Hands of Flame (The Negotiator, Book 3)

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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. Utterly adored this series. Went in a bit skeptical, because even though I adore her Walker Papers series, I am hard on Urban Fantasy, as a genre. A strong end to a good series. Leaves me wanting the next trilogy for Margrit and Alban. The whole trilogy is stronger than the parts in this case.

It develops the personality traits of the different Of course you can perfectly understand his reaction. IMO he was scared and felt threatened and immediately began to dehumanize make sense because Alban's not human, but doesn't make it right Alban while saying he's not afraid. That is a human reaction as shown time and time again to feel threatened and scared and make up some crap to justify your behavior besides the truth. I swear this is a "what woud you do" type book. For example, the Old Races pretty much think that human racism is ridiculous and even though they do not see themselves as human it did not stop some of them from recognizing that they had an advantage over Grit by having a white form or trying to bait her.

It reminded me of someone saying the most hateful things to you not because they themselves believe it, but they know that YOU do and that it pushes your buttons in the worst way so they have no problems about taking it there. Anywho, these challenges makes you think about the psychology behind these characters. Shit, the entire plot makes you so invested in this world and what everyone could be thinking. I loved that Grit was really really human. I'm referring to her inner thoughts throughout the entire series and the fact that this chick was scared, made mistakes, got her ass kicked!

To me everything was on point. I couldn't believe that she went through so much in 3 months. She was stressed the fuck out! I thought it was longer than 3 months so of course with her drama escalating on the daily she would be stressed the fuck out and it showed! It impacted her work and personal relationships, and HER. To me this is one of the many things that makes a great read: That's the whole point right? I can easily imagine this as being a movie or tv series, but I would want it to be done right and unfortunately tv pretty much always gets it wrong.

Nothing beats the imagination, yea? I realize that I went on and on and on, but I couldn't help it. Oct 22, Sara rated it liked it. The one thing that kept bothering me was how understanding Margrit was towards Cole when he was being a bigoted racist.

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It baffles me that she would keep making excuses for why it was ok that he acted that way. Other than that, the cast of characters was interesting, Alban only mildly annoying at times, and Margrit held her own as a protagonist. Nov 16, John rated it it was amazing. Quite a few things cleared up nicely, a few loose ends left for potential follow ups and a mostly satisfying ending. Didn't like where things ended up for Eliseo, and Grit's choice of who to save and who to "betray" wasn't really my favorite, but it was still well done so I can't complain too much.

Unfortunately I'm not sure there's much to go after this yet Great trilogy An interesting take on vampires and gargoyles and dragons. Lots of fun and lots of action. But for me it's always about the characters which were all complex and great to get to know. Jun 16, Kara rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed this world and Grit. The romance is there but is secondary to the story of a human discovering other races that were thought to be fictional. May 15, Red Lace Reviews rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The alliance between the Old Races is becoming increasingly unstable and once again Margrit Knight finds herself thrust into the middle.

Trying her best to stop all-out war, please those whom she owes, as well as deal with new issues that arise, she realises priorities in her life have changed, and she may never fit back into her old way of living. Please be aware that this review may contain spoilers before reading further. Upon reading through this book, I couldn't help but think finally, fin The alliance between the Old Races is becoming increasingly unstable and once again Margrit Knight finds herself thrust into the middle.

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Upon reading through this book, I couldn't help but think finally, finally things were happening, progressing at a satisfying pace and the previous non-existent levels of excitement actually began to climb. Both Heart of Stone and House of Cards were average at best and offered very little for me to warm to. Not only were there a lack of goings on primarily consisting of talking, talking and more talking , but the leading character and love interest both irritated as well as bored me.

This however, the last of the trilogy, was worth the effort and slow trudge to get to it. As it should be with the ending of a series, be it short or long, many questions were answered. I can only think of one mystery that was left open, that being Chelsea Huo, however I do have an idea of what and who she was. My increase of rating and the matter of my enjoyment being improved doesn't mean I came to particularly like Margrit. She wasn't redeemed in my books, but she was tolerable. She was still very much addicted to adrenaline and attracted to danger, which would've been completely acceptable if she could've took care of herself.

I felt like she relied upon the men in her life. Her self-healing capabilities were indeed gifted to her by one of those men. She also often complained about where her life was going and how involved she was getting, but over and over she was the one to place herself in business that didn't concern her. Alban remained as dull as always. I found it painful when it switched to his PoV, not because he did anything that annoyed me as such, but because out of all the characters combined I simply couldn't find anything remotely interesting about him. Sure, he was a gargoyle and had sent himself into exile, but he had no spark of personality, at least none that appealed to me.

My favourite character of the book? Of course it was the one and only Janx.

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That dragon was amazing and delightfully destructive. His attitude as well as certain interactions he had with others made me chuckle aloud. He didn't only bring humour, but a dangerous charm. Followed by Daisani, both characters I felt drawn toward and even now I wish to read more about them. The introduction of the sisters felt somewhat out of the blue, but they were a welcome addition nevertheless. I felt they would've been good material for a spin-off series, but other than a few short story collections, I see no indication that the Old Races universe will be revisited by the author.

Even Grace had enough potential, even if her way of speech got old quite fast. It's a shame though, that just when I wanted more, it was finished. The entwining plots never failed to entertain and I wasn't left disappointed. Perhaps there was a bit less focus on the romance, but that didn't bother me in the slightest. As an urban fantasy, I expect to have events left, right and center that keep me on my toes, not the saturation of the lovey-dovey I have other books for that.

A highlight for me were the trials that Margrit had to undertake, especially the short time with Ouroboros. Well worth the read. Dec 08, Manda rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. I wasn't completely sure on this series It was an attachment to a character that actually made me finish it. My husband asked me how the first book was, and my response was, "I like the dragon. Janx's personality amused me enough to push through, and continue on with the books despite the fact that I found Alban a little lack luster though he has a pretty cool name and Margrit I found engaging I wasn't completely sure on this series Janx's personality amused me enough to push through, and continue on with the books despite the fact that I found Alban a little lack luster though he has a pretty cool name and Margrit I found engaging at times, very smart at times and foolish at others.

Moving on to this book, though I started out enjoying it more than I did the first two-- I liked the conflict between the selkies and djinn. I liked that Cara brought Margrit into it-- though have to question the wisdom of bringing in a third party that the djinn already have a bit of a chip on their shoulder about. Especially when she was the one who held such a massive support for the selkies when they initially "petitioned" to be reestablished as a member of the old races. I enjoyed that part. I thought that it was bold of the author to maim the main character I thought that the drawn out "death" was a nice touch, due to her "gift" from Eliseo Dasani and I liked this bit of mythos- the healing sip.

I would have bought it had she healed herself, or I would have bought it if she'd died Yeah, that said, I don't buy it. I told my husband as soon as she got her throat cut that I thought the author was going to cheat That she wasn't going to actually kill Margrit. That someone would swoop in to save her, etc. Imagine my surprise when they checked her pulse and it was stopped.

Her heart was stopped, and the majority of her healing blood was in a big fat puddle around her body. Despite the fact that I adore vampire mythology, the actual "drinking" of blood has always annoyed me just a little pretty much all of the mythologies -- yes, the blood is supposed to be potent, but you're drinking it-- so it's going into your stomach full of acid. Also potent, but meh. Authors find it easy to make big changes with deaths. It's easy to fix, but from the reader stand point or maybe just this reader it's terribly cliched.

Not a bad series, all in all-- and if C. Murphy does decide to continue it in the future, I will probably check the books out, just to see how the characters I did like Janx, Biali, the twins will fare in the future, but they won't necessarily be something I will actively be watching for, or waiting impatiently.

Aug 30, Joni rated it liked it. Hands of Flame by C. Murphy Margrit is a lawyer caught up in the world of the Old Races, creatures humans think to be from myth and fairytale: She was inadvertently thrust into the world of the Old Races, and no matter how often she tried to walk away, she's been drawn deeper into their midst. In Hands of Flame, she's called up to prevent all out war between two of the races and to settle question of a djinn's death.

This book was a bit of a struggle for me to finish. It was obvious that Murphy decided from the start that this series would be a trilogy. Plot lines felt a bit rushed for me as many questions were left to be answered. By the end, she has answered the major questions, leaving us only with a minor mystery or two to puzzle out. The book clocks in at just over four hundred pages, and it was an easy read for me.

I wanted to know how the relationships between major characters were settled, so I kept reading. However, I found myself putting it down and coming back to it later several times. The novel is not without its good points. Characterization is one one of the strong points in these novels.

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For example, I find a dragon able to assume the form of a charming, yet dangerous human perfectly believable. I was excited to learn that there were more gargoyles out there, and I loved seeing them in their human shapes. What I like best about this series is that we humans believe what we want to believe.

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We're surrounded by the otherworldly. Yet, for the most part, we turn a blind eye to it because we don't want to be confronted by the magic happening before our eyes. I think this rings most true because most people don't want to be confronted by something that takes them outside their comfort zone. I liked this series as a whole: I'd recommend reading all of them in order, because this isn't a series that works well if you pick it up in the middle. May 21, Tracy Riva rated it it was ok Shelves: Hands Of Flame by C.

Murphy was in interesting, but not engrossing read. The story is well populated with mythological creatures and conflict abouunds. There is a different kind of paranormal romance - yes happily no vampires or werewolves as part of the romance - a diverting change, but the book simply seems to be missing a vital spark. I found it hard to stay interested in and it took me over a week to read the page book. Hands Of Flame has almost too much going on at once. The book is so Hands Of Flame by C. The book is so populated with conflict between, and within, various mythological creatures it is difficult to pick just one to really care about.

Given the nature of the heroine, Margrit's job as a negotiator for the "elder races", this may in fact be a deliberate move on the author's part. She may not want you to chose a particular group to care about more.

Murphy does some things that really broke the illusion of fantasy for me more. First, and for me the most annoying point, was Murphy's blatant overuse of cliche. I would finally start to get into the book only to find another cliche popping out and knocking me off the page. The other really frustrating habit, cute the first couple of times, but rapidly becoming old afterwards was her use of alliterative groups of three. I might have been able to read these groupings without being consciously aware of them but the author herself deliberately brought attention to them. After that they were extremely distracting.

They may have occured within the text prior to the point when the author drew attention to them, but if they did I hadn't noted them. Overall, I was unimpressed with Hands Of Flame. I'd read some of C. Murphy's other work and was really llooking forward to this tale, only to find it didn't live up to the excitement it had engendered.

Murphy, copyright by C. Murphy, published as a Luna book by Harlequin Books S. May 19, Tammy rated it really liked it Shelves: This was my favorite of the series. It ended well, answering many of the series' questions, but there's still the possibility for more, should the author choose. The emotional impact of this book was higher for me, I cared more about the characters. Grace has her ways, indeed.

Grace fascinates me and I want so much more about her. I was going crazy waiting for Grit to spell out what she'd figured out.

Cam in her innocent fascination and joy, both with what Alban is and with G This was my favorite of the series. Cam in her innocent fascination and joy, both with what Alban is and with Grit's happiness with him. He's a stereotype, sure, the charming criminal who is dangerous and maybe shouldn't be trusted, but I like him anyway. He is what he is, he doesn't hide any of it. As Grit notes, he has his own honor and he won't defy it. I wanted more about her, too. Cole referring to Alban as an "it. He had to know how much that would hurt her, he's known her long enough. He made a choice to be racist and it upset me.

Daisani reacting to his big secret which I didn't think was that bad and actually thought was a logical thing for him to do with such anger and violence. It seemed to completely change his personality from the Daisani I thought I knew in earlier books. Kaimana Kaiaii and Cara Delaney turning out to be not as nice as I'd thought they would be. I think they both could have done what they did without being cruel. They had plenty of justification, after all. Dec 15, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm long on record as getting a lot of enjoyment out of C.

Murphy's work, and Hands of Flame is no exception. It's a fine conclusion to the Negotiator Trilogy, bringing some resolution not only to heroine Margrit's relationship with the gargoyle Alban, but also to the humans close to her. Played off against the more personal relationship is the development of her station among the Old Races, with whom she has gained enough status that they've given her a new name: There's some g I'm long on record as getting a lot of enjoyment out of C. There's some good solid intrigue here as Margrit is hauled in to mediate a deal between the selkies and the djinn--and at the same time, she's pushed by the dragonlord Janx into trying to destroy her own brand new employer, Eliseo Daisani.

Margrit is forced to delve into the history of these two longstanding rivals, and with Alban's help, uncovers a secret neither the dragon nor the vampire knew. The pace is fast; a lot of the time on the way through this book I found myself going "wait, what? But this is not a bad thing. Just be ready to handle a lot of plot details thrown at you very, very quickly if you take this one on! And for gods' sake, make sure you've read Books 1 and 2 first, else you will be very, very lost. I loved this series.

There were many characters that I wish had been expounded on, but I discovered that C. Murphy has short stories with Janx, Biali and Malik. Murphy's world, gargoyles, selkies, djinn, dragons, and vampires, make up the old races, the last remaining on Earth. Humans have been crowding them out and the Old Races are both hidden and going extinct.

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Times have changed, however the immortal Old Races have not. Alban, a gargoyle, watches over Margrit, a human I loved this series. Alban, a gargoyle, watches over Margrit, a human he is taken with. Margrit is a very good attorney who wants to make a difference, and is drawn into the Old Races disputes as their negotiator.

In this last book, Alban and Margrit have to come to their own agreement as to whether to be together or not. It requires the Old Races to accept that outcrossing to humans is not a banishing offense, secrets revealed about the birth of two half old races and half human children, and a battle scene where Margrit has to fight to keep Alban from being banished. The book wrapped up Alban's and Margrit's story perfectly, and even Tony, her former boyfriend, appears to have a happy ending.

I'm looking forward to reading the short stories and getting immersed in the Old Races world again. Nice, unusual take on old myths. Jul 28, Deva rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book, just like book 2, made me tired. Margrit wheeled and dealed until death knocked on her door again multiple times.

Overall, the entire trilogy was phenomenal. I've said in the past that I hate when the writer does a cop out and we find out that our heroine has some kind of already paranormal ability. She was so human that she got her ass kicked several times, yet still lived to tell about it. We also solve the mystery of Grace O Malley in this book. It was underwhelim This book, just like book 2, made me tired.

It was underwhelimg as I've always had an idea, but it was nice to have that clarity. The ending pisses me off as I sit here and type this because there's just so much more. Why wouldn't Murphy give us more? In the form of novellas. So far she's done 3 of 6 novellas. I need to go all the way through her site to find out what is what and what I need to buy. In the meantime, if I get my hands on them, I'll surely offer an update. For my interpretation of the ending tie-ups, visit my blog http: Sep 05, Martina the Book Fairy rated it really liked it Shelves: They take place in NYC and are about a lawyer named Margrit Knight who stumbles across paranormal creatures existing right among all the humans - djinn, Selkies, dragons, vampires, and gargoyles.

She quickly finds herself embroiled in the politics of these "old races" and not much more than her brain, a touch of bravery and a ton of "grit" will get her out of it alive. I'm not sure why this book sat on my TBR shelf for so long. This one was quite good, but left a few too many loose ends to feel like the story is truly over, which sadly, it is. The author has written some short stories that take place in this universe, though - those are rumored to be out in the second half of But it doesn't sound like any additional full-length stories are planned at this time.

Apr 21, Daffodil rated it really liked it Shelves: Great wrap up for the trilogy. There were a few questions I would have liked answers to, but the major story arc came to a satisfactory conclusion. Margrit's attempts to negotiate between the Old Races leads her farther away from her old life and deeper into danger, endangering her life on more than one occasion. I loved the sly Buffy reference when Margrit said she wanted her future tombstone to read She changed the world. One of Margrit's most admirable traits is her drive to make the w Great wrap up for the trilogy.

One of Margrit's most admirable traits is her drive to make the world a better place. Regardless of whether anyone knows what she has accomplished, she just wants to fix the problems in the world. Unfortunately, this is also one of her biggest failings. Margrit doesn't always stop to consider the reasons behind the laws the Old Races live by and initially creates havoc.

The war between Janx and Daisani in addition to the Djinn, Selkies and humans fighting over Janx's territory provides plenty of action. While the Walker Papers is my favorite Murphy world, I'm hoping to see more stories from this one in the future. Apr 10, Beth Cato rated it really liked it Shelves: The final book of The Negotiator trilogy picks up not long after the second book. So deep that one of their deaths is on her hands - and civil war is about to break out because of it. If that's not enough, Grit's gargoyle lover, Alban, has been chained and is subject to a gargoyle tribunal.

The dragon Janx and vampire Daisani also have their place in events, calling in favors owed by Margrit - f The final book of The Negotiator trilogy picks up not long after the second book. The dragon Janx and vampire Daisani also have their place in events, calling in favors owed by Margrit - favors at a very high cost. It's up to Grit to utilize her lawyer skills and newfound talents to keep those she loves alive, and try to save those she dislikes as well.

The secrets and plot twists were so deft they were hard to follow at times, but it was an enjoyable ride all the way through. Note that this isn't a stand-alone book - if you want to read the series, begin with Heart of Stone, otherwise nothing will make sense. Great urban fantasy series, though I still love Murphy's Walker Papers books the most.

Sep 15, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: Ooh, this was a good one, though it felt slightly rushed. There seemed to be a lot more story to tell than fit into the page volume, so the action was pretty much nonstop and it felt like a really wild roller coaster. In this book third in the Negotiator series , all secrets are revealed with a vengeance, and the accumulated debts and promises from the first two books are all collected and distributed appropriately.

It felt a bit like the Mahabharata, when everything comes due.

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Very satisfying Ooh, this was a good one, though it felt slightly rushed. Very satisfying, and I like Murphy's take on her mythology. And the truth about Grace O'Malley is just what it should have been. Unfortunately, Murphy isn't going to write any more of these for a while.