The Third Circle (Arcane Society Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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Editorial Reviews

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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: 9781440638398
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/22/2008
  • Series: Arcane Society Series , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 30,535
  • File size: 522 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Great as usual! You should check it out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Great read.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

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    Great Read

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    THE THIRD CIRCLE is Amanda Quick at her mesmerizing best

    Dressed in men¿s formal attire, Leona Hewitt sneaks into Lord Delbridge¿s home while he hosts a party for his male friends and their courtesans. Leona works with the energy of crystal helping heal troubled souls she currently is seeking the Aurora Stone that belongs by rights to her family although it has been stolen periodically for its alleged power. When she finds the museum room, Leona sees a man looking at the body of a dead woman lying on the floor. Thaddeus Ware also looks for the Aurora Stone, which he intends to return to the Arcane Society as the gem is as much a healing tool as it is a deadly weapon.------------ Leona finds the stone but Thaddeus takes it triggering a poison that will drive him insane and eventually kill him. Leona saves his life by using her Aura Stone to heal the hypnotist. Delbridge plans to retrieve the stone because that is his entrance ticket to the THIRD CIRCLE of the Order of the Emerald Table, a cabal within the Arcane Society, a group dedicated to finding the Founder¿s formula that will enhance paranormal powers. His desire places Leona in danger because she is the only person who can safely use the Aurora Stone Thaddeus understands her value to the Third Circle and vows to keep her safe even if she rejects his protection.--------------- THE THIRD CIRCLE is Amanda Quick at her mesmerizing best with an enchanting historical romantic suspense that contains a rousing romp, an intriguing mystery, and a touch of the fantasy that come together nicely in a cleverly crafted story line. The quirky cast is fully developed with a couple of the support players seemingly capable of carrying out their own adventures. However, Leona owns this tale as she defies the rules of society to do what she believes is right.--------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Excellent

    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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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    highly recommend this series!

    Have always loved this author. This series is absolutely "paranormally great"!! Love them all so far!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Dependable Amanda Quick books. Entertaining.

    The book arrived in good condition. Happy with the whole experience.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2011

    Not bad, not her best though.

    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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  • Posted June 11, 2010

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    Loved it

    I am so glad I started reading the Arcane society novels. I wasn't crazy about this one, but it was still really good and hard to put down. I enjoy revisiting with characters from previous books a great deal and love that Quick has been thoughtful enough to create a society where they pop in and out of one another's stories. If you want to read and laugh at the interaction and exchanges between a couple who possess genuine love and respect for one another, these are the perfect stories for you.

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  • Posted May 29, 2010

    Disgusting

    The vivid scenes of lust ruined the whole book. Was not necessary at all, this wasn't a movie that had to be rated R so some people would go see it. Yuk.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    The Third Circle

    This book continues the Victorian era of the Arcane Society novels. When the Aracane Society and the Third Circle clash to gain the ownership of a special crystal, it is up to a young woman and her compainions to get the crystal back into the right hands before the dreaded Third Circle finds the secrets to the Founder's Formula. This book is action-packed and romantic and will keep the readers' attention.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Romance and Adventure....

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Another Arcane Society mystery featuring another sexy Jones man. I guess my only disappoinment with the series is that the women are a little too naive and impulsive although very intellegent and independent. I would like to see the female characters in this series execercise a little more restraint as I believe it will give more crediblity to thier fierce independence. This is why I will only read the historical books in the series. Looking forward to the next installment though!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Third Circle #4

    This was the first time reading a Third Circle Book and I enjoyed it. I may look into getting the series #s 1. 2 & 3 .

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great book and enjoyable read.

    I would also recommend Second Sight the first book in the Arcane Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2009

    NOT HER BEST

    What happened to Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) I had difficulty getting into this plot. Leona isn't charming, funny or even interesting. The villains are so evil, it's like a farce.
    I will be waiting for another series and skip the Arcane Society series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

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    Okay.

    It was okay for a a stand alone. the main female character, Leona, gave me some problems with her bossy attitude. It was pretty good for a third installment in the arcane society novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2008

    Great Read

    Very entertaining read. Keeped you wondering who was behind the conspiracy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    Dastardly

    Bloody hell! Damnation! The Third Circle is so full of dastardly Victorians blustering on about the disruption of their villainous plans that it's hard to find the plot. That damnable woman keeps interfering and somehow, the cads can't manage to get rid of her in spite of their mastery of the 'psychical arts.' I like a good paranormal novel, but this is the second of Quick's novels that I've struggled through. Since reading should be enjoyable, not irritating, I'm off to find an author who relies less on formula and cliche.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 18, 2008

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    Posted January 27, 2011

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