Wednesday, September 7, 2011


by Amanda Quick
The Looking Glass Trilogy, book two

Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening's events. Dark energy, emanating from the mirrors lining the room, overpowers her senses. With no apparent way in or out, she is rescued by a man she has met only once before, but won't soon forget.

Owen Sweetwater inherited his family's talent for hunting the psychical monsters who prey on London's women and children, and his investigation into the deaths of two glass-readers has led him here. The high-society types of the exclusive Arcane Society would consider Virginia an illusionist, a charlatan, even a criminal, but Owen knows better. Virginia's powers are real-and they just might be the key to solving this challenging case. (description from

I thought this was another exciting book from Amanda Quick. Virginia was a likeable, strong heroine - capable of looking out for herself, which I love! - who happens to find the right strong man to match her. Owen was a smoldering, smart man who I really enjoyed reading about...

Funnily enough, my favorite character out of the whole book was the housekeeper! She was a spunky woman that I wouldn't mind seeing get her own story at some point. I also loved Virginia's best friend who ran a very specialized bookstore. There were lots of great characters in this novel.

I am again very curious to see how this works into the final book of the trilogy, set in the future. I love how Jayne Ann Krentz has begun crossing storylines over amongst her pennames to create a huge connected story world. Absolutely fabulous. Her books under the Jayne Castle name are actually my favorite, so I'm really looking forward to Canyons of Night.

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