This was the 4th book in the Persephone Alcmedi series by Robertson. The fifth book, Wicked Circle, is due out in December of 2011. This book was a great addition to the series, we finally get to learn more about Johnny's past and his tattoos.
Much of this book is about Seph dealing with the aftermath of the fairy battle she fought in the previous book. She now has a ton of magical creatures to take care of, she is being blamed for the murder of the witch that died to protect her in the end of the last book, and she needs to plan Beverly's tenth birthday party. Amidst all of this Johnny is taking his place as Domn Lup; to do that he needs his magic unlocked and Seph is trying to help him hunt down the person who gave him all of those tattoos.
This is very much a transition book in this series, that being said it was still a very fun book to read and I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed Seph learning about all of the new magical creatures in her care. It was also great to learn more about Johnny's past. I continue to enjoy how real and healthy Seph and Johnny's relationship is. There continues to be some tension between Menessos and Seph, and I hope that it remains just that...tension.
I still enjoy how Robertson ties mythology in with the story and I also enjoy how detailed she is with her magic system. These books are fun to read and very engaging.
The book was well-written and ends well. I am curious to see what storyline the next book starts. As I said this was very much a transition novel; Seph is dealing with a lot of fallout from the previous book and no real huge new storyline is started yet.
Overall if you have enjoyed the previous books you will enjoy this one. It is an easy read, fun, and fills in the story more. Most of the story is fallout from the previous book but it was lots of fun reading about Seph taking care of all of her magical creatures and I also enjoyed learning more about Johnny's past. I am excited to see what new storyline Wicked Circle starts.
Arcane Circle (Persephone Alcmedi, Book 4) is the 4th book in the Persephone Alcmedi series. It picks up just after the end of Fatal Circle (Persephone Alcmedi, Book 3). In fact, some of the issues from the previous book are still up in the air as this one begins.
I really enjoyed this book, but it's difficult to review without spoilers. Some of the events from the previous book impact the plot of this story and I'm afraid that if I go into too much depth of review, I'll spoil the suspense for another reader. So, I'll be keeping things somewhat vague in this one.
Robertson really begins to unlock some of the background of her characters in this story. Elements from Persephone's and Johnny's pasts come into play during the story. A large part of the story is focused on Johnny's being recognized as Domn Lup and the search to find the person who can unlock his power, which is being contained in his tattoos. We learn a little more about Johnny and his struggles in dealing with losing his father figure and being acknowledged as Domn Lup, while accepting this truth about himself. I enjoyed having more of the focus on Johnny, as the story was more focused on Menessos in Fatal Circle (Persephone Alcmedi, Book 3). The relationship between Johnny and Persephone is explored more in this book and seems to be getting stronger, despite the temptation of Menessos. Of course, the pressures and expectations of Johnny being Domn Lup have only just started to impact his relationship with Seph.
Not everything is resolved at the end of the book, leaving me to believe that there will be another addition to the Persephone Alcmedi series and I look forward to reading it.
For anyone who hasn't read the Persephone Alcmedi series of books, Vicious Circle (Persephone Alcmedi, Book 1) is where to start :)
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I won Arcane Circle in the Goodreads first reads giveaway. Since this is the 4th book in the Persephone Alcmedi series I decided that I would read the first 3 first and am so glad that I did.
Arcane Circle begins immediately after Fatal Circle (book 3) left off. Johnny is severely wounded, Persephone is unsure of Menessos fate and now she has a birthday party to plan for Beverly. Additionally she now is in charge of a large number of magical creatures she must care for. Throw in the Rege (head of the waere wolves) coming to town, the sudden appearance of someone from Persephone's past and federal agents and you get a non stop action book.
I really enjoyed this book as well as the series overall. Throughout the book I found myself wishing that it would not end and I have to wait a long time for the next in the series. Persephone is a character who is interesting, colorful, and unpredictable. The interactions between the characters is intense at times and make this a wonderful series. At the end of the book we are left wondering what is in store for Persephone next and how she will survive.
This is a series that I will continue to follow and I recommend for anyone who is a fan of Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs or Kelley Armstrong.