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Midnight Crystal: Book Three of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society Series #9)

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

This is a winning stand alone, but the brilliance of the author comes across by reading and comparing the trilogy.

The new head of the Frequency Guild is Adam Winters appointed to clean up the corrupt organization. He is also the direct descendent of Nicholas Winters who found a way to enhance psychic skills. However, his concept was flawed with a curse to those who have the genet...
The new head of the Frequency Guild is Adam Winters appointed to clean up the corrupt organization. He is also the direct descendent of Nicholas Winters who found a way to enhance psychic skills. However, his concept was flawed with a curse to those who have the genetic marker. That person becomes a Cerberus, a person with three diverse psychic talents who will eventually go insane and must be killed; unless he can find the Burning Lamp and the female guide who can use dreamlight.

Adam believes he is cursed but when he meets the head of a private investigation agency Marlowe Jones who can manipulate dreamlight she fixes his brain section that was damaged. They team up to go into the underground because fractures in the walls in a certain part of the maze means the whole place blows up killing many unless Marlowe and Adam can fix it.. Before they have a chance to catch their breath, they meet the traitor in the Guild who wants to kill both of them, and probably will succeed.

Connecting the Krentz universe with the clever Dreamlight trilogy (see Fired Up by Jayne Anne Krentz and The Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick), Midnight Crystal is a terrific entry that fans of the author will relish. The story line is fast-paced and action-packed. In some ways similar in tone to the previous entries in this arc yet different as time and place widely varies (hence the three names the author uses to delineate historical, present and future). This is a winning stand alone, but the brilliance of the author comes across by reading and comparing the trilogy.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on July 15, 2010

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Midnight Misfire--No Spoilers

A VERY rare misfire for one of my favorite writers, Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle. Really 2.5 stars, but I gave her three for being so inventive.

The grand finale of the dreamlight trilogy goes out with a less-than-modest bang. The story is set on a dista...
A VERY rare misfire for one of my favorite writers, Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle. Really 2.5 stars, but I gave her three for being so inventive.

The grand finale of the dreamlight trilogy goes out with a less-than-modest bang. The story is set on a distant planet called Harmony that was colonized by earthlings generations ago. Midnight Crystal wraps up the story of a lamp created on earth that has some pretty amazing properties even for a fantasy.

The romantic element of Midnight Crystal is on a par with her other novels, but it's broken up by a constant barrage of technical details about how different psychic/paranormal talents work. It's CSI Harmony. I can't believe I'm saying this--for me, she too often glosses over the fine details--but I felt as though I were reading a technical manual! It's as though she thought out all of these very imaginative background details before the first novel, parceled out a few at a time in each book, and then dumped all the leftover elements into Midnight Crystal.

The actual Midnight Crystal is a tiny part of the plot that, like many other elements, is resolved a bit too quickly and neatly after all the buildup in the preceding novels. It all falls just a bit flat.

And there's way too much conversation in this novel!!! Adam and Marlowe blather on and on while you wait for something to happen. Usually Jayne plops you right into the action from the first page, but this one takes a long time to crank up. Of late, there's a pedestrian plotting style pervading romance novels: most of the action is told as a narrative in the past tense, and the action consists of characters simply reacting to what has already happened. This occurs to a lesser degree in Midnight Crystal than some others, but this is the first time I've felt cheated by one of Jayne's novels!!!

Also, Krentz usually picks a couple of phrases that she repeats incessantly throughout her books; in this case they're "crime boss" and "J&J agent." Maybe she uses this device to keep the characters' background firmly in the reader's mind, but the constant repetition is especially jarring in this case. I wanted to find out the resolution of the Dreamlight trilogy, but I was actually relieved when this book ended so I could move on to another.

This might have been better presented as two books. No matter what name she writes under, Krentz seems to write better when she has the space to develop her ideas. Don't get me wrong--a subpar Krentz novel is still better than many others. But after the other Harmony novels, which are a delight, this one is a clunker.

posted by bookcatcc on September 10, 2010

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