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Published: Penguin Group on Apr 22, 2008
ISBN: 9781440638398
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The Third Circle
3.5 Stars

Synopsis:
After stumbling across a corpse, Leona Hewitt and Thaddeus Ware discover that they are both seeking the same paranormal artifact – the Aurora Crystal. Unfortunately, they are not the only ones and must soon work together in order to thwart the machinations of a crazed scientist, a monstrous serial killer and a power hungry aristocrat.

Review:
In general, the premise behind the Arcane Society series is intriguing and the books are light and entertaining. Nevertheless, I find myself enjoying the contemporary installments more than the historical.

Leona is a spirited and independent heroine and Thaddeus is a lonely and semi-tortured hero. Unfortunately, their romance is subdued and had very little development beyond the fact that they meet and feel they share a profound connection. Moreover, Amanda Quick’s signature wit and banter is also missing from their relationship.

The suspense plot is unremarkable and even mundane. There are a few tense moments, such as Thaddeus’s encounter with the serial killer and Leona’s abduction, but these ultimately fizzle out. The only interesting aspects revolve around the additional information provided on the Jones family history and the establishment of organizations that appear in the contemporary books in the series.

Overall, The Third Circle is a relatively satisfying read especially for those who are working their way through the series. Hopefully, the next installment will be more substantial.read more
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Finished this on the plane ride home from East coast. Excellent vacation reading - I loved watching the foundations for the contemporary Arcane Society just getting built in this book. The jumping among time frames really works for the series so far and I wasn't sure it would; we'll see how it continues to hold up as the series progresses.read more
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Okay -- pretty much the usual characters and the usual Quick plot. Nothing out of the ordinary. I read this and didn't remember that I had until I started to read a description.read more
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The Third Circle
3.5 Stars

Synopsis:
After stumbling across a corpse, Leona Hewitt and Thaddeus Ware discover that they are both seeking the same paranormal artifact – the Aurora Crystal. Unfortunately, they are not the only ones and must soon work together in order to thwart the machinations of a crazed scientist, a monstrous serial killer and a power hungry aristocrat.

Review:
In general, the premise behind the Arcane Society series is intriguing and the books are light and entertaining. Nevertheless, I find myself enjoying the contemporary installments more than the historical.

Leona is a spirited and independent heroine and Thaddeus is a lonely and semi-tortured hero. Unfortunately, their romance is subdued and had very little development beyond the fact that they meet and feel they share a profound connection. Moreover, Amanda Quick’s signature wit and banter is also missing from their relationship.

The suspense plot is unremarkable and even mundane. There are a few tense moments, such as Thaddeus’s encounter with the serial killer and Leona’s abduction, but these ultimately fizzle out. The only interesting aspects revolve around the additional information provided on the Jones family history and the establishment of organizations that appear in the contemporary books in the series.

Overall, The Third Circle is a relatively satisfying read especially for those who are working their way through the series. Hopefully, the next installment will be more substantial.
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Finished this on the plane ride home from East coast. Excellent vacation reading - I loved watching the foundations for the contemporary Arcane Society just getting built in this book. The jumping among time frames really works for the series so far and I wasn't sure it would; we'll see how it continues to hold up as the series progresses.
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Okay -- pretty much the usual characters and the usual Quick plot. Nothing out of the ordinary. I read this and didn't remember that I had until I started to read a description.
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This is one of The Arcane Society novels set in Victorian England. Very much in the recent style of Quick/Krentz with the romantic suspense mixed with paranormal elements. I enjoyed the book mostly because it sheds further night on the development of The Arcane Society.
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Leona Hewitt and Thaddeus Ware meet while both are in the process of breaking into a nobleman's home to find the mysterious aurora crystal. Leona, a crystal worker, claims the crystal belongs to her family and Thaddeus asserts that the crystal was stolen from the Arcane Society. When they discover a dead body along with the crystal, they hurry to escape, but Thaddeus is overcome with a poisonous vapor and it requires all of Leona's skill to keep him sane and alive, In the process, they lose the crystal again. Now the hunt is on to recover the crystal and learn the identity of a monstrous serial killer who is somehow involved. Meanwhile the psychic energy between Thaddeus and Leona develops into overpowering passion between them. This is the 4th book in Quick's Arcane Society novels. All of the novels revolve around the Jones family, founders and headsof the Arcane Society - all members of which have paranormal abilities. While there is romance and intrigue, this wasn't my favorite of Quick's novels.
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This book was great!! I love how she is going back and forth between contemporary and historical fiction. This is the fourth book in the series, and I look forward to many more.
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