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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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New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick presents an Arcane Society novel that reveals the passionate—and paranormal—secrets of proper Victorian London. 
 
Attempting to recover a relic stolen from her family years ago, gifted crystal worker Leona Hewitt secretly makes her way into Lord Delbridge’s private museum

Overview

New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick presents an Arcane Society novel that reveals the passionate—and paranormal—secrets of proper Victorian London. 
 
Attempting to recover a relic stolen from her family years ago, gifted crystal worker Leona Hewitt secretly makes her way into Lord Delbridge’s private museum. But who she finds there is more entrancing than the crystal she seeks.
 
Thaddeus Ware is a mesmerist with powerful psychic energy—that doesn’t seem to be affecting the woman before him. Instead, Leona seems to exert a rather hypnotic power over the hypnotist himself. After she gives him the slip, absconding with the crystal they recovered, Thaddeus fears for her safety. For he is on assignment for the secretive Arcane Society and knows that the crystal holds the potential for great destruction. It is the key to Lord Delbridge’s membership in a shadowy group known as the Third Circle. The nobleman killed before to acquire the crystal, and Thaddeus has no doubt that he will kill again.

 
“Quick deftly distills intrigue, romance and a dash of the paranormal into a beguiling story.”—Chicago Tribune
 
“The latest in Quick’s delightfully original, paranormal-spiced Arcane Society series is another dazzling combination of superbly realized characters, an intrigue-studded plot, and spellbindingly sexy romance.”—Booklist
 
“Mystery, danger and the otherworldly come together in this compelling read.”—BookPage

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440638398
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/22/2008
Series:
Arcane Society Series , #4
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
30,977
File size:
534 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She writes historical romance novels under the Quick name, contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, and futuristic romance novels under the pseudonym Jayne Castle. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print.

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Third Circle 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 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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