Midnight Crystal: Book Three in the Dreamlight Trilogy Mass Market Paperback – Aug 31 2010
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About the Author
Jayne Castle, the author of After Glow, After Dark, and Harmony, is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the New York Times bestselling author of All Night Long, Falling Awake, Truth or Dare, Light in Shadow, Smoke in Mirrors, Lost and Found, Summer in Eclipse Bay, Dawn in Eclipse Bay, Eclipse Bay, and other novels. She has been featured in such publications as People and Entertainment Weekly, and is also known for her books written under the name Amanda Quick. A former librarian with a degree in history, she is also the editor of an award-winning essay collection, Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance. You can find her online at www.jayneannkrentz.com.
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The grand finale of the dreamlight trilogy goes out with a less-than-modest bang. The story is set on a distant planet called Harmony that was colonized by earthlings generations ago. Midnight Crystal wraps up the story of a lamp created on earth that has some pretty amazing properties even for a fantasy.
The romantic element of Midnight Crystal is on a par with her other novels, but it's broken up by a constant barrage of technical details about how different talents work. It's CSI Harmony. I can't believe I'm saying this--for me, she too often glosses over the fine details--but I felt as though I were reading a technical manual! It's as though she thought out all of these very imaginative background details before the first novel, parceled out a few at a time in each book, and then dumped all the leftover elements into Midnight Crystal.
No spoilers--the actual Midnight Crystal is a tiny part of the plot that, like many other elements, is resolved a bit too quickly and neatly after all the buildup in the preceding novels. It all falls just a bit flat.
And there's way too much conversation in this novel!!! Adam and Marlowe blather on and on while you wait for something to happen. Usually Jayne plops you right into the action from the first page, but this one takes a long time to crank up. Of late, there's a pedestrian plotting style pervading romance novels: most of the action is told as a narrative in the past tense, and the action consists of characters simply reacting to what has already happened. This occurs to a lesser degree in Midnight Crystal than some others, but this is the first time I've felt cheated by one of Jayne's novels!!!
Also, Krentz usually picks a couple of phrases that she repeats incessantly throughout her books; in this case they're "crime boss" and "J&J agent." Maybe she uses this device to keep the characters' background firmly in the reader's mind, but the constant repetition is especially jarring in this case. I wanted to find out the resolution of the Dreamlight trilogy, but I was actually relieved when this book ended so I could move on to another.
This might have been better presented as two books. No matter what name she writes under, Krentz seems to write better when she has the space to develop her ideas. Don't get me wrong--a subpar Krentz novel is still better than many others. But after the other Harmony novels, which are a delight, this one is a clunker.
All in all, the plot of the Midnight Chrystal suffers a little more than usual from staleness & predictability. The humor &/or quirkiness that usually characterizes the Harmony universe stories fell flat (or was missing) this time around. Some Frequency city characters make cameo appearances here and I still remember how amused I was by Vince the dust bunny who stole the show in Ghost Hunters 6. :-) . Other Ghost Hunters books that worked well for me were #4 (Celinda the matchmaker also a theme in Arcane universe) and of course the best ever is still After Dark that featured Lydia Smith, a former university faculty member reduced to working in a tacky horror museum after a traumatic incident under ground.
As with the other Castle books, this one was published in paper back, so no complaints about paying HC prices from me, but I would have been/will be willing to buy HC if this Harmony universe story had matched the quality of other of JAK's efforts in the series.
As a finale to the trilogy, one would expect a rich plot full of suspense. Instead, it's contrived and well, quite dull.
For JAK fans, this book is still worth a flip. But please, lower your expectations. And go read the other Harmony books! After Dark, After Glow and Obsidian Prey are my faves! :)
I just want to say that I want my Emmett and Cruz.
The characters in this book were two-dimensional, the climax weak. This is a romance and there just wasn't any fire. Having the characters parents telling each other that they can't change the intense chemistry the kids are in had me going back and rereading the previous chapters thinking I missed something.
The heroine rides a Harley equivalent and is secure about herself about as much as I am about this economy. She keeps repeating the 'J&J agent' bit like the author thinks the we're going to forget this is a fusion on her two series.
The hero, well, the hero being a Guild boss and a Winter had big shoes to fill but he's about as original as a slice a bread and is lead about the entire story by the heroine by her pinkie.
The entire book was to get the couple to location X where the climax(or what of it) happens then solve a murder which ended with having all the Winters and Jones in one location so Marlowe to preen about her intelligence capacity even though she doesn't have the same skills of the previous heads of J&J. Yea security in thy name.
So no fire in the romance department
no intensity in the mystery department
no drive in the story twists
no quirk in character developement
Please I beg you Jayne, rise above and start anew.