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The Third Circle (The Arcane Society #4)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  6,400 Ratings  ·  332 Reviews
Called supremely addictive by Booklist, the Arcane Society novels, written under both the Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz names, have pulled readers into a saga filled with steamy romance, drama, and dark intrigue. Her newest novel promises to mesmerize as well. Leona Hewitt, disguised in men's formal evening clothes, has secretly made her way into Lord Delbridge's priva ...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Jove Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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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
May 06, 2016 Obsidian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Funnily enough I recall reading books #1 and #2 several years ago and then I somehow read book #3 and #5. Don't ask me why I skipped around like that. One good thing I can say is that the books really don't need to be read in order, however, I would suggest that readers do in order to keep certain reoccurring characters straight in their mind.

I can honestly say that this book dragged from beginning to end. It was a chore to get through and if I hadn't been sick and not in the mood to skip to an
Aside from one of Amanda Quick's most recent books, I've been enjoying everything I've read of hers that are non-Arcane Societybooks. For some reason, the Arcane Societyhistoricals have been a bit draggy in comparison to her other historical mystery/romantic suspense/historical romance books. And I'm not sure what it is, but while I DO enjoy reading them for the characters and for this tried-and-true formula that I've found myself liking, it's still a little disappointing that her hero and heroi ...more
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
Freda Malone
Jan 12, 2016 Freda Malone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is refreshing to read a series that does not have a lot of adrenaline powered emotions, unlike the characters the books are written about, and the romance that comes with it.

Each novel in this series is like a stand alone but with a tad of historical background that weaves its way into the story. I liked this one very much. I liked Leona and Thaddeus, unique, dangerous and mysterious. Did I mention that the Arcane Society seems to have a match making system for the paranormal characters in e
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
May 28, 2016 Josen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-library
3.75......... every now and again I just gotta have a historical romance in Victorian London filled with a little paranormal goings on. This one fit the bill. :)
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Sheila Melo
Aug 04, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Andreea Ilie
Întotdeauna am fost atrasă de epoca victoriană, în care doamnele şi domnişoarele, fie că erau din înalta societate sau nu, purtau rochii din mătăsuri care mai de care mai colorate şi mai fine la atingere, rochii cu creolină, dantelate, pălărioare şi câte şi mai câte.

Deşi această carte nu a fost prea codimentată şi puteai să-ţi dai seama de anumite lucruri încă de la început, au fost şi destule momente care să-ţi menţină interesul treaz.

Personajele principale, Leona Hewitt şi Thaddeus Ware, mi-au
May 30, 2010 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
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.
May 17, 2012 ~Leslie~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
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 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
Kari Chapman
I'm too far into the series now to stop and change my reading order, but sometime I'm going to come back and read these stories in chronologically to the story, instead of in the series order.

This book once again jumps us back from modern times to Victorian times. The story is decent and I liked the two main characters. I don't remember much about this book, as it's been over a month since I read it, but remember that it was as enjoyable as any other book in this series.
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...

Standard JAK book with an independent and feisty heroine, a powerful hero and love at first psychic sight.

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.
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.
Sue Burke
Sep 30, 2008 Sue Burke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
These Arcane Society historicals are so much fun, good plots, likeable characters. Wish there were more.
Jan 06, 2017 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Loved the book, love the series!! The only thing I think that kept it from 5 stars was the rather abrupt ending where the main characters (who you know are going to end up together so I don't really count this as a spoiler) basically yell at each other that they are in love with each other. It just took me out of the scene completely and I stared at the book with a tilted head, thinking 'huh?' I loved the set up for the Jones private enquiry agents and the crystal working and hypnotism. The only ...more
Nov 25, 2016 S.A. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After hearing the election results, I needed a light, brisk romance to read. Thanks—this fit the bill.
Bonnie Barnes
I'm not sure what I think. I have mixed feelings about this series in general.
It's quirky enough to keep me interested, but not good enough to keep me facinated or excited to read the next.
First book was in Victorian times, #2 & #3 were modern day and this one back to Victorian. Quick vs Krentz.
I rather enjoyed this story and I liked both Thadeus & Leona although I didn't like most of her back story. I also liked the wolf/dog and Aunt Vicky, but why her Uncle Harold was even required is
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Amanda Quick
First published: 2008
Length: 4458 kindle locations, 342 pages
Setting: London. Late Victorian.
Sex: Reasonably explicit but infrequent.
Hero: Senior member of The Arcane Society. Para-hypnotist (power of mesmerism, enhanced).
Heroine: Crystal worker (plays with dreams and auras using a crystal to direct and enhance powers).

Not a lot to say. Well written, well paced, interesting. Good characters in a good series.

Arcane Society:
The Arcance Society novels
Setting: London, late Victorian era
Genre: mystery, paranormal, romance
I first read this in print one late spring day while sitting on the back porch at my sister's house in Texas. Some guest I am, huh? Drive over a thousand miles just to do the same thing I could have done at home. But it's all good, since she was across the table reading a Johanna Lindsey. We did pass the candy dish back and forth. At any rate, I do wish I had reviewed this book back then, because the audio may have influenced
Country Goose
Apr 14, 2015 Country Goose rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnotlike

One of my favorite books was written by Jayne as Amanda. Ravished Tortured Hero with a good plot, and a heroine I really connected with, and according to a few reviews, many of Amanda's writing involves that same "formula" as a reviewer once called it. It works for me, so I thought I'd give this one a shot. I hated it. Jayne should probably stay away from the paranormal genre.

The characters were... okay.

Thaddeus is an exceptional hypnotist able to put people under a spell trance. It is consider

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
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
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
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
The Third Circle
3.5 Stars

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.

In general, the premise behind the Arcane Society series is intriguing and the books are light and entertaining. Neverthele
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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)
  • Second Sight (Arcane Society, #1)
  • White Lies (Arcane Society, #2)
  • Sizzle and Burn (Arcane Society, #3)
  • 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 (Ghost Hunters, #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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