Sep 21

RT review of new C.E. Murphy

Truthseeker by C. E. Murphy

Truthseeker is the first half of a duology, and it’s a charming and fast-paced novel from veteran fantasist Murphy. Featuring a contemporary setting with a fantastical twist, there are no dark demons or vampires here: just a faerie prince, a practical-minded young woman with the knack of knowing the truth and a compelling story that will leave you wanting more.

Lara Jansen is a quiet young woman serving an apprentice-ship at a bespoke tailoring firm in Boston when she is swept into the middle of a war in Faerie. Blessed­or cursed­with the ability to tell when people are telling the truth, she encounters Dafydd ap Caerwynn (faerie prince and hapless weatherman) and her life changes forever when he asks her to solve his brother’s murder. Outside of her comfort zone, Lara agrees to help and she steps through the doorway into Faerie, where things and time aren’t always what they seem.

Romantic Times, 4 Stars

Apr 1

Booklist on C.E. Murphy’s The Pretender’s Crown

The Pretender’s Crown (The Inheritors’ Cycle, Book 2)

The much-anticipated sequel to The Queen’s Bastard (2008) won’t disappoint patient readers willing to dedicate time and thought to the myriad political machinations in the weighty first nine-tenths of the book. Belinda Primrose, back in Aulun, is finally recognized after saving the navy from the Gallin Armada while being mistaken for the Madonna. Javier de Castille’s witch-power is deemed a gift from God by the Pappas, allowing him latitude to use it as he wars against Aulun, attempting to bring it back into the ecumenical fold. Battles, marriages, assassinations, changes of allegiance, and political intrigue strip the protagonists down to their cores as they lose everything and gain something else. With secrets of Belinda’s and Javier’s true beginnings revealed, Belinda reevaluates her fealty to an alien queen lurking in space and her responsibilities to the world into which she was born. Readers will have to await future installments of the Inheritors’ Cycle to know how it all finally comes out. –Booklist

Mar 24

Publishers Weekly on C.E. Murphy’s Pretender’s Crown

The Pretender’s Crown (The Inheritors’ Cycle, Book 2)

In Murphy’s crisply written sequel to 2008’s alternate history The Queen’s Bastard, aliens known as the Heseth, the people of the sun, have visited Earth in what would be our 16th century, but the supernatural elements are limited to the occasional use of magical abilities. The plot is more focused on the struggle for power in Echon (Europe), which features familiar rivalries between Aulun (England), Gallin (France) and the Prussian Confederation. As political tensions heat up, Belinda, the witchfire-wielding assassin and illegitimate daughter of Aulun’s Queen Lorraine, faces relationship problems with Javier de Castille, prince of Essandia (Spain) and Gallin, and with her overbearing mother. Murphy tends toward long discussions of war, succession and various attempts by the Heseth to influence human development, mostly balanced by clever intrigue and raw, explicit sex scenes. –Publishers Weekly

Oct 9

new C.E. Murphy books in the works

As reported on Publishers Marketplace:

Author of The Queen’s Bastard and other fantasy novels C. E. Murphy’s TRUTHSEEKER and WAYFINDER, contemporary paranormal fantasies, to Betsy Mitchell at Del Rey, by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency

Sep 15

Library Journal review for C.E. Murphy

For Hands of Flame (The Negotiator, Book 3)

Lawyer Margrit Knight is one of the few humans aware of New York City’s otherworldy denizens; known as the Negotiator among the Old Races who dwell behind the scenes, she calls upon her allies, a fallen dragon and her vampire employer, when her gargoyle lover is kidnapped and placed on trial by his “peers.” While wrapping up many loose ends, the concluding volume of Murphy’s Negotiator trilogy (Heart of Stone; House of Cards) leaves open the possibility of future explorations into an urban fantasy that brings some unusual creatures, such as gargoyles, djinn, and selkies, into the modern world. Margrit is a gutsy, resourceful heroine who can walk a fine line between the paranormal and the real world. A good choice for most libraries, with particular appeal to fans of Charles de Lint and Jim Butcher.


Heart of Stone (The Negotiator, Book 1)
House of Cards (The Negotiator, Book 2)

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