Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Circle Of Fire Damask Circle Book 1:
Circle Of Fire
by Keri Arthur
Piatkus Fiction

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Jan Buterworth

The Damask Circle is an organisation that is made up of people with supernatural talents that fight supernatural evil. Jon Barnett is hawk shape shifter who is investigating the disappearance of sixteen teenagers, some of whose bodies have been discovered drained of blood. When he’s shot and left for dead, he appears to Maddie Smith in several dreams, asking for her help. Maddie is a clairvoyant fire starter who has never accepted her gifts and, being thought crazy by her family, has retreated from the world. She ignores Jon until her nephew vanishes and she needs Jon’s help to find him.

Though I never figured out who the first panther was, I enjoyed the story. This book has Keri Arthur’s slow build up to the adventure and action, then its nonstop excitement. The story has the classic man/woman romantic tension, with the hero saving the day. A light, entertaining read, I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

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