Saturday, 29 October 2016

Circle of Fire by Keri Arthur (#1 Damask Circle)

Title: Circle of Fire
Series: Damask Circle (#1)
Author: Keri Arthur
From: Netgalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 20th August 2001
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Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible, but Jon Barnett knows it's something far worse. To stop the killers in Taurin Bay, he becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice in the form of recluse Madeline Smith. Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the psychic abilities she can't control-abilities that have killed. But when "ghost" Jon Barnett brings a warning of danger and her nephew disappears, Maddie has to leave her haven. She also has to learn to control the abilities she fears and place her trust in Jon Barnett, a man who is neither human nor ghost. But as the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time, and the noose of sorcery threatens to kill Maddie and Jon, the greatest danger to them both could be the feelings they have for each other-feelings that they refuse to acknowledge.

I'm a little bit apprehensive about writing this review. Circle of Fire took me a long time to read (something like 4 days which is virtually unheard of for me unless it's a 600 page book). For whatever reason the book just wasn't sticking and I didn't have the "I need to find out what happens next" vibe I normally get from books. Especially with a lot of bloggers whose opinions I trust saying that they love the author I feel kind of like I've let them down. 

What I don't want to do though is give off the impression that this is a bad book because it's not. It has everything in it that should have worked; magic, romance, drama, suspense. This one is definitely on me and not the book! 

I liked that Maddie was determined, she didn't just give up even if she had done in the past, and that made her a good character. She learnt from her mistakes and grew with them. She also spent time talking to her sister and trying to ensure that their parents mistakes weren't repeated which gave her a bit more depth. 

The romance was subtle, which worked well with the plot as it didn't steal attention from what was going on. There was a good connection between Jon and Maddie and even though the events only really took place over a week, the connection between them didn't feel rushed. 

I'm really not sure what didn't click between me and this book, and I'm disappointed that that was the case, but it does have all the ingredients for something great.