Circle of Fire (Damask Circle Series #1)

Circle of Fire (Damask Circle Series #1)

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

VISIONS OF TERROR
 
Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible. Jon Barnett knows that what’s happening is far worse. Sent by a group of paranormal investigators known as the Damask Circle, Jon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice.
 
Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the abilities she cannot control—abilities that have killed. But when a “ghost” brings a warning of danger and her nephew goes missing, Maddie not only has to leave her haven, she has to place her trust in a man who is neither ghost nor human. As the noose of sorcery tightens, the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time. But the greatest danger to Maddie and Jon could be the intense feelings they refuse to acknowledge but cannot ignore.

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ISBN-13: 9780440246558
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Series: Damask Circle Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 417,996
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series, has now written more than twenty-five books. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards and recently won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.

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Circle of Fire (Damask Circle Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Kirby Brown and Helen Smith are as close as sisters are so when Kirby comes home to see Helen and her lover¿s body savaged, she¿s bereft and horrified. Helen was a witch and Kirby has powers of her own so she knows that the two policemen that are guarding her are something evil. She escapes from them only to see them come after her in their true form, reptilian like monsters.

She would have died if shapechanger Doyle Fitzgerald hadn¿t appeared on the scene. He dispatches the two monsters and the vampire that comes after them. Doyle is part of the Damask Circle; an organization consisting of people with paranormal powers that fight the evil forces that are loose on the world. His current assignment is to track down a witch who is targeting other practitioners of magic and the only one who can stop her is Kirby. Doyle, who loves Kirby, tries to protect her but he can¿t guard her from her own fears for only she can do that if she dares.

Keri Arthur is one of the better writers of supernatural romances and her Damask Circle series is a perfect example of how she makes the extraordinary seem believable. CIRCLE OF DEATH will appeal equally to paranormal, romance and mystery fans. The characters make the paranormal seem normal; the romance between the shapeshifter and the witch is utterly believable; and the mystery will key the readers into turning the pages, eager to find out who is doing the killings and why.

Harriet Klausner

ElizabethT More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite authors and this book did not disappoint. Maddie has such a sad tragic past and is hiding away to keep others safe from her uncontrolled psychic powers. Jon is trapped and dying and the only person who can help him is the one person afraid to live for fear of hurting others accidentally. After two days of astrally projecting himself to Maddie begging for her help she is finally shaken enough to go and look for the man she doesn't believe is real. I loved watching the characters interact. This was a very enjoyable romance and in a series it can be read alone. I highly recommend this book.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from February 22 to 24, 2014 Book Info  Paperback, 336 pages Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Dell (first published August 20th 2001) ISBN 0440246555 (ISBN13: 9780440246558) edition language English series Damask Circle #1  other editions (7) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  AMAZON  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS VISIONS OF TERROR Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible. Jon Barnett knows that what’s happening is far worse. Sent by a group of paranormal investigators known as the Damask Circle, Jon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice. Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the abilities she cannot control—abilities that have killed. But when a “ghost” brings a warning of danger and her nephew goes missing, Maddie not only has to leave her haven, she has to place her trust in a man who is neither ghost nor human. As the noose of sorcery tightens, the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time. But the greatest danger to Maddie and Jon could be the intense feelings they refuse to acknowledge but cannot ignore. My Thoughts This is the first book in a trilogy that was first published almost 13 years ago, for me just the name of the author was a good enough reason to want to read the books as loved prior works that she has written. Having first been introduced to the organization called The Damask Circle in the Nikki and Michael series am eager to learn more about the organization and it’s members who protect and serve humanity so looking forward to each book in the rereleased series.  Madeline has been “gifted” since childhood but she has never been comfortable with her abilities nor has she ever found anyone who accepted them as just being a natural part of her, which Jon does. Jon being “gifted” himself and also being part of an organization that is filled with all kinds of “paranormal talents” finds himself protective of Maddie, which for him is a first as a woman has no place in his life as a priority due to the dangers his job provides. The pair must learn to trust each other quickly and together defeat the villain, this sounds so simple but for these two loners proves to be anything but. I was intrigued to see how the story and plot would turn out, it met my expectations as it kept me interested from beginning to end and it especially worked well as the book can be read as a stand alone since it concludes without a cliffhanger ending of any kind. As a longtime fan of author Keri Arthur this was a another pleasant intro to some of her earlier works, looking forward to reading rest of the trilogy .  [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
readalotchick More than 1 year ago
Holds up to other Keri Arthur books. She has an amazing talent for writing a good suspenceful story. I only wish we didn't always have to wait so long for the next one.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank NetGalley and Dell for granting me the chance to read this e-book in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influenced this review. VISIONS OF TERROR 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. Although the story is tension-filled on multiple levels, there is also a sweetness to watching the romance unfold, not too mention watching Maddie transform into a butterfly, no longer tethered to one place by fear. What I Liked About the Story: I truly appreciated that Maddie was allowed to stretch and grow, and though she had some help from Jon, she was the master of her own recovery, reclaiming her life on her own. And having her sister finally figure out just how poorly she'd treated her all their lives was nice. The way that came about was interesting, and has potential for making an appearance in one of the subsequent books in this new series. Jon was a great character from the beginning, and having him so in touch with his own emotions was nice to see. That's not to say he didn't have some rough patches, but never because he was closed off from his own emotions. His history clearly demonstrated why he responded as he did to certain things, and yet he was still open enough for Maddie to see past the barriers he'd erected. The fact that they could understand each other as well as they did in so short a time falls into my pros and cons list. Evan and Mack are also solid secondary characters. They are both impressive in their own way, and again I could easily see one or both making an appearance or more in future books. I was truly proud of Evan for being so confident and self-assured, particularly given his role model was not exactly a pillar of strength while he was growing up. Finally there is the variety of characters from the paranormal realm in this book. I found it to be a bit refreshing that it wasn't all one type (such as vampires, or maybe werewolves). Instead Ms. Arthur allowed us to dabble in a few different areas, not getting to in depth anywhere, but rather providing a sample platter of a small but varied range of abilities that fall into the paranormal. What Bugged Me: As I mentioned above, the depth of the connection between Jon and Maddie falls into both columns. It is sweet, but yet rather unrealistic given the amount of time the two knew each other, as well as the baggage that Maddie was still lugging around. And since this book dealt in the paranormal I would have enjoyed a bit more in-depth exploration of the main antagonist. While I appreciated the variety of paranormal beings, the main antagonist had so much more to offer than we were shown. The way the story flowed amply allowed time for much, much more about the antagonist to be explained/explored. My Overall Impression: Clearly my likes section outweighs my dislikes, even more so when you notice that a couple of items had one foot in each column. Normally I would say that the ending was too easy, or contrived, but given the amount of time that passed from the adventure Jon & Maddie shared to the ending of the story allowed it to feel OK to me. Enough time had passed that it wasn't a knee jerk response to the situation, and therefore felt authentic. All of which means I give this book a thumbs up. It was a very quick read, about an hour cover to cover, which generally indicates that the author woven the arc, pacing, and characters together in a masterful manner. This story essentially told itself, and rarely did Ms. Arthur tell us something if she could show us instead. I posit this to be a solid opening book for a new series, and I look forward to reading the next few books in the series in short order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrible, awful, no good book. The cjaracters are idiots, the plot is unintentionally laughable, and the romance is barf-worthy. Maddie is possibly the biggest wuss who ever pretended to be a heroine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story start to finish of indivuidual agents that work for the Damask Circle. The second book is great as well, and I'm currently reading the third. I cannot put theses down, and I would recommend anything written by Keri Arthur.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sniffs renewed then moved to res. 45
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book's characters possess some paranormal abilities that are different from those in most books. Not one of my favorites but it kept my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book features two people thrust together by magic and mayhem, as they embark on a mission to find kidnapped youths before it is too late. This book is what some would call a paranormal romance story in the style of Kelly Armstrong, Patricia Briggs and others. However, the world-building of the novel leaves something to be desired as does the writing style of the author. Too much internal dialogue and characters trying to constantly critique every glance and spoken word from others as something significant and profound. The dynamic between the main characters seems forced as well as we are led on a veritable rollercoaster throughout the book. Finally, the magic aspect of the book seems to take second fiddle to the forming bond between the main characters. Be that as it may, this book does have some strong points. If you are a fan of paranormal romances, then you might find some strong plot lines to follow. While the magic/paranormal scenes are rushed, there are some interesting moments. In conclusion, this book offers a romance adventure in a sleepy town. It could happen to you! The scenario comes straight from real-world and thus is grounded. The magic, while glossed-over, at times shows flashes of brilliance. On the other hand, a lack of world-building, a strong stable of characters, and a magic that often is lost, alongside a flawed writing style, is too much of a negative to overcome. 2 of 5 stars (readable with reservations)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
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.
Lbright313 More than 1 year ago
I received Circle of Fire by Keri Arthur through Netgalley for an honest review.      Where do I start? From the very first page I was intrigued by this book. It starts of with Maddie being visited by what she thinks is a ghost named Jon. Jon comes to Maddie in what she thinks is some sort of dream. He tells her he has been shot and somehow is connected to her in some way. Jon asks Maddie to rescue him and if she doesn't he will be a ghost soon enough. Maddie doesn't take Jon's  warning seriously so the next night he visits her again. He lets her know teenagers are going missing and the next will be a boy named Evan. Evan is Maddie's nephew. Maddie calls her sister and sure enough Evan has gone missing. Maddie and Jon set on a trail to find the missing boy.      I love Maddie in this book. She is a feisty woman who has is facing demons of her own. What you don't know about Maddie is that she is psychic who can produce fire. She has hurt many people in her life and is scared because she can not control her abilities. She looks to Jon for guidance as he is no newbie to the supernatural world.      Jon is a shapeshifter who has been hunting supernatural beings all of his life. He is brave, strong, but likes to do stuff on his own. He looks to no one for help and wants nothing to stand in his way. Jon doesn't get close to anyone and has no friends or family. He solely relies on himself and his abilities to take down evil.      Overall this book was a good read and kept me guessing from one page to the next. Throughout the book I had no clue until the end if Jon and Maddie would end up together. They had avery competitive relationship and were both very hardheaded at times. I  would have liked to see more of Maddie's past with her ex husband. I would have also liked to know how Jon became a shapeshifter and if it was something he was born into or if he chose this life. I will definitely be purchasing the next book in this series and I cant wait to see what happens with Maddie and Jon.  
Chanzie More than 1 year ago
Circle of fire has been on my to-read list ever since I read Keri's Nikki & Michael series. This is one of Keri's earlier releases.  I found that the story line was not very deep. It had some substance, but I think it had the potential to be that little bit better. The first time I picked up this book, the first chapter did not grab me. It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but once I was hooked, I really enjoyed this book. Characters: 3/5 Keri creates interesting and likable characters. The romance was a bit of a slow burner but it had the sweetest ending.  During the book the story changes between Maddie & Jon's POV. Maddie - I like her. She isn't your super strong confident heroine, but she does the right thing no matter what - like bracing her fears to go after and save her nephew Evan. She is uncertain about love from past experiences and this makes her question anything she feels for Jon or what he might feel for her. She is brave but also insecure about who she is and her powers, in such a naive way.  One of the things that really bugged me was how her sister and the husband think so little of her, and fear her. Her sister asks her to find Evan and then lets her husband pursue her through the police system - this seemed so ungrateful! Jon - Jon is mysterious - It is difficult to read how he truly feels about Maddie - he is drawn to her for reasons he doesn't understand. Duty always comes first with him. I really enjoyed his growth and development through the story.  Plot, Pace, Writing style: 3/5  Although not very deep, the plot was original, and the story had a great pace. Keri is a great writer. I enjoyed that I did not always know where the story was going and there were quite a few unexpected surprises. Cover talk: 4/5 - I really like this new cover. It is a revamp from the original publication in 2001. It really caught my eye and it is what convinced me to give this book another try.  Final Thoughts: I will definitely be continuing with this series. I am not rushing out to buy the next book as it is not about Jon and Maddie, but I will finish this series in due time. 
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
I have to first start off by saying that Keri Arthur is one of my favorite Paranormal Author's, I have yet to read a series of hers that I do not enjoy.  This series has it all... danger, intrigue, magic, passion, and romance. The story line unfolds at a steady pace, that keeps you intrigued at all times. This book will delight all Paranormal fans. There are a few twists and turns thrown in that will surprise readers.  These twists only add to the heightened level of suspense in the novel. Maddie starts out as a woman living in great fear of her abilities, she prefers hiding in isolation to interacting with others due to fear that she will hurt them.  Jon's appearance in her life forces her to confront her fears of her abilities so that she can become the beautiful and confident woman she is meant to be. Her growth as a person is central to the story. Her confidence comes from everything she has to face to save her nephew Evan.  Jon is also alone in his self-imposed exile from personal relationships.  Convinced nothing is more important than his work; which would be hindered by emotional ties. Watching him fall in love with Maddie, and come to the realization that he is not meant to be alone will make the readers fall in love with this series. So happy reading.
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
Keri Arthur is to date my absolute favorite author!!! She has a way to draw you right into her characters worlds! In this one, we get a little closer look at the Damask Circle that we get introduced to in her Nikki and Michael series. There is still one character that is a bit of an enigma, but I am hopeful that we will learn more about her in the next 2 books. As far as the characters in this book, I loved them! I love how we get to watch Madeline grow into her powers and the change we get to see in her personality. Jon, like all Keri's heroes, is completely swoon worthy! I really can't wait to see what else is in store for this series!! A must read!!!! I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Circle of Fire was a highly entertaining paranormal romance. It also has a big dash of murder, lots of mystery with a huge dose of magic...all the makings of a fabulous story. I am an avid fan of Keri Arthur's current works, and was not disappointed with a story from her past. Although it doesn't have the polish of some of her newest creations, Circle of Fire was a compelling story with enticing characters and a thrilling mystery to figure out. I received this ARC copy of Circle of Fire from Random House - Dell in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication January 28, 2014.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Fans of Keri Arthur’s Nikki & Michael series will love this tale from the Damask Circle.  But don’t worry if you haven’t read the Nikki & Michael series (and you really should) this will stand on its own.  Shapeshifter Jon Barnett is a troubleshooter for the Damask Circle.  Basically he is a cop that goes after paranormal bad guys.  Because of the nature of his job he can’t afford to get to close to anybody lest they be used against him.  Maddie needs Jon to help find her nephew she has gifts of her own.  Together they fight the bad guys and their feelings for each other.  I get such a kick out of the world and characters created by Ms. Arthur.  This is an exciting paranormal romance that will have you staying up late to finish. 
emmyAG More than 1 year ago
The person who wrote the last review got this one mixed up with Keri's other book in the same series circle of death. This book, circle of fire, in my opinion had a fantastic story line. Love, romance, death, fear, mystery. It was all in there. However, I am three quarters of the way through reading circle of death and the story line and the romance of two supernatural strangers coming together is very similar. I can understand why these two books can be easily confused with one another. Would I read this book again? Probably not. would I recommend it to some one else? Definatly... it is worth reading once. Especally if you are like me and you like easy reads.
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