לב המעגל

לב המעגל✪ [PDF] ✐ לב המעגל By Keren Landsman ✷ – Bluevapours.co.uk Sorcerers fight for the right to exist and fall in love in this extraordinary alternate world fantasy thriller by award winning Israeli author Keren Landsman Throughout human history there have always Sorcerers fight for the right to exist and fall in love in this extraordinary alternate world fantasy thriller by award winning Israeli author Keren Landsman Throughout human history there have always been sorcerers once idolised and now exploited for their powers In Israel the Sons of Simeon a group of religious extremists persecute sorcerers while the government turns a blind eye After a march for eual rights ends in brutal murder empath moodifier and reluctant waiter Reed becomes the next target While his sorcerous and normie friends seek out his future killers Reed complicates everything by falling hopelessly in love As the battle for survival grows ever personal can Reed protect himself and his friends as the Sons of Simeon close in around them File Under Fantasy Love Suared Stuck in the Margins Emotional Injection Fight the Power.

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • לב המעגל
  • Keren Landsman
  • 08 April 2016
  • 9780857668110

10 thoughts on “לב המעגל

  1. K.J. Charles says:

    Tel Aviv set fantasy not landing for me

  2. Lauren Stoolfire says:

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The Heart of the Circle by Keren Landsman is a timely Israel set urban fantasy novel in translation I can't uite decide if I particularly enjoyed this one or not What I did like about it is the magic Otherwise though I wish we had a better sense of the world the story is set in and if I were interested in the characters themselves

  3. oshizu says:

    For me this book was barely Written by an Israeli author and set in an alternate Tel Aviv this fantasy describes a society where sorcerers elementalists and psychics clairvoyants and empaths march and demonstrate against the discrimination segregation violence and other indignities they suffer daily as a minority group In an interview the author says the plot was inspired by the death of a 16 year old in a Jerusalem Pride event The empath protagonist is romantically involved with a fellow empath and it seemed to me the book spent time in their bed than in world building characterization or delving deeper into the magic systemUltimately this book was not for me #wit

  4. charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow) says:

    On my blog Rep gay mc gay li bi side characterGalley provided by publisherThere is little as disappointing and annoying as loving the characters in a book you otherwise deeply dislike Unfortunately The Heart of the Circle was one of those booksThe whole plot centres around an allegory for oppression in a vaguely fantastical modern day In this case sorcerers of which there are various kinds are the ones oppressed Why? It’s never really explained we just have to go with it Reed is a sorcerer who can feel and manipulate people’s emotions a moodie though again how his powers actually work and the limits they have are never explained Similarly every other power elementals psychics you name it Sure if they use their powers overly much they end up depleted and then seem to take their magic from normal people? Not clear but they seem to be able to do pretty much anything up until that pointBut anyway the story goes as so The Sons of Simeon are terrorising the sorcerer community targeting individuals and businesses who support the sorcerers and killing the sorcerers themselves And the government is content to just sit back and watch But honestly this is where the plot became a little fuzzy for me The Sons of Simeon end up targetting Reed though it isn’t entirely clear why They want him in a particular place because then they could try kill someone but he would die getting in the way or something and ultimately they just want sorcerers to rule the world And I’m still so confused what killing Reed had to do with any of it It was a plotline that needed brainpower put into it than I was willing to give And don’t even get me started on how confused I was about what Reed actually did to stop all thisAs a whole the book seems a little loose As I said the limits of the magic system are never really delineated so when the plot relies on that system it becomes confusing Also confusing is the number of plot points that are floating around and left kind of unresolved Some of them tie into the denouement some don’t and in all that makes it seem not a very clean plot Similarly some character traits are suddenly introduced with no foreshadowing and relationships make leaps forward within a couple of pagesAnd despite all the action particularly what comes at the end the book still manages to feel as though it’s just plodding along There was never any urgency to the writing and the plot This was probably not helped by the characters going from moving hectically to a long periods of inaction partly because this book seems to be trying to be a romance as well as a fantasy novel all at onceBut all plot discussions besides I was turned off this book very early on by the setting and the biphobia and cissexism Let’s take the setting first I didn’t realise it was set in Israel before I started reading this fool me for not reading the blurb at all I don’t know about you but a fantasy allegory for oppression set in Israel? It just feels uncomfortable and turning a deliberate blind eye to actual real life events there With the biphobia and cissexism this turned up within the first few chapters Reed meets an ex boyfriend and makes comments along the lines of “he’d never expressed interest in the opposite sex” and “people change maybe there’s hope for us yet finding out we were always attracted to women” And later the ex “will be jealous but it’ll be too late because he switched teams” And if that biphobia wasn’t bad enough how it would be a shock seeing his girlfriend naked and realising “she was missing something”So in the end it was a shame I liked the characters almost because the rest of this book was a big ol’ disappointment

  5. Marlene says:

    Originally published at Reading RealityIn a kind of twisted way The Heart of the Circle reminded me of American Magic in that they both feel like responses to the Statute of Secrecy in Harry Potter In American Magic the reveal of the secret of magic is treated like a weaponized virus or other standard spy thriller macguffinBut The Heart of the Circle while also having aspects of a thriller feels like it comes out of the urban fantasy tradition and not just because it takes place in a major city in this case Tel AvivI say the urban fantasy tradition because this is a minor variation on our current world but one in which magic not only works but always has worked a la Harry Potter However in The Heart of the Circle magic has not only always worked but it has always been known There is no Statute of Secrecy hereWhich doesn’t mean that there aren’t witch huntsIn the past magic and magic users have been respected and feared But mostly respected Or so it seems We are dropped into this story sometime in their 21st century and pretty much in the midst of the action Ancient history isn’t talked about a whole lot because the present is going off the railsA group of religious fundamentalists has done an all too effective job of weaponizing the human hate and fear of “the other” and turned it against the sorcerers There’s a constant drumbeat in the press to turn sorcerers into “the other” so that their humanity can be legislated away So that they can be harassed and discriminated against and killed without conseuencesThe language and methods that they use will sound all too familiar to anyone who has read about the Holocaust – or read the news or followed twitter regarding the way that immigrants in the US are being demonized this dayAlthough in fine fantasy fashion the reasons behind this particular weaponization of hate and fear turn out to be nothing like they seem to be The most interesting agendas are extremely heinous and deeply hiddenFollowing our protagonist Reed Katz we become involved in the sorcerers’ community as everyone fears for their livelihood and their lives and we watch them fight back We become involved in their world and we feel for their plight They have not in fact done anything wrong They are being hated and killed for what they are – while the people who murder them are not even condemned for the crimes they have actually committedIn Reed’s story and the story of his community I saw reflections of our present The story’s setting in Israel may allow Americans to pretend that this can’t happen here but it is The fantasy setting allows readers to see the situation from a distance but it is all too easy to recognize that it is here and nowThis begins as a story of a beleaguered community dealing with unrelenting hate It becomes a story about rising up and not just protecting that community but about proactively discovering the heart of the hate – and exposing it for what it really isThe Heart of the Circle turns out to be love Not only romantic love although that is certainly there but love of all kinds and all stripes The love of friends the love of family and especially the love of communityEscape Rating A This is a book that sucks the reader into its heart and doesn’t spit you out until the final page is turned And I loved every minute of it

  6. Megan says:

    What a strangely compelling book this was And when I say compelling I don't just mean your standard 'one chapter whoops bedtime was three hours ago' kind of compelling This book was like uicksand When I first sent it to my kind I opened it just to check that it had worked and the next thing I knew I was four chapters deep I'd plan to read a chapter or two with lunch and lose an afternoon I was late back from my lunch break at work yesterday and yes there were missed bedtimesPretty impressive considering I don't even know if I liked it that much Hell I honestly can't even pinpoint why I found it as compelling as I did Take the prose for example It might be a result of the translation this book was first published in Hebrew but I found it to be on the clunky side And yet there was an open uality to it a complete lack of pretense that made reading the sentences almost effortless It literally felt like the story was just flowing into meThe plot I should have loved Not because it's exiting or twisty but because it's really not the focus Plots happening in the background while characters angst at each other is basically my favourite flavour of book but even if the plot is in the background it should still make sense I mean the plot here isn't too complicated; in a world where sorcerers are both common and discriminated against a far right group wants to kill all the non sorcerers and take control Our protagonist an empath named Reed and his friends want to stop them The issue I had is that too often B didn't seem to follow logically from A It would be like if a car crashed into a tree and the driver said 'great now I have to buy milk' and the other passengers are like 'obviously' There were too many 'wait what?' moments from meI did really like the worldbuilding The different kind of sorcerers and how they were introduced I liked how Reed's empathetic abilities were explored although I was a little uncomfortable with how they tied into mental health and depression Honestly though this is not an area I have enough experience in to know if the books portrayal of that was problematic though the fatalistic way everyone just seemed to accept that all empaths would struggle with depression and suicide seemed wrong to meMy favourite part of this book was the seers I liked that they were common because normally a seer character is rare and OP in any universe Here they're a dime a dozen and they're all competing to push things there own way Little touches like how two seers can become uick friends by jointly seeing all the future conversations they might have was one cool example of the uniue approach the book takes to them Although I have to wonder why things are so bad for sorcerers around the world if there are so many seers on their side?I guess every aspect of this book I could describe as 'pretty good but' And yet somehow all of these flawed parts made up a whole that I couldn't read fast enough Strangely compelling really is the best way I can describe The Heart of the Circle A big thanks to netgalley for letting me read itReview also posted to The Turned Brain

  7. S.J. Higbee says:

    This book is set in Tel Aviv – Landsman is an Israeli author – and the different setting is just one of a range of aspects that sets this book apart It is set in an alternate dystopian setting where magic users around the world face a variety of measures designed to limit their freedom In the US they are forced to live in ghettos and while apparently Israeli society is liberal it doesn’t prevent many attacks on sorcerers with most police turning a blind eye to such crimes Reed is one of those fighting for eual rights for the magical community putting himself at risk as he serves in a coffee bar I found his edgy character with his ability to read and diffuse people’s moods appealing and sympathetic – even when he was being a bit of a prat which is when you know the author has nailed her protagonistThere is also a strong cast of supporting characters notably his flatmate Daphne who is a seer I like the gritty detail that people who can see into the future or become assailed with other people’s strong emotions are prone to depression and mental illness with a high suicide rate among them – it makes sense I felt that Landsman had thought through carefully what would be the ongoing conseuences for someone cursed with such a gift In the middle of all this turbulence Reed falls desperately helplessly in love with another empath His same sex relationship with Lee an American grows steadily intense throughout the book and described with passion and tenderness and while this isn’t principally a romance this relationship plays a pivotal role in the narrativeI burned through this book in just over two days staying awake faaar too long to find out what happens next I like Landsman’s layered characterisation and trick of writing a situation from the inside out – and would happily read anything else she has written This is one of my favourite reads of the year so far and is highly recommended for anyone who likes reading about magical worlds with a difference The ebook arc copy of The Heart of the Circle was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest opinion of the book1010

  8. Matthew Galloway says:

    I am really hoping that people hear about this one It's an excellent alternate universe present day where magical talents exist and are dealt with in various ways by each country We mostly get to see Israel's way and the conflicts within There is a prejudicial divide between people with powers and those without but also factions within each The book's main conflict has to do with a group of sorcerers who believe that violence will bring about the future they want The characters we get to follow are all fantastic and it's a pleasure to become part of their friendships and relationships and their drive to see if it's possible to stop one of their friends from a future murder The exploration of their powers is interesting and mixes both tropes and innovation I especially liked learning about the precognitives

  9. Siavahda says:

    I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewI closed this book just a few seconds ago as I type this and my head is pounding about as hard as my heart isHeart of the Circle is a book I’ve been looking forward to for a long time – for at least a year It was originally published in Israel and was then translated into English for publication in the West via Angry Robot a publisher I have a lovehate relationship with – they find and publish extraordinary books but their copy editing often leaves something to be desiredWell I hope the final version of this book is a bit polished than the ARC I received – which had multiple typos and formatting errors – but the book itself? Definitely extraordinaryHotC is set in a world superficially very similar to our own; it’s a 21st century with mobile phones and cars and barristas and bad tv shows But this world has sorcerers – people who can manipulate one of the classical elements see the future or sense and manipulate the emotions of others What made my worldbuildingaddict self very happy was the multiple references to sorcerers having existed throughout this world’s history; we hear a bit about sorcerers in the Medieval period and the effects of colonialist sorcery in Africa and these things and have contributed to the myths and stigmas modern sorcerers have to deal with The attitude towards sorcerers is also not universal; Lee the love interest of the story has spent most of his life in the Confederacy – what we know as the USA – where the sorcerer community and culture is very different from what it is in Israel where our story takes place Landsman didn’t just slap some magic onto a carbon copy of our world and call it a day; a lot of thought has gone into creating the world of HotC and I appreciated all of it More on that in a bitPlot wise the blurb is pretty accurate but drastically undersells the impact and complexity of what’s going on here In HotC’s Israel sorcerers are segregated on buses and in schools I don’t think sorcerers go to schools just for them but there’s a mention of sorcerer students having to sit in the ‘white space’ during exams same as the white suares they stand in on the buses undergo micro aggressions on a regular basis and full on hate crimes far too often and judging from the slogans chanted during some of the demonstrations can’t even vote Reed our main character is an empath – what’s known as a ‘moodie’ – working in a cafe attending rallies when he can and working as a youth counsellor for young sorcerers when he’s off the clock All of his close friends are sorcerers of one kind or another and all of them are involved in the political movement for sorcerer rights – something that’s becoming and dangerous as the hate group Sons of Simeon becomes progressively violent People are dying at the rallies and demonstrations and the police seem indifferent It’s a pretty terrible time to be a sorcererAnd then Reed starts falling for Lee his ex’s ex kickstarting a chain of events that leads the Sons of Simeon to paint a bull’s eye on his backSocial justice is obviously one of the strongest themes of the book but not only are there no info dumping monologues where the writer lectures the reader Landsman is far too good a writer to need info dumps of any kind we’re also presented with a surprisingly wide spectrum of opinions and political stances among the cast In reality social justice of any kind is messy and complicated and even people on the same side often don’t agree on the goals of the movement never mind the means of reaching those goals The characters of HotC are realistically diverse in their approaches opinions and definitions of success from the we must accept even those who hurt us Aurora to Lee who calls himself a pacifist but comes from a community where it’s understood and accepted that anyone who comes after a sorcerer is going home in a body bag And absolutely all of them are sometimes too tired or angry or depressed to be social justice warriors all the time – they need time off to have fun or let off steam or just hide under the blankets for a few hours It made them all feel incredibly real and human these aren’t Platonic ideals or paragons of virtue – they’re completely normal people with terrible taste in music coffee addictions and rules about when your roommates can bring their boyfriends overI’m not usually a fan of first person narration but I think it was the right way to go here especially with Reed’s sorcery – I’m not sure it could have been conveyed as well in third person Empaths regularly deal with intense mood swings as they pick up on the emotions of those around them and as the tension mounts towards the second half of the book being inside Reed’s head really helps you feel the terrifying enormity of the situation he’s in I spent weeks getting through the first third of the book picking it up and putting it down again – then read the rest in a little under two days I couldn’t put it down once things picked up; Landsman’s slightly choppy bare bones writing the complete opposite of the kind of purple prose that generally makes me swoon was perfect for the boulder crashing down a hill pacing the sense of things moving faster and faster and the walls of a trap closing inAnd I can’t talk a whole lot about what was moving fast or what the trap is because that’s really something you need to discover for yourself as you read But I’m practically bouncing with delight at how cool Landsman’s world is and I just have to talk about it some Especially since so much of it is intimately tied to the plotFor example I have never seen empathy as superpower like this before I’m actually in the middle of reading The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen in which empathy might be a supersensory power but it’s not exactly a useful one and it was extra interesting to be reading these two books side by side – because in HotC empaths are unuestionably terrifying and very very badass Being able to fling fire around might be cinematic but when it comes to sorcerer battles empaths are the ones who make or break a victory particularly when they’re paired with seers – known as ‘damuses’ in the modern vernacular – who can not only see all the possible timelines but decide which one they’re in At one point Reed describes a training battle from his time in the IDF in HotC as in our world it’s mandatory for everyone to serve a set period in Israel’s military in which he and his best friend Daphne a seer took on 50 elementalists – and the elementalists still complained that they were outnumbered Daphne’s job is to pick the timelines in which bullets or fireballs don’t hit her or Reed – leaving Reed free to take out the enemy Seers safeguard empaths wipe the floor with their opponents basically At least once they’ve had a little trainingEmpaths are also able to transfer emotions between people something I don’t think I’ve seen before and which intrigues me – if emotions are the result of various chemicals and hormones how can you transfer depression into a brain that’s not depressed? Being able to trigger someone’s brain into creating depression sure I can see that butwell it’s magic even if no one uite calls it that I’m interested but I don’t need a scientific breakdown of how it worksThis is all really impressive but about a third of the way through the book there is An Incident in a night club where we see just what kind of precision a trained empath is capable of and it is simultaneously jaw droppingly incredible and when you stop to think about it properly terrifyingEmpaths have a particular role in the sorcerer justice movement – they walk on the edges of the marches ‘listening’ for anyone who means them harm – and they have a uniue place in the creation of media being able to imbue art including the written word with emotions that viewers or readers can then feel for themselves Reed works as a ‘moodifier’ for a bit during the book and I really would have loved to see and know about it – is this how all art all over the world and throughout history works??? Are artists not expected to elicit emotions with their art but justhave those emotions imbued in it after the fact??? If the imbued emotions wear off eventually how does that work when you’re moodifying a manuscript – will all the printed copies of the book have the emotions in them? I HAVE SO MANY EXCITED UESTIONSAhemBut although Reed’s empathy plays an enormous role – it’s an intrinsic part of who he is something that’s made extra clear when another character points out how he and other empaths are useless at reading body language because they’ve never had to learn it – especially in his relationship with fellow empath Lee and by the way the way they use their empathy to melt into each other psychically is both beautifully written and far intimate than sex the Big Dramatic Plot is much dictated? If dictated is the right word? – by the seers and how their powers work The silent invisible battle between rival damuses – all of whom are trying to manifest conflicting timelines where their side comes out on top – is both intricate and chilling uestions of inevitability fate and destiny come up hard against free will and personal choice – none of which have easy answers all of which have costs attached to them One of the scariest conflicts revolves around Reed making the future he’s been fighting for by being himself – Daphne and the other seers can only help so much before their interference alters the decisions he’ll make and therefore the timeline that will be created It reminded me of Rachel Aaron’s Heartstriker series where the main character Julius is also a linchpin of a prophet’s plansbut can’t be told anything about those plans without unmaking them Although I love the Heartstriker series dearly it did feel a lot less like a tease here and much like an inevitable intrinsic aspect of being surrounded by seersUltimately I think that’s what makes Heart of the Circle really special – how real it all felt From the slang and subtle hand signals sorcerers use amongst themselves to how believable the character relationships and dynamics were to all the ways great and subtle Landsman’s world differs from ours this felt like a book I could step through like a doorway and find a real place waiting on the other side Even the cinematic X Men worthy showdown at the book’s climax didn’t feel unbelievable – on the contrary I felt like I should be ducking the fireballs and getting under cover So it is with great delight that I can say that Heart of the Circle lived up to my hopes for it and I very much hope everyone snags a copy come publication day

  10. Annie says:

    Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader The Heart of the Circle is a new adult SFmagical realism novel set in modern Tel Aviv by Keren Landsman Originally published in 2018 this English translation was published 13 Aug 2019 by Angry Robot It's 400 pages and available in paperback audio and ebook formatsThe central themes of isolation acceptance love diversity racism and betrayal are all present and accounted for The world building was or less nonexistent it's Tel Aviv and it's uite believable The magic system is very well done and also believable Empaths seers and other magespsychics are shunned and discriminated against openly People fear them they're literally made to stand in the back of the bus Against this background protagonist Reed an empath and his friends become politically active to push back against the prejudice and violenceThere's a great deal of angst a lot of rough language violence and a fair bit of sex It's a compelling read though I can't put my finger on why it was so compelling for me I was very interested in the psychosocial changes which accompanied the magic world building The fact that the psychic connections are strengthened by physical touch puts a whole new spin on handshakes and hugs and the author explores that subtly but well There was also a subplot involving Reed's ex who had moved on to another relationship with a woman The exploration of the subtle but present bias against bi sexual people even especially? from people who identify as gay was refreshing to seeThe translation work is good but not seamless There are several places in the book where I noticed the prose was off slightly mechanical or plodding All in all though it was a very well written book and a good read The mystery subplot wasn't the main attraction for me about this book and I wouldn't really recommend it for mystery fans looking for something a little speculativeSF This is a solid choice for NApossibly mature YA language sex violent content would make this iffy for YA It could be a good choice for speculative fiction buddy read or book club selectionFour stars Looking forward to seeing from this author I've read and reviewed several books recently besides this one which were written by physicians and they were all good Maybe we need ridiculously well trained academically inclined authors writing SFDisclosure I received an ARC at no cost from the authorpublisher for review purposes

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