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El Círculo Mágico

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  2,784 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Ariel recibe en herencia unos viejos manuscritos de gran valor que encierran un importante secreto relacionado con los objetos sagrados de las tribus de Israel. Quien consiga descifrarlos será depositario de una sabiduría tan antigua que se pierde en la memoria de la humanidad, será capaz de encontrar el origen de los mitos, los ritos, las creencias y los símbolos de todas ...more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Ediciones B (first published 1998)
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Shelly
Oh, this book was so disappointing. I had big hopes after really enjoying The Eight. The central character, Ariel, was suppose to be a nuclear expert and a super code cracker but her character really lacks the mental strength required for both. Also, it felt like she was lead from event to event and never really took the lead herself. Plus the whole convoluted family inbreeding situation that unraveled over the course of the story was disturbing. The "ick factor" was too much for me. Then trying ...more
Liam
I thought this would be an enjoyable if silly read, but I had to abandon it after about fifty pages because my sensibilities could no longer stand the nonstop assault of trite bestseller/romance novel prose that passes for "writing" in its pages. I should have put it down when she mentioned a character's "mane of golden hair" on the first page, but I soldiered on. The section on ancient Rome set off all my History Professor alarms but, hey, it's just a novel. Still, when the main character falls ...more
Nathan Burgoine
Okay, I read "The Eight," by this author, and I have to say, it was one of my favourite books, hands down, ever. "The Magic Circle," really really really fell short of that. Now, granted, I listened to it abridged on four audiocassettes, but it just didn't... flow.

Basically, the tale is thus: Ariel Behn, daughter of a really complex family structure, inherits something when her half-blood cousin (maybe) is killed, and that something might get her killed. So when her gypsy/german/rom/aryan/aborig
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Sara
Finally remembered the name of this book I read many years ago! I remember the plot sounded so intriguing on the cover but I was a bit let down by how the story unfolded. It's been too long to remember many details but I do know I liked the book, I just didn't love the book.
Debbie
I had high hopes for this story when it started with the Sybiline oracles and Jesus, but what a horrible mess this story turned out to be. I slogged through thinking things would somehow tie together at the end, but all I was left with was a thrown together "conclusion" that was completely unsatisfying. Add that to the awful, incestuous romances and weird rationalizations for the Holocaust and you're left with a terrible read. I'm starting to be convinced that she didn't really write "The Eight" ...more
Leslie
I wanted to like this book, and while I was not expecting literary genius, this was just bad. BAD BAD BAD. I can read just about anything, but I could NOT get into this book. Shampoo bottles posess better prose.
Beautiful, tragic, intelligent, rich heroine (trust me, her beauty and natural intelligence are mentioned ALOT) who despite posessing all these fabulous qualities, is incapable of making a decision with her brain instead of her vagina. UGH. Maybe fans of Twilight would enjoy it.
Carlos Mock
The Magic Circle by Katherine Neville

The author of the book "Eight" uses a similar formula: two tales separated by time, but intertwined in mystery, as the means to tell a story.

The first tale deals with the last days of Jesus Christ from A. D. 32 to A. D. 61. As the world stands on the brink of a new two thousand year cycle, emperor Tiberius tries to decipher the clues of an age old enigma: the source of power that comes from objects like the spear that killed Jesus and the sword used by John t
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Veiko Herne
Now it's clear for me how this book got to "bestseller" category. I already read it something less than nine months ago and didn't remember anything. Then I borrowed it from another library, this time I wanted to get something to read for boring Christmas days and somehow managed to get it from another library as it was most visible "bestseller" there. So people forget that they already have this book and when it's most visible book on every bookstore or airport, they just have to buy it not rem ...more
LJ
The Magic Circle - NR
Kathleen Neville - 3rd book

Snake River, Idaho, 1989--Ariel Behn, a toxic materials expert at a remote nuclear site, finds her well-ordered life shattered when her cousin is slain by an unknown assassin. His shocking death leaves Ariel sole heir to a family legacy: a sinister cache of manuscripts that sweeps her into the deadly center of international intrigue--and a mystery that spans the centuries. . . .

Jerusalem, 32 AD--During the last week in the life of Christ, as the w
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Jeannine
8-6 As with all of the Katherine Neville books I've read, the historical data that she uses is by far some of the best I've seen in any novel. I gave the book three stars, however, because the story that surrounds the data seems to follow the same formula to the other two books I've read. A definite good read for anyone who enjoys discovering other theories behind some of the world's most popular mythologies.

7-30 I've read two of Katherine Neville's other novels, "The Eight" and "The Fire". I th
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Belinda
Spannend, spannend, spannend, van begin tot het eind. Je wordt meegenomen in een spiraal van avonturen die zijn weerga niet kent. Ik heb een aantal keer echt tegen de hoofdpersoon gegilt (gelukkig kon niemand mij horen) doe niet zo dom. Heb je dat niet in de gaten?

In deze briljante opvolger van De Acht reist Katherine Neville opnieuw door de tijd - en de wereld - om een verbazingwekkend verhaal te vertellen over de pogingen van de mensheid om de machten van hemel en aarde te temmen.
Wederom twee
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Marinos
Jan 20, 2015 Marinos rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People wanting to punish themselves for some reason
I'll sum it up in one perfect little word: Boooooring.

In case this was not enough to dissuade you guys from taking a shot at reading this caricature of a novel, let me elaborate a bit further. This book was exhausting, overlong and tiresome. I rarely find difficulties in finishing even the longest and most overdrawn novels, but this one has rightfully gained the top spot in my newly made list of "most-excruciatingly-awful-and-tiresome-books-of-all-fucking-time" or MEATBOAFT (the f is silent). Ye
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Jaimie
This book was just too convoluted to be believed. The Magic Circle follows Ariel Behn as she tries to discover the secrets hidden in her family history. And her family history changes quite frequently throughout the book. The historical flashbacks often didn't make sense, and didn't seem to have any bearing on the story. The ending really just doesn't seem to bring together all points of the story.
Fay C Page
By the end of this long and convoluted book I was really starting to wonder what I was reading about. I'm still not sure who was related to who and exactly what the point of the story was. Very disappointing from a author that I have enjoyed reading in the past.
Kelly
Too much history...blah, blah, blah. The story was interesting when the book was not refering back to Roman time, Druids, Caligua, Hitler, Greel gods. See my point with too much history, over half the book was useless to me.
Gail
I had read this book when it first came out and this time listened to it as an audiobook. Ariel Behn comes from a rich, accomplished family with many different talents and incredibly tangled pedigrees. When her cousin Sam is killed, she inherits a great deal of money and documents from most of her disparate and far flung relatives. All of which puts her in immediate danger.

This is a book of international travel, complex relationships, ancient manuscripts, and tangled puzzles. The audio book narr
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Carlosmover
Unos de los peores libros que he leído, cuando lo tuve en mis manos las ganas por leerlo fueron increíbles pues de esta autora conocía "El Ocho" y la segunda parte de este "El Fuego", y fueron muy buenas lecturas. Antes de empezar la lectura de "El Círculo Mágico" me metí en Goodreads y todas las críticas que leí eran horribles y ponían al libro por los suelos, pero aún así yo quise darle una oportunidad.

El libro es lento, sin acción física, sino acción dialéctica. Si realmente lo que buscas es
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Tripp
This book is the Platonic form of bad.
Antigone
One of the most tiring books I have ever read. Will not read again, I certainly wouldn't recommend it to someone else.
The points that anoyed me with this book where the following:
1. Random historical names were popping up like daisies, with some vague connection to the story.
2. Backround themes (such as secret meanings) that weren't properely explained.
3. Generic, unintresting heroine that somehow managed to be extremely talented, clever and beautiful (as described by the book) despite her lack
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Starfire
Errrr... I feel strongly that I was NOT the target market for this book. I got about 150 pages into it and just couldn't bring myself to finish it.

Why? Let's see. Instalove. Mary Sue. A grandmother (no, wait, great aunt?) who hung around with Hitler. And characters I just can't bring myself to care about.

I think someone may have lent me this book, thinking I might like it.

Whoever it was, thank you for the suggestion. It is not, however, apparently a Tanja kind of book.

On to the next one!
Marilyn
To be fair, I have not yet finished this book. I'm not sure I will, so I decided to go ahead and rate it.

This book had so much potential. Initially, I was not sure I liked the parts that took place during Jesus' time, but upon reflection I decided she did not do a bad job of envisioning what Joseph and others may have been thinking at the time. The contemporary mystery started off so strong. The funeral. The mysterious package. What lost me with this book, and quite frankly is the main reason I
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Aug 09, 2010 Mιss •kαthєяίиє• Τhε Emεrαℓd Pяίиcεss® rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Katherine Neville fans, all who like good adventures
Επιτέλους! Ήθελα εδώ και πολύ καιρό να το διαβάσω...

Ο Μαγικός Κύκλος είναι το πιο περίπλοκο βιβλίο της συγγραφέως μέχρι τώρα. Θα μπορούσα να πώ ότι μότο της οικογένειας Μπεν είναι το "Πάμε με όλους". Ειλικρινά τόση περιπλοκή στις οικογενειακές σχέσεις μου προκάλεσε πονοκέφαλο.

Γενικά το βιβλίο ήταν αρκετά ενδιαφέρον, ειδικά η αγαπημένη φράση της Άριελ Μα τις ιερές σκατούλες!. :) Η πλοκή είναι συνυφασμένη με το παρόν (την περιπέτεια της Άριελ με το κληροδότημα που της άφησε ο Σαμ, ο σταυραδερφός
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Luthien
Un libro muy interesante ya que permite hacer un enlace entre el pasado y el presente. Aprendes varios "secretos" de diferentes culturas que se encuentran en distintos lugares en distintas epocas. La trama te mantiene al borde del asiento y sin parar de leer. El final no era lo que esperaba.

Trama:

Ariel recibe en herencia unos viejos manuscritos de gran valor que encierran un secreto relacionado con los objetos sagrados de las tribus de Israel. Quien consiga descifrarlos sera depositario de una s
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Anne
Dear Katherine Neville: I REALLY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE SCREWED-UP, DYSFUNCTIONAL DYNAMICS OF THE BEHN FAMILY! I WANTED TO READ MORE ABOUT THE MANUSCRIPTS AND THE 13 SACRED HALLOWS!

Now that I've gotten that out.... I don't often bother writing reviews, but I feel I have to for this book because I was extremely disappointed (not to mention SEVERELY IRRITATED!!!) by this book. The longer I read it, the less I liked it. I thought the book was going to be more like the Robert Langdon novels by Dan Bro
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Soycazadoradesombrasylibros
A la autora la conocí primero por "El ocho" su best seller mas conocido desde que se publico hasta la actualidad,"El circulo mágico" lo leí en la biblioteca,sin saber que me encontraría,porque la lectura anterior de esta gran escritora, había dejado el listón muy alto.
Cuando analice el libro que acababa de tener entre mis manos,todavía me acuerdo que decidí que por muchos años que pasasen y muchas novelas leyese,este siempre seria mi libro favorito y lo sigo manteniendo.
Confesaros,de que una vez
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melydia
What happens when you mix Native Americans, Hitler, Gypsies, nuclear weapons, human sacrifice, Mongols, the Cold War, the Roman Empire, the early Christian church, Druids, the Knights Templar, sex, and Greek gods together? A whirlwind, globe-trotting adventure that spans the centuries. Though not as engrossing as her earlier novel, The Eight, this story still has quite a bit to offer. The year is 1989. We meet Ariel Behn, your average nuclear engineer whose world is turned upside down with the s ...more
Kerri
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Vivienne

In The Magic Circle Ariel Behn, a toxic materials expert at a remote nuclear site in Idaho, has her well-ordered life shattered when her cousin is murdered. His death leaves Ariel as sole heir to a family legacy: a cache of manuscripts containing arcane secrets that serves to sweep her into the centre of international intrigue and the uncovering of an ancient mystery linked to the coming millennium. Ariel is estranged from her 'terrible family' and along the way she uncovers an even darker side
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Moosesmu
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Katherine Neville is an American author. Her novels include The Eight, A Calculated Risk, and The Magic Circle. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and she previously worked as a photographer, a model, a consultant at the Department of Energy, and a vice president of the local Bank of America.
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