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Second Sight (The Arcane Society #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  9,339 ratings  ·  430 reviews
Financially straitened and on the path to spinsterhood, Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries earlier by an alchemist. And the alchemist's descendant-her empl ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Jove (first published 2006)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I am not exactly an historical romance lover and you probably thinking…if so, why did I even pick this book up and what made me like it so much………….. ?

Having read and liked 5 of the books in Jayne Ann Krentz’s Arcane Society Series, I have wanted to read the rest of the series and discovered that Second Sight was Book 1 and it would give me the back-story on the series and how the secretive Arcane Society was started and what it represents. Men and women with paranormal abilities!!!!

The book blu
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Stars

Historical Fiction + Paranormal Elements + Sexy Times. Well, well, well this is right up my alley.

I like the idea of adding Paranormal aspects in a Victorian setting. The romance/sexy times isn’t as much in the forefront of the story as I would have liked for a book like this but the Murder Mystery was fun and made up for it.

In this setting some individuals have evolved to have certain Arcane powers of some sort. Venitia can see auras and sense energies on artifacts. She is the eldest
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was an entertaining book, but I think it could have been more enthralling. I felt a connection between Venetia and Gabriel, but I felt that it should have been more intense physically. The love scenes were way too abbreviated considering that Gabriel was a man of strong passions, although he was trying to keep those under control. I think too much focus was placed on the mystery and not enough on the romance. Had this been marketed as a mystery novel, I would have no complaints. But since i ...more
I took me a long while to start reading the Arcane Society series. It seems that I suffered from a misapprehension that I would not enjoy a historical novel with paranormal twists ( Jayne Anne Krentz/ Amanda Quick begins the series on the Victorian time, only later I realized it went back and forth between historical and contemporary settings, to later go foward to the future). So I was wrong, and although it wasn’t an exceptional beginning, I enjoyed Second Sight.

Photographer Venetia Milton i
I positively adore Amanda Quick and I absolutely love her historical romances. Except this one.

This book disappointed me. I was expecting something hilarious and something that would cause my heart to flutter in my chest. But it definitely wasn't this.

Apparently, Amanda Quick wants to try writing paranormal romance since the genre sells like hotcakes, but this attempt is utter failure. She doesn't use any vampires in the book, but she might as well thrown in a little vampire action in the mix, s
Freda Malone
I decided to read this historical paranormal fiction because I was looking for a new series of books. I like psychics who are humble with their gifts. This is the first book in the series but it does not seem that the characters will be continued on to the next book(s). Upon reading the blurbs, I have stumbled on a series of an Arcane Society, which its focal point is just that, a Society of ancient history, generations of ancestors passing on their gifts to their children, grandchildren and so ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I know that I started this book once before, but I can't for the life of me remember when or why I didn’t finish. I suspect it was a Kindle sample and being that it's published by Penguin, the price was simply too outrageous to pony up the money. I mean, when the Kindle version costs more than the paperback, you know that somebody has a flawed view of consumer value.

Anyway, I picked up some Jayne Ann Krentz books recently, including the second in the Arcane Society series (Amanda Quick is a pseu
Lisa Kay
Really 3 stars. Well narrated by Anne Flosnik. I could swear I’ve read this book b/f, but I know that is not possible. I think AQ just recycled some of her plotlines on this one. The romance happened too fast and the reasoning for her taking his name was kind of “Huh?” (IMHO). I said this again over his reasons for returning from the dead. Not one of my favorites by this author. Still, it was good enough that I'll continue with the series. ...more
It pains me to give this such a bad rating, especially since I absolutely love Amanda Quick, but Second Sight has too many flaws to ignore--one of which, the characterisation issue, prevented me from enjoying the novel to the fullest.

First, the writing lacked smoothness and clarity. The story did not flow fluidly from chapter to chapter. In fact, it was more like a collection of disorganised and disjointed pieces than a coherent whole.

I'm acquainted with Ms. Quick's writing well enough to know
Veneta Milton is doing something unusual in Victorian society, she's working as a photographer. As she's over the typical age of women looking for a husband. She's also responsible for her younger siblings and for her aunt. Any man that she might want to marry would also have the responsibility for them as well. As she doesn't see a husband in her future, she's decided that she doesn't want to die a virgin, she will take a night where she might know the "sins of the flesh". Veneta gives herself ...more
Closer to 2.5 Stars

Years ago I gave Jayne Krentz aka Amanda Quick a couple of tries with some books of hers. I remembered I just wasn't interested and dropped what I had started. But I know she has devoted fans. When I ran across her name at the library recently, I decided to give her another go.

SECOND SIGHT is the first book in the 'Arcane Society' series and takes place during Victorian times. A.S. is a parapsychological organization made up of individuals who have extra-sensory abilities. Gab
This book was just as enjoyable as the others in this series I've read. If you're a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick, then you should definitely enjoy this book as well.

I've been reading the Arcane Society books out of order (so far #2, #3, #6 and #1), but they all work well as stand alones, though I can definitely see where reading them in order would be beneficial.

I love Ms. Krentz's writing style, her books were some of the first I read when making the transition in to more adult reading.
Jessie Mihalik
I've heard the term wallpaper historical before, and now I'm going to invent a new term just for this book: wallpaper paranormal.

This book had the potential to be really interesting: a historical romance with paranormal elements. Yay! Instead, the world building was so feather-light as to almost be nonexistent, both on the historical romance side and the paranormal side. The romance felt rushed and the mystery was resolved with almost no help from the main characters.

I did like Venetia quite a l
I've long been a fan of anything by Amanda Quick/J.A.Krentz/Jayne Castle, but I am fairly new to the Society books that she's been doing. I don't know of many authors who can balance out the intrigue, romance and the psychical storylines as well as she does. Her chapters are richly textured and nothing is put to waste. You read her books and find yourself totally engrossed in the story. For a fellow writer, sometimes the ability to lose yourself in any book is a hard thing to do. Venetia's abili ...more
Kari Chapman
I came to this book after reading books in the Harmony and Rainshadow series. In looking up the next books in those series, I realized they tracked back to this Arcane Society series. In fact, the most recent Rainshadow book I read had direct plot lines back to Second Sight.

I am very glad that I didn't find this one until after being well into Harmony and Rainshadow. I fear that if I'd actually tracked everything back to this book first I wouldn't have continued on and found the fun on Harmony.
This was just an OK story for me. Nothing wrong with it but I found it slow-going. Some was really interesting, other parts just 'meh'. I was hoping for something different and didn't get it so I'm afraid that I probably won't continue on with this series.
The characters were boring and the story was lacking in every way that counts. I am still amazed by how bad it was. I really did not want to give up that one star.
2.5 stars.

This book was... okay...

Honestly, I really don't have much to say about it. It's been three days since I finished it and I've already forgotten big chunks of it. Basically, Venetia and Gabriel get biz-ay, she discovers a few days later that he is "dead", and when she moves to London to start her own business (something that unmarried women cannot do, so she must create a widowhood), she takes his name as her own to remember the man who took her virginity. Of course Gabriel isn't dead a
Empecé esta saga por el libro dos, El Tercer Círculo y me encantó. La verdad es que me tomo por sorpresa porque yo esperaba un romance histórico y me encontré inmersa en un mundo metafísico con secretismo y sociedades secretas. Ese libro me gusto tanto que decidí leer los siguientes de la saga, pero empezar por el primero esta vez.

Vaya decepción.

El libro esta bueno, sí, pero comparándolo con El tercer círculo, no le llega ni a los talones...

Para empezar, Venetia no terminaba de caerme del todo
I'm giving this one four stars even though it's maybe not the very best of this series, but it was the first one I read and it hooked me. [And indeed, certain elements that can become a trifle repetitive in later books are fresh and new in this one.] Also, there's early photography! And a plucky, resourceful heroine who's doing just fine with her assorted eccentric relatives and friends and doesn't NEED the hero, but.

Plus, it's always a relief to find a historical romance which is not all about
I enjoyed this book. I love stories set in Victorian times. I like being transported to those times and imagining what it would be like to live in those times.

Venetia Milton is a woman in her late twenties, over proper marrying age. She has already accepted the fact that she will never have a husband but does not see why she can't enjoy a little passion in her life.
She is sent to photograph certain artifacts for a very secret society, the Arcane Society, when she meets Gabriel Jones.

Gabriel s
Set in the Victorian era, Amanda Quick, (aka: Jayne Krentz)opens her new series with a story about photographer Venetia Milton, her family's sole support and the handsome and mysterious Gabriel Jones, a client who has hired her to take photographs of valuable relics.

Venetia has decided to lose her 'innocence' to Gabriel, because as things stand, she will die a spinster! Unfortunately, immediately after, Gabriel is thought to have been killed in a fire that consumed his home. Not one to miss out
I got confused by the fact that this author writes under both Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz, so even though this is the first book in the Arcane Society series, I read it 2nd. For those who are unaware, Amanda Quick is the pseudonym for her historical romance novels, including those novels in the Arcane Society series that take place in 19th century England. Jayne Ann Krentz is the pseudonym she uses for modern novels, including the Arcane Society novels that take place in modern-day America ...more
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is the first book in the Arcane Society series by Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz. Venetia Milton is a photographer. She has been supporting and running her family since the death of her parents. Family secrets came out and she was forced to support her younger siblings and aunt. She is commissioned to photograph the Arcane Society’s collection of artifacts. She knows this the only time that she doesn’t have to think about her reputation. Gabriel Jones is a hunter with all the senses that com ...more
I didn't think I'd like this book based on the synopsis and the fact that I lost interest while reading it. But I decided to read the book anyway because there were books later in the series that I did want to read and I'm obsessive about reading books in order. I was amazed that I was hooked by the end of the 1st chapter and did not want to put it down. Unfortunately the book takes a nosedive and does have a significant block of boredom where we see a lot of Venetia's day to day life and how he ...more
May 10, 2011 Juliana marked it as did-not-finish
I'm normally a huge Amanda Quick fan, so am used to - and enjoy - her style and characters. For some reason, I couldn't get into this book. We start 5 days into the hero and heroine's meeting and at that point they've both somewhat fallen for one another and want to have an "illicit affair." We're not privy to how any of that went down though, because we skipped it all!

They start their affair, Venetia has be rushed away because thieves are breaking in, a week later she reads in the paper that Ga
This book is a fine example of Quick's historical fiction, but I really want to comment on the whole Arcane Society series. Amanda Quick is one of Jane Ann Krentz's pseudonymns - the others being Jane Ann Krentz (contemporaries) and Jayne Castle (paranormals). Her Arcane Society novels cross her historical and contemporary geners giving readers an instant affinity for and recongnition of the 'world' she's built. Some characters appear in more than one book and/or are referenced by other characte ...more
I picked this book up for my bookshelf Bingo challenge. This was a great excuse for me to finally start the Arcane Society series from this author that I've been putting off. I must admit that while I liked this story, I didn't love it.
The plot and surrounding mystery was very well set up, with twists and turns and snakes - oh my! The suspects were presented to keep the reader guessing and their motives very plausible. My disappointment stems from the vagueness in the romance. While I liked Ven
Diane ~Firefly~
Venetia is commissioned to photograph the artifacts of the Arcane Society. While there, she falls for Gabriel Jones but is rushed off when it looks like someone is robbing the place. Later she reads that Gabe was found dead. With the money from the commission, she takes her aunt, sister and brother and sets up a photography studio in London claiming to be the Widow Jones. Imagine her surprise when Gabriel shows up and claims to be her undeceased husband.

All the standard JAK elements are here, bu
Tina Hayes
It didn't take me long to read this historic romantic suspense novel. Amanda Quick has a way with prose that draws the reader into each chapter alongside the characters.

In "Second Sight", photographer Venetia Milton has a romantic encounter with Gabriel Jones, heir to the Arcane Society, immediately after which she is whisked away to safety while he stays to try and capture intruders before they can steal any valuable artifacts. After reading that Gabriel has supposedly been killed, she moves w
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Pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the Uni
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Other Books in the Series

The Arcane Society (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • White Lies (Arcane Society, #2)
  • Sizzle and Burn (Arcane Society, #3)
  • The Third Circle (Arcane Society, #4)
  • Running Hot (Arcane Society, #5)
  • The Perfect Poison (Arcane Society, #6)
  • Fired Up (Arcane Society, #7) (Dreamlight Trilogy, #1)
  • Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, #8) (Dreamlight Trilogy, #2)
  • Midnight Crystal (Harmony #7; Arcane Society #9; Dreamlight Trilogy #3)
  • In Too Deep (Arcane Society, #10; Looking Glass Trilogy, #1)
  • Quicksilver (Arcane Society, #11; Looking Glass Trilogy #2)

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