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.
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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!!
"Fun read from Chick-lit/Romance/Legal/Vampire mix"
This is a book to read when your brain needs a holiday. It's a light, fun, fast, slick, self-referential, tongue-in-cheek (I hope) cocktail of every genre you might be looking for.
We have an alternative earth in which Vampires and Werewolves and Fairies (collectively known as The Powers) dominate the law, the military and the entertainment business.
Our heroine graduated at the top of her law class, yet she shows few signs of being really bright. She gets her first job working for a White Fang (Vampire reference - not Jack London) Law firm. She achieves outcast status amongst her human colleagues because she was fostered in a Vampire home, falls victim to the office sexual predator, falls into an intrigue that pits her against Werewolf mercenaries who try (repeatedly) to kill her. She falls a lot in fact. And most of the time it saves her life or wins her a case. She may not be the world's brightest lawyer but she is supernaturally lucky.
Although she is often brave, taking on Werewolf assassins and chauvinist bosses with equal enthusiasm, she seems a little damaged - very dependent on "Daddy" both her natural father and her Vampire foster-father.
The book is well plotted and slickly written, with good banter, nice pace and well-choreographed action.
Bornikova raises her game as a writer when she is describing anything to do with horses and she manages a surprisingly (but appropriately) repulsive sex scene.
What I've described so far would have been enough for a pleasant read but probably wouldn't have had me looking for the next in the series (isn't everything in a series these days?)
What pushed me into the "OK, I'll try the next one" camp is the feeling that the damage our heroine sustained in her fostered-childhood and the supernatural luck that follows her and the unusual patronage that she receives from the Vampires, point to a longer, more interesting plot arc and to the possibility that our heroine may get past her daddy issues and end up seeking a reckoning with a set of gelding shears. One can but hope.
"I Couldn't Stop Listening! I loved it!"
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.
Great performance. As usual w/ Therese Plummer.
I really enjoyed this story. It's fun. The concept of who can become a vampire grates on my nerves but I won't give it away. There's some great girl power moments midway through. Funny stuff. It's worth both your money and/or credit.
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.
"Better than expected series"
This first book was a less dark type after the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. Also made me think of a sci-fi Grisham.
I enjoyed the female office revolt, as it was funny, but the whole story was good.
Don't want to ruin it for others.
Try this book out if you enjoy a chase and sci-fi creatures in a world all their own.
"Food is not Worldbuilding"
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.
"Not an Easy Book to Like"
WARNING: This book is slow.
I have one hour remaining, and only now has the publisher's "summary" come to fruition (the "Linnet's been attacked multiple times and escaped through improbable circumstances" part). I was expecting a lot more action based on this summary, but the action is almost non-existant.
When the attacks do occur, they are over and done with in about five minutes of reading time. Linnet's brushes with death are supposed to be comical, I think. They weren't. The whole story has such a depressing undertone that it seems trite and flat when the author attempts any levity.
During the rest of the story, Linnet is involved in petty office politics, work, or horseback riding. The latter is discussed in way too much detail. I don't know squat about fancy horse moves, and they have no impact in the story that I can see so far. In my opinion, these bits should have been removed by the editor.
To top it all off, Linnet is not an easy character to like. She's insecure, judgmental, smart-but-stupid, and sleazy. Ultimately, I end up pitying her a little bit because she obviously feels unloved and alone--she was fostered by a vampire that views her as a pet servant, and she only got to know her parents and little brother as an adult. She instantly hates almost everyone and shares snide opinions that remind me of a middle schooler. Whenever she is stressed, she ends up sleeping with a co-worker because "she deserves this," and she's "tired of feeling like she shouldn't." It doesn't even feel like she's having sex for fun--it reminds me of a person that binge eats and sobs into an ice cream carton as they shovel food in their mouth, ultimately causing themselves more and more misery. The sex scenes are awkward and very unexciting--even the one that is supposed to be with the "good" guy. She isn't close to anyone, so the sex always seems cheap and meaningless and probably disease-inducing (especially the guy who's slept with every female in the firm).
To sum it up, this is not a fun, light book. If you enjoy books with a main character that's not all-together, you may enjoy this one--Linnet is a mess in every aspect of her life except her work ethic. I myself prefer a main character that doesn't put herself down every fifteen minutes, but I still find the story worth finishing. Worth a full credit? No. Worth a sale price? Sure.
"MORE! MORE! MORE!"
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!!
"non stop action"
This book had an interesting take on the vampire and werewolf cultures. It combined the fantasy world with the problems that women in the real world face in business for a very believable world.
"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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