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Heart Of Stone

by C.E. Murphy
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  • Publisher: Luna
  • Publishing date: 01/04/2010
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780373803101
  • ISBN: 0373803109


Okay, so jogging through Central Park after midnight wasn't a bright idea. But Margrit Knight never thought she'd encounter a dark new world filled with magical beings—not to mention a dying woman and a mysterious stranger with blood on his hands. Her logical, lawyer instincts told her it couldn't all be real—but she could hardly deny what she'd seen…and touched.

The mystery man, Alban, was a gargoyle. One of the fabled Old Races who had hidden their existence for centuries. Now he was a murder suspect, and he needed Margrit's help to take the heat off him and find the real killer. And as the dead pile up, it's a race against the sunrise to clear Alban's name and keep them both alive….

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    From Amazon

    I will admit now that I have not yet read the Urban Shaman book/series. I WILL say that I LOVE this book!!! If you want an urban fantasy that centers around a main character who stands on her own two feet, is consistent and has a BRAIN, then this is for you. Margrit, our heroine, is an athletic lawyer who likes to win, likes to take risks, puts her money where her mouth is, and doesn't always come out on top. She is actually a mixed race character, which is rarer than I would like, and I find this adds an even greater depth to the general context. This is a smart book- there are some things that are implied rather than spelled out. The characters really do act their parts throughout. The romantic interests are complicated, hopeful, and bitter sweet. The plot line is clever, as is Margrit. I appreciate having a character who is written to be smart and actually comes across that way on the page! There isn't a whole lot of violence, sex, or spectacular displays of magic, but none of that is necessary here. This is a slightly more subtle verson of urban fantasy- though you certainly do get plenty of intrigue and supernatural. This is the magic of Lois Lane's first flight with Superman and Mary Jane's first rescue by Spiderman. It leaves you standing on firm pavement, but breathless and waiting for more. I loved it- I highly recommend!!!! (I am reading bk 2... but I don't want to read too fast as it is only a trilogy and my heart will break to leave these characters behind. *sigh* !!!)

  • Loved it...
    From Amazon

    "Vampires aren't the only creatures of the night..." ...AMEN!!! I was just enthralled by this one ladies...I couldn't eat, sleep or do anything without wanting to have my nose in this book. I'm not to sure what this novel is considered; romance? sci-fi? mystery? WHATEVER! It has it all! This is the first book I've ever read my Murphy (I think I started one a while back and put it down. I bet you know what I'll be digging for tonight) and it won't be the last. I won't give you a play by play, I'll leave that to the professionls (LoL! Like Ms. Danielle)...but what I will say is that I was hooked hooked hooked, and I still can't believe it. Honestly the story starts out a bit boring, and it did take me a while to get used to the way this lady writes, but holy moly it just *bam* hits you and your just (for a lack of a better word) sunk! I've never been fond of the really pale, blond/white hair hero types, but because of the way this author presented him...I was just in a state of awe. This is a continuing series, and everything ends up in a awful mess...Grit has some debts to pay and the man/creature she racked them up for walked away (although he did say he'd take them on himself. *hmmmm* what a man he is). Thank goodness I have the next two to read. I couldn't imagine not having these on the ready...I'm going for round 2....NOW!!!

    From Amazon

    I was really excited about the protagonist being a minority and that the book was urban fantasy but its too boring! It begins slowly! Better books are Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series. This is a snoozer!!

  • High-quality urban fantasy with a host of colorful characters
    From Amazon

    Plot Summary: Margrit Knight is an idealistic lawyer who by-passed a lucrative career to work at Legal Aid. While running in Central Park late one night, she's freaked out when a tall blond man strikes up a conversation. Later, Margrit learns that he's wanted by the police after a witness saw him standing over a bloody female corpse. Margrit contacts Tony, her sometime lover who is a detective, and helps him track down the mysterious Alban. After some time, Alban convinces Margrit that he's innocent but he can't go to the police because he's a gargoyle who turns to stone at sunrise. Margrit must find the real killer to keep Alban safe, but the pressure mounts as more women are murdered each night. I think this must be one of those stories that you'll either love or hate, because the reviews seem to be split down the middle. I'm kind of baffled that folks could give this one or two stars, but we're all entitled to our own opinions. For my part, I thought this was one of the best urban fantasies I've read in a long while. It didn't smack me upside the head with its greatness, but rather it slowly drew me in and seduced me with quality storytelling. There are several aspects of this tale that rise above the crowd, and here they are... This is a simple, elegant paranormal world where five Old Races live in secret among humans. This vision meshes closely with my own views on what immortality, fear of discovery, and small numbers would mean for non-humans. They're smarter than us, they're stronger than us, but above all, they're wary of discovery by us. One-to-one, humans are no match for these creatures, but they know that as a group we could crush their existence. These races have a mutual bond - their fear of humans - and it makes strange bedfellows among the Old Races. I love the variety too. Ms. Murphy introduces us to gargoyles, djinn, dragons, vampires, and selkies. Very few novels manage to support a wide cast of nuanced characters. Usually two or three are fully-fleshed, and the rest rely on caricatures. I thought C. E. Murphy did a convincing job of bringing everyone to life without resorting to using black and white hats. Several of Margrit's relationships were messy, complicated, and convincing. I look forward to watching Margrit tangle with Tony, Janx, Daisani, Alban, and Grace O'Malley again. I grew to admire Margrit's stubborn and honorable nature. She's a modern day David who spits in Goliath's eye, but she does it with human cunning. Her profession as a lawyer for Legal Aid is perfect, and once she learns about the supernaturals around her, she decides to advocate for them as well. She's fairly hopeless when it comes to romantic relationships, but her friendships and her career come first, and I can respect that too. (I suppose my only criticism is that Margrit is a woman of color, but the lady on the cover looks white to me. I wish they'd gotten that detail right.) The plot was fluid and it had a few twists I didn't predict, which always gets my attention. I love being stumped. This series is set up as a trilogy, which is one of my favorite formats. Sometimes I don't have the patience to follow a series past book number seven, ten or fourteen, and I like the idea that there will be a concrete ending in sight. At this point, I can't wait to get my hands on House of Cards (The Negotiator, Book 2) and Hands of Flame (The Negotiator, Book 3).

  • Not even worth one star
    From Amazon

    I couldn't get into this book at all. The way they had a gargoyle watching this woman. Just weird. I think the book was really really weak.

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