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

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

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by Jayne Castle
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101442562
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Series:
Arcane Society Series , #9
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
19,560
File size:
458 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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Midnight Crystal 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 304 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
bookcatcc More than 1 year ago
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.
hcbm More than 1 year ago
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.
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Past, present and future.......there's nobody writing about it like Jayne!
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luv2readnv More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Is sitting on the old ruins of the kingdom. Hello, whats new
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anthillhaven More than 1 year ago
Perfect read for getting away from it all for a bit.
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A good quick summer read on the beach. A little fantasy, suspense and romance.
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