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Friday, July 23, 2010

Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick

Quick, Amanda.  Burning Lamp.

I pulled this one from the "new book" shelf at the library, noted that it was an Arcane Society Novel, but not that it was the second book in a trilogy.

So...the novel is part romance and part paranormal.  Nothing deep, but a little light fun.  "The Widow" is a social reformer who has been raiding various brothels and freeing the women in them, enabling them to prepare themselves for a better life.

Enter Griffin Winter, a London crime lord, who thinks "The Widow" may possess a dream light talent, and who may be able to help save him from a family curse.  Instant attraction between the two, although they appear to be at cross-purposes.

You know where this is going, right?  The two team up and take on evil-doers.

Although the novel is the second one in the trilogy, enough background is given that you don't really need to have read the first novel to get a handle on this one.  One reason is that a couple of hundred years have passed and the characters in the first novel are ancestors (who created a lot of problems) to some of the characters in Burning Lamp.  The same situation will be true in the final novel that will take place in future generations.

Fiction.  Supernatural/Mystery.  2010.  328 pages.


  1. I love this series. It's one of my "guilty" pleasures. Well, not guilty because you like the books you like. It's just people can be so judgmental about the romance/paranormal genres.

    In any case, I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy and then I'm curious as to where she will go with the Arcane Society.

  2. I've read several of the Amanda Quick romance novels - long ago - and thought those were quite fun. I haven't read her in so long maybe this series with the mystery twist would be something I'd enjoy!

  3. I found your blog through Bookmagic's blog. :) Nice review-I've had such a hard time getting into Amanda Quick's latest releases-but this book makes me want to start reading her again.

  4. Iliana - It is a quick read, nothing deep at all, but a good beach book.

    Buckeye Girl - It was kind of fun, a little silly, and less engaging than might be expected, but entertaining.

  5. Kay - :) I love paranormal, even if they rarely deliver just what I'm looking for. Actually, the third one sounds fun as well.