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Quicksilver (Arcane Society, #11) (Looking Glass Trilogy #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  7,223 Ratings  ·  383 Reviews
A Victorian glass-reader and a psychic investigator play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a killer determined to trap them in the second installment of the "New York Times" bestselling Looking Glass Trilogy.
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Jove Books
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Lakshmi C
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Virginia wakes up in bed next to a dead body. She has no memory of what happened or how she got there. The dead man in the mirrored room is Lord Hollister. Virginia is rescued by Owen Sweetwater, a researcher who exposes psychic charlatans.

Owen was a psychic hunter, an assassin for hire. J & J Agency has employed him as a last resort in the case of the missing glassreaders. He hunts psychic criminals and is in danger of being turned into a Nightwalker.

Virginia and Owen for
Quicksilver (Arcane Society, #11) (Looking Glass Trilogy #2) And JAK's alter-ego does it again. As I said in my review for In Too Deep there was something missing in the contemporary part of the Looking Glass Trilogy. This historical part had it all. Romance, intrigue, murder, mayhem, secrets, suspense, sex, paranormal. Even the "soul-mate thingy" on steroids, since the hero came from a family where men needed "the One" to stay sane. Cliché, I'll readily admit, but once again it worked. Everythi ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Sometimes I need a book that has light action, dark secrets and mystery, and a romance that soothes the senses and I always seem to find it when reading a story by Amanda Quick.

Some might say that the format is formulaic and they could be right. However, I’ve read enough stories by Ms. Quick to count on it and find it 100% positive. I needed that teasing sensual build-up between Virginia Dean and Owen Sweetwater, I needed the light dr
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everytime I read an Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz book, everything feels familiar; the storyline, the characters and the writing style. This is a good thing because Krentz is a great writer who writes equally great stories, but it also takes away from the anticipation. Her Arcane books are great but so are her standalone novels. I hope she has one in the works soon.

As expected, I enjoyed Quicksilver. The characters had great chemistry, the plot was interesting. Yet, I found it lacking intensity
Re-read 9/12/12 and increased from 4 to 5 stars.

Another great JAK book. This one an Amanda Quick, Victorian era, Arcane Society story.

We finally get some background on the mysterious assassins known as the Sweetwater family. Just as famous/infamous as the Jones family in these stories.

Owen Sweetwater, a hunter talent who searches out psychial monsters and disposes of them permanently is contracted by J & J, an offshoot of Arcane to look into the recent deaths of 2 glass light readers. His gi
Jenny Clark
A very dark plot, fast paced and some subtle humor thrown in. Ok, not so subtle with the female hysteria cure haha but... Virgina was a great protagonist, and Owen balanced her nicely. I enjoyed her house keeper as well, and the underlying theme of family.
A fun easy to read book. Some mystery, some murder, some paranormal, some romance. Sweetwaters sound like a fun family. Enjoyed it.
I think i really need to give up on the Arcane Society novels.... They are just becoming too repetitive - it's like reading the same book over and over again! Constant talk of auras and psychic powers and psychic connections , etc... Other than the constant psychic mumbo-jubmo, this one started of a little jumbled - i felt like i was thrown into the middle of the book with little explanations of the characters and plot... Starts with a murder, with the hero and heroine already knowing each other ...more
Jacqueline Seewald
Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) writes wonderful paranormal historical romantic suspense. Quicksilver is no exception. The novel begins in medias res with Virginia Dean waking from a drugged sleep to find a knife in her hand and a dead body beside her. She is rescued by Owen Sweetwater, a psychic monster hunter. Virginia with her psychic mirror-reading ability is able to see images of people who have been murdered, women in particular. She and Owen engage in searching for a killer who has target ...more
Deanna from Deanna's World
This is another winner for me because I just love the series, the world of the Arcane Society that has been created and the setting of this book (the Victorian period).

When I was reading this book, what struck me most about my enjoyment of it was the fact that as I "listened" to the dialogue going on in my head as I read, it was exactly how I envisioned Victorian English would sound and speak to each other. I don't know any of the reality of how they actually sounded but it just seemed authentic
1.5 stars

Same old, same old.

Without a doubt, the weakest book in the author's Arcane series.
I couldn't care less about the mystery,the characters were dull, and the romance felt forced.
Once upon a time I used to devour Amanda Quick books.
Not this one, I'm afraid.
It appears that the "cow has run dry".
Dawn (Kat N Hat)
I really only picked this up for an alphabet reading challenge and needed the Q. However, I really did enjoy the story and I may go back to read the first book in the trilogy.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember members of the Sweetwater family popping up every now and then in the other Arcane Society novels and am very glad that we finally got a peek into that family. The author gave them a great story! I really liked the whole "nightwalker" aspect of their talent. And the addition of the glasslight talent into the series lore was interesting. Plus the main character, Virginia Dean, was well done. She had a good personality and what I thought was a surprising backstory. Just did not see that ...more
Sheila Melo
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweetwater Family Romance

QUICKSILVER begins when Virginia Dean wakes up in a strange bed covered in blood, holding a knife and next to a dead body. She is rescued by Owen Sweetwater who she fears because he has a reputation of unmasking psychic frauds and now Virginia is in a compromising position. Owen, however, has another agenda. He feels a link with Virginia and has come to save her. Thus, starts the second book in the Looking Glass Trilogy where man made devices are used a psychic weapons.
4 Stars

Waking up in a mirrored room next to a dead man, Virgina Dean is rescued by the enigmatic and dangerous, Owen Sweetwater. It soon becomes clear that Virginia is the target of a serial killer murdering glasslight readers, and she and Owen will have to pool their resources to find the villain before it is too late.

Quicksilver follows a similar formula to the previous Arcane books but it has its moments nonetheless.

As per Quick/Krentz's other couples, Virginia is a vivacious and
Susana Ellis
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This book proves that historical romances do NOT have to involve titled protagonists! Nor do you have to worry about reading the books in this series in order. I haven't read the first book and it didn't matter at all. "Quicksilver" really does stand alone.

I haven't read Amanda Quick for several years, after reading (and loving) all of her previous books. I'm not sure why; maybe there was a long period where JAK didn't write books under this pseudonym and I thought she'd moved on. But I got this
Heidi Sutherlin
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jayne Ann Krentz and her alter ego Amanda Quick gets my vote for most successful tale spun across genres and time periods. I love each of her settings: Regency, Contemporary and Futuristic Parasci and the Paranormal threads she weaves through each of them. There is a fantastic sense of continuity and interest that she blends through each world. This is the second trilogy of its kind following specific paranormal devices across time and space with a story set in each one of her genres. The first, ...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of paranormal historical romance
This book is not quite as good as the rest in the series. The characters are fantastic, the settings as good as usual, but I was a bit disappointed in the denoument. The villain is identified at the last minute, and is not hinted at before that point. We are given his thoughts, but no clue to his identity. No reader could say, "I thought it was him" because he wasn't one of those previously discussed by name by the sleuths.

Other than that, I thought the exposition of the plot was excellent. The
Christina Tang-Bernas
Mostly my opinion on this book is the same as on most of Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz's novels (see my review on Fired Up) but what can I say, I love it. I love it because it is so familiar. I love the world that this author has carefully and lovingly built where major characters in one book become well-loved minor characters in another, where the bad guy always gets caught, the sex is always steamy, and the paranormal abilities are always very cool. Whenever I open another one of her books, I ...more
I adore the Arcane series. I love the new turn she's taken in writing trilogies in past/present/future.

In this book, the story is picked up with Virginia Dean and . . . mmmm, a Sweetwater, Mr. Owen Sweetwater. I just love the Sweetwater men in this series.

I was actually relieved to see a normal "high talent" male this go around. It seemed with each book, the talents seemed to get bigger, and more powerful with each book. Owen was a breath of fresh air. While he has considerable talent, he also r
Barbara ★
Psychic Virginia Dean is a member of the Leybrook Institute, a competitor of the Arcane Society. The only real difference between the two is that people of the Institute are in trade (they sell their services) and the Society is made up of the hoity-toity nobility. When two of the Institutes psychics are murdered, the J&J Agency (owned by the new leader of the Arcane Society) hires Owen Sweetwater to investigate the paranormal deaths. Since Virginia is such a strong practitioner, Owen seeks ...more
Barb in Maryland
More fun from Amanda Quick as she continues to expand her Arcane Society series. Our heroine, Virginia Dean, has a talent that allows her to see captured images in old mirrors. And she makes her living by doing 'consultations' for private clients, who generally want to know how their loved one died. Our hero is Owen Sweetwater who is on the trail of a human monster and Miss Dean is his link to this person.
The paranormal bits and the mystery are fairly straight forward--what counts is the romance
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2011
2.5 stars...I really wanted to enjoy the latest in the Arcane series, but I thought it was just OK. I think I am getting a little bored with the series. Ms. Quick (AKA Jayne Anne Krentz) follows her basic formula to a "T" here. I'd like to see her mix things up a little and maybe write something not related to the Arcane society for a change. I felt like the killer came out of nowhere. The characters weren't all that exciting and I didn't really feel the connection between Owen and Virginia. In ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of course I will give JAK's Arcane Society books a 5 star rating... She is one of the best... and I loved this book. Owen Sweetwater is every woman's ideal... He is soft spoken, protective and sensual. His sexual appeal jumps off the page and when his love is missing you KNOW he will move heaven and earth to find her. Virginia is a great character as well. She is not a hemming and hawing woman.. She is strong, independent and has no problem with the fact that she does not need a man in her life. ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
I was thrilled when I realized this story was about the Sweetwaters, as I've been wanting them to have their own books for a long time, and I wasn't disappointed.

What I enjoyed:
* Virginia. She is strong, confident and perfect for Owen.
* Owen. A typical Sweetwater. I loved learning more about the family and hope they get future books as well.
* Mrs Crofton, the housekeeper. Her relationship with Virginia was fun and boy, does she have spunk.
* The clockwork devices. What an interesting idea. (view
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-kindle, re-read
After re-reading this book I have increased my rating. This is probably one of my favorites in the Arcane series. Owen Sweetwater is a member of a very interesting family of assassins and Virginia Dean is glasslight reader talent. Together they become involved in solving a murder mystery involving the clockwork machines. I love how Krentz ties in so many aspects of her Arcane series in this one book. And I love the side stories and a budding romance. Also, the chemistry between Owen and Virginia ...more
Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Pretty standard stuff here - the heroine sounds like she looks like Jayne Ann Krentz, the hero is much struck by her energy, she takes a little more convincing, the whole book seems to follow the exact same patterns you see in just about every book. Even the first time the protagonists have sex - I knew from the moment that a certain occasion was announced that the heroine would somehow be in peril at the event, and that they would have sex immediately following. Because that's the way it always ...more
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm OK with a formula when it works since I tend to switch genres a lot. So by the time I read the next Arcane novel it's been a while since I read the last one. Still, even with a break in between they are becoming a bit too similar for me. I got about 50 pages into this one before truly convinced myself that I hadn't read it before. Thank goodness for goodreads and I could verify that I hadn't read it! Once convinced that it was new to me Owen and Virginia grew on me. I don't think I've ever r ...more
Quicksilver was enjoyable but had a few problems that kept me from rating it higher. The main issue was the lack of coherent explanation about how any of the paranormal stuff worked in this book. I've real all the Arcane books, so I shouldn't be this confused about the whole "power int he mirror" stuff. Quick/Krentz was very vague about what the villain intended for the power he was going to get from Victoria. It's really a shame, because the plot worked very well as a mystery until the part whe ...more
Dec 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As I began reading this book, I kept saying to myself, I've read this before; I'm sure I've read this before. But I was the first at my library to borrow the new book, so i couldn't have read it before. But indeed I had. Amanda Quick (nee Jayne Ann Krentz) is really going by the numbers here. I have enjoyed nearly all of her books, but this is truly sub par. She is out of ideas and should take a year or forever off. I will not be reading the third in this trilogy.
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Jayne Ann Krentz ...: Quicksilver (2011) Arcane 11, Looking Glass 2 1 3 Sep 27, 2012 10:40AM  
  • In Too Deep (Arcane Society, #10; Looking Glass Trilogy, #1)
  • Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, #0; Ghost Hunters, #8; Looking Glass Trilogy, #3; Arcane Society, #12)
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

Looking Glass Trilogy (3 books)
  • In Too Deep (Arcane Society, #10; Looking Glass Trilogy, #1)
  • Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, #0; Ghost Hunters, #8; Looking Glass Trilogy, #3; Arcane Society, #12)

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