Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Review - Hands of Flame by C. E. Murphy

Hands of Flame
The Negotiator, Book 3
C. E. Murphy
September 1, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-373-80270-8

From the back cover:
War has erupted among the five Old Races, and Margrit is responsible for the death that caused it. Now New York City's most unusual lawyer finds herself facing her toughest negotiation yet. And with her gargoyle lover, Alban, taken prisoner, Margrit's only allies—a dragon bitter about his fall, a vampire determined to hold his standing at any cost and a mortal detective with no idea what he's up against—have demands of their own.

Determined to rescue Alban and torn between conflicting loyalties as the battle seeps into the human world, Margrit soon realizes the only way out is through the fire.…

My thoughts:
Margrit Knight has become the Negotiator for the Old Races. As a lawyer she can argue a case with the best of them, and she’ll need every bit of her skill when she comes up against the gargoyle’s council. Alban Korund, her gargoyle lover, has gotten himself in hot water defending Margrit’s life and if she loses this case she could lose him as well.

Fighting has broken out among the Old Races and is beginning to spill over into the human population. Detective Tony Pulcella has little choice but to step in and finds himself in the middle of beings he has no chance against. His future, along with the Old Races, lies in the choices that Margrit makes. If the fighting continues they’ll risk exposure, and the human race is far from ready.

This is the third installment in The Negotiator series, and the final release in this trilogy. Margrit Knight’s life has become more complicated since the night she met Alban Korund, and now with a war brewing among the Old Races it’s her job to prevent it. Ms. Murphy provides the action, mystery, and romance that keeps readers engrossed in this urban fantasy, and introduces new beginnings and tragic ends to shake up her character’s world. While some aspects of the storyline come to a close, others are kept open for the possibility of revisiting the Old Races. Hands of Flame has some surprises in store and should be read in order, after Heart of Stone and House of Cards.

To learn more about The Negotiator series, please visit Ms. Murphy’s website: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Wendy said...

I haven't even read Book 1 and you're already Book 3? Dammit, Kimberly! (lol)

You know what I'm gonna say - great review! :)

Kimberly Swan said...

There's just three, it's a trilogy so you'll be caught up in no time! *grin* Hopefully she'll decide to revisit the characters (Old Races) in the future.

Thank you...more for your wish list! :)

Amberkatze said...

I hope I like this 3rd part...I found part 2 wasn't as good as the 1st book.

Kimberly Swan said...

This wraps up the trilogy and the business with the gargoyles, but there is plenty more to explore so I do hope she comes back to the series at some point. :) (of course I'm excited that we'll see a Walker Papers again)

Catie said...

I'll very likely come back to the Old Races someday (there are too many stories left to explore to let it go!), but I'm going to finish up the Walker Papers first, so it'll be a few years. :)

There will, though, be a short story of the Old Races published next March in a Subterranean Press anthology I'm participating in. Keep an eye on my website for ordering information, 'cause it'll be a small run and the story may never appear elsewhere! :)


Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Catie - I'll be watching for that short story, and I'm really happy to hear that you'll probably come back to the Old Races one day.

I can hardly wait for a new story from the Walker Papers! :)

RachaelfromNJ said...

I haven't read these books yet but I've had them on my wishlist for a while. They sound really good. Great review :)

Kimberly Swan said...

This is the last one in the trilogy, so you'll go through them quickly when you get a chance to pick them up. Thanks! :)