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

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

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by Amanda Quick
     
 

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410424440
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Series:
Arcane Society Series, #8
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
527
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(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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Burning Lamp 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 205 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
lysie More than 1 year ago
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.
VTek33 More than 1 year ago
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.
Chesque More than 1 year ago
Good summer read. Interesting story line, if you like the series you will love this book.
Sue5 More than 1 year ago
Fantasy series I've only read book 2 of this fantasy series and it is a stand alone book. grab it, read it and enjoy the fantasy of Burning Lamp.  Amanda Quick is  a pseudonym for JAYNE ann KRENTZ  so now you know it's a keeper.
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Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
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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