Monday, August 9, 2010

Fired Up

Fired Up: Book One of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society, No. 7) by Jayne Ann Krentz
More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Winters irrevocably altered his genetic makeup in an obsession-fueled competition with alchemist and Arcane Society founder Sylvester Jones. Driven to control their psychic abilities, each man's decision has reverberated throughout the family line, rewarding some with powers beyond their wildest dreams, and cursing others to a life filled with madness and hallucinations.

Jack Winters, descendant of Nicholas, has been experiencing nightmares and blackouts-just the beginning, he believes-of the manifestation of the Winters family curse. The legend says that he must find the Burning Lamp or risk turning into a monster. But he can't do it alone; he needs the help of a woman with the gift to read the lamp's dreamlight.

Jack is convinced that private investigator Chloe Harper is that woman. Her talents for finding objects and accessing dream energy are what will save him, but their sudden and powerful sexual pull threatens to overwhelm them both. Danger surrounds them, and it doesn't take long for Chloe to pick up the trail of the missing lamp. And as they draw closer to the lamp, the raw power that dwells within it threatens to sweep them into a hurricane of psychic force.

--Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz, Copyright ©2009 by Jayne Ann Krentz, published by Putnam Books

My Review

My apologies, everyone. I finished this story about two weeks ago, but forgot to post the review.

Jack Winters’ family once had the Burning Lamp in their possession, but inexplicably lost it on a cross-country move. Now Jack needs the Lamp—and a dreamlight reader powerful enough to work the Lamp—or he’ll face an uncertain future of madness and insanity.

Chloe Harper has a talent for finding rare, historical collectibles for her clients and has no trouble locating the lamp for Jack. Making it work is another matter. Not to mention keeping the priceless object out of the hands of Nightshade, an organization rivaling the Arcane Society. Nightshade has developed a formula to enhance the psychic abilities of its members, but the enhancement is unpredictable and unstable, and they believe the Burning Lamp is the key to stabilizing those who use the enhancement formula. They would do anything—literally—to own the Lamp and a dreamlight reader powerful enough to work the Lamp.

Chloe and Jack must not only find the Lamp, but they need to figure out how to use it (Nicholas Winters never bothered to write a user’s manual) to save Jack’s sanity. They also need to keep it—and Chloe—out of Nightshade’s hands, a task made more difficult when the Lamp is stolen and Chloe is kidnapped by Nightshade.

Hmmm…I think I’ll stop there. While I do want to write reviews that will entice my readers to read the books I’ve read, I don’t want to give away the whole story. Leave them hungry for more, as they say. (Please don’t ask me who “they” are. I’ve tried, but “they” refuse to identify themselves.)

This is Book 7 in the Arcane Society series and Book 1 in the Dreamlight Trilogy.

If you’re familiar with Jayne Ann Krentz’s style and her Arcane Society series (historical portions of the series can be found under her Amanda Quick pseudonym), then you’ll definitely want to continue the series with this book. It’s an easy read, though I feel it does get a little tedious as she explains the unique psychic powers her characters have. I enjoy the Arcane Society novels, and will eagerly look forward to the remaining two books in the Dreamlight Trilogy.

I give this story THREE AND A HALF STARS.

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