Review: Arcane Circle by Linda Robertson

3 Jan

Arcane Circle by Linda Robertson
Mass market: $7.99
Pocket Books/Juno (January 2011)
ISBN: 978-1-4391-9025-8

Favorite Lines: “The throne seemed to be made from cylinders of wood, tall ones forming the two rear posts, shorter ones supporting the arms of the seat. The dark wood was decorated with skulls, horns, and tusks. It was like four phallic symbols with hunting trophies nailed together to create a manly man chair. If it had a voice, it would have bellowed, “Behold! Virility incarnate!” (p. 189)

The day after the werewolves, witches and vampires joined forces to repel the fairy invasion proves to full of issues. The magical creatures who escaped fairy servitude need to be housed and cared for, the leader of the werewolves is on his way to verify that Johnny really is the werewolf king and no one knows if Menessos will rise at night or if he has truly died. To top it all off local parents are making it clear that their children will not be allowed to attend Beverly’s birthday party if Persephone is there too.

Being the Lustrata means Persephone will need to make hard choices and prove she can wield magic unlike any other, if she can stay alive.

Arcane Circle is book four in Linda Robertson’s Persephone Alcmedi series. Each book builds upon the last, so don’t try to jump into the series with this book. Go back to the beginning and pick up Vicious Circle.

In the last book, Fatal Circle, Seph’s mentor was murdered and she covered it up to ensure the witches aided the vampires and werewolves during an epic battle. Arcane Circle forces Seph to deal with the fallout from her actions. I think the next book will go more in depth, but this book just puts Seph on notice that her actions will have consequences.

Persephone and Johnny are both major contenders in the magical world, so it only makes sense that the two of them finally confront their pasts. Seph’s momma issues are addressed and the secrecy surrounding Johnny’s tattoos is brought to light. I wasn’t thrilled with the ease at which it all seemed to unfold, but it is what it is. One thing that I really did enjoy though, was the drama brought by the men in this book. Boy, are they drama kings.

Have you noticed my lack of mentioning anything Menessos? I hope it’s driving you crazy! Want to know what happened to him after the last book? Go buy Arcane Circle and find out! (Yep, I’m a bitch for that. lol)

In the end, Arcane Circle is a nice addition to the series. It’s action filled, sexy and full of promises for future installments. The only downfall for me is the romance. (And that is totally a preference based reaction.) It isn’t my favorite because I’m not sold on the idea of Johnny and Persephone as a couple. I see the appeal in his bad boy, kick ass, cooking self, but I prefer the other part of their triumvirate. Me and my older men…

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2 Responses to “Review: Arcane Circle by Linda Robertson”

  1. bookdaze January 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I’ve decided to look out for new UF series this year, and this one looks promising, especially after reading your review of the first book. And I figure if you’re still reading the fourth, it has to be good 😉

    Thanks for the review!

    Li

  2. scooper January 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Thanks Li. I finally read the Karen Marie Moning series a few days ago. Loved it. Can’t wait for the final book in the series to come out at the end of this month. But I am glad that I waited so long to jump on board, cause waiting a year for each book is too hard. lol

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