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

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It began with Krentz...continued with Quick...and now it will end with Castle.

Book Three of the Dreamlight trilogy.

For many earthly centuries, a legendary curse has plagued the Winters family, stemming from the tumultuous founding of the Arcane Society. But now, on the futuristic world of Harmony, the curse's final mystery will be unraveled...

Head of the ghost hunters guild Adam Winters and dreamlight ...

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

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Overview

It began with Krentz...continued with Quick...and now it will end with Castle.

Book Three of the Dreamlight trilogy.

For many earthly centuries, a legendary curse has plagued the Winters family, stemming from the tumultuous founding of the Arcane Society. But now, on the futuristic world of Harmony, the curse's final mystery will be unraveled...

Head of the ghost hunters guild Adam Winters and dreamlight reader extraordinaire Marlowe Jones must break the curse, save Harmony's entire underworld-and fight a passion that could destroy them both.

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  • Jayne Ann Krentz
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Plagued by nightmares after exploring a strange psi-disorienting mirror maze in the ancient underground ruins and fearing its instability could destroy Harmony's infrastructure, Adam Winters, new boss of the local Ghost Hunter Guild, senses the ancient Burning Lamp is the key, but he needs help finding it. He just doesn't expect aid to come from Marlowe Jones, the new head of the shadowy Jones & Jones agency and dreamlight reader par excellence. But someone else is after the lamp, too, and will stop at nothing, even murder, to get what he wants. A pair of well-matched protagonists, an evil para-sociopathic killer, and a deadly curse add up to an intriguing mystery, a steamy, psychically enhanced romance, and another imaginative foray into the haunts of Harmony. VERDICT With her classic, sassy flair, Castle brings this engrossing trilogy (Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz; Running Hot by Amanda Quick) to a satisfying and thoroughly delightful conclusion, putting the old Winters/Jones feud to rest in a most romantic way. Castle (Obsidian Prey) lives in the Seattle area.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515148367
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Series: Arcane Society Series , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 200,577
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jayne Castle, the author of After Glow, After Dark, and Harmony, is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the New York Times bestselling author of All Night Long, Falling Awake, Truth or Dare, Light in Shadow, Smoke in Mirrors, Lost and Found, Summer in Eclipse Bay, Dawn in Eclipse Bay, Eclipse Bay, and other novels. She has been featured in such publications as People and Entertainment Weekly, and is also known for her books written under the name Amanda Quick. A former librarian with a degree in history, she is also the editor of an award-winning essay collection, Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance. You can find her online at www.jayneannkrentz.com.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    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 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

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    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 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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2010

    Midnight Crystal

    This book has several aspects going for it.

    The first are two strong main characters. I love a feisty female and in this case the pairing of Adam Winters with her struck just the right note.
    Marlowe Jones is a compassionate and strong heroine. She tries to help where she can but is nobody's fool.
    Adam Winters is the ultimate alpha male.

    It had elements of danger and intrigue. I also enjoyed the secondary characters in the story.

    I found it to be a satisfying conclusion to the Dream light series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Silverbreeze

    Age: 17/ height: 5'6"/ weight: 100 pounds/ race: elf/ hair: a light sea blue/ eyes: a sea blue/ clothes: wears a revealing tanktop and loincloth(dont know what its called but dancers wear them) with a white with blue markings overcoat and hood.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Katie of Sherwood

    Age: 18, Personality: Adventurous, funny, can't hold a grudge for long, can be argumentitive and stubborn, but not usually. Apperance: dark blond hair, chocolate colored eyes, always bare foot. History (updated): grew up in Sherwood, came here recently, got in a fight that I really regreat now. The greatest guy in the world thinks I hate him. Weapons of choice: bow abd arrows, also a belt of throwing daggers. Other: ask, I won't kill you for it. Did you notice I left out the name part. That really bugged me. I mean, you people aren't stupid or anything, it isn't hard to figure out. But I didn't put it. Ha. Take that name slot! :P

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Suspense with a paranormal, futuristic twist

    I liked the first two in this trilogy better, but still a great read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    Recommend only if you "love" the "Crystal" books

    same old - same old

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Kate

    Yes

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Great Series - Different - Engrossing

    The Dreamlight Series and the Arcane Society Series pull you right in with a mix of mystery, psychic abilities and romance. Some of the books are written about the Society in the 1800's and earlier and some are written in the current and some the future. It is a great mix and because it spans so many centuries and historical eras it is highly entertaining.

    The the author engages the reader with paranormal twists, historical background and romance which will keep you engrossed page after page. These books are difficult to put down and they will make you impatient for the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Jet's bio

    Forname:Jet*surname:unknown*age:20*personality:crazy loyal helpful argumentative sarcastic*rank:Ranger*appreance:lightly tan skin dark brown hair dark brown eyes and he wers the usual mottled cloak that all rangers wear*crush:Princes Elanor*Wife/kids:none*weapons: a bow d arrow he weilds with deadly accruacy and two daggers one big one small*history:I would rather not tell*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Andrews bio

    6"2 dark brown hair smoky blue eyes face usaly has streks of ash from the forges job forgeman age 14 almost 15 skinny but strong

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Glacier

    Name: Glacier

    Gender: Male

    Age: 18

    Appearance: Glacier has uneven pure white hair that stands up in spikes sometimes, clever and calm frosty blue eyes, pale whitish skin, an agile yet somewhat muscular build, and wears a white and sapphire blue cloak. A crystal necklace hangs around his neck, partially hidden by his cloak

    Powers: He can make ice appear out of anywhere, manipulate ice, and usually wherever he goes, ice and cold air isn't far behind. His skin is also ice-cold

    Personality: Quiet, intelligant, keeps to himself, usually keeps his distance, reserved, yet once you get to know him, he is friendly, kind, caring, and cheerful

    Crush: Uh... Elsa. Tell her and I'll freeze you for eternity!!

    Status: Single

    Family: Doesn't speak of them much

    History: Yeah, good luck with that

    Other: He never does anything to hurt anyone, if he can help it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Pierce

    He is a teen aged boy. 16 Years old. He wears a black cloak covering a black v-neck and blue jeans. He has blonde hair with a black streak. His eyes are brown tinged with blue green and white. He was abandoned at birth and has lived alone. He is shy around people.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    I love it! But...

    All three parts of the trilogy are under different name de plumes... makes it a bit harder to find but still great books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Adam elfwood

    Name above age 19 appearence 5'11 tan and strong with rustybrown hair and sea blue eyes wears a shining silver medium weight armor set with chainmail underneath crested with his family crest of the elfwoods two swords crossed over an elfwood tree he carries a sheild on his back and a lightweight sword at hip and many other assorted weapons position hea of the royal guard and a knight personality devoted fun funny and outgoing and polite anything else just ask me oh and m single

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Nadie

    Name- Nadie. Rank- pheasent/ forgotten princess. Family- don't ask me or speak of them!!! >:(. Looks- light brown hair with one white streak, wolf shaped birth mark and wolf shaped necklace. Weares a rundown blue dress and cloak. Crush- he posibly dosen't notice me. I belive he's caught up with a diffrent girl. BF(boyfriend)- nope. Bff- midnight. Wolves frirnd- midnight,fang, clarity. (Midnight's ecpecting Fang's pups. Their bios will be at wolf forest result 33 along with all my updates)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    TO JOIN FAEL, POST YOUR INFO HERE!

    ~Cassia of Fael

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

    Perfect read for getting away from it all for a bit.

    Perfect read for getting away from it all for a bit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Fun

    A good quick summer read on the beach. A little fantasy, suspense and romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I love all her books.Her books are good for people that live alone.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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