Posted by: Jennifer | April 27, 2008

The Third Circle – Amanda Quick

Quick, Amanda. The Third Circle. (New York: Putnam, 2008). ISBN – 9780399154843.

Main Characters: Leona Hewitt and Thaddeus Ware

Related Works: This is part of as series called the Arcane Society. The first book in the series is Second Sight. This is the story of Gabriel Jones and Venetia Milton. In this book, Amanda Quick first introduces the Arcane Society. The second book in the series is White Lies– a contemporary novel written by Jayne Ann Krentz. This is the story of Clare Lancaster and Jake Salter. Sizzle and Burn is the third book in the series and it is also a contemporary story by Jayne Ann Krentz. This is the story of Raine Tallentyre and Zach Jones.

Description from book:

Leona Hewitt, disguised in men’s formal evening clothes, has secretly made her way into Lord Delbridge’s private museum to recover a relic stolen from her family years ago. But someone else is there in the dimly lit gallery, on the same errand: a tall, black-cloaked man whose very voice is enough to put her in a trance.

Thaddeus Ware, a mesmerist with powerful psychic engery, is accustomed to fearful reactions from others-women in particular. After all, a man who can control the minds and actions of others could rob a lady of her virtue-without her ever knowing! But Leona shows no trace of hysteria in his presence. A force to be reckoned with as both a gifted crystal worker and a woman, she exerts a rather hypnotic power over the hypnotist himself. And she is determined to keep the crystal they recovered, by giving him the slip at a run-down London inn.

Thaddeus, on assignment for the secretive Arcane Society, knows the menace Leona is courting by absconding with the crystal. It is a source of remarkable energy, and it holds the potential for great destruction. Lord Delbridge has already killed two men to acquire it, for it is his key to membership in the elite, shadowy group known as the Third Circle. And with the help of a seductive hunter of preternatural skill, dubbed “The Midnight Monster” by the press, Delbridge intends to find her. With the stolen crystal in their possession, the danger is only beginning.

My Thoughts:

While I have never been a huge fan of Jayne Ann Krentz’s works, I have always been a huge fan of those books that she writes as Amanda Quick. I definitely have a thing for historical romances. Added to this is the fact that she creates some incredibly wonderful characters. This includes both Thaddeus Ware and Leona Hewitt as well.

Thaddeus is a powerful hypnotist working to find a killer and recover a crystal for the Arcane Society. In the middle of a midnight raid, Thaddeus runs into Leona Hewitt. They are both looking for the same crystal. While they do find the crystal, they also stumble across a dead body. As they become embroiled in someone’s dangerous plot to uncover deadly secrets, they cannot deny the powerful feelings that they have for each other.

One of the nice things about these books by Amanda Quick is that they are often quite different from your average historical romance. They involve paranormal phenomena – although in a very believable way (I’m fairly skeptical about paranormal stuff). In The Third Circle, we meet some interesting characters – Mr. Pierce and Adam, who are not quite what they appear to be. Thaddeus’ Aunt Vicky is a wonderful character who made me laugh on a couple of occasions.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’m thinking that I am going to have to buy the contemporary books in this series by Jayne Ann Krentz now.

Read first on April 25, 2008

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