What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power - our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks”, and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires, werewolves, and elves - or, on occasion, to live at the Seelie Court.
Linnet Ellery is the offspring of an affluent Connecticut family dating back to Colonial times. Fresh out of law school, she’s beginning her career in a powerful New York “white fang” law firm. She has high hopes of eventually making partner.
But strange things keep happening to her. In a workplace where some humans will eventually achieve immense power and centuries of extra lifespan, office politics can be vicious beyond belief. After some initial missteps, she finds herself sidelined and assigned to unpromising cases. Then, for no reason she can see, she becomes the target of repeated, apparently random violent attacks, escaping injury each time through increasingly improbable circumstances. However, there’s apparently more to Linnet Ellery than a little old-money human privilege. More than even she knows. And as she comes to understand this, she’s going to shake up the system like you wouldn’t believe.
©2012 Melinda Snodgrass (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I really enjoyed this book. It has a fresh and very interesting story that I couldn't stop listening to. I don't know what the other reviewer was talking about there being to much talk about horses and food, that's crazy. It wasn't too much. The horses were an interesting hobby and I don't see anything wrong with humans eating food. LOL This story has a good legal mystery, romance, hot sex, vampires, weres, fae and never a dull moment. I highly recommend it and I can't wait for the second book in the series. Therese Plummer has a wonderful voice for all the characters!!
I really enjoyed this book, I will be recommending it to all my friends- something I don't do often, it's a great start to what looks to be a fun series. I ended up losing 4 hours of sleep because I couldn't stop listening. I get excited when I can add someone new to my Author Watch List, and I've now added Phillipa Bornikova! Im glad I ignored Robin's bad review. IncidentalIy, I was going to skip this book originally because of that bad review, but when I decided to check other sites for reviews (i.e. Amazon, Goodreads) all I found were good reviews - except, wierdly, by another review posted by "Robin" on the same day who also couldn't find anything good about the book, and who claimed to not even be able to finish reading her kindle edition and send it back requesting a refund. Is she talking about this book??? She certainly has gone to a lot of trouble to buy the book in different formats just to be able to post super negative reviews........mmmmm, I love a good mystery. Anyway, I don't often post reviews, but since this is a new book from a new author I didn't want anyone who might be wavering to pass this gem up just because of one bad review.
I didn't read the blurb and found after 5 minutes of listening this was a story with vampires, werewolves and elves - not my chosen genre. Best mistake I have made with literature to date as I thoroughly enjoyed the story from start to finish. The reading was great to listen to and the story was entertaining and funny.
Someone compared this to a John Grisham Novel, which I think is pretty accurate. While the plot of this book is exciting and interesting, the book is very superficial. There was also a lot of describing food in great detail and random horse back riding in between plot elements. Don't get me wrong, I love a horse!
I realize this is the first in the series, so there was a lot of character building, which I didn't mind. But there wasn't a lot of world building, there are a lot of "things we don't know" about the other races as though it is all some big mystery, but I actually just got the impression that they were questions the author didn't bother to answer for themselves at this point.
There were a lot of little things that bugged me, details added haphazardly to create continuity where it could easily have fallen apart. There were also opportunities for description that were completely ignored in favor of talking about food. (Also New Yorkers are not rude? Try living somewhere people are actually nice. They aren't bad people, they just aren't very friendly for totally understandable reasons.)
I guess it just felt like someone told the author they should create a setting and that that setting should be created with food? I dunno. I enjoyed the plot and I may check out some of the others mostly because this book leaves you with about a thousand questions and no answers. But I really wasn't blown away.
The reader was fine. She didn't add to the story, but I also did not want to not hear her voice ever again, so I'll take it.
Deinitely in the top 25%
Linnet & John.
I've read 11 of 12 of the Sookie Stackhouse books and felt a huge chasm opening up....no more Sookie books! :( So in a chat with one of the Audible specialists, I found out about Phillippa Bornikova! The only problem is that there's only ONE book!! Please, please write more Linet Books!!
Boring. Finished to see if it got better, but then suddenly it ended. Main story line was wrapped up but fundamental questions went unanswered. Not a good read for fans of urban fantasy.
What a waste of a credit! The story is LOST between her clothes, eating, horses and the pathetic crying and wishy-washy heroine(?). It is obvious the author spends her time eating, shopping and riding horses! Seems A LOT of time eating. More time is spent describing the food, it's preparation and restaurants than actually on the story and engaging the reader. If I wanted to listen to a gastronomic review, I'd tune in to the food network. Every audible title can't be a winner and this one belongs in the LOSER pile.
"An urban fantasy with a difference...."
Mixing Vampire and werewolf lore with politics and a law firm, I found myself entertained, there was a lull in the middle of the book that I felt was going nowhere but this was of short duration and was more than made up for later. Our heroine just wants to be a lawyer and make her family proud, but with the cut throat office politics, a case that will never be solved even after 17 years and her life in constant danger, I think it is an aptly named book, will definitely be reading the next one in the series, from looking at the reviews this series looks like it just gets better and better, looking forward to it.... great escapism...
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