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Quicksilver

Quicksilver

Written by Amanda Quick

Narrated by Anne Flosnik


Quicksilver

Written by Amanda Quick

Narrated by Anne Flosnik

ratings:
4/5 (21 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Apr 19, 2011
ISBN:
9781423389842
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening's events. Dark energy, emanating from the mirrors lining the room, overpowers her senses. With no apparent way in or out, she's rescued by a man she's met only once before, but won't soon forget….

Owen Sweetwater inherited his family's talent for hunting the psychical monsters who prey on London's women and children, and his investigation into the deaths of two glass-readers has led him here. The high-society types of the exclusive Arcane Society would consider Virginia an illusionist, a charlatan, even a criminal. But Owen knows better. Virginia's powers are real-and so is the power she exerts over him simply with her presence. And if her abilities can be relied upon in the midst of great danger, they just might be the key to his investigation.

Released:
Apr 19, 2011
ISBN:
9781423389842
Format:
Audiobook


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  • (4/5)
    urban-fantasy, psychics, assassins, murder, romance, 19th-century, reread The psychic meets the supernatural assassin hired by the Jones Agency of the Arcane Society and they work together to find (and eliminate) the insane murderer with psychic talents. Situated after Perfect Poison, we are introduced to the Sweetwater family who are tasked with ridding London of psychic killers referred to as monsters. The publisher's blurb gives few hints, but spoilers are tacky. The characters are well drawn and engaging, and the book does stand alone well.
  • (2/5)
    Since this is the fifth book in the Victorian Arcane Society novels, I really think it's time for Ms. Quick to drop the word "glary" and the "Let's have sex/OHAI YOU'RE A VIRGIN" situation. The clockwork mechanisms are intriguing, although underutilized and the characters are pretty standard. I'm pretty sure I'm done with these books unless I find them in a bargain bin somewhere.
  • (4/5)
    I have really enjoyed Quick's Victorian paranormal romances. In Quicksilver, Virginia Dean is a glass-light reader (she can see images of the dead in mirrors). Owen Sweetwater is a hunter of monsters. Together they work to solve a string of murders of other glass light readers. Owen and Virginia have good chemistry together.
  • (4/5)
    Someone is murdering glass-readers. When Virginia Dean wakes up in a mirror-walled room with the bloody corpse of a man she's almost positive she didn't kill, she can feel the dark energy swirling in the glass. Investigator Owen Sweetwater comes to her rescue. Hired by Jones and Jones to investigate the glass-readers' deaths, he's quick to enlist Virginia's talents in his search, but it isn't long before he has a more personal connection in mind.Complete with clever clockwork monstrosities and quick-witted characters, if you like Quick/Krentz, you'll probably like this one, too. The plot is predictable and even the characters are old friends clothed in new names - but it's a fun read for all it's familiarity.
  • (4/5)
    Another great book by Quick/Krentz. This book in the Looking Glass Trilogy involves Owen Sweetwater of the mysterious Sweetwater clan mentioned in previous Arcane books, and newcomer Virginia Dean, a powerful glasslight reader. They team up to investigate the recent murders of two less powerful glasslight readers and get more than they bargained for. In the meantime, they find out that they make quite a good team, both professionally and personally. As the danger gets closer, so does Owen's and Virginia's bond. The characters are both strong and compelling, and Quick has a way of writing that really makes the reader WANT them to be together. Definitely a book for the keeper pile.
  • (4/5)
    good but the books are getting so similar that I thought I had already read it before
  • (3/5)
    A carbon copy of all of Krentz's earlier paranormals of this type. I've seen the hero and heroine before, only the names and a few physical characteristics and traits have been changed. I used to love Krentz's books but they are getting so stale. Now I get them from the library when I come across them -- never buy them. I understand that she has a formula but it hasn't to be freshened up somehow. I don't even hope for any historical authenticity.
  • (3/5)
    I was swept up by this story of Owen Sweetwater's investigation of why Virginia Dean woke up beside the body of a man, with no memory of killing him. She's a glass-reader and two have turned up dead.It's pretty much a paint-by-numbers work for the most part, the only thing that saves it are the characters involved. I do like them all.
  • (2/5)
    As I began reading this book, I kept saying to myself, I've read this before; I'm sure I've read this before. But I was the first at my library to borrow the new book, so i couldn't have read it before. But indeed I had. Amanda Quick (nee Jayne Ann Krentz) is really going by the numbers here. I have enjoyed nearly all of her books, but his is truly sub par. She is out of ideas and should take a year or forever off. I will not be reading the third in this trilogy.
  • (4/5)
    Virginia Dean makes her living as a glass-reader, seeing the images of the dead in mirrors. This makes her a target for a madman who wants to infuse mirrors with psychic energy in order to rule the world. Fortunately for her, Owen Sweetwater is determined to track down said madman, which means protecting her. Fortunately for both of them, there is a strong, immediate attraction between them.An engaging entry in Quick/Krentz/Castle's ongoing Arcane Society series.
  • (5/5)
    The second book in the Looking Glass trilogy moves to England in the 1800s. Virginia Dean uses her talent at seeing images of past events in mirrors to make a living as a psychic. Owen Sweetwater is a member of the famous, secretive Sweetwater family. He is looking for the proper mate to keep his psychic talents from making him insane and decides Virginia is the one. Unfortunately, Virginia has drawn the attention of someone else who wants her psychic powers and Owen has to keep her safe. Typical, enjoyable story by Amanda Quick with strong, independent women and the alpha males who need them.
  • (4/5)
    Quicksilver
    4 Stars

    Waking up in a mirrored room next to a dead man, Virgina Dean is rescued by the enigmatic and dangerous, Owen Sweetwater. It soon becomes clear that Virginia is the target of a serial killer murdering glasslight readers, and she and Owen will have to pool their resources to find the villain before it is too late.

    Quicksilver follows a similar formula to the previous Arcane books but it has its moments nonetheless.

    As per Quick/Krentz's other couples, Virginia is a vivacious and determined heroine with an interesting backstory and Owen is intense and sexy although the nature of the Sweetwater family business and the nightwalker affliction could have been better developed. The attraction between Virginia and Owen is captivating and their chemistry sizzles.

    The investigation into the glasslight reader murders is interesting and the climax is one of the more gripping in the series although the culprit is not all that surprising.

    Unlike the overly detailed descriptions of dreamlight in the previous trilogy, Virginia's glasslight ability and the idea of perceiving the afterimages of violence in mirrors is well-written and compelling. One shortcoming, however, is that the plot thread concerning Mrs. Bridewell's automatons lacks explanation and remains unresolved. Perhaps information on this will be forthcoming in the final installment.

    Despite their formulaic nature, Quick/Krentz's books always manage to leave me smiling and satisfied, and Quicksilver is no exception.
  • (5/5)
    Amanda Quick is the pseudonym used by Jayne Ann Krentz when writing her historical mysteries. This is part of the Arcane Society series as well as part of the sub-series Looking Glass Trilogy.Virginia Dean can read looking glass, in fact she sees the energy left over when someone is killed in front of the mirror. When two other talents are found murdered in front of their mirrors Virginia joins forces with Owen Sweetwater, a hunter talent with a twist. Between them they are a formidable duo that have complimentary talent to solve crimes. Owen has been hired by Jones & Jones, the private detective arm of the Arcane Society, he hunts "monsters". Monsters are those with psychical talent who use ti for murder and Owen is very good at hunting them down and neutralizing them.There are plenty of twists and turns in this book as well as the romance that Krentz is so well known for producing. The introduction of the Sweetwater clan into the universe of Arcane appears to be a new thread and I'm looking forward to seeing more of the males in this family. As usual, I'm a bit behind in this series but I'm working my way through it and won't stop reading any of Krentz's books anytime soon. I still enjoy the universes she develops and the characters are always well drawn.
  • (4/5)
    Quick/Castle/Krentz whatever, really needs to get her history correct. I'm not talking world history, I'm talking her OWN history. I've noticed in all these Arcane society novels none of the history makes sense, it's like she forgets what she already wrote. She needs to keep notes. However, this was a good book, as they all are.