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HANDS OF FLAME
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
The third and final-for-now book in Murphy's Negotiator series is of a piece with the others -- almost to a fault, as this offering feels quite similar to the previous books. Fast-paced action and a twisty-turny plot make for a good read, but a heroine with apparently no sense of self-preservation can be frustrating. A fascinating take on what has now become a standard set of tropes in urban fantasy. Fans of the series will be sad to leave Margrit's world behind, at least for the time being.
Margrit Knight, lawyer and negotiator for the Old Races, finds herself in a bind: war is on the verge of breaking out among the Old Races, her gargoyle lover Alban Korund has been taken prisoner and her mortal friends and family are also in desperate danger.Margrit's only allies seem to be Janx, the dragon, and Eliseo Daisani, the vampire. However, they both have agendas of their own and they are bound and determined to force a final confrontation and end to their centuries-old friendship and rivalry once and for all. (Luna, Sep., 416 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: September 2008