HOUSE OF CARDS
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.
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)