strings are human...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-bitten adults in the big city sound like. The editing is poor: a mysterious stranger is accidentally called by name by the text, pages before the big reveal of their identity. Plot threads go nowhere; dramatic minor characters are given splashy intros and then dropped from the narrative (I assume this is so Murphy can bring them up in sequels). The main character shifts gears so fast I felt like I had vertigo--one moment she's angry, the next she's humping a gargoyle in midflight, the next she's whooping with laughter. It's not that I want a boring character, but one with an understandable emotional life would be nice.On the other hand, Murphy has tapped into what made the first few Anita Blake books so enjoyable. Margrit is wildly underpowered in a world filled with magic. She's good at her low-paying, high-stress career, but has trouble with work/life balance. She has issues with her family that are relatable. And her reactions are often a refreshing novelty: when a handsome and mysterious stranger accosts her in the park at night, she threatens him, runs off, and then reports him to the police. And I have to note something that really impressed me: Margrit is mixed-race, and it's actually mentioned beyond physical description. She's incensed when her boss at Legal Aid asks her to take a specific case, knowing that he does so because having a black woman do so will look good to the press. And when her gargoyle pseudo-boyfriend tries to warn her against a vampire, reminding her that he isn't human, there's a great, unexpected moment: "'Don't kid yourself, Alban. In this form, you're a white man. Politically advantageous, economically powerful, socially acceptable. A hundred years ago if someone saw you and me standing here like this, you'd be the human and I'd be something less. A century before that, you and I standing here would've been master and slave. Or I might've been lucky. Two hundred years ago I might've been a free black, a placee. Know what that is? It's a rich white man's dark skinned mistress. Somebody my color would've been a quadroon, very exotic. Light enough to be almost acceptable.' Her heart hammered in her throat, thick and choking. 'So forgive me if I'm having a hard time with what makes someone human or not.'"Did I like this book? I wouldn't say so. It was too clunkily written, I didn't feel anything for the characters, and the plot was a mess. I won't read the next books in this series. But if you're looking for some not-bad urban fantasy/paranormal romance, this is better than much of what's out there.
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