Review: Circle of Fire by: Keri Arthur

January 31, 2014 Book Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review: Circle of Fire by: Keri ArthurCircle of Fire by Keri Arthur
Series: Damask Circle #1
on January 28, 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible. Jon Barnett knows that what’s happening is far worse. Sent by a group of paranormal investigators known as the Damask Circle, Jon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice.

Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the abilities she cannot control—abilities that have killed. But when a “ghost” brings a warning of danger and her nephew goes missing, Maddie not only has to leave her haven, she has to place her trust in a man who is neither ghost nor human. As the noose of sorcery tightens, the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time. But the greatest danger to Maddie and Jon could be the intense feelings they refuse to acknowledge but cannot ignore.

I’m going to start this review off saying that I am a really big fan of Keri Arthur and her Riley Jenson series and I’m such a dork that i didn’t realize that she had already published these previously, and that more or less they are just being rebranded along with her Nikki andMichael series. I’m surprised I never tried to find these books before at the library or through amazon. I just thought it was a totally new series. That being said, I really enjoyed it! It took me a bit to get into, not because of the writing, but because I was reading another book at the same time that was just dragging.

Keri Arthur always has such intricate characters. Maddie has powers, powers that she can’t control and that are incredibly dangerous to her and those around her. Jon is a shifter working for the Damask Circle by being jury, judge and executioner to all the bad magically enhanced people in the regular world. Sixteen teenagers have disappeared and no one knows how they are taken, or if they were taken, except Jon. Jon is out trying to figure out what is going on and how to stop it, and during this time Maddie is being pulled towards him, much to her displeasure. Maddie lives a solitary life, from others so she can’t hurt anyone. Until her nephew is one of the teenagers taken, she can’t just sit idly by while he could be suffering somewhere. So she goes to find Jon and her nephew.

There was one thing I was unsure of in this book. I wasn’t sure if it at all tied into her other series, she mentions vampires but not werewolves and i wasn’t sure exactly how everything worked, but regardless I really enjoyed reading this book and I really like the new covers for the series. Now as a warning, I’m pretty sure book two has a new set of characters in it, just so you know going in that it’s not like Riley’s series, where each story is about her.


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