This was another exciting addition to a action-packed paranormal series that provides an interesting twist on many of the stereotypes associated with three races that jealously guard their powers and secrets. The ongoing conflict between witches, vampires and waerwolves handicaps the alliance that could be formed if they ‘could all just get along’. The series has been building nicely and gradually revealing many impressive details about the three main characters and their respective abilities which have changed over the past few tales. As one of the trio gains powers, it seems to be counterbalanced by a decrease in the abilities of another. I was a bit disappointed in the shift in the relationship between Persephone and her waere lover, Johnny, despite the inevitability of the strain which is exacerbated by the actions of outside influences and I am not thrilled about its impact on her bond with Menessos either but one expects a certain amount of upheaval as this triad works out its connections.
It is advisable to start this series from the beginning in order to appreciate the nicely intertwined lives that are described. The richness of this series lies in the myriad of beings being described and given personalities (e.g., a griffon stealing dog food?) even as the situations are impinging on familiar themes such as the guilt trip a parent can exert effortlessly or the compromises that are sometimes needed to balance one’s desires and one’s duties. The one jarring note that I felt was a little disingenuous was the exposition of Johnny’s own parentage but it definitely added a minor twist to the mystery of his beginnings. This is an intriguing series to read and one hopes that the author’s fertile mind continues to produce more enthralling tales, especially ones that feature the impressive menagerie that Persephone has managed to accrue. I am particularly fascinated by the author’s ability to focus on a particular race of beings for each tale even as she continues to spin a tapestry that weaves together the actions of all three major races and I look forward to seeing how Johnny handles his own increased personal responsibilities even as he assumes the mantle that fate has thrust upon him.
“Wicked Circle” by Linda Robertson is the fifth book in the series that features Persephone Alcmedi, a witch who is juggling her responsibilities to everyone in her life, including her lover the waerewolf, the vampire bonded to both of them, her adopted daughter, her grandmother and her formerly estranged mother who has been recently crippled. Heldridge Ellington, a disaffected vampire who resents the fact that his Maker, Menessos, has become so attached to Persephone, has called in the vampire’s ruling body which wants to make sure that a triumvirate has not formed between the witches, the waeres and the vampires. The questionably sane shabbubitum trio has been released to act as the tool for examining Menessos, the question is whether their handler is going to be able to control them long enough to achieve the objective, especially since they have plans of their own.
Is a little time alone with the man you love too much to ask?Well, it may be—when you’re Persephone Alcmedi, Lustrata of the witches, and your lover is Domn Lup of the wærewolves. For once, however, the disturbance is not Seph’s foster daughter, Beverly, her wacky grandmother, or her newly rediscovered mother. This time, it’s the ancient and incredibly sexy vampire Menessos, bearing bad news: because the vampire council fears he is plotting a power grab, Menessos is being hunted by a trio of truth-seeking vampire sisters so dangerous they are usually kept locked in stone.His dreams imperiled, Menessos needs Seph more than ever . . . and she needs him. Now, Seph has magical promises to fulfill for the wæres, multiple mundane family challenges to meet, vampire politics to confront . . . and into the bargain she’s balancing two sexy supernatural males. It’s enough to drive any woman insane, especially when you throw in a dragon and—even worse—a government investigator. As danger threatens, Seph isn’t sure she can stay alive for the rest of the day . . . let alone long enough to accomplish all that needs to be done.