Midnight Crystal: Book Three of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society Series #9)

Midnight Crystal: Book Three of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society Series #9)

by Jayne Castle, Jayne Ann Krentz

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It began with Krentz...continued with Quick...and now it will end with Castle.

Book Three of the Dreamlight trilogy.

For many earthly centuries, a legendary curse has plagued the Winters family, stemming from the tumultuous founding of the Arcane Society. But now, on the futuristic world of Harmony, the curse's final mystery will be unraveled...

Head of the ghost hunters guild Adam Winters and dreamlight reader extraordinaire Marlowe Jones must break the curse, save Harmony's entire underworld-and fight a passion that could destroy them both.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515148367
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Series: Arcane Society Series , #9
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 171,384
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(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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Midnight Crystal 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 312 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The new head of the Frequency Guild is Adam Winters appointed to clean up the corrupt organization. He is also the direct descendent of Nicholas Winters who found a way to enhance psychic skills. However, his concept was flawed with a curse to those who have the genetic marker. That person becomes a Cerberus, a person with three diverse psychic talents who will eventually go insane and must be killed; unless he can find the Burning Lamp and the female guide who can use dreamlight. Adam believes he is cursed but when he meets the head of a private investigation agency Marlowe Jones who can manipulate dreamlight she fixes his brain section that was damaged. They team up to go into the underground because fractures in the walls in a certain part of the maze means the whole place blows up killing many unless Marlowe and Adam can fix it.. Before they have a chance to catch their breath, they meet the traitor in the Guild who wants to kill both of them, and probably will succeed. Connecting the Krentz universe with the clever Dreamlight trilogy (see Fired Up by Jayne Anne Krentz and The Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick), Midnight Crystal is a terrific entry that fans of the author will relish. The story line is fast-paced and action-packed. In some ways similar in tone to the previous entries in this arc yet different as time and place widely varies (hence the three names the author uses to delineate historical, present and future). This is a winning stand alone, but the brilliance of the author comes across by reading and comparing the trilogy. Harriet Klausner
bookcatcc More than 1 year ago
A VERY rare misfire for one of my favorite writers, Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle. Really 2.5 stars, but I gave her three for being so inventive. The grand finale of the dreamlight trilogy goes out with a less-than-modest bang. The story is set on a distant planet called Harmony that was colonized by earthlings generations ago. Midnight Crystal wraps up the story of a lamp created on earth that has some pretty amazing properties even for a fantasy. The romantic element of Midnight Crystal is on a par with her other novels, but it's broken up by a constant barrage of technical details about how different psychic/paranormal talents work. It's CSI Harmony. I can't believe I'm saying this--for me, she too often glosses over the fine details--but I felt as though I were reading a technical manual! It's as though she thought out all of these very imaginative background details before the first novel, parceled out a few at a time in each book, and then dumped all the leftover elements into Midnight Crystal. The actual Midnight Crystal is a tiny part of the plot that, like many other elements, is resolved a bit too quickly and neatly after all the buildup in the preceding novels. It all falls just a bit flat. And there's way too much conversation in this novel!!! Adam and Marlowe blather on and on while you wait for something to happen. Usually Jayne plops you right into the action from the first page, but this one takes a long time to crank up. Of late, there's a pedestrian plotting style pervading romance novels: most of the action is told as a narrative in the past tense, and the action consists of characters simply reacting to what has already happened. This occurs to a lesser degree in Midnight Crystal than some others, but this is the first time I've felt cheated by one of Jayne's novels!!! Also, Krentz usually picks a couple of phrases that she repeats incessantly throughout her books; in this case they're "crime boss" and "J&J agent." Maybe she uses this device to keep the characters' background firmly in the reader's mind, but the constant repetition is especially jarring in this case. I wanted to find out the resolution of the Dreamlight trilogy, but I was actually relieved when this book ended so I could move on to another. This might have been better presented as two books. No matter what name she writes under, Krentz seems to write better when she has the space to develop her ideas. Don't get me wrong--a subpar Krentz novel is still better than many others. But after the other Harmony novels, which are a delight, this one is a clunker.
hcbm More than 1 year ago
This book has several aspects going for it. The first are two strong main characters. I love a feisty female and in this case the pairing of Adam Winters with her struck just the right note. Marlowe Jones is a compassionate and strong heroine. She tries to help where she can but is nobody's fool. Adam Winters is the ultimate alpha male. It had elements of danger and intrigue. I also enjoyed the secondary characters in the story. I found it to be a satisfying conclusion to the Dream light series.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third in an Arcane Society trilogy that involves the Burning Lamp. Each is written in Jayne Ann Krentz's alternative worlds, the victorian under the Amanda Quick name, contemporary under Jayne Ann Krentz and the futuristic under the Jayne Castle name. All three involve Men from The Winters family who have to battle the curse of their family with the Burning Lamp and a psychic woman. This time it's Adam Winters and Marlowe Jones.It's futuristic in that it's set on a different planet with alien ruins and an alien species referred to as Fluff Bunnies, who, it would appear, are more than they seem. I refer to it as SF-lite because it feels like a contemporary setting with a minor glaze of SF.The two main characters do come across quite well as being strong and interesting and their relationship does grow and has to overcome some obstacles (not the least of which is that there's someone out to kill them). I didn't find it a bad read but the Jayne Castle books are my least favourite of this author. I often feel that the SF elements just don't gell enough to make it different enough. It's as if she's trying to appeal to too many markets at once.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marlowe and Adam were interesting characters and their interactions were sweet and enjoyable to watch, I just wish more of the focus had been on them and their relationships with each other and their families and friends. The problem for me was that the Dreamlight lamp storyline has already been done and in almost the exact same sequence of events, so there was no real mystery, suspense or excitement in the plotting. The writing was light and fast-paced, and I am looking forward the next in the Ghost Hunters series, but I'm very happy that this trilogy is done.
montano on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Castle's third book of the Dreamlight series is a retread. Although the setting is supposed to be on a distant planet centuries in the future, the dialog and trappings feel like modern day America with a few buzz words thrown in. The whole story plays out exactly like the last installment. There is no suspense when you know exactly how the last story unfolded.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The new head of the Jones & Jones Paranormal Private Investigations wears a lot of black leather and rides a Hog. Even her dust bunny rocks a studded color. But despite the tough exterior, Marlowe Jones is less at home in the field than she'd like. And her latest case - tracking down who stole a rare object from the Arcane Society museum - has her rubbing elbows with the new Frequency City Guild boss, a man with a few secrets of his own.The Winters family may be traditional enemies of the Jones family, but for Adam, the moment he lays eyes on Marlowe he knows that there's more between them than antipathy and a stolen artifact. Marlowe's talent with dreamlight may be the only thing standing between Adam and the madness at the dark end of the spectrum.I have to admit, the whole Burning Lamp series didn't enchant me the way Krentz's earlier books have. And the conclusion to her series didn't do much to improve things. Cute dust bunny antics aside, this is pretty formulaic and predictable fare without much tension even given the multiple plot threads going on.
bbrazy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slang peculiar to the fantasy planet of Harmony makes the story difficult to follow.
lizard_698959 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was the third book in the Dreamlight Trilogy, the 9th in the Arcane Society series, and the 7th in the Harmony Series. It was however hard to follow for someone who started the Series at the Fired Up the first in the Dreamlight Series. I'd never read another of her Jayne Castle books (Harmony Series) before and I felt that I missed stuff and had a hard time following. It was another cute funny paranormal for the Dreamlight trilogy though I loved the little Dust Bunny.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this because it is part of Castle's Harmony series as well. I enjoyed the story and the dust bunny - Gibson - in this one was particularly amusing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was glad to be back in Harmony, along with the dust bunnies! This book, however, didn't have as much "action" as I thought it would. Pleasant read though.
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Past, present and future.......there's nobody writing about it like Jayne!
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luv2readnv More than 1 year ago
The Dreamlight Series and the Arcane Society Series pull you right in with a mix of mystery, psychic abilities and romance. Some of the books are written about the Society in the 1800's and earlier and some are written in the current and some the future. It is a great mix and because it spans so many centuries and historical eras it is highly entertaining. The the author engages the reader with paranormal twists, historical background and romance which will keep you engrossed page after page. These books are difficult to put down and they will make you impatient for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All three parts of the trilogy are under different name de plumes... makes it a bit harder to find but still great books
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Is sitting on the old ruins of the kingdom. Hello, whats new
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anthillhaven More than 1 year ago
Perfect read for getting away from it all for a bit.
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