Sunday, February 10, 2013

Arcane Circle (Persephone Alcmedi #4) by Linda Robertson

  • Title: Arcane Circle (Persephone Alcmedi, Book 4)
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Format: Paperback; 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (December 28, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1439190259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439190258
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Eight years ago Johnny Newman woke up covered in tattoos. He didn't know who he was or where he came from. The tattoos were not your normal variety. They were used to bind Johnny's powers. The theory was that someone knew he was the Domn Lup, the King of the Werewolves, and didn't want him to come into his full powers. Seph and Johnny are about to discover who tattooed him and will attempt to break the binding that has held his powers in check. They hope that when the binding is broken he'll not only come into his power, but also regain his memory.

Additionally,word has started to spread about Johnny being the Domn Lup, and he's about to get a visit from one of the biggest baddest wolves around....

"You ever see The Godfather?"


"You ever see The Terminator?"


"What about the Nightmare on Elm Street?"

"The scary guy with the knives on his fingers? Yeah."

"Combine them. That's the Rege."

Things are about to get interesting, but then again when Seph's involved, there's never a dull moment.


This series keeps getting better and better. It started off with Vicious Circle getting our feet wet and introducing us to a world where witches, werewolves, vampires, and fairies exist. Then, in Hallowed Circle, we got a closer look at how the Cleveland coven works and a little of its political structuring. Then in Fatal Circle, we got a closer look at the world of the vampires and, more specifically, Menessos and his inner circle. Now it's Johnny's turn, but don't expect to find out all there is to know about the King of the Werewolves in one book. There is just too much to tell.

This book picks up where Fatal Circle left off. Johnny is recovering from a near fatal wound. There is worry that Menessos will not survive being staked. The fallout from  Xerxadrea's death will all but sever the ties Seph has with her fellow witches. While Xerxandrea believed in Seph enough to sacrifice her own life to ensure Seph's safety, her predecessor has her doubts about the current Lustrata.

There are many myths and legends associated with the Lustrata. The vampires believe she is meant to be theirs, the werewolves believe she is to fight for them, while the witches believe her to be their own. But prior to Seph there have been two previous Lustratas. When they turned up, balance and peace were not to be had rather chaos ensued. While we don't know the specifics, we do know it has caused a rift among the ranks with some welcoming her with open arms while others wish to keep their hands free of her. So it's no wonder that everyone is leery of any person claiming to be the new Lustrata.

Additionally, Johnny is about to step into his role as Domn Lup. Before things can become official, however, the Rege, who has been the leader of all the werewolves for years is coming from Romania to confirm or deny that he is, in fact, the Domn Lup. While all that is going on, Seph and Johnny will finally uncover a clue that can lead them to who the tattoo artist was who bound his powers and stole his memories. The clue that can lead them on the right track is a name--Arcanum. Let me tell you, there is a great twist to this one that I adored.

Once again this one was packed full of plenty of action and suspense. I love how we get to watch  Persephone gradually come into her powers and position. I'm intrigued at how these three powerful individuals will eventually come together to achieve the balance that had been foreseen hundreds of years ago. I'm also curious if we will ever find out what exactly went wrong in regards to the previous two Lustratas?

Overall, this one gets 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. 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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