Review: Fatal Circle by Linda Robertson
Series: Persephone Alcmedi #3
Author: Linda Robertson
Published on: June 29, 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: 368 pages, Paperback
Provided by: Borrowed Amazon Book Depo
Destiny sucks. . . .
There was a time when Persephone Alcmedi thought her life was hard to manage, what with wondering how to make sure she took adequate care of both her grandmother and her foster daughter, Beverley, whether she’d end up in the unwanted position of high priestess of a coven, and whether her werewolf lover, Johnny, would resist the groupies who hang around his band Lycanthropia.
But that was before the fairies started demanding that Seph’s frightening, unpredictable ally – the ancient vampire Menessos – be destroyed . . . or the world will suffer. Seph and Menessos are magically bonded, but that’s a secret she dares not reveal to her fellow witches lest they be forced to reject her and forbid her use of magic. And, despite the strain this casts on her relationship with Johnny, as a showdown with the fairies nears, she and Menessos badly need the werewolves as allies.
Life, death, and love are all on the line, but when destiny is calling, it doesn’t help to turn away. With the individual threads of their fates twisted inextricably together, can Seph, Johnny, and Menessos keep the world safe from fairy vengeance?
Fatal Circle goes to increasingly disturbing ends to reinforce the equality of its love triangle leaving me wondering how far the series is from embracing outright polygamy. The prospect is, however “wrong”, increasingly intriguing. Undoubtedly there will be some wrench that is thrown into this harmonic machine but Fatal Circle in a scene that must remain unspoiled may have perhaps gone beyond simple matrimony with magical aid.
Persephone remains likable in her honesty and her continual boast that she owns twenty acres. Not many paranormal protagonists can brag that they own a certain plot of land, a certain plot of land that, by the end of this novel, is primed for ever more paranormal happenings.
Unsurprisingly the paranormal happenings reach a fever pitch in the closing scene. These paranormal happenings feel far removed from this series’ rather humble beginnings on twenty acres that every full moon offered caging in its basement for waeres. A lot of it has to do with the increasing number of locations, characters, and alliances, the last of which I had supreme difficulty keeping up with. The dialogue that sought to convey something of the opaqueness and shifty nature of alliances did so so well that it was just that, shifty and opaque. I am intensely curious where this series goes from here. The final pages tease you with several unresolved issues. As always I am astounded with how many happenings are packed into such a little period of time. These first three books take place over the course of perhaps three months, probably less. The math doesn’t interest me too much.
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