Midnight Crystal Paperback
Part of the Arcane Society Series series
Adam Winters has enough responsibility as the new head of the local ghost hunters' guild without being saddled with the family curse.
He's convinced his recent nightmares and hallucinations will lead to him becoming a psychic rogue - unless he can find a stolen relic and a woman who can read dreamlight. Marlowe Jones rides into his life on a motorcycle and, though a descendent of the rival Arcane family, she's just what Adam needs: a psychic private investigator and dreamlight reader extraordinaire.
Together, amid the glowing catacombs and steamy underground jungles of Harmony, Adam and Marlowe must break the curse, save the entire underworld - and fight a passion that could destroy them both.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/09/2010
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780749952426
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Review by wyvernfriend
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.