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Midnight Crystal (Dreamlight Trilogy #3)

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Obitelj Winters mnoga je stoljeća proganjalo legendarno prokletstvo koje je korijene vuklo iz burnog osnivanja Ezoteričnog društva. No sada, na futurističkom svijetu Harmoniji, posljednja tajna prokletstva biti će razriješena... Adam Winters ima dovoljno odgovornosti kao novi šef lokalnog Ceha lovaca na duhove čak i bez tereta obiteljskog prokletstva. Uvjeren je da će ga n ...more
Mass Market Paperback, UK, 368 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Piatkus Books (first published August 1st 2010)
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Oct 07, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
A great read - it gives us what we're paying for when we buy Quick/Krentz/Castle novels: Tightly plotted stories with great suspense, characters you want to know, and cameos and references to characters you already know.

The order is complicated - really, really complicated.

Here's the order for the Harmony books:
Harmony World series
1. Bridal Jitters (2005)
2. After Dark (2000)
3. After Glow (2004)
4. Ghost Hunter (2006)
5. Silver Master (2007)
6. Dark Light (2008)
7. Obsidian Prey (2009)
Harmony (omnib
Jacob Proffitt
I kind of hated the beginning of the dreamlight story arc in Fired Up. The romance was good, but the whole dreamlight thing is just stupid. So I was a bit dismayed to find that dreamlight has infected the Harmony series by ending the trilogy here.

And it turns out I still hate dreamlight. It's a little less obnoxious on Harmony because you have a broad spectrum of psychical talents so I could kind of ignore the bits that annoy me. But that left me with a lot to ignore that got in the way of me li
Midnight Crystal: Book Three of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society Series #9) Another wonderful installment in this series. For someone not familiar with the futuristic world of Harmony (and let me tell you, it’s a little different from the one of St. Helen), this book might represent a little of a challenge at first, what with all the new terms, the history, the psi ruins, weapons etc., but once you get into it, you’ll love it, even if you find it difficult to grasp sometimes. For most read ...more

Okay, so the characters were not so repugnant as in the last book of hers that I read, but that's about all I can say that's positive in this book.

First, we have futuristic world with no worldbuilding. None. It's the 21st century, transplanted onto an alien planet (with no aliens) and NO OTHER CHANGES. Except we call it the 23rd. Right.

Also, this is the third book in a series that has built up all along to the foreshadowed CALAMITY that was supposed to be the pivot point of the final book.
Midnight Crystal, the final book in the Dreamlight trilogy which has spanned the Arcane Society's history past, present and finally future – and all three Castle/Krentz/Quick nom de plumes - finishes up on the futuristic world of Harmony where almost everyone has some degree of paranormal talent. This story was my favorite of the three in the trilogy - and better than the last Harmony/Ghosthunter book too.

Midnight Crystal brings together the descendants of former enemies Sylvester Jones and Nich
10-16-2010: I was thrilled to find this book on my last visit to the bookstore. Needless to say I read it as soon after purchase as possible and probably too fast, because I can't seem to get enough of JAK to begin with, even re-reading her books almost every year. This one I particularly enjoyed. Her characterization of Marlowe Jones is masterly and I loved Marlowe's cool mature approach to every situation even when her heart was trying to jump out of her body in trepidation. Marlowe is a femal ...more
When I read Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle, I'm transported to a futuristic post-Earth world. She really created her own for the setting of the story. Right from the start, we're introduced to Adam Winters and Marlowe Jones, two people from rival families. From the start, we learn about their history and background. You can't miss the sparks flying between them. The chemistry is there. I rooted for them to come together and tempt Fate. Still, they took us to a new kind of world, the underworld ...more
Sep 18, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Harmony series has settled into a vein of solid pleasure, without the thrill of the first in the series, AFTER GLOW. Something has fallen out of its proper rhythms in the underworld that was built by Harmony's ancient alien population. If the power source crashes it could destroy the entire underworld. The current representatives of the Winters and Jones families must find and use the Lamp to recalibrate it. Will the sexual nature of their joined energies backfire and endanger their mission? ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the first 2 books in this trilogy, but this one was a little disappointing. I found the "midnight crystal" episode did not live up to my expectation and was actually a little silly. The romance between Marlowe and Adam was never really developed. And the Arcane society bit about the triplets and the Cerebrus talent felt just thrown in there. It was like there was this big build up to the finish, but this book couldn't quite deliver.
This is my first time reading one of Jayne Ann Krentz's futuristic novels, written under the pseudonym, Jayne Castle. I don't normally like to start a series in the middle for the very reasons I had some issues with this book, but it was the next one in line in the Arcane Socitey books (which span her historical, contemporary, and futuristic novels), so I forged ahead.

The Harmony books are set in the future on a formerly alien-inhabited planet called Harmony. Harmony is now inhabited by humans.

So although I've read all of the previous Arcane Society books, this is my first Harmony book. And although it did seem more jargony (?) because it's a future-sf/f setting, I was able to quickly figure out what all the new scifi-ish terms meant in context. But, I think I prefer the Victorian England and contemporary American setting of the books written under the Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krenz pennames all the same.

And as I noted in my reviews of the first two books in the "Dreamlight Trilogy
Barb in Maryland
There's a good deal going on in this book and all of it fun. Ms. Krentz/Castle wraps up her Dreamlight story arc with this futuristic story set in her long-established Harmony world.
We encounter the Burning Lamp again as Adam Winters needs it to keep from going crazy--those pesky family curses, don't you know. And this time his dreamlight reader is Marlowe Jones (of the Arcane Society Jones & Jones).
Adam is an alpha male, alright, but pretty civilized. Marlowe is a very competent woman with
Sep 15, 2010 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been enjoying books by Jayne Ann Krentz (and any of her various other names) for many years, going back into the 1980's. Although they often follow a similar formula she always manages to bring something new a fresh to the story.

This is the third, and final, book in the Dreamlight Trilogy but also the ninth Arcane book and the seventh Harmony book. Takes some serious talent and planning to bring together three different series, keep track of the "history" of all three series and manage to
Sep 11, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dreamlight Trilogy united the nom de plumes of author Jayne Anne Krentz by joining her contemporary voice with Amanda Quick's historicals and Jayne Castle's other-worldly novels. Midnight Crystal was the last in the trilogy, and Jayne does not disappoint. Marlowe Jones is a dreamlight talent and has been heading up J&J Investigations for the past three months. Adam Winters is the new Boss of the Frequency Guild, a direct descendant of Nicholas Winters, and the apparent recipient of the W ...more
I love those dust bunnies. Each Harmony dust bunny is so unique. I was bummed that this was only a 3 book series but also happy to see the end of it. I know there are only so much you can do with finding a lamp but the Winters family plays a huge role in the Jones family and the fact that they founded the Arcane Society i felt that the Winters family never really got enough coverage. With that being said i'm glad the series ended with the Winters and Jones reconciliation. I love love love the wo ...more
An Odd1
Motorcycle riding dreamlight reading gal Marlowe Jones matches Adam Winter, as usual super-strong hunter guild boss. Both search for the earth artifact 'lamp' rumored to heal him. And, oh ya, the alien power-source for the whole world approaching meltdown.

Author Jayne Castle combines futuristic amber tuned crystal energy planet Harmony with her alter ego Krentz's psychic PI Jones agency and alias Amanda Quick's historical Arcane Society, mystery and all their explicit romance. Sometimes I wonde
Aug 05, 2016 Lexie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prelim review: Honestly speaking I really dislike when authors do crossovers for their different genres--I'm an OCD sort of reader so I feel an urge to read all the other books. Despite not being that interested in the Arcane Society.

So I'm ignoring that this is part of a trilogy.

As a new Harmony novel it was fascinating because it gave a lot more clues away about the world and the aliens then we've gotten in recent books. Also Dust Bunnies were featured more prominently (I really would like a D
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In Midnight Crystal, the reader finds herself back on the world of Harmony and it’s fun to realize that members of the Arcane Society and the Jones & Jones Agency have emigrated along with the ordinary colonists. Midnight Crystal is the final installment of the Dreamlight Trilogy, which focuses on a lamp created by the alchemist Nicholas Winters. This lamp is a family heirloom of the disappearing variety and it regularly has to be found so that the current scion of the family can keep his pa ...more
Sheila Melo
Aug 09, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
End of the Dreamlight Trilogy

MIDNIGHT CRYSTAL is the third and final book in the Dreamlight Trilogy. It is the story of Adam Winters and Marlowe Jones. The Winters and Jones families have been at the heart of Arcane Society since its founding in the seventeenth century when two alchemists with paranormal talents were at first friends and then bitter enemies. Both tried to enhance their paranormal abilities with dangerous consequences. Nicholas Winters used the Burning Lamp to enhance his talent
Book 3 of the Dreamlight Trilogy

In the future the planet Harmony has been colonized. The aliens who preciously colonized it left behind ruins made of psi infused crystal.

Marlow Jones the new head of J&J Investigations is asked for help in finding the Burning Lamp. Amanda is a dreamreader and thus according to legend is able to help control the energy in the lamp.

Adam Winters the new head of the Frequency City Ghost Hunter Guild is asking for help as he needs the lamp to help him control his
Jan 18, 2015 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Midnight Chrystal (Harmony #7, Arcane Society #9) by Jayne Castle

I'm really liking these sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal books by Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz). The women are strong and capable; the romance and sex doesn't take over the story and the stories are interesting, and the world-building is good. Humans left Earth a couple of hundred years ago and colonized Harmony before the curtain between Earth and Harmony closed forever. A previous alien culture left behind mysterious psi-green qua
Jan 17, 2011 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading these books is kind of like being confronted with a bag of kettle chips or a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, you just start cramming them in and it's fun (lots of fun) but it ends too soon...

Sidenote: Gibson- best pet/sidekick/assistant yet; a pool that includes Marlene and Katie (ala Jennifer Crusie)

Further off to the side: I didn't know that the author used to be a librarian- rock on!
Apr 02, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked Midnight Crystal quite a bit. It was a solid end to the Burning Lamp trilogy. The hero, Adam, and heroine, Marlowe, were both solid characters who fit well together. They both had their own psychic gifts and could handle themselves in a fight. Marlowe was tough and smart without crossing the line into stubborn and foolish the way some heroines do. Adam was masculine and protective without being overbearing or patronizing.

The plot moved along at a pretty good pace with a lot of action sce
I "read" this one via audiobook. Loved it just as I have all the other Castle Ghosthunter books. Tanya Eby was a new narrator for this series and she did an excellent job. It was a nice change up in voices and in some attitude.

JAK is a comfort read for me, whenever I pick them up I know what I'm going to get and I always enjoy it.
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle
First published: 2010
Length: 372 pages
Setting: Future. Frequency City on Harmony.
Sex: Reasonably frequent but mostly fade to black. Not a big deal for the story.
Hero: Newly made head of Ghost Hunters Guild. Thinks he's becoming a cerberus. Can do something paranormal (I was never quite sure what).
Heroine: Newly made head of J&J. Dreamlight Reader.
Includes: Excerpts from Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz and Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick

Despite clearl
Pat aka Tygyr
I like the Arcane Series and this is the 3rd in the Dreamlight Trilogy, but the 7th in the overall series. This book takes place on Harmony in the future. Adam Winters is the new head of the local Ghost Hunter Guild. His ancestor was into alchemy and actually changed the DNA of his lineage. In some eras the worst of the changes occur in a male of the line. It starts with hallucinations and nightmares. The male's psychic gifts become more uncontrollable, he can go quite mad. Adam is having halluc ...more
May 19, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actual 2.5. This was actually a bit better than the Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, #8), which bored me senseless. I liked Adam, I liked Marlowe and the mystery actually had me guessing. I find Jayne Castle creative, but her writing style just lacks a little heart… it still feels cliched, with a lack of really background and connection. And she's repetitive.

But… as I said, better than the previous book in the Dreamlight Trilogy and definitely better than a lot of the other books in the Harmony Se
Maybe because it involved Arcane but I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to see some strings tied off that are hinted at in other books.
Another great book in the Harmony World portion of the Arcane Society series - the Harmony portion being set in the future, offworld. This is a wonderful series all around. One can end up in the Victorian era, or the present, or the future. The future is my favorite section, I wish I had her imagination to create a world like that. I suppose this could be read as a stand alone, but readers would be missing a whole lot of backstory and explanations for things like dust bunnies...who are only frie ...more
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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 University of California at Sant
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Other Books in the Series

Dreamlight Trilogy (3 books)
  • Fired Up (Arcane Society, #7; Dreamlight Trilogy, #1)
  • Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, #8; Dreamlight Trilogy, #2)

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