Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fatal Circle (Persephone Alcmedi #3) by Linda Robertson

  • Title: Fatal Circle (Persephone Alcmedi, Book 3)
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Format: Paperback; 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 29, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1439156808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439156803
  • Author's Website:

    "Be warned, sweet Persephone: the others have taken to plotting. And while I would do naught that would earn my master's wrath, the others seek only to dispense with their binding by any means. Thou art precious to him, else he would not have entered thy circle. This hath not occurred to my counterparts, sweet Persephone, but it will," she said gravely. "I beseech thee to take precautions and protect thyself." (from Hallowed Circle)

Aquula had warned Persephone that fairies bound to Menessos were unhappy and looking for a way to strike out and free themselves from Menesso. Aquula had been right and in order to get to Persephone they had kidnapped Beverly, Persephone's foster daughter. The confrontation hadn't ended well...

     "You killed a fairy on these grounds," Ludovika said.
     "An act of war," Celeste murmured.
     "It was not my intention to start a war," I said firmly. "I was ending the threat they posed to Beverly. " My eyes went to the girl sleeping on the cot.
     "It was inevitable," Xerxandrea said.
     "The fairies will retaliate," Jeanine said. (from Hallowed Circle)

But the coven aren't the only ones being threatened by what Persephone did...

    "To kill any fairy royalty is punishable by torture and death."
    "Torture and death?" Cerebrosus was bound to Menessos. He was a royal and I killed him! "Oh, hell." My gut went so cold.


Still loving the twists in this series and the fact the author explores each of the worlds within the world she has created. She started off Vicious Circle getting our feet wet and introducing us to a world where witches, vampires and fairies exist. In Hallowed Circle, we got a closer look at how the coven works and a little of its political structuring. Now, in Fatal Circle, we get to a closer look at the world of the vampires and, more specifically, Menessos, the vampire who leads them. Additionally, we get an up close and personal view of his inner sanctum and how positioning works within. 

In Fatal CircleXerxandrea and Menessos theorize one of the coven's Elders or someone in a position of power must have leaked information to the fairies. They  devise a plan to keep Persephone and those she cares for safe. She'll become Menessos' Erus Veneficus, otherwise known as Master's Witch. She'll have to live in Menessos' court and everyone will think she is Menessos' servant instead of the other way around. This will make the fairies believe Menessos commanded the killing which will put the blame on him and as he already has earned their disfavor, it's not as big a deal. Johnny, who is Persephone's protector and lover, is not pleased. Menessos has made his feelings for Persephone known and that's got Johnny's dander up. Add it the fact werewolves and vampires don't get along and you have an interesting situation brewing.

Besides getting to know Menessos a little better, we also learn more about Johnny. We know years ago he woke up as a werewolf with no memories of his previous life, sporting tattoos pretty much from head to toe knowing he needed to find and protect the Lustrata. Now we'll finally find out more about his tattoos, and get a hint as to what might have happened to him all those years ago.

Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. Plenty of action, drama, and mayhem in this one. Plus, Menessos makes the ultimate sacrifice. I kind of like the guy even though he's as scary, devious and menacing as they come. Can't wait to see what Robertson will pull out of her hat next. She has a couple of loose ends in this one that I can't wait to see tied up in the books to come. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale this one gets a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.

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