- Title: Hallowed Circle (Persephone Alcmedi, Book 2)
- Classification: Adult Fiction
- Genre: Urban Fantasy
- Format: Paperback; 384 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (December 29, 2009)
- ISBN-10: 1439156786
- ISBN-13: 978-1439156780
"There are legends...aren't there always?" Nana said quietly, the croak of her voice softer than usual. Legends about the beginning of time, the ending of it. Every culture, every religion has their stories about it--ours is no different. And there are always secret societies, keepers of knowledge hidden from the general populace. There are enemies. There are heroes. The pendulum of power swings." Her focus sharpened on me, and I felt it like a cold blade at my throat. Nana stubbed out her cigarette in the ashtray. "She who can maintain the balance despite the swinging is the Lustrata." (Vicious Circle page 197)
"You'll be Bindspoken." Nana went on, "and they'll put your name under the Faded Shroud!"...
"What's Bindspoken?" Erik asked. "And that shroud thing?"
Glad for something else to concentrate one, I said. "If your name is put under the Faded Shroud, WEC will no longer recognize you as a witch. No membership, no benefits, no voting on witch issues, no attending rituals. You're not 'recognized' by them ever again, and you're denied the right to perform magic for others. Not even to read their cards. It forces you to be a solitary, but ignores you while you go on about your life. No big deal if you are already a solitary. 'Bindspoken,' however, is like imprisoning your witch abilities. They bind your power. Kind of like hardening and sealing the aura until it's a wall, so that you're effectively severed--magically speaking--from the universe."
As Nana points out,"The Lustrata cannot be beaten in a priestess Eximium. When Seph finally decides to share that she is the Lustrata with the council, they'll scoff."