Series:Damask Circle #1
Release Date: Re-Release January 2014
Reviewed by: Amber R.
Keri Arthur has never disappointed me yet and this book was no different. Circle Of Fire is one of her earlier books that is being re-released in the U.S in a few months. Although this is an early book of Arthur's, if you're a fan, you can really see the weaving of a story that we love.
Maddie is a woman with extraordinary gifts. She is clairvoyant and she also has the capability of starting and manipulating fire. Growing up in a small town, with narrow minded parents didn't exactly help her self confidence grow. Throw in an abusive husband and what you're left with when they're all gone is a woman sure of nothing about herself. Although she is very determined and strong when the life of her nephew is threatened.
Sent to her as an apparition, Jon is a shapeshifter who is looking for help. Somehow he is sent to Maddie, which doesn't start so well for him. Maddie has been through a lot and it basically has turned her into a hermit. Jon has to convince Maddie that he's real and that she's the only one who can help him. Finally they both end up in Taurin Bay, the town where everything is centered around. Only by working together can they finally stop the evil that is draining the lives of teenagers.
Maddie doesn't trust Jon or anyone really. And while Jon doesn't have the same trust issues that she does, he doesn't want her around while he's on the hunt. But like I said, Maddie is determined and she refuses to back down. I really ended up liking her, in the beginning she does come off a bit of a weakling. But she quickly shows a backbone of steel. Jon is pretty likeable as well but I feel like the mistakes he made towards the end of the book were too easily forgiven.
I really did enjoy this book and I'm definitely going to continue on in this series. I think it has all the makings of where Keri Arthur started in her writing style and you can see how much she's progressed. I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes next.