Burning Lamp: Book Two of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society Series #8)

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In this second novel of the Dreamlight trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick, psychic power and passion collide when a legendary curse ignites a dangerous desire.

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In this second novel of the Dreamlight trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick, psychic power and passion collide when a legendary curse ignites a dangerous desire.

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Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Jayne Ann Krentz, writing under her historical fantasy nom de plume, turns in a top-notch performance in the second Dreamlight novel. Crime lord Griffin Winters rules a vast underworld empire in Victorian London, but he fears the descent of a familial curse of madness brought on by an ancestor's alchemical experiments. Only a powerful magical artifact, controlled by a woman of rare power, can save him. Magically gifted orphan Adelaide Pyne, recently embarked on a crusade to save women from prostitution, could be that woman, and a psychic connection soon draws Adelaide and Griffin into a dangerous partnership. Fast-paced and cleverly constructed, the tale perfectly balances lively adventure, passionate romance, and the paranormal against an elaborate and refreshingly original background. Arcane Society fans will be thrilled, and new readers will find this stand-alone story very accessible. (Apr.)
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A match between a powerful crime boss and an activist social reformer out to save the city's working girls hardly seems the thing. Yet, when shadow energy talent Griffin Winters and dreamlight reader Adelaide Pyne connect in Quick's latest Victorian paranormal sizzler (second in the "Dreamlight Trilogy," eighth in the larger "Arcane Society" series), the psychic sparks light up the sky and the dangerous dreamlight flares into action. London's clandestine criminal culture provides the chilling, vividly rendered setting as Griffin and Adelaide struggle to outwit a prostitution kingpin, a power-mad killer, and other assorted villains in a complex, highly suspenseful tale that answers a few more "Arcane" questions and keeps this trilogy on target. VERDICT With quirky humor and typical flair, Quick has penned another riveting, fast-paced adventure that drops more "Dreamlight" puzzle pieces into place and will leave readers anxious for the final installment, Jayne Castle's Midnight Crystal, coming in September. Quick (Perfect Poison) lives in the Seattle area. Note: This series is written by Jayne Ann Krentz in all three of her writing personae; her Fired Up is the first in the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515149258
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Series: Arcane Society Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 278,355
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author-under various pen names-of more than forty New York Times bestsellers. There are more than 25 million copies of her books in print.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

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    exhilarating Victorian romantic fantasy

    In the late seventeenth century alchemist Nicholas Winters developed the Burning Lamp to enhance his arcane skills, but the cost was an insanity curse to his descendents. Only a woman of special power, a dreamlight reader, can work the artifact and prevent the descent into insanity. His enemy Sylvester Jones formed the Arcane Society to police practitioners and remain vigilant in watching the Winters' brood.

    In the late Victorian Era, recently orphaned fifteen years old Adelaide Pyne is sold to a brothel. Her first customer Mr. Smith shows her a special lamp with it's' power not activated. Smith uses a crystal to kill the brothel owner, but Adelaide shocks him with her dreamlight skill when she puts him to sleep. Although unsure why, she runs away with the lamp and his money.

    Thirteen years later, London Director of the Consortium crime lord Griffin Winters seeks a social reformer who has raided brothels though he does not own whorehouses. He needs this woman and the Burning Lamp to prevent his descent into insanity. He arranges through a mutual acquaintance to meet the Widow. She recognizes he uses shadow magic to conceal himself, but he is excited when she easily spots him. Griffin explains he needs her to prevent his fall into insanity. She mentions possessing the Burning Lamp which was stolen from his parents the night they were murdered. They are attracted to each other and she agrees to help him. However Smith abetted by crime lord Luttrell is coming for her and the lamp.

    This exhilarating Arcane Society Victorian romantic fantasy moves forward the overarching theme of the Dreamlight trilogy (see Fired Up) but easily stands alone. The lead couple is an interesting pairing of a crime lord and a social reformer although he never displays criminal activity; while Jones and Jones play support roles. Although the two villains never quite live up to reader anticipation, fans will relish this superb thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

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    Loved Burning Lamp

    Burning Lamp was a really good book. It held my attention and was exciting. I love Amanda Quick. Her heroines are always intelligent and just enough different from the norm to be able to identify with them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    Good solid read.

    I'm a big fan of all of this author's works wether she is writing under the name Krentz, Castle or Quick. One of the aspect's of her writing that I like best is her heroine's are never weak, easily frightened women looking for a "man' to save them. Her latest edition to her wonderful Arcane series is no exception to this. Adelaide Pyne is an independent, strong willed and resourceful women with every bit as much power as the notorious crime lord, Griffin Winters. I found this to be a very enjoyable read and nice edition to the Arcane legend. I'm very much looking forward to the next installment in this trilogy. If you've never read any of this series I do recommend reading them in order, although not strictly essential it is more fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    Where is the ebook for the Nook?

    Where is the eBook for the Nook? I thought all of the new books would be coming out in ebook format for the Nook as soon as they were released.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

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    Thia is the MESSAGE BOARD. It is in the middle of the dungeon, and you can only use it if your character finds it. The next result is where we actually RP, and the third is if you want to talk in real life. Enjoy!

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

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    Another page turner by Amanda Quick

    Amanda Quick's second book in the "Dreamlight Trilogy" (a subset of her
    Arcane Society novels) has proved to be just as enjoyable as her others. With fully developed characters, generous doses of humor, unexpected twists, she once again proves that she is indeed a master at writing an exceptional tale. This time, she goes into the past. I can hardly wait to read the third book, which goes into the future world of Harmony.

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    Posted May 9, 2012

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

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    Lots of Intrigue

    Burning Lamp dives right in from the opening pages as we meet a young teenage Adelaide plotting her escape from the brothel in which she was sold to after her parents died. Thirteen years later she is summoned by the mysterious Griffin Winters, a crime lord known as "the Director." Griffin is also a descendant of the notorious alchemist (and co-founder of the Arcane Society) Nicholas Winters. Griffin believes he has inherited the Winters family curse. He desperately needs to find the Burning Lamp, an artifact created by his ancestor to enhance psychical abilities, and a female dreamlight talent to help him work the lamp before he transforms into an insane multi-talent Cerebrus. The nightmares have already began and he believes the transformation into insanity has started. Griffin intuitively thinks that Adelaide is just the woman to help him and is startled to discover that not only is her talent stronger than he anticipated but, also, that she has been in possession of the lamp for the last thirteen years. Krentz (writing as Amanda Quick) weaves her story brilliantly as she revisits the paranormal London underworld readers were first introduced to in "The Perfect Poison" and "Second Sight." Caleb and Lucinda Jones (creators of J & J Detective Agency) even make an appearance as they lend aid to the quest. It is this era of the Arcane Society series that I gravitate to the most. Quick's storytelling is first rate and I recommend this book to all Jayne Anne Krentz fans. Readers new to Krentz's work should go back to previous novels in the Arcane series to be properly introduced to Krentz's paranormal world. Enjoy!

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    Just starting the trilogy, but ......

    I am a little confused as to why I was able to get book 1 (Fired Up) and book 3 (Midnight Crystal) in paperback before book 2 (Burning Lamp). Now I will have to wait (not a chance!) or read them out of order. I love every one of Quick/Castle/Krentz's books (hence the anticipatory rating), so I'm sure that the order won't matter much.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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    Another great society series novel

    I didn't expect the older setting. Nice to see the second book in the Dreamlight Trilogy, I started them backwards. It does get confusing since the AS series is ordered differently. We get action right from the start as we meet a young Adelaide in dire straights. Who is this madman and what does he want with her? From here we jump ahead a bit and meet Griffin. The crime boss who's much more than his reputation. Why do I have a feeling this is the start of the Guilds? They're both very different and yet they click so well. This one was a wild ride of twists and excitement. Griffin and the family curse, the legend of the lamp, and she a rare dreamlight talent with a past. We learn of an illusion talent, more on hunters and other assorted talents, and the weapons of the past in the red crystals. Murder, blackmail, underworld takeovers, hostage situations, romance, psy energy, and more. I very much enjoyed the banter as well as the plot and the flow of each new development. The other characters were just as rich as the main ones, and I was also happy that J&J made the scene again. I'm so glad this series is a nice long one, I can't wait to read the rest of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2010

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    Another great Arcane novel

    I must say, I did enjoy this book. I do wish that this had been the first, followed by "Fired Up". I don't understand the reasoning behind the sequence. I am looking forward to the last of this trilogy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    awesome

    I loved this book. This is the 2nd in a series of three books. I especially liked how she uses all three of her names in the series, thereby intertwining 3 different times lines. I can't wait for the third book to come out by Jayne Castle. She is one of my favorite authors. She never lets me down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2010

    Another interesting entry in the Arcane Society Series

    I am fast becoming a great fan of Amanda Quick's writing style. I have read several of her books that take place "late in the reign of Queen Victoria". Among the ones I've read are Second Sight, Perfect Poison, The Paid Companion and Lie by Moonlight. The Burning Lamp is an Arcane Series book which deals with Griffin Winters,a descendant of Nicholas Winters,who was one of 2 alchemists that started out as friends and ended up as bitter rivals. Sylvester Jones the other alchemist used herbs trying to find a formula that would grant extraordinary abilities while Nicholas Winters built a machine, the Burning Lamp to achieve the same goal. Griffin Winters needs to find the lamp and the woman who will help him unlock the lamp's power in order to keep his sanity. Enter Adelaide Pyne. Many of the characters found in the above mentioned books return in The Burning Lamp and add a sense of continuity to the series. I especially like Ms. Quick's heroines as they are all strong, resourceful and witty. Their male counterparts are extremely open-minded for the era in which they live and act as perfect foils for the ladies. I highly recommend this book any of the books mentioned above and I eagerly await Ms. Quick's next effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2010

    Whatever name she uses, Krentz writes winners

    I've read Krentz, Quick and Castle. I have enjoyed them all. However, my favorite series is the Arcane Society. The way the past and present have been intertwined (looks like the future will be involved, too) adds a fascinating dimension. Although I enjoyed "Burning Lamp", the crime lord characterization of Winters didn't leave me feeling great. Maybe I'm just tired of "bad boys" who deep down have a heart of gold. As expected, he does turn into good guy in the end, even making peace with Caleb Jones, to the point of creating a working relationship that will obviously lead to the West Coast branches of the Arcane Society and J & J that predominate the Krentz contemporary novels. Once I finish an Arcane book, I'm on pins and needles waiting for the next one. Although "Burning Lamp" was certainly not the best of the Arcane Society books, read it! When is the next book coming out, anyway? For anyone who hasn't read any of the Arcane Society series, go in order.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    The Arcane Society Series is one of my favorites.

    The Burning Lamp is a great addition to the Arcane series. I wondered how the author was going to continue with this series. There are only so many paranormal talents that you can come up with and I think she does a great job. This particular book was not quite as exciting as the last historical piece she wrote "The Perfect Poison". I found this a little more predictable, but I like the clarification it give you to understand some of what happened in the previous book and what may happen in the future book. The characters were great, they were interesting and romantic, with a bit of offbeat humor thrown in. I love this series and recommend it to all. I would say that you would want to read all in the series to get the full benefit of the characters though. I can't wait to see the author write about the head of the J&J agency.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Love the series

    I have 2 others waiting to read book 2 of the series.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Captivating but soft thriller

    Easy reading, and good for escapism on a rainy day, or anytime.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Another Great Read From Amanda Quick

    Amanda Quick, aka Jayne Ann Krentz, is one of my favorite authors. I love how her Arcane Society series goes from the 1800s to the present and back. Her writing always keeps me coming back for more.

    I just have to point out that the cover was so beautiful. The woman behind the black lace emits such a mysterious look. She pulls you into wanting to read the book.

    Griffin Winters is a notorious crime lord and a descendant of the Winters' curse. His character meets Adelaide Pyne, a dreamlight reader, who is the only one fated to read and unlock the mystery of the burning lamp for Winters. As in the first trilogy, the same plot applies to its characters. The best part of this book is at the end though. I do love a happy ending.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    The Burning Lamp is book two in the Dreamlight Trilogy.

    There are three authors who dominate all the romance world Jayne Ann Kretnz, Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle and guess what they're the same woman. Jayne Ann Krentz writes contemporary, Amanda historical and Jayne Castle futuristic/paranormal, but what would happen if all three authors wrote one book in a trilogy, wonder no more because that time has come.
    Welcome to the world of The Arcane Society Jayne/Amanda/Jayne's wonderfully made up consortium devoted to the research and advancing of paranormal behavior. Griffin Winters knows all about threats having grown up on the streets after the death of his parents, he's learned to not only survive but to thrive as he builds a vast underworld empire. He's always had certain abilities and now with the onset of the Winter's curse needs to find the talents of one woman, now he just has to find her. Than woman happens to be Adelaide Pyne a paranormal talent in her own right that has taken a very dangerous step while trying to rid London of it's notorious brothels. And she knows all about brothels having been sold into one at fifteen after the tragic death of her parents. Together Griffin and Adelaide have to find the secret to The Burning Lamp while they discover what they mean to each other.
    Welcome to the world according to Amanda Quick, what a world it is. With her wonderful imaginative story lines, her memorable characters and her unforgettable romance. And you'll get all three in this wonderful addition to her work. She will wow you with her inventive plot and her imagination will astound you as she puts it all together. Her hero Griffin and heroine Adelaide are two very different people, he an underworld crime boss and she a social reformer, who get in the way of cupids arrows and either have to succumb to love or get run over by it. Her supporting characters play their roles wonderfully and add dimension to the story. The romance is a comedy of errors as we watch these two unsuspecting characters fall deeply in love. Her love scenes are spicy but not raw and they sizzle without being vulgar.
    So run don't walk to your nearest book seller for Amanda's newest novel. This is part of a trilogy and would be better if read as such, but could be read as a stand-a-lone.

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