REVIEW by Lorna: Circle of Fire (Damask Circle#1) by Keri Athur (@KezArthur, @Mollykatie112)


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.


This is the second series by Keri Arthur I have read and I liked both of them. I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest and fair review. It should be noted that this is a re-release of this book.

Maddie has been broken by a bad marriage and a fire that took her abusive husband’s life. She lives as a recluse on a farm near her sister’s family. She begins receiving unearthly visits from a man who needs her help. Jon has been shot with an arrow and thrown in a well. His only hope to live is for Maddie to come to the town where he is and save him.

Maggie has gifts that she can’t control, as she is both a psychic and a fire starter. No one has ever tried to teach her control when it comes to her powers.. Jon is a shape shifter and works for the Damask Circle, ridding the world of rogue killer supernatural beings. Jon realizes early on that he is dealing with a complete novice when it comes to her powers and tries to help her.

This was both a paranormal romance and a suspense novel. That means that there is a mystery involved and in fact, lots of dead teenagers. Jon is investigating the case and when Maddie’s teenage nephew goes missing, she also gets involved.

As usual with Ms. Arthur’s work, this was a well written and very engaging story. I was pulled into the story immediately and thoroughly enjoyed it. Some really bad and actually pretty different supernatural characters really added to the story and it was interesting to see how the author developed these characters. Maddie and Jon were both very likable characters and I really liked their story together.

This book has murders, kidnappings, creepy supernatural beings, dark magic and even a spooky inn. Good story, good premise, good characters!


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