The Third Circle (Arcane Society Series #4)

The Third Circle (Arcane Society Series #4)

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by Amanda Quick
     
 

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"Leona Hewitt, disguised in men's formal evening clothes, has secretly made her way into Lord Delbridge's private museum to recover a relic stolen from her family years ago. But someone else is there in the dimly lit gallery, on the same errand: a tall black-cloaked man whose very voice is enough to put her in a trance." "Thaddeus Ware, a mesmerist with powerful…  See more details below

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"Leona Hewitt, disguised in men's formal evening clothes, has secretly made her way into Lord Delbridge's private museum to recover a relic stolen from her family years ago. But someone else is there in the dimly lit gallery, on the same errand: a tall black-cloaked man whose very voice is enough to put her in a trance." "Thaddeus Ware, a mesmerist with powerful psychic energy, is accustomed to fearful reactions from others women in particular. After all. a man who can control the minds and actions of others could rob a lady of her virtue without her ever knowing! But Leona shows no trace of hysteria in his presence. A force to be reckoned with as both a gifted crystal worker and a woman, she exerts a rather hypnotic power over the hypnotist himself. And she is determined to keep the crystal they recovered, by giving him the slip at a run-down London inn." Thaddeus, on assignment for the secretive Arcane Society, knows the menace Leona is courting by absconding with the crystal. It is a source of remarkable energy, and it holds the potential for great destruction. Lord Delbridge has already killed two men to acquire it, for it is his key to membership in the elite, shadowy group known as the Third Circle. And with the help of a seductive hunter of preternatural skill, dubbed "The Midnight Monster" by the press. Delbridge intends to find her. With the stolen crystal in their possession, the danger is only beginning.

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Publishers Weekly

In Quick's (Jayne Ann Krentz's pseudonym) mediocre latest installment to the Arcane Society series, Leona Hewitt, a crystal reader, and Thaddeus Ware, a hypnotist, meet trying to steal the same relic-the aurora stone-from a private collection, but a murdered prostitute and a trap protecting the stone initially complicate their success. Thaddeus, hired by the Arcane Society to claim the stone, allows the plot's loudly grinding gears to ally him with Leona. Both Leona and Thaddeus are sensible and pragmatic, qualities that make for efficient sleuths but passionless lovers, and Quick has to try unusually hard to make their romance believable. The story fares better when it focuses on the crystal and its connections to secret societies, to the Midnight Monster (a hackneyed serial killer) and to Leona's personal history. When the plot threads finally pull taut and the villains' motives and schemes are completely (if clumsily) exposed, Leona is endangered in a suspenseful climax. This is unlikely to garner Quick any new fans, or even delight her devotees, but it will tide them over until the next episode. (Apr.)

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Thrown together when they meet over a bloody corpse while hunting for the same elusive artifact, psychic crystal worker Leona Hewitt and powerful mesmerist Thaddeus Ware become uneasy, though mutually attracted, allies in their quest to retrieve the legendary aurora stone and keep it out of the dangerous hands of the Third Circle. A paranormal serial killer with deadly good looks and a ruthless, power-obsessed nobleman add to their troubles as Leona and Thaddeus struggle to complete their quest, reconcile their feelings, and stay alive. Before the end of the tale, bodies litter the streets, sinister secrets are revealed, and Leona's abilities are tested as never before. Fourth in the century-spanning "Arcane Society" novels written alternately as Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz depending on the time period, this fast-paced story resolves itself quite satisfactorily while adding to the ongoing story of the society and leaving the door open for the next installment. Quick (The River Knows) lives in the Seattle area.


—Kristin Ramsdell

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515146035
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Series:
Arcane Society Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
216,757
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Third Circle 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Michelle Carris More than 1 year ago
One of her better books in the Arcane Series. I was hooked and reeled in from the opening sentence to it's last. This book is a keeper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great as usual! You should check it out.
lovetoreadAR More than 1 year ago
Just finished The Third Circle by Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle), loved it. This is another of the Arcane series, and I'm kinda working backwards, it was so great to see what this one had to say. We meet the insane and cold Dr Basil Hulsey and learn of a different order than Nightshade. I had no idea who it started with or that the name had been at one time something different. I so enjoyed how we first meet Leona. In a historical period she's an extraordinary woman. Not just for her talent, but her courage and style. And Thad, strong, deadly, lonely. He's got a difficult talent too and so they call to one another in how they relate. They also seem to share the danger between them. We have family, friendship, humor, exotic drugs, a Jack the Ripper type killer, gender and talent bias, plus social bias, romantic tension, drama, murder plots, conspiracies, missing relatives, investment scams, twists, and overall a very tantalizing read. I read it nearly straight through, I hated to put it down. I also loved the background on the formation of Jones and Jones, their family history, and even the creation of Arcane Match! Didn't see that coming. Hahah. Thad and Leona's action packed love story fits right into this amazing series. I'm so thrilled I've nearly caught up with all the volumes now. I hope she continues because I'm happy to keep going as long as she does!
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She's fone it again. A excellently written book, that encompasses every emotion you csn think of. Very wrll written & captivating!
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lencha More than 1 year ago
Have always loved this author. This series is absolutely "paranormally great"!! Love them all so far!
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As said above the book isn't bad. You see some of the old favorites such as Gabriel making a show. And it follows along the lines of the previous books. A great read for those of you who haven't read any of her books yet. But if you have, its again the same feel to the story. Strong minded woman, bull headed man trying to protrect her while wooeing her at the same time. Woman in danger. There are some differences in the fact that you see a little futher past the two main characters than normal which I enjoyed fully. But dont take my word for how you would enjoy it. Read it yourself and find out.
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