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Circle of Death

(Damask Circle #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,398 ratings  ·  109 reviews
In one vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears the strange abilities he wields.
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Dell (first published June 5th 2002)
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Something happened to a group of eleven-year-old orphan girls and now, years later, someone is killing them one by one in the most horrible way possible. Doyle, Camille and Russ are sent by the Damask Circle to Australia to save the ones who are still alive. And to kill whoever is responsible for the gruesome murders.

Kirby has just lost her best friend. She was the one who found what was left of her. Someone wants her dead too. The only salvation seem to lie in the hands of a man who appeared ou
Initial Thoughts: The Damask Circle sends Doyle, Russell, and Camille to Australia to rescue 4 women targeted for death by a power-hungry witch. While I wasn't as wowed by this book as the first in the series, this was still an entertaining read. The chemistry between Doyle and his love interest Kirby was not really that convincing at first because Kirby had a lot of trust issues.

The Review:

"Death had come calling on a windblown wintry evening. It smashed past the deadbolts lining the front
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Kirby Brown just discovered that her best friend Helen and her boyfriend were murdered. Kirby has always been afraid to trust anyone except Helen. Kirby is feeling completely lost and alone like never before. Damask Circle sent Doyle Fitzgerald to help and protect Kirby but finds himself deeply attracted to a woman that doesn't trust him at all. Kirby is the key to discovering why these women are being murdered but she doesn't remember anything. Can Kirby trust Doyle? Will Doyle earn Kirby's tru ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon avis en Français

My English review

And here is the second volume in the Damask Circle series and after a first couple, here we are with Doyle and Kirby. And as for the first novel, Doyle is a full member of the Circle, while Kirby is a young woman with powers she does not really control.

As stated in the synopsis, it only took one night for the Kirby’s life to be turned completely upside down. And when she goes home, delayed, she discovers the body of her best friend… murdered. Therefore, her l
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
A friend of mine bought this for me, must admit it wouldn't have been my own choice the front cover and description remind me of Kelley Armstrong of whom I am not a fan. But only realised 100 pages in that this is the second in a trilogy, would have preferred to have started at No 1 - at no point does it say this on the cover or at the beginning. Annoying. However, it doesn't make any difference to understanding the story.

The blurb on the front says "A new series that may become the most popular
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, arc
2 1/2

Circle of Death was a better experience than Circle of Fire. It seems more defined, there's an actual mystery and a more real enemy.

It also provided me with an epiphany. :) All of a sudden I realized what I found "off" in this series. I've known the later works of the very talented Ms Arthur and therefore I know them as UF. But many of her former works are, like this, PNR. Yes, they are still plot-heavy (thank god for that), but clearly romance is the name of the game.

Here there's a mate b
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Kirby comes home to find her best friend & her best friend's boyfriend murdered. Her best friend was torn apart. When the police take her into protective custody things go from bad to worse & she escapes.

A panther shifter, Doyle, arrives in Australia with a couple of members of the Damask Circle to save the witches on a psychic withes list who are yet to be murdered.

Doyle tracks down Kirby who is on the run from an attempt to kill her & they hide and they search for to save the other witches on
Barbara ★
Though I enjoyed this book, I didn't love it. For some reason there were all kinds of miscellaneous creatures tossed into the mix. First a manarei (whatever that is), a vampire, then a huge wolf and then zombies along with witches, a cat shifter and let's not forget ghosts. It just seemed like everything but the kitchen sink.

I did really like Doyle and Kirby (though the names are terrible). Anyway, I look forward to the conclusion of the series though again we have two new characters as hero an
It’s been about a month since I read book 1 in this trilogy, so couldn’t remember names and such but for a good portion of the book I thought I was reading about the exact same characters. The main characters were duplicated from the first book. Both males were like cave men, you stay I fight kinda thing. Both women thought they knew best and went behind the fellas back. Both received jewellery for some reason too. Some of the places, though on different continents were just lifted from the firs ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emily Morris
Parts of this book I had enjoyed, although this book and it's characters are all alike, their personalities are way too similar. For me, it was helplessly boring I can't express how upset I was when it ended the way it did. I'm not much of a fan for action based books, but I will recommend it for people out there who are. ...more
Wetdryvac Wetdryvac
Huh. Again, love the world building. But. At this point I think I'm just gonna have to roll with the unannounced rape stuff and general non-con if I want to keep with this author. Though this case was not explicit, so work-with able, I guess. Really wish it weren't a core story component though.

Rape and non-con just are NOT my speed.
Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
Wow...this was even wilder than the first. Such a fast moving story. I’m really enjoying the swiftness of the books as well as the characters.

As I said before this series is lighter than her others but seriously cool and fun.
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By: Keri Arthur
Published by: The Random House Publishing Group
Released on: June 5th 2002
Series: Damask Circle #2
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Rating: 4/5

About the book:

In one, vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after her. And she has no idea why.

Doyle Fitzgerald has been sent to Melbourne, Australia to hunt down a killer. What he doesn’t expect to find is a circle of witches capable of controlling the element
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
Liz Howell
Not my usual genre, but gave it a try, OK if you enjoy that sort of fiction
I would like to thank NetGalley and Dell for granting me the chance to read this e-book in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influenced this review.


In one vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself i
Like the first novel, Circle of Fire, Circle of Death has a very compelling storyline and well-done mystery. I couldn't stop turning the pages to find out how the mystery will resolve and what will happen between Kirby and Doyle.

But sad to say, the flaws of this novel overwhelm the strengths of this novel.

First, Kirby as a main character did not appeal to me which resulted in me not feeling invested in her outcome. Initially, I couldn't empathise with her pigheadedness. I understood that she had
Book Info
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Dell (first published June 5th 2002)
original title Circle of Death (Damask Circle, #2)
ISBN 0440246563 (ISBN13: 9780440246565)
series Damask Circle #2
other editions (6)
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In one vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no ide
Paranormal Romance
The heroine is devastated when her only friend, the women who's been by her side since their days in the orphanage, is murdered-and not just murder but mutilated and eaten. The heroine is a loner, her issues with trust and abandonment make it hard for her to get close to anyone and when her friend dies, she is essentially alone in the world. Lost in the haze of grief, she suddenly has no time to think or mourn her friends death as she is being hunted by the creatures responsible. She barely esca ...more
Alisha Tarran
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One night, when Kirby Brown is late home from work, she comes home to find her whole world torn apart in a vicious attack, leaving her best friend Helen and her boyfriend dead. Now the murderer is after Kirby, but she has no idea why. Taken in to protective custody by the Police, it soon becomes clear that the Police are unequipped to protect her from the forces after her, while the murderer attacks the Police men looking after her, she manages to escape. Kirby runs straight in to a very handsom ...more
Nadia Batista
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was anxiously waiting to have the chance to read the second volume of the trilogy A Damask Circle, and thanks to Netgalley I was able to do so. I had great expectations towards this book, although I knew I wouldn't find the characters that I felt in love with in the first volume of this series. Still, I was ready to let them go and get to know new characters.

Once again, Keri Arthur did it. I was overwhelmed. The reading of this book was quite similiar to the previous one: at the beginning, it
Jeannie Zelos
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Circle of Death.A Damask Circle Book: 2. Keri Arthur
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
This series is definitely becoming a favourite. I love the Nikki and Michael books, and this series takes characters from The Circle mentioned in those books, and focusses on one person each time. This time we meet Doyle, panther shape-shifter as the main one, along with vampire Russell and witch Camille from the Circle and Kirby as the person who's life is in danger, and who is about to get an introducti
Fangs for the Fantasy
Kirby’s life has just collapsed around her – after a life of constantly running from the threats her best friend Helen can see in the future, those threats have finally found them. Helen, the one person she had in her life is dead – and whatever dark force killed her is now hunting Kirby.

The Damask Circle are aware that there are magical slayings going on and Camille, Russell and Doyle have been sent to investigate; Doyle to guard Kirby while they figure out what is going on. Of course insta-att
Tory Michaels
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When I started this series, I fully expected it to be very similar to the one that proceeded it (Nikki & Michael) because it featured the Damask Circle again. However, I couldn't have been more delightfully wrong. This series has new hero/heroines in each book and the plots are very different. While there are connections (through the Damask Circle), those connections are tenuous at most and that opens the series up to go in whatever direction Ms. Arthur wants to take it (or rather wanted to tak ...more
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
The beginning of this book haunts me even now. I'd been planning on doing some light reading before going to bed but ended up staying up late, eyes wide open and heart pounding. I couldn't dim the lights and curl in bed without preternatural creatures haunting the shadows, threatening to peek through the slits of my window blinds and hunt me down. I was that freaked out.

On the plus side, that also meant that I really found myself identifying with Kirby when she became one of the hunted. If that
Amy A
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Circle of Death is the second book of the Circle of Damask series from Keri Arthur that is being rereleased.

Kriby comes home to devastation in the form of her close friend and her friend's boyfriend being gruesomely murdered. Then Kirby herself is attacked, but miraculously saved.

Doyle is a shifter, and reformed thief, who has worked for the Damask Circle for a number of years. He's been completely dedicated to his work, but meeting Kirby may just be his undoing.

Through the story we learn that
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Kirby returns home late and finds her best friend has been viciously murdered she is horrified but her night isn't over yet. Under police protection in a motel she comes under attack again only escaping with her life when Doyle steps in to help her. Meeting in such unusual circumstances doesn't help Kirby trust Doyle - what if he is in league with the killer? - but she doesn't have anyone else to turn to or anywhere to go so it looks like she'll have to accept his help. As they find out mor ...more
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
A series strung together by a secret magical society is fun to read, even if the characters are always new. In Circle of Death, the reader visits the land down under. Kirby's best friend, Helen, is killed in a vicious way. On the run from a magical killer, Kirby is befriended by Doyle. Doyle works for the American Damask Circle contingent. His job is to prevent more deaths as foreseen by their clairvoyant. Even though Kirby is not on the list, she's targeted. It's all tied to something from her ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Circle of Death is a pulse pounding suspense filled read.

Camille, Russell and Doyle are sent to Melbourne to prevent a vision that shows young women dying. They are to late stumbling in on Kirby when arrives in her kitchen to find her room mate and boyfriend already dead. The team transfers Kirby to a safe house but Kirby isn't totally defenseless being an elemental witch.

Kirby's past holds the key to these deaths, but she can't remember her past. Will she remember before all is lost...the fat
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Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs ...more

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