This fascinating paranormal series spotlights the author’s ability to take many familiar themes and weave them together in an entirely new fashion. This particular book integrates Greek and Norse mythology with the complex and unconventional interrelationships between vampire, witch and waere even as new complications are added to bring the fey back into the picture.
I am not terribly thrilled by the radical developments in Persephone’s life but it certainly does add a new twist to an already sorely burdened life. One cannot help feel sorrow for the children who are caught in the web of deceit and maneuverings that is plaguing the adults around them and it is hoped that they retain their inherent sweet natures even after the upheavals in their lives. I wasn’t as mesmerized by this particular book even though I still admire the creativity and imagination that forms the basis for the story and this is partly because it has such a dark turn for several characters and the events that befall Penelope trigger my personal ick factor. I knew there was going to be trouble with the bonds after that events in the previous book but my rose-colored glasses encouraged me to believe that everything would turn out well.
The damage being done to the central triad almost seems to mirror the troubles of a certain reviled trio and neither set of circumstances is addressed in any depth, which troubles me. I am not sure whether there was just so much occurring that it was difficult to get a clear focus on specific characters but it just didn’t quite feel like there was enough resolution for various issues to me. Hopefully, the next book in this fascinating series will have a little more positivity for at least some of the characters but I certainly look forward to seeing what other inventive twists this talented author will create.
“Shattered Circle” by Linda Robertson is the sixth book in the Persephone Alcmedi series and continues the saga of the witch who is intricately bound to the vampire Menessos and the waerewolf Johnny. Their lives have become even more complicated by the children, Beverley and Evan, and the struggle to protect the youngsters leads to even more unforeseen and sometimes very undesirable consequences. The shabbubitum triad has been fractured and Menessos must deal with their potential treachery even as Johnny has his own traitors to conquer. Johnny’s relationship with Persephone has been severely damaged which leaves her vulnerable to exploitation by one who seeks to use her in the role dictated by her name. Many ties are shattering, the question is what will remain after intact after things settle down.
JUST YOUR AVERAGE MEGA-WITCH. . . .
It’s tough being a modern woman, but Persephone Alcmedi has it worse than most. Being the prophesied Lustrata has kicked her career as a witch into high gear, and juggling a wærewolf boyfriend who is about to become king of his kind and a seductive vampire who bears her magical Mark isn’t easy either.
Still, Seph’s beloved foster daughter, Beverley, is causing more trouble than these two men put together. The young girl’s been playing with a magical artifact that’s far more dangerous than she realizes. Now Seph must summon help from a mystical being so potent that even vampires fear him . . . and the cost of his aid may be more than she’s willing to pay. Seph, Johnny, and Menessos face threats from all sides—and a few from within. Will the forces of destiny cement their tenuous supernatural union, or shatter it forever?