Canyons of Night: Book Three of the Looking Glass Trilogy (Arcane Society Series #12)

Canyons of Night: Book Three of the Looking Glass Trilogy (Arcane Society Series #12)

by Jayne Castle

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ISBN-13: 9780515149883
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Arcane Society Series , #12
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 254,856
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

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Canyons of Night 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 170 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Fifteen years ago on Rainshadow Island, Charlotte Enright was recued by her hero Slade Attridge from the assault of three drunken off islander visitors near the Preserve. She already had a young girl's crush on the orphan teenager before he saved her. She explained she could read auras, a useless talent for an arcane while he never was registered as a hunter but will soon leave for the Federal Bureau of Psi Investigation academy. In the present, Charlotte runs her late Aunt Beatrix's Looking Glass Antiques. Slade has just retuned to be the island as the police chief though his talent has become somewhat muted after a traumatic incident though his buddy Rex the dust bunny remains at his side (and on his shoulder). As the pair starts seeing one another, she finds the corpse of a persistent customer who her father felt was a stalker; someone killed Jeremy Gaines in Charlotte's shop. The final Looking Glass sci-fi romantic suspense (see In too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz and Quicksilver by Amanda Quick) is an engaging and delightful paranormal police procedural. The romantic subplot within the Rainshadow otherworld realm leads in a slow deliberate manner until the homicide investigation begins about half way into the story line, but still does not pick up much speed. Still fans of the Arcane Society saga will enjoy a visit to the island of Rainshadow. Harriet Klausner
KatrynN More than 1 year ago
As always Jayne Castle lures her readers into her stories with twists and turns leading to mystery and love. This, the third book of her looking glass trilogy is no exception. Read the first two before reading this one for the whole story. Very, very good.
Cleo75 More than 1 year ago
I do not normally read sci-fi but tried out Jayne Castle's series because I have enjoyed her books written under other names about the Arcane Society (historicals and contemporaries). I am glad I tried out the sci-fi genre. This story grabbed me from the start and never let go. I was so tempted to read forward to see what was going to happen. I did not have to, though, because the story was so fast paced. Jayne Ann Krentz alias Amanda Quick alias Jayne Castle (what is this woman's real name?) writes the best dialogue that I have ever read. It is witty, realistic and endears the characters to this reader. Her books are a must read for me, no exceptions, no matter what name she writes them under.
lovetoreadAR More than 1 year ago
So glad for the new one in the Arcane series. It's a bit slower paced than most of the other books, but still a very enjoyable read and it does pick up later on. We meet Slade, the dark, mysterious yet kind hero who's having a crisis with his abilities. And Charlotte the shy, sweet underappreciated Rainbow talent who has some impressive secrets of her own. Match making townies, murder, thugs and a strange new power emerging in the forest keep throwing them together, just as it did all those years ago, fate has a way of making you wonder what if? Top that all off with new talents, new glasswork weapons and new foes and you have a pretty interesting plot to keep you reading cover to cover. Oh, and did I mention pirates? I am so excited for the next book in the series I can barely stand it. We also see some old favorites in Adam and Marlowe, and of course the dust bunnies are back. Who can't adore a tiny creature who likes to steal shinny items, kill rubber duckies and eat three times it's weight each day?
Danars More than 1 year ago
Love this series, Jayne never fails to deliver! I want a dust bunny!! This series went from Victorian England to another deminsion. Bring your imagination!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in Castle’s world of Harmony, a planet settled by Old World Earth’s decedents 2 hundred yrs in our future. A murder has been committed by psychic means in an antique shop on Rainshadow Island. Slade, acting as the new police chief, recently from the FBPI (Federal Bureau of Psychic Investigation) joins with antique shop owner, Charlotte, and Rex (a pseudo-deputy “dust bunny”) to solve this mystery. Castle’s stories are always good reads for me, if somewhat predictable.
Ravenwood5 More than 1 year ago
I just love the way this woman tells a story! It's like watching a movie in your head.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Canyon of the Night, the third book in the Looking Glass Trilogy, takes place on the colonized planet of Harmony. The setting is Rainshadow Island. Protagonist, Charlotte Enright is back on the island after inheriting an antique shop called The Looking Glass. Slade Attridge, a former FBPI agent, returns to accept the chief of police position. They both feel an instant connection, but personal demons leave them leery. Things quickly heat up after a break-in and murder at the Looking Glass. Someone on the island wants them dead and something is definitely wrong with the Preserve. I liked the main characters and was intrigued by some of the town's people. Foreshadowing leads me to believe we will meet them again. The novel is filled with suspense as they work to unravel the mystery. The romance is steamy and discreet, a talent that only Castle (Krentz) can deliver. While wrapping up the murder investigation, the book left many unanswered questions about the Preserve. The story kept me completely engrossed and had me saying things like, "one more chapter and I'll go to bed." I am looking forward to the next book in this series and hoping for some answers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Castle at the top of her game! Not as formulaic as she had started to become-- characters were more interesting. Can't wait to read the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually have no problem with Jayne Castle but this one was a big disappointment. I was barely able to finish it. Couldn't really connect with the characters or the plot and her books are starting to resemble each other too much.
ajfbrat More than 1 year ago
Fun read - love the dust bunny critters. I've read all the Fallon Jones stories. Great story telling in a fun and enjoyable read.
amy31907 More than 1 year ago
If you like the other stories of this series you will not be disappointed. It is still the great writing and character building that she does in all her books.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Honestly this doesn't read much like SF. Apart from the fluff bunny it really didn't come across as all that SFnal. Slade Attridge is the new chief of police on Rainshadow Island. His career investigating paranormal events for the government is over. His last case had his psychic abilities go funny on him and now he's unsure how much longer they're going to last. Charlotte Enright has taken over her aunt's antique shop, Looking Glass Antiques on the island. Trying to sort out the variety of antiques her aunt has left her with. They were attracted to each other when they were younger and now the attraction is probably stronger, after all, now they're adults.It's an interesting read, more about the couple than about the psionics and exploring more of the world they're living in. Interesting but there wes something that just didn't gel for me.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
New mysteries on the world of Harmony, in this last of the Looking Glass trilogy and first of the Rainshadow sequence. Charlotte has inherited her aunt's antique shop; Slade has returned to Rainshadow Island and the temporary chief of police. Their old attraction flares up, of course. A dead body, an ancient threat from old Earth, and too much zucchini bread threaten our heroes. And what's up with the mysterious and deadly Preserve? As always, the dust bunny steals the show.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the conclusion of the Looking Glass Trilogy which began in the book In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz and continued in Quicksilver by Amanda Quick. This story moves to the planet of Harmony and takes place on the island of Rainshadow. It is a small isolated island. Charlotte spent part of her childhood there with her aunt and now has returned to take over her aunt's antique store. Charlotte has a little-regarded psychic gift of being a rainbow reader. She can see people's auras and can tune some antiques to be just the right thing for a person. She has also recently inherited some things from a grateful client. She is busy organizing her aunt's shop and getting settled in on Rainshadow.Slade Attridge has returned to Rainshadow to be the new chief of police. He has been forced to leave his higher profile career in law enforcement after an accident that the doctors and para-psychologists have said damaged his psychic gift beyond repair. Slade is determined to only stay on Rainshadow for a brief time while he makes other plans for his life.Charlotte and Slade had met briefly fifteen years before and had been interested in each other but their lives led them in different directions. Now, the romance is rekindled. Slade is reluctant to make any sort of commitment to Charlotte, though, because of his very uncertain future. But, when Charlotte finds a dead body in her store, Slade's plans to lie low until he has has new life plans in place is derailed. Charlotte may be in danger and Slade's protective instincts come to the fore. They are both busy trying to find out who killed Charlotte's intruder and also what is going on in the Preserve. This privately owned area is changing and becoming more frightening and dangerous. Adding a lot of humor to the suspense and romance is Slade's dust bunny partner Rex. Dust bunnies are native to Harmony and occasionally adopt some of the humans. Rex looks cute and fluffy most of the time but he is a dangerous predator is there is a threat. Rex also loves zucchini bread which is a constant thread in this book since zucchini season has hit and one of the locals is constantly giving everyone loaves of it. He also has taken a fancy to an antique beaded evening bag from Charlotte's store and won't be parted from it. This one has all the elements of the most successful of Jayne Castle's books. It has romance. It has danger. It has cute dust bunnies. And it has crisp, snappy dialog. All in all, it was a very satisfying read, a great conclusion to the Looking Glass trilogy, and a great introduction to stories about the Preserve and Rainshadow.My only quibble with the story concerns the cover. I have no idea who the cover is supposed to illustrate. Charlotte is not the kind to go around in tight leather. That aside, this one is well worth reading.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 5 months ago
As a teenager Charlotte Enright admired Slade Attridge from affair. Now she's all grown up and back on Rainshadow island to take over her aunt's antique shop. Slade Attridge is all grown up, too - and he's back on the island as it's latest police chief. But not for long if he has anything to say about it.Attraction hasn't faded in the years the two spent apart, but the island has changed - something dark and increasingly powerful lurks beyond the fences of the island's Preserve. A series of break-ins at Charlotte's shop and a mysterious glass globe send Charlotte, Slade and dust-bunny Rex down a deadly path and leave the door open for a new set of romances to unfold on Harmony.A bit predictable, and not exactly a conclusive ending even though this is book three of the loosely linked trilogy.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A cute set-up and middle that reminded me a bit of JAK's Eclipse Bay series, but set in Harmony. Unfortunately, it all fell apart with the ending for me -- the typical hero/heroine in peril, escape from said peril because of really contrived circumstances (in this case, Charlotte's psychic sense that Slade is in trouble, even though no-where else is there any indication that she has powers of that sort), et cetera, et cetera.I think it only really bothered me because I found the light-hearted, character-based beginning very charming and for it to jump in tone from enjoyable romance to middling suspense was a disappointment. Not a surprise, JAK has been disappointing me in that way for years and I keep reading her, but still... it didn't end on a high note for me.And ditto what kmartin802 said about the poor choice of cover art.
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Call me crazy, but I want to live on Rainshadow Island!
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