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House of Cards: The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 2 | [C. E. Murphy]

House of Cards: The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 2

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.
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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.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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    Daniel S. Palter Pelican Rapids MN 03-18-12
    Daniel S. Palter Pelican Rapids MN 03-18-12 Member Since 2008

    Scott Palter

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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marniy Seattle, WA, USA 10-26-08
    Marniy Seattle, WA, USA 10-26-08 Member Since 2006
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    "House of Cards- or the heroine runs laps"

    I enjoyed the first book, despite the narrator's voice, but this second one has just been boring. The plot mainly involves the protagonist running back and forth between characters- over and over. I got about 3/4 of the way through, admitted I was deeply bored, and just turned it off. The writing isn't bad; the plot is a yawn.

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    Michele Toronto, ON, Canada 02-16-10
    Michele Toronto, ON, Canada 02-16-10 Member Since 2004
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    "2nd of the series...."

    Loved this book and the narrator was perfect for it too!
    Well written and well read.
    You can always tell which person was talking - always a help with an audio book.
    Great!

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    Michelle L Rivas 05-02-09 Member Since 2008
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angie COLLIERVILLE, TN, United States 12-31-12
    Angie COLLIERVILLE, TN, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2008

    3,495 hours listened in 2012! I used to be a voracious reader, then my job had me driving about 1k miles a week. I started listening to Audible and have never stopped. I quit work and now just listen all the time, cleaning house, shopping, driving, in the hot tub. I even put one earbud in and let Audible read me to sleep every night.

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    "Not your normal Paranormal Characters, Great"

    I really liked this series, the paranormal characters aren't your usual vampires/werewolf/zombie/fey. Unique characters and good mystery story line. You really find yourself rooting for the non-human hero, read them all, I won't give anything away.

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    L. O'Connell Westport, CT 09-13-08
    L. O'Connell Westport, CT 09-13-08 Member Since 2004

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    I am having a hard time listening because the narrator uses lots of terrible accents. Too bad she didn't just read it through.

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    Skitique Ravenel, SC, United States 06-23-08
    Skitique Ravenel, SC, United States 06-23-08 Member Since 2007

    I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.

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    "House of Cards (Unabridged"

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