The Lost Night (Rainshadow #1)
Schooled in an exotic form of martial arts, and with the ability to detect auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Blake and her dust bunny companion have found pe ...more
Another good book in the Arcane series.
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Jayne Castle also writes as Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick. I enjoy all of Arcane series books no matter what name they are written under. She has a fun way of writing with Amanda Quick being the historical book, Jayne Ann Krentz the present day book and then Jayne Castle following up with the futuristic book. It makes for some clever and interesting trilogies. She also has series that are stan ...more
The novel centers on Rachel Blake an aura healer who was raised in a Harmonic Enlightenment community. Rachel doesn’t quite fit in and after trying life in th ...more
With the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Bonner has found peace and quiet on Rainshadow Island with her dust bunny companion. Then Harry Sebastian, the descendant of a notorious pirate, arrives to investigate strange developments in the privately owned woods known as the Preserve. Rachel can sense the heart of darkness within him— and the stirrings of desire within her own soul...
As per usual Jayne Ann Krentz succeed to suck me into the amazin ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. It had a good hook at the beginning to draw me into it. The mystery and action of the main part of the book moved at a good pace and kept me interested.
The two main characters were very interesting - I especially liked Rachel and her blend of hippy and practical.
While I did enjoy this book and look forward to the next book there were two things that didn't quite work for me.
One, the romance jumped straight from "maybe we like eacho ...more
Schooled in an exotic form of martial arts, and with the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Bonner and her dust bunny companion(yep, though I am not exactl ...more
I really think that Jayne Ann Krentz, and her pseudonyms, have been phoning it in lately.
What happened to the snappy dialogue, great plots, and tension-filled romances of the past?
I liked The Lost Night, but I didn't love it. I thought it was a bit better than Canyons of Night, but still not fantastic.
Our hero and heroine, Rachel and Harry, were both great characters, but there was no tension between them. There were also much fewer first-person descriptions of their feelings for one a ...more
Rachel Blake has an unusual psychic talent as an aura healer, and an unusual childhood. After trying to fit in with the mainstream community and finding that it isn’t working for her, she moves to Rainshadow Island. There she reopen’s her Aunts bookstore and sells not only books she also sells her very own specially blended just for y ...more
Nothing wrong with it--but...
The adventure itself is fun and we learn more about the mysterious Preserve that is at the heart of Rainshadow Island. The romance is okay, but it doesn't sparkle. Our hero and heroine, Harry and Rachel, spend a lot of time talking, but those conversations are more expository than romantic. There's no real sexual tension.
The bad guys are interesting and there is one plot tw ...more
Rachel Blake has an unusual psychic talent as an aura healer, and an unusual childhood living in a commune. After trying to fit in with the mainstream community and finding that it isn’t working for her, she moves to Rainshadow Island. There she reopens her Aunt’s bookstore where she sells not only books but also her very ...more
The main premise involves a heroine who got lost in a heavily psychically energized area and miraculously emerged alive but with amnesia. The recovery of her memory piece by piece reveals the villain(s) master plot and that she used her extra-special and incredibly rare talent to make her way through some kind of alien barrier in order to escape. That's bas ...more
Even the mysterious world of Harmony has people who don't quite fit in. They're drawn to places like Rainshadow Island, a beautiful sanctuary where anyone can feel safe - and where secrets are closely guarded. Schooled in an exotic form of martial arts and with the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Bonner and her dust bunny companion have found peace and quiet on Rainshadow Island, operating a bookstore and café. But her tranquil new life is thrown into chaos whe...more
First published: 2012
Length: 332 pages
Setting: Rainshadow Island, an island on the planet Harmony
Sex: Reasonably frequent but mostly fade to black. Not a big deal for the story.
Hero: Divorced in a time when divorce is almost unheard of. Has a shadow aura.
Heroine: Reads auras.
Includes: Excerpt from Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz
A good sf/fantasy story that takes the Arcane series to a new planet with further enhancements of their paranormal talents ...more
Before finding sanctuary on Rainshadow Island, Rachel knew monsters exis ...more
I'd Rate This One a 4.25
THE LOST NIGHT is the first book in the Rainshadow series (although CANYONS OF NIGHT introduces the island and operates as prequel to the series). Rainshadow Island is on the planet of Harmony (this book is also the ninth book about that earth colony) and has an intense paranormal energy about it.
Harry Sebastian has a frightening paranormal talent that caused his wife to leave him after only three weeks of marriage. He comes to Rainshadow Island be ...more
On the world of Harmony settled over 200 years ago by humans, the colonists discovered they were not the first settlers. Thousands of years before aliens colonized the planet, then left. Leaving behind mysterious ruins made of a green crystal harder than anything seen before. These ruins were both above and below ground.
After the wormhole closed the colonists were cut off from Earth. They managed to survive and thrive on t ...more
The heroine, Rachel Bonner, can detect the auras of dangerous criminals. She found work at the Chapman Clinic and is fired after warning her boss that one of its patients was faking his illness. Rachel returns to Rainshadow Island to start a new life after inheriting a book store and cafe from her aunts. She even gets adopted by a dust bunny pet, Darwina, to ...more
It was fun, light witty, predictable to say the least and I was enjoying this light (non erotic, was a little disappointed but oh well) right up until the scenes and dialog turned into a 1930's "gotcha now buddy spill the beans of who, why and how while I got the gun trained on you" and that's kind of how it went down!
It was little like the writer ran out of time or steam and had to get the whol ...more
It's not terribly significant in terms of craftsmanship or emotional depth, but there's a lot of creativity in the setup of Harmony/Rainshadow. Good beach reading, or i ...more
She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Sant ...more