Then Matrice sent me the
Heart of Stone
C.E. Murphy. Luna, $14.95 paper (448p) ISBN 978-0-373-80292-0
In Murphy's exciting series opener, Alban Korund, a winged, shape-shifting gargoyle, is framed as a murderer. He begs legal help from Margrit Knight, a human lawyer who at first thinks he's your average Central Park stalker. Margrit soon becomes attracted to her stony client and fascinated by the shadowy world of the Old Races, who live secretly among humans. As she struggles to prove Alban's innocence, Margrit herself battles a dangerous dragonlord, other gargoyles and a powerful vampire, as well as taking on the case of a selkie mother and baby living in a building destined for demolition. Margrit must also decide what to do about her jealous on-again/off-again boyfriend, Tony, a homicide detective who dislikes Alban and thinks he's guilty. Realist, feminist Margrit makes for a deeply compelling heroine as she struggles to sort out the sudden upheaval in her professional and romantic lives. Murphy (Coyote Dreams) has created a refreshing addition to the urban fantasy landscape. (Nov.)
which made me *very* happy.
The only thing I have *not* gotten, sadly, is a box of books in the mail. I was really hoping they'd show up today. Oh well. :)
I actually got some work done over the weekend, and Kevin and genitiggie were very kind about letting me. (So was Ted, who brought them out to a museum while I worked. I have good friends and family.) I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the HOUSE OF CARDS copy edits, and to my surprise, I'm actually really enjoying reading the book! I had so little sense of it after doing massive rewrites that it's wonderful to come back to it and actually like it. Yay! :)
In a bit here I'll post about the weekend. :) It was a nice visit all around. :)