Circle of Fire. A Damask Circle Book: 1. Keri Arthur.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I’m a great Keri Arthur fan, loved the Nikki and Michael novels, so was pleased to see this new series beginning. It carries on in the same world as Nikki and Michael, but with other characters from the group they work for, Seline and the Damask Circle. It looks like each book will feature a different character, and that’s really exciting for me as I get to stay in the fantasy world I love and have begun to know, and yet meet new characters :)
This book features Jon from the Circle, out on a mission Seline had warned would be dangerous. He’s in trouble, and the only person able to help is Madeline – but she doesn’t believe he’s real. He’s appearing to her as a “ghost” but despite her abilities she can’t believe what she’s seeing. She’s suffered so much from her family about her abilities, with them seeking psychiatric care for her in the past, and the problems when they got the better of her, that she’s isolated herself from others now, and wonders if finally she’s losing her mind. Jon gives her a clue though, and when her nephew goes missing she just has to check it out.
Poor Maddie – she was so lonely and guilty and yet none of it was her fault. I really felt for her, she was trying really hard to do her best, and yet no-one recognised how difficult it was for her. Jon did, and she quickly learned she wasn’t insane, and that others including members of his family shared some of her talents. She fell for him, hard, but knew he was a loner, and only concerned about his work. She’s got such low esteem she can’t believe anyone would want her. Jon, he’s kept himself alone for a reason, it keeps those he cares for out of the danger that is his everyday life. He didn’t plan on Maddie though…
Along with these two characters there’s some great others, Maddie’s sister and her bigoted husband who seems to hate Maddie, Mack the FBI agent who’s met Jon many times before, and puzzles over how he always crops up in the more unusual cases, the horrific people who have abducted the teens….It’s a race to save them, endangering their own lives doing it. It seems each time they get a break something else comes along.
It’s the same mix of magic and mayhem, danger and hazards, and close encounters with sorcerers and shape-shifters we’ve come to expect from Keri. I often wonder just what it is that makes a book five star for me, its hard to define exactly, its a kind of instinct and when I’m reading I just get the feeling that this book is it – that its one I’ll remember, enjoy greatly, be happy to re read, and won’t know exactly how its all going to play out.
ARC provided via Netgalley.
Stars: typical Keri Arthur, riveting read, kept me glued to the end as always, so a full five.