The Third Circle (Arcane Society, #4)
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The Third Circle (The Arcane Society #4)

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When a powerful hypnotist succumbs to the charms of a talented crystal worker, both of their futures are threatened.
ebook, 448 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Jove Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Maria
May 13, 2009: It is hard for me to be objective about Jayne Ann Krentz, so I generally give any book of hers five stars on a first reading, mainly because I'm so happy to be reading something new by her. I wasn't halfway through the book before I came to the realization that it was going to be too short. I know nothing about psychic phenomena and generally don't like it as part of the plot, so I don't know how much of this is pure fiction and how much is research. If I keep reading these Arcane...more
LibraryLass
4.5 stars. Thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the Arcane society series. It does give more background to the society and adds flavour to the other books. I don't think it is necessary to read these books in order but it would help :)

The chemistry (!) between Leona and Thaddeus was not exactly hot, but it was still good. There were some missing elements for me in this one. Not many minor characters to play a role, or the ones that were there weren't fleshed out much.

I am always thoroughly biase...more
Mojca
A private investigator, hypnotist, member of Arcane Society and a crystal worker meet under strange circumstances. Over a woman’s dead body. Establishing that neither of them is the killer, they resume their plans, which turn out to be the same as well. They have to take possession of a certain crystal. He claims it belongs to the Arcane Society, she claims it belongs to her. And it is protected by a strange nightmare-inducing concoction that plunges him into the depths of hell. Aided by the cry...more
Jackie
I haven’t read any of the previous books, so I was coming into this mid-series cold turkey. Overall, it worked as a standalone book since it focused primarily on the romance of Leona and Thaddeus although I think it would have helped if I had read the others before it. There were references to previous characters and plot points that I didn’t know too much about but it didn’t hamper my enjoyment of the story too much.

I have read other Amanda Quick novels so I’m familiar with her writing style....more
Judy
I liked the characters, including Fog. The beginning and the end were good, but I thought the middle of the story dragged on (I kept looking to see how long I had to go on the audio.) Most of the books in this series have been 3 star reads for me- so I don't think I'll continue with this series.
~Leslie~
I loved this 4th in the Arcane Society Series. Thaddeus Ware is a hypnotist paranormal talent and he meets up with Leona Hewitt who works crystal energy. They are both looking for the Aurora crystal and come across a murder. This is vintage Amanda Quick. Strong, independent heroine, and a strong, Alpha male hero and when they meet, their paranormal talents create a strong psychic bond. The suspense is very strong in this one as well. Thaddeus finds himself going after a serial murderer and we ge...more
Jacob Proffitt
I think I prefer those set in modern times to the Victorian ones. Not because she gets anything wrong with the period, or anything. I think it's just that the society works better without the whole psychical trappings of the Victorians weighing it down (though arcanematch.com still makes me cringe a bit). And yeah, that's more a comment on the series than this individual book, but I do recommend reading them together rather than individually so by this point, you should know what you're getting....more
Sheila Melo
Historical Paranormal

Historical Paranormal

THE THIRD CIRCLE is the fourth book in the Arcane Society series. It is the story of Thaddeus Ware, who is a hypnotic talent and Leona Hewitt, who is a crystal worker. Both of them end up being somewhat on the fringes because neither talent is well respected amongst the Arcane. The two end up working together to solve a serial killer mystery and also the story of the series of a cabal intending to enhance talents for criminal purposes continues to be a t...more
Jackie
Crystal user, Leona Hewitt, meets Thaddeus Ware of the Jones family over the body of a corpse as they are searching for the Aurora Crystal. They form a compact to leave Lord Delbridge’s Museum as quickly as possible once they have possession of the crystal. It was fortunate that they had recovered the crystal because Thaddeus had inhaled a gas created to give the inhaler waking nightmares powerful enough to remove his sanity and then life itself. Leona’s link with the Aurora Crystal saves Thadde...more
Doris

The main character, crystal worker, infilitrates a wealthy man's home where she is trying to retrieve an item stolen from her family. She stumbles across a murder, and possibly a murderer, and winds up running for her life due to strange circumstances.

The man she saw over a woman’s dead body is someone she decides to trust (view spoiler). She tells him why she is in the house, but he does not share a...more
Kathleen Molyneaux
It's a crime story with a goodly pinch of psychics and sex all set in Victorian England. A quick read. It's the literary version of marshmallow peeps. Now many people prefer exploding peeps in the microwave to eating them; I however have been known to munch on a peep or two (in private). My next challenge is to see if I can find the literary equivalents of Jelly Bellies and Cadbury Cream Eggs.
Diane ~Firefly~
Nothing like starting off a story with a bit of thievery and a dead body...

What I enjoyed:
* Leona. She is gutsy and willing to stand up for what she believes in.
* Fog. I want one.
* Victoria. She quickly embraced her new goals in life.

What could have been better:
* Thaddeus. He just seemed a bit too distant.
Sue Burke
Just check this one out fo the library and am really enjoying it. Amanda Quick is often reviewed as "same old same old" but her same old is still better than any one else writing historical romance!
Kathy
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Jessi
Leona Hewitt is a crystal worker, someone who can use crystals to help people solve their dreams. She has snuck into the house of a high-ranking peer to steal back the Aurora Crystal, an item that has belonged in her family since the 1600s. However, when she finally gets to the room with the crystal, she stumbles over not only a dead body but also Thaddeus Ware, a para-hypnotist who can use his powers to temporarily control other people.
They manage to get out of the house, but not before Thaddeu...more
Juana "Darkness" Duran
Leona Hewitt is a crystal worker who is trying to get a very rair stone called the Aurora Stone. But Thadeus is right there in her way when she sneaks into Delbridge's home to steal it back. Little did she know that what was about to happen put her life at risk along with Thadeus's life to. They both escape with the stone in hand. Unfortunatelly Thadeus was poisoned while trying to get the stone out of a drawer. Thadeus is suffering now from hallucinations but Leona immediatly takes action. Leon...more
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is one of Amanda Quick’s Arcane Society books. Leona Hewitt is a crystal reader that has heard about a crystal that has been in her family for years. When she steals into a private museum to steal it back, she is surprised to find a man standing over a body of a young woman. Thaddeus Ware couldn’t be more surprised to see the person in the gallery with him. They escape and avoid detection, but Thaddeus is hit with a gas that he knows will make him crazy. He fights to get the woman that he w...more
Lauren
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. Neverthele...more
Linda
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...more
JBradford
My daughter bought this for me; someday maybe I’ll figure out why.

The plot, taking place near the end of Queen Victoria’s reign, features a poor crystal worker who attempts to steal back a crystal that was stolen from her mother when she was eleven, only to find herself involved in a hideous murder, committed by a “parahunter” who has been hired by a British Lord, who happens to be a member of the Arcane Society, which is a group of people mostly possessing some paranormal power, but who is inv...more
Brandy
Aún me estoy haciendo cruces de como una de las autoras románticas con las que disfrutaba hace años puede publicar novelas tan sosas con semejante trama. Y es que la trama llama poderosamente la atención. a saber: Una sociedad de hombres y mujeres con poderes paranormales (de todas las clases, colores y sabores) que se dedica a recopilar, guardar y ocultar objetos con poderes extraordinarios.
Asi escrito queda de cine, el problema es cuando la autora lo desarrolla y se queda en una novela que ni...more
Metaspinster
Oh, this one was fun! That was apparent from the outset when our hero and heroine meet right off the bat while both are trying to steal the same artifact, with her dressed in men's clothing, and she saves his life! Oh yes, and my favorite Victorian dandy-drag king is there too (Mr. Adam Harrow, don't you know).

Quick/Krenz/Castle has been quite vocal about her feminism outside the pages of her novels, and certainly within those pages as well. This book in particular has a strong feminist slant, b...more
Cam
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Lizabeth Tucker
In the latest Arcane Society novel, we get to see the beginnings of the Society we saw in the last installment. It is interesting to be switched from present time to the past as this series proceeds. As I've explained in prior posts, Jayne Ann Krentz uses her real name for books set in modern times and Amanda Quick for her historicals, with Jayne Castle for those books that could be considered futuristic (mostly the Harmony series).

Here we have crystal worker Leona Hewitt discovering the murdere...more
Kristen
The second in the Arcane Society series is okay. I like this series, but this one was a bit on the campy side. Some of the dialogue was just over the top, even for a romance novel, but it was a decent story.

Leona Hewitt is a crystal reader who, at the start of the book is skulking around the home of a Lord on the night of a party, dressed as a man. She's looking for an artifact that she believes is hers. As she's searching the house, she comes across the dead body of a woman who's throat has bee...more
Erin
Jul 18, 2008 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amanda Quick fans, paranormal mystery fans
Another installment in the Arcane Society series--this one set later in the reign of Queen Victoria. It was pretty standard Amanda Quick for the most part. A little better on plot than some (there were actually a couple of minor plot twists I didn't see coming), a little weaker on romance than others (seemed rushed & almost forced--not as believable as is her usual style). Not her best work, by any means, but an interesting addition to the series--made me want to go back and brush up on the...more
Donna
Leona Hewitt has made her living somewhat precariously as a crystal worker for a decade. She is convinced someone murdered her mother to steal the aurora stone which disappeared from the accident site. Word has come to her that a collector has acquired the Aurora stone. She breaks in to his mansion, intending to steal the crystal, but finds herself held captive over a dead body. Since her captor, Thaddeus Ware offered her no violence, she correctly deduces that he cannot be the killer.
Leona and...more
Deirdre
This is the second of the historical end of the Arcane Society novels and the fourth written about this interesting group who both promote and hide paranormal talents. Looking into the past allows a certain amount of the present series to be understandable. The "present" is about operatives within Jones & Jones, this is about the founding and the reasoning behind the founding.

Yes, the characters fall in love (or is it lust) at first sight (over a corpse!) and there are times you wonder why t...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Really 4.5 stars. I truly enjoyed this latest historical addition to the Arcane Society novels by Quick/Krentz. If you've been reading this series, you won't want to miss this one as you get more background on how the society started and how Jones Investigations began. I can't wait for Caleb's story!!

She's the latest inheritor of the ability to work the dream crystal. She's also determined to get the dream stone back into the possession of her family.

He's a dangerous man able to hypnotize others...more
Melissa
I'm enjoying the Arcane Society series. Since the books go back and forth between the 17th century and now and the main characters seem to rotate with each book, although characters from previous books seem to make cameos here and there, I don't find that the books are feeling too formuliac(is that a word?) at the moment. Each story seems fresh and new, new characters, new paranormal senses to deal with.

I liked Thaddeus and Leona's relationship and that she was not in any way a whimpy Victorian...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.

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