Wednesday 14 July 2010

Review: Circle of Death - Keri Arthur

In one vicious night Kirby Brown's world is torn apart.  Her best friend is dead - killed by a madman who is now after Kirby - and she has no idea why.  Doyle Fitzgerald has been sent to Melbourne to hunt down the killer but what he doesn't expect to find is a circle of witches capable of controlling the elements, and a sorceress determined to take that power for herself.  And he certainly isn't expecting to play bodyguard to a woman who is more than she seems.

But while inexplicably drawn to Doyle, Kirby fears trusting him because of the magic that lies in his soul.  Because Doyle isn't the only one with power - Kirby's magic is capable of destroying the world.

Damask Circle Trilogy:

Circle of Fire
Circle of Death
Circle of Desire

For more information visit Keri Arthur's website

When Kirby returns home late and finds her best friend has been viciously murdered she is horrified but her night isn't over yet.  Under police protection in a motel she comes under attack again only escaping with her life when Doyle steps in to help her.  Meeting in such unusual circumstances doesn't help Kirby trust Doyle - what if he is in league with the killer? - but she doesn't have anyone else to turn to or anywhere to go so it looks like she'll have to accept his help.  As they find out more about the murders it soon becomes clear that the deaths are linked to Kirby's childhood - something she has no memory of but that she is going to have to discover if they have any hope of finding the killer.  Will she remember in time though?

Circle of Death is the second book in the Damask Circle series but as there is no continuation of the storyline and none of the previous characters make an appearance in this installment I think you could easily read this book even if you've not read Circle of Fire.  That doesn't mean I don't recommend the other book in the series though because I definitely do!  This series is set in the same world as Keri Arthur's Nikki & Michael series which is another series I'd really recommend.

Although Circle of Death is a paranormal romance it is definitely action packed right from the very first chapter - Kirby and Doyle are constantly up against different paranormal creatures that their enemy is sending after them & I was on the edge of my seat at times waiting to see what would happen next.  Doyle is a great character & I'm liking cat shifters more & more every time I come across one.  The romance between them develops nicely although I wouldn't have minded a few more bedroom scenes thrown in (but that is down to personal taste lol).

While this isn't my favorite Keri Arthur series I still really enjoyed this one & am looking forward to reading Circle of Desire and would recommend this to fans of paranormal romance - especially if you like a good suspense story alongside the romance.

Source: Library

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  1. Oohhhh this series is totally new to me! i do love Keri Arthurs books, i must add these too =)

    great pimpage review hun =D

    Hope things are good hun, missed seeing you around *huggles*

  2. I'm a fan of Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen series but haven't tried anything else by her yet. Looks like I should :)

  3. i never read any of the book but it sounds pretty interesting!

  4. @ Sparklybearsy - Keri Arthur is one of my favorite authors so I'm very happy to do some pimping on her behalf LOL. I enjoyed this trilogy so I hope you like it as much as I did :o) I've missed being around but I'm getting there & I'm finally starting to catch up with all the comments I missed over the last month. I just need to get myself back on Twitter & see what everyone has been up to - I've missed everyone LOL

    @ Samantha.1020 - I love Keri Arthur & would definitely recommend all of her books. I've still not finished the Riley series but I loved the Nikki & Michael series & Spook Squad books. This is a good series too LOL. Considering I only discovered this author this year I've managed to get through most of her backlist which gives you an idea how much I've been liking her work LOL

    @ Darlyn - I'd definitely recommend you give these a try :o) I hope you like them as much as I did



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