Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Review of Midnight Crystal

Midnight Crystal
Jayne Castle
Penguin Group
371 pages
Midnight Crystal is the third and final novel in Jayne Ann Krentz’s Dreamlight Trilogy, complete with a dust bunny, and the 11th in the Arcane Society series.
The Place, Harmony. The time, sometime far into the future. The problem, Nicholas Winter’s curse has manifested itself again.
Adam Winters is afraid he’s doomed, doomed to be the latest victim of the curse of his however great- grandfather Nicholas Winters and he’s looking for the Burning Lamp and the dreamlight weaver who can help him operate the lamp, now if they can just find it.
Marlowe Jones comes from a long line of Jones’ who’s conspiracy theorist talent has lead them to the head of J&J, Marlowe however doesn’t have that talent, no she’s a dreamlight talent. But she’s just the ticket to help Adam, now if they can just keep it professional it’ll be better all around, but the attraction they feel is almost as big as the danger they’re in.
Welcome to the ultra-alien world created by the fantastic imagination of Jayne Ann Krentz, who’s rare talent have brought us a multitude of wonderful novels past, present and in the future written as herself and her alter egos Jayne Castle for futuristic and Amada Quick for historical romance. The plot is as unique as they come complete with psi, rez and, of course the all important dust bunny. Your psi-senses will be tingling big time with this action filled adventure thriller. Her characters are a little bit out there, being from outer-space and yet they resemble their earth ancestors to a tee with a few minor differences which only add to the readers interest in the story. Her hero and heroine are full of life yet yearn for something they can’t name until they meet each other. As always on Harmony one of them has a dust bunny pal who has as much personality in his little dust bunny toe than a lot of the minor characters. Her romance is quaint even though it’s millennia away from us, but powerful and, make it very clear that the word love and forever are never far from the minds of the lovers. Her love scenes are heady and earthy, yet touching and tender.
So settle in for the long haul, because once you open these pages you won’t be getting up until you read “the end”. It’s not necessary to read the first two in the trilogy, as it stands very strong on it’s own, but then why pick up the third in a trilogy if you don’t want to read all three and get the back story and all the little things you’d never find out otherwise. So be sure to read Fired Up and Burning Lamp of the trilogy.

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