Burning Lamp : Arcane Society

  • by Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by Anne Flosnik
  • Series: Arcane Society
  • 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Sylvester Jones and Nicholas Winters each sought to enhance their individual psychic talents. Winters’ efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp. Each generation the Winters man who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents—and the curse of madness.
Plagued by hallucinations and nightmares, notorious crime lord Griffin Winters is convinced he has been struck with the Winters Curse. And the instincts that have helped him survive the streets and rise to power are now drawing him toward Adelaide Pyne, the bothersome social reformer. But even as he arranges a meeting with the mysterious woman, he has no idea how closely their fates are bound, for Adelaide holds the Burning Lamp in her possession.
A dreamlight reader, Adelaide should be able to manipulate the Lamp’s light to save both Griffin’s sanity and his life. But their dangerous psychical experiment makes them the target of forces both inside and outside of the Arcane Society. And though desire strengthens their power their different lives will keep them apart—if death doesn’t take them together.

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What the Critics Say

"Bestseller Jayne Ann Krentz, writing under her historical fantasy nom de plume, turns in a top-notch performance in the second Dreamlight novel....Fast-paced and cleverly constructed, the tale perfectly balances lively adventure, passionate romance, and the paranormal against an elaborate and refreshingly original background. Arcane Society fans will be thrilled, and new readers will find this stand-alone story very accessible." (Publishers Weekly)

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Story is great- narration poor

This is a great story and will be more enjoyable if one had read/listened to the other titles in the Arcane Society Books, though it isn't essential.

Unfortunately, the narration is of very poor quality which is astonishing in a Brilliance Audio title! I haven't quite decided whether the reader just has a harsh, unpleasant voice or she was so utterly bored with the story that it came out that way. I actually checked my mp3 player several times to make certain that it was playing at the proper speed. The reader's uninterest in the story is very obvious.

It's a shame since this is an interesting story. I hope that this is the last book she reads for Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle, Jayne Ann Krentz. Since I am major fan of this author.
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- Anne

Excellent as always

The Dreamlight Trilogy is a subset of the Arcane Series this is the 2nd book, the last book is set in the Harmony Universe. If your looking for a steamy sex scene every 2nd page with cardboard characters this author is not for you.

I noticed some reviews complaining about the audio I had no issue with the narrator it makes me wonder what sort of equipment they use to listen to audio books . . . for example I tried to listen to one on my Kindle DX but the Audio quality of the machine leaves a lot to be desired and since space is limited on a Kindle it does not make for a good Audio book/music device. On my iPhone 3g or my Mac they sound excellent . . .

I also recommend the next book in series MIDNIGHT CRYSTAL BY JAYNE CASTLE another pseudonym used by Jayne Ann Krentz But unfortunately since I don't live in the US I can't download the first book due publisher greed geographic slice up. You can just about always buy the printed book here in Australia, but various audio books by various authors have around a 50% chance of not being available in audible format here but sometimes you can buy the same thing in CD or MP3 format go figure. The same stupidity reins in the ebook universe & its even worse due to the number of formats available eg books 1 & 2 might be available in ereader, book 3 not available here and 5 only available in Kindle format.

Eye issues means that the majority of my books be audio & the occasional large print format ebook.

I wish Audible would list authors with their pseudonym's. Consistent with series and book numbers would be also great.

Jayne Ann Krentz writes books that cover the gauntlet from historical to modern to the future of world harmony series. Most follow the 2/3 character background build then someone does something stupid & gets caught or leaves a gap for the bad guys. The last 1/3 is the chase tidy up like a lot of books these days use, but the detail and character development is better than average. Enjoy
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- Captain Skurvy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-20-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio