Image of House of Cards (The Negotiator, Book 2)


Image of House of Cards (The Negotiator, Book 2)

The second title in Murphy's Negotiator series is every bit as interesting and fun as the first. Margrit is a fascinatingly complex heroine who doesn't shy away from making difficult choices. While she's a bit shrill at times, this is balanced out by her desire to do right by all the people in her life, not just the humans.

Margrit Knight, a Legal Aid lawyer and go-between for the Old Races, is between a rock and a hard place -- literally, thanks to Alban Korund, the gargoyle who got her into this mess to begin with. Beset on all sides by vampires, dragons, djinns and selkies, she wants nothing more than to further her acquaintance with Alban. But he's vowed to stay away from her so that her life can return to normal -- against Margrit's wishes.

Pulled into peace-treaty negotiations between the different factions of the Old Races, Margrit must navigate completely unfamiliar territory while making decisions that will affect the rest of her life. (Luna, Mar., 416 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs