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Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, Bk 8) (Dreamlight, Bk 2)
Burning Lamp - Arcane Society, Bk 8 - Dreamlight, Bk 2
Author: Amanda Quick
The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry.  Sylvester Jones and Nicholas Winters each sought to enhance their individual psychic talents.  Winters' efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp.  Each generation the Winters m...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780515149258
ISBN-10: 051514925X
Publication Date: 3/29/2011
Pages: 448
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4 stars, based on 104 ratings
Publisher: Jove
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, Bk 8) (Dreamlight, Bk 2) on + 239 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
BURNING LAMP is the eighth title in the Arcane series and the second entry in the Dreamlight trilogy. Amanda Quicks phenomenal imagination, wonderfully flawed characters, witty repartee, and astounding narrative will keep the reader spellbound as Ms. Quick brings the Lamp from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century in this wickedly humorous and interesting tale.

Author Amanda Quick (Jayne Anne Krentz) brings her consistently high quality prose to a charming romance. Adalaide is Quick's usual spunky heroine. With her wild-west background, she's a match for the dangerous and brooding Griffin. Griffin is a crimelord who has nothing to do with prostitution and drugs, preferring to deal in gambling. Still, Griffin has lost at love before and knows that a leader in the London underworld can never be safe in a relationship. A fling is possible, but marrying Adelaide will put both of them in danger, and Adelaide is in enough danger as it is.

I view a Quick novel as a sure thing. I'm not always blown away, but I'm always entertained, and before I know it, the book is over. This is not one of my favorites, but it was pretty good.
reviewed Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, Bk 8) (Dreamlight, Bk 2) on + 10 more book reviews
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I was lucky to get a copy out of the library and read this book well before I would have gotten it through my wish list posting. This is the second in the series and goes back to the same time period as her other "Regency" Arcane books and even has some of the same characters both minor and major from other novels. I liked the continuity. Another Winters is facing becoming a cerebus and he and Adelaine Pyne the heroine figure out how to use the lamp and leave notes for future descendants facing the same problem. The mystery is interesting and has tie ins to other novels in the Arcane series both in this time period and the contemporary novels in terms of plot as well as charactors. I don't want to spoil the plot but I really enjoyed it and read it in one day.
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reviewed Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, Bk 8) (Dreamlight, Bk 2) on + 161 more book reviews
Excellent - Might be interesting to put all the Arcane books in chronological order and read from Victorian to futuristic. Fun and quick read. Need a time to finish in one sitting.
reviewed Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, Bk 8) (Dreamlight, Bk 2) on + 669 more book reviews
This book is in the Victorian era, the second book of a trilogy inside the Arcane Society series!

Adelaide Pyne was 15 when her parents died. Her parents had been members of the Arcane Society, (created to study psychic powers), and she can read dreamlight. The man who controlled her inheritance told her he was sending her to an orphanage for young ladies. Instead, he sold her to a brothel and stole the money! She escaped from the brothel with a lamp a 'customer' had brought to her room, still a virgin, and went to America. Years later, she felt compelled to return to England, and has spent her time rescuing girls from brothels. She is known only as 'The Widow', dresses in mourning, and keeps her face veiled. She creates new identities for them and has set up an academy to teach them a trade.

Griffin Winters, also a teenager when his Arcane Society parents were murdered, took to the streets and became a crime lord. As he did not deal in prostitution, Adelaide had not encountered him. He, however, had been tracking her and discovered that she could read dreamlight. He has been desperately searching for the lamp and a dreamlight reader as he has turned 36 and is having nightmares and hallucinations, a curse that runs through the males of the Winters family. He asks a mutual friend to set up a meeting with her. He can veil himself in shadows, she never shows her face.

When they meet, he tells her that she is in danger because her raids are becoming predictable, and that she must stop. He also tells her that he needs help to find the lamp, and for her to help him work it. As she already has the lamp and he explains that he will go insane if she won't help him, she agrees. He tells her that he is getting another talent, and that the Arcane Society will have him killed if he does, as it assumes he will go rogue. He shuts off the shadows, and asks her to lift her veil, which she does. They study each other.

The customer who had originally tracked her to the brothel, is again searching for her and the lamp. He is known only as Mr. Smith, and is a high ranking Arcane member.

Griffin is shot rescuing Adelaide from a kidnapping. She takes him in and treats him. It turns out that she had spent time in America in a 'wild west show' and had learned a lot of things about gunshot wounds and guns! He recovers but is furious when he finds out that Mrs Jones, of Jones & Jones Agency, had been called in to treat him. Jones & Jones work for the Arcane Society!

The story is full of adventure and intrigue and romance. I don't want to go into more details as it might spoil the book for you, but I loved it. Krentz/Quick books are always fun to read.

The third book in the trilogy, 'Midnight Crystal', is in the future and on another planet. Interesting!
reviewed Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, Bk 8) (Dreamlight, Bk 2) on + 1389 more book reviews
I Really enjoy these books, they are a great read, enough suspense and intrique to keep you hooked. Love the Arcane Society series.

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