"Gift of Fire burns away fear and brings love to stubborn Shapshifter"

Damask Circle #1
Madeline Smith waited in fear for the 'ghost' of Jon Barnett to appear again. Her psychic powers were something her family and deceased husband had impressed upon her as undesirable. But when Jon mentioned that her nephew was in danger, she put aside her fears and went to Jon's aid.

Jon's contacts with the Seline [witch mentioned briefly in DANCING WITH THE DEVIL] are brief, but it is mentioned that he is part of a worldwide group of protectors known as the Damask Circle. 16 teens were known to be missing with Madeline's nephew number 17. As a member of the Damask Circle, Jon was here to battle the evil magic and end the terror. After receiving Madeline's help, he wanted her gone somewhere safe but she refused to leave while her nephew was in danger. So together they used whatever they could to rescue the 2 teens that only had until the new moon to live.

Jon believes that he should spend his life separate because anyone associated with him would be in danger from his enemies. When the evil sorceress uses Madeline against him, his belief is reinforced. He battles his feeling of love with duty.

This Paranormal adventure has an undercurrent of romance, but most of the story is the drama of the battle of good and evil with Madeline coming to learn to accept herself and her special gifts. Madeline's love and need to help her nephew open the door to her growth and her love for Jon completes the circle. I am looking forward to other appearances of Seline and stories in the Damask Circle -- CIRCLE OF DEATH is expected May 2002.

Cy Korte © Copyright January 2002
for & ParaNormal Romance Reviews

Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted January 13, 2002


Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible, but Jon Barnett knows it's something far worse. To stop the killers in Taurin Bay, he becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice in the form of recluse Madeline Smith.

Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the psychic abilities she can't control—abilities that have killed. But when "ghost" Jon Barnett brings a warning of danger and her nephew disappears, Maddie has to leave her haven. She also has to learn to control the abilities she fears and place her trust in Jon Barnett, a man who is neither human nor ghost.

But as the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time, and the noose of sorcery threatens to kill Maddie and Jon, the greatest danger to them both could be the feelings they have for each other—feelings that they refuse to acknowledge.


Circle Of Fire
(Damask Circle #1)
by Keri Arthur

Imajinn Books
August 1, 2001
ISBN #1893896706
240 pages
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