Author: Linda Robertson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Persephone Alcmedi #3
Mass Market Paper, 368 pages
Publication: June 29th 2010 by Pocket
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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?
In Fatal Circle, the third installment of the Persephone Alcmedi, we find Seph and the others on the brink of war. There’s a traitor in the elders’ mist, and to save Seph from danger and being a suspect, WEC ostracizes Seph from the Witches circle….not for real tough. To weed out the traitor, Seph agrees to become ‘The Erus Veneficus’ which means being the witch of a vampire coven, and up on the ladder of hierarchy above offerlings and beholders (marked people who have super-human strength, and want to become a vampire). The faeries bound to Menessos will stop at nothing to break their link, and one particular red fairy has done the unspeakable to ensure it…killing one of her own kind. As the Lustrata, Seph must keep the balance between the vampires, witches, Wærewolves. To do what needs to be done, Seph enlist help from everyone or anyone choosing to help or all three groups put themselves at risk to be attack and give human more reasons to hate the supernatural community.
Fatal Circle takes place exactly after the previous book, a ‘few hours’ between the books event after leaving the witches’ ball. There was a lot of more information to take in than previous books; readers not only learn more about Seph and her role as the Lustrata but readers got to ‘meet’ the previous Lustrata. The previous Lustrata was a BIG SURPRISE, I was shocked when I found out who she was before, and wonder why she goes by the name Seven now. There were a lot of more new characters as well, both in the vampire camp and Wærewolf camp. While the main focus is on witches; we got to see more of the vampire politics this time around, and I hope in the next book we see the Wærewolf’s side. The two guys in Seph’s life her boyfriend Johnny and the vampire-wizard Menessos both share more page time as both play an important part in Seph’s role as Lustrata. It is hinted in previous book that both Menessos and Johnny are different from their kind, and this book revealed both their past and their potential for the future. They are both way more powerful than anyone ever expected, and I really like how Seph has two of the most powerful men ever to be at her side!
Bottom line, this was another great addition to the series, the first half of the book was again slow, but unlike the previous two books there was a lot of action in the last quarter of the book..FINALLY, ACTION. Everything is falling into place as Seph, Jonny and Menessos accept their roles in aiding the Lustrata, and did so by linking their souls to another. The role of the Lustrata is to keep balance and to dish out justice but the previous two Lustrata has failed to do that…perhaps with their binding; Seph will actually fulfill her fate. I hope Robertson keeps the action going in Arcane Circle, can’t wait to see what will happen next!