The Circle Paperback
Part of the Engelsfors Trilogy series
One night, when a strange red moon fills the sky, six school girls find themselves in an abandoned theme park, drawn there by a mysterious force.
A student has just been found dead. Everyone suspects suicide. Everyone - except them. In that derelict fairground an ancient prophecy is revealed.
They are The Chosen Ones, a group of witches, bound together by a power, one which could destroy them all.
But they soon learn that despite their differences they need each other in order to master the forces that have been awakened within them.
High school is now a matter of life and death. Because the killing has only just begun.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 608 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 07/06/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099568537
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Review by clfisha
Fab YA fantasyA derelict fairground and an ancient prophecy, a shocking and suspicious suicide at school and six girls drawn together one dark and stormy night. Such a familiar (if enticing) setup means it's all down to the execution and rest assured that's all good. It's not a quick, fast paced flash bang of a story though. It’s meaty and rich, with multiple flawed characters you will need to get to grips with and then fall for. A slow burner of a story that gently draws you then builds and builds until tension oozes off the page. It's dark enough for teenagers to lap this up but may give some adults pause. Ok I didn't love it (not a fan of YA) but I still had a lot of fun reading it.It does have some faults, I think the translation Americanised it so to my (UK) ears I struggled for a while to get a sense of place and one of the girls (Ida the bully) barely makes it to two dimensions as do some of the adults but the rest is all good. It is the 1st in an unfinished trilogy too but it manages to have a great plot and be cool piece of world building. Plus I think the 3rd is due out Sweden this year.Strongly recommended for YA lovers and anyone else who wants an engaging fantastical read.
Review by wyvernfriend
Almost four stars but not quite, sometimes the characters blurred a bit. However it was good to see characters that didn't change radically when they gained power, it was grief that changed some of the characters more. Six teenagers are drawn together in a small town in Sweden, there should be seven but one is dead, of an apparent suicide. When another dies they have to find out what's going on, why have they suddenly manifested paranormal powers and what's going to happen to them.It's interesting, I liked the gritty realism of it and man, no-one is safe in these stories.