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Hallowed Circle

(Persephone Alcmedi #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,392 ratings  ·  133 reviews

And you think beauty pageants are scary?

Persephone Alcmedi has been persuaded to compete for the position of High Priestess of the Cleveland, Ohio, coven, now that the former priestess, Vivian Diamond, has strangely gone missing. Unfortunately, there are a few small problems with the idea. Not only does Seph know rather more about Vivian's disappearance than the other wi

Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Pocket Books (first published December 14th 2009)
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I loved it!

I enjoyed book 1 but to be honest it wasn't as great as some of the amazing urban fantasy series I've read over the years. However, book two was much better than the first and I'm now a big fan of this series and I'll definitely read more books in this world.

I genuinely love Persephone, shes a great character and very likeable. Taking in and raising a little girl is a huge responsibility and she just embraces it.

The magic in this was very cool
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Magically Delicious
Set just a handful of weeks following the events of Vicious Circle, the book that introduces the reader to Robertson's world of witches, waeres, vamps, and fairies, Persephone Alcmedi is back to stir up some magic. The justice-loving, solitary witch and earnest granddaughter of Demeter, guardian of Beverley, and witch-of-Johnny's-dreams hasn't yet fully dealt with nor truly understands the ramifications of a vampire stain forced on her by Menessos and a mythical position of po
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
"If you want to know about the meat that's up—" Johnny whispered.
"I don't need to hear about your kielbasa."
"Okay, so rather than an oral description, you'd prefer actual hands-on experience with my 'ball-sa.' I'm good with that."

So much excitement in this book!! I was around 30% last night and thought...OK 1 more chapter then bed time. THEN something shocking happened with Johnny and Persephone so I then thought...OK maybe 1 more won't hurt right?? WRONG! I stayed up till 2am till I finishe
May 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Good ideas, but man, waayyy too much description, and when we're done with the description, look, we've got some bad poems to throw in as well! But if we call them "song lyrics" then they aren't bad, right? Sorry, honey, I don't care what happens to you any more.
And I'm taking off a full star for chain-smokin' grannie. Maybe the author thinks nicotine addiction adds "character," but instead she's more of a caricature. To have someone constantly smoking around a kid would add all kinds of respira
Barbara ★
Not as good as the first book. Unfortunately seems as if the author threw everything into this one - vampires, waerewolves, witches, fairies, mythology and even King Arthur. Too much going on where the original plot greatly suffered.

I did like the Eximium though. Most of that was interesting and exciting. I'll read the next in the series since I need it for a challenge then I'll decide whether to continue the series or not.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
reread 3/2017
Joshua Burns
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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The fact that this book and its predecessor were published in the same year stuns me. But let's assume that for a moment that I should be the one checking myself. Perhaps it was my attitude that was out of wack. For some reason I believed Linda Robertson published Vicious Circle as a one-off then returned to her idea a year or two later. I can't quite explain why I had this echoing in my head as I cracked the first book's spine or even its successor. How are we to know w
Regina De Los Reyes
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Second book in the series was pretty good as well. Some things detailing history of who and what the Lustrata is was a little rough for me to understand (possibly not enough coffee) still enough to keep me intrigued and ready for the next in the series
Dec 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Synopsis: Persephone Alcmedi has been persuaded to compete for the position of High Priestess of the Cleveland, Ohio, coven now that the former priestess, Vivian Diamond, has strangely gone missing. Unfortunately, there are a few small problems with the idea. Not only does Seph know rather more about Vivian's disappearance than the other witches realize, but the epic struggle she's just survived has left her with some highly unusual powers; ones that could be dangerous to reveal. Despite her rel ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in Linda Robertson’s ‘Persephone Alcmedi’ series.

I liked the first book ‘Vicious Circle’, but felt Robertson put too much emphasis on past relationships that weren’t established but often referenced. I think this second book works much better because those relationships are now familiar to readers.

First there’s the romance between Persephone and biker werewolf, Johnny. In ‘Vicious Circle’ Johnny was already enamored of Persephone, but she was wary of his tattooed appearan
3 1/2 stars, but I'll round up this time.

Ever see an archetype paranormal creature de-evolve into a caricature, without the intention to be self mocking? For example, when I'm looking for vampire books, I avoid books where you've got a character named Dracula with a widow's peak who swirls around a cloak. Beyond the original that's just a caricature. It really works when it's self-mocking like in Jim Carrey's "Once Bitten". Outside of that, it feels lazy and a bit cheesy.

Well, towards the end of
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Linda Robertson’s first novel, Vicious Circle, was a fun read, and its sequel, Hallowed Circle, is even better. In this second installment, Robertson spins a highly original plot (if this has been done in urban fantasy before, it was in a book I missed!), further develops her characters and the relationships among them, and as an added bonus, passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors.

Persephone Alcmedi is still reeling from the discovery that she is the Lustrata, a “chosen one” sort of figure.
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Although I like first person perspectives, I am finding it difficult to like hearing about what’s going on in Seph’s head. I don’t find her as selfless as she is portrayed. Seph seems to spend most of her time sharing her own mental ramblings and meditation sessions with the reader. For someone who writes a syndicated informative column about waerewolves, she doesn’t seem to know much about them. Things one should know, considering the column she writes. So what does she write about? The most sh ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
In Hallowed Circle, Persephone has her hands full. She has her dead friend's daughter living w/her, her elderly grandmother, her possible waere boyfriend and she is marked by a powerful vampire sorcerer. What else could happen? Well, the nice little witch down the street nominates her to compete to be the next High Priestess in the Eximium, which she cannot be since she is the Lustrata. Oh yea, I forgot, she also has some fairies threatening her and the vampire!

There is a lot going on in this bo
Alexia Chantel
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Robertson gives us book two in the Persephone Alcmedi series, proving that this is an author and series to follow!

Johnny, the irresistable tattooed alpha were is now Seph’s boyfriend. Who else is glad that she got over her prejudices and saw the man behind the tattoos? He has her best interest at heart, but in true alpha male form he makes some choices that benefit him without considering what his actions could mean for Seph. Too bad for Johnny he brings Menessos a little closer to Seph in the p
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it

This book was... hmm. It is a hard one to review. In some ways, I liked the first one better. Mostly, I think, because the first one had a concrete and linear plot. This one had what felt like 6 B-plots, but no strong A-plot. And in that way, to me, it felt like a bridge book. Some very important things happened, things that needed to happen to set Persephone up for her Big Role (not saying that sarcastically, just trying to avoid being spoilery).

I am not quite sure how I feel about w
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was hoping the 2nd in this series would be as good as the 1st...I was wrong, it was better! We are watching a character grow and come to terms with her witch gifts and vampire mark(stain) and her love/lust for her live in protector...a werewolf named Johnny. Also the love and care for her Nana and her foster daughter. As she dons the mantle of the famed Lustrata, a justice bringer to all "others" she is also nominated to become High Priestess to the local coven. Seeking to make sure that the F ...more
Steph Ann
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This book reminded me a lot of the first in the series in that it had a very slow start, but by the time I was at the halfway point, I was invested in the story. I'm finding myself kind of at a loss for what to write in my review, which I guess really is an indicator of how I feel about the book/series in general. I don't really have strong feelings one way or the other. I liked the book, but wasn't blown away by it. Same goes with the characters. I like them, but don't really feel a big connect ...more
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
One of the reviews I stumbled across said that the book almost read like 3 in 1. First, Seph's relationship with Johnny, second things with the coven politics, and then a fight with the fey.

There were some twists I could have done without- the waere twins- and some I did not see coming. And there were some that I wish had been given more time, like Hunter's motivations and Seph's revelation about the stain.

Still, enjoyed it overall and number 3 is already on my to-read list.
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
What I really love about these books is quiet they are. And not in a bad way. They just don't have the same level of physical violence and fights that a lot of UF has, and it makes for a nice change of pace. Plus, witches! And hot, rock star weres!
Nicole Luiken
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, sf-fantasy
2nd book in an urban fantasy series. It's the characters that are drawing me into this one, especially Persephone, Johnny and Demeter. Persephone is roped into competing to be High Priestess of her local coven, but her real problem is coming to grips with her new role as Lustrata, Lady justice.
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Beautifully detailed Wiccan rituals in here.
Persephone's caring for the gran is extremely endearing. Am sort of envious of her because of that.
#3 is a must-read.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
It was ok
June Riley
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

This book is fun and suspenseful. The characters are likeable. I like the heroines growth in her confidence. I like her family interactions.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Linda Robertson continues to delight me with her Persephone series. Waiting for the next one to arrive . . .
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow second book I have read just keeps getting better!
My Synopsis:
"There are legends...aren't there always?" Nana said quietly, the croak of her voice softer than usual. Legends about the beginning of time, the ending of it. Every culture, every religion has their stories about it--ours is no different. And there are always secret societies, keepers of knowledge hidden from the general populace. There are enemies. There are heroes. The pendulum of power swings." Her focus sharpened on me, and I felt it like a cold blade at my throat. Nana stubbed
Caroline The HEA Lover
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, book-i-own, fantasy
(This was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc)
If you haven’t met Persephone Alcmedi yet, this review is a bit spoilery but I’m being vague to avoid big spoilers.

This is the 2nd book in the Persephone Alcmedi series, the 1st book being Vicious Circle .
My fellow Crazy Book Lover also reviewed this book on her blog and we seem to agree on this one.
I have been waiting for this book ever since I finished Vicious Circle. This series is very addictive. Persephone is a witch, but not ANY witch (This
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Persephone Alcmedi series. There are nine books planned in this series, with the fifth book Wicked Circle, planned for a December 2011 release. I really enjoyed this book even more than Vicious Circle (Book 1). I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series, but enough back story is given that it's not absolutely necessary.

This book picks up shortly after the first book ends. Persephone (Seph) is trying to adjust to the idea of being the Lustrata, housin
Book Review Diva
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witches-magic
Book Review of "Hallowed Circle" by Linda Robertson

Persephone Alcmedi is a solitary Witch, she belongs to no coven, but she is allowed to vote at the Cleveland Witch’s coven, and she can also attend Witch balls. Persephone has recently been nominated to be High Priestess of Cleveland’s Witch’s Covenstead. Persephone does not know if she wants the position as she is now raising her good friends daughter, Beverly, since her mother was killed. Persephone is also known as the Lustrata, and she has a
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“The right thing to do would be for you to acknowledge that you feel something for me that's remotely close to what I feel for you. I've asked only for a single grain of sand from you, Persephone, while I'm the whole fucking beach at your feet...” 9 likes
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