Burning Lamp: Book Two of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society Series #8)

Burning Lamp: Book Two of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society Series #8)

by Amanda Quick

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In this second novel of the Dreamlight trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick, psychic power and passion collide when a legendary curse ignites a dangerous desire.

The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Nicholas Winters’s efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp. Each generation of male descendants who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents—and the curse of madness.

Plagued by hallucinations and nightmares, notorious crime lord Griffin Winters is convinced he has been struck with the Winters Curse. But even as he arranges a meeting with the mysterious woman Adelaide Pyne, he has no idea how closely their fates are bound, for she holds the missing lamp in her possession.

But their dangerous psychic experiment makes them the target of forces both inside and outside of the Arcane Society. And though desire strengthens their power, their different lives will keep them apart—if death doesn’t take them together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101186961
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/20/2010
Series: Arcane Society Series , #8
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 33,065
File size: 595 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Burning Lamp 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 210 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the late seventeenth century alchemist Nicholas Winters developed the Burning Lamp to enhance his arcane skills, but the cost was an insanity curse to his descendents. Only a woman of special power, a dreamlight reader, can work the artifact and prevent the descent into insanity. His enemy Sylvester Jones formed the Arcane Society to police practitioners and remain vigilant in watching the Winters' brood. In the late Victorian Era, recently orphaned fifteen years old Adelaide Pyne is sold to a brothel. Her first customer Mr. Smith shows her a special lamp with it's' power not activated. Smith uses a crystal to kill the brothel owner, but Adelaide shocks him with her dreamlight skill when she puts him to sleep. Although unsure why, she runs away with the lamp and his money. Thirteen years later, London Director of the Consortium crime lord Griffin Winters seeks a social reformer who has raided brothels though he does not own whorehouses. He needs this woman and the Burning Lamp to prevent his descent into insanity. He arranges through a mutual acquaintance to meet the Widow. She recognizes he uses shadow magic to conceal himself, but he is excited when she easily spots him. Griffin explains he needs her to prevent his fall into insanity. She mentions possessing the Burning Lamp which was stolen from his parents the night they were murdered. They are attracted to each other and she agrees to help him. However Smith abetted by crime lord Luttrell is coming for her and the lamp. This exhilarating Arcane Society Victorian romantic fantasy moves forward the overarching theme of the Dreamlight trilogy (see Fired Up) but easily stands alone. The lead couple is an interesting pairing of a crime lord and a social reformer although he never displays criminal activity; while Jones and Jones play support roles. Although the two villains never quite live up to reader anticipation, fans will relish this superb thriller. Harriet Klausner
lysie More than 1 year ago
Burning Lamp was a really good book. It held my attention and was exciting. I love Amanda Quick. Her heroines are always intelligent and just enough different from the norm to be able to identify with them.
VTek33 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of all of this author's works wether she is writing under the name Krentz, Castle or Quick. One of the aspect's of her writing that I like best is her heroine's are never weak, easily frightened women looking for a "man' to save them. Her latest edition to her wonderful Arcane series is no exception to this. Adelaide Pyne is an independent, strong willed and resourceful women with every bit as much power as the notorious crime lord, Griffin Winters. I found this to be a very enjoyable read and nice edition to the Arcane legend. I'm very much looking forward to the next installment in this trilogy. If you've never read any of this series I do recommend reading them in order, although not strictly essential it is more fun.
lizard_698959 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started this series with Fired Up and I'll say that it was a much better book than this. I wasn't to excited through this book it seemed kind of dull to me and a lot of the stuff is repeating information that you recieved in the first book but elaborated on. I'm not sure I would even call this a great historical it seemed that the setting of the story was all that made it a historical there was very little information added about the time and the customs of the time took a back burner to the the small plot.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the Dreamlight Trilogy, Book 8 in the Arcane Society series (also writes as Jayne Ann Krentz). After Adelaide Pyne (referred to as a social reformer, but a better descriptor might be adventuress) begins a series of raids on London brothels for the purpose of rescuing the young girls trapped inside, crime lord Griffin Winters decides to rescue her -- both from the rival crime lord who owns the brothels and from herself. In exchange, he wants her to use her dreamlight powers to rescue him from a family curse. Special guest stars include Lucinda and Caleb Jones from The Perfect Poison.If you're familiar with JAK/AQ, you know what to expect - a light, breezy read. It doesn't get bogged down anywhere, but neither does it delve particularly deeply into any of the characters or events.
susanamper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was certain I had read this book before, but as the book was just published, I knew I could not have. And yet I have--in the first one of this trilogy and other Arcane novels by Amanda Quick. It seems as though she has changed the names and the century but otherwise the book is annoying familiar. I have been a long time fan, but this book is such a retread, I will no longer seek out her novels.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Social reformer, crime lord, psychic artifact, family curse.On a par with "Quick"s last few.
phyllis2779 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another paranormal off the Krentz assembly line. It's a fast read and not that bad but the characters are the same ones that are in a dozen other Krentz books and the situation/mystery is pretty much the same, with a slightly changed backdrop. I just get the feeling that she isn't even trying to make them unique anymore. She knows what her customers have been buying and is giving them more of the same. The creative juices feel like they dried to a trickle and never get out of the same creek bed.
Chesque More than 1 year ago
Good summer read. Interesting story line, if you like the series you will love this book.
Sue5 More than 1 year ago
Fantasy series I've only read book 2 of this fantasy series and it is a stand alone book. grab it, read it and enjoy the fantasy of Burning Lamp.  Amanda Quick is  a pseudonym for JAYNE ann KRENTZ  so now you know it's a keeper.
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Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
Amanda Quick's second book in the "Dreamlight Trilogy" (a subset of her Arcane Society novels) has proved to be just as enjoyable as her others. With fully developed characters, generous doses of humor, unexpected twists, she once again proves that she is indeed a master at writing an exceptional tale. This time, she goes into the past. I can hardly wait to read the third book, which goes into the future world of Harmony.
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