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Disappointing end of a trilogy,
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This review is from: Canyons of Night (Looking Glass Trilogy #3) (Mass Market Paperback)I was really looking forward to this book coming out. I've read all of Jayne Ann Krentz's Arcane novels and really loved the other period pieces "In too Deep" and "Quicksilver" in the Looking Glass Trilogy. But this book was a disappointment for me.
In this story we meet Charlotte Enbright as a teenager living on Rainshadow Island on the planet called Harmony. She is attacked one night by three guys and is saved by her teen crush Slade Attridge. He takes her to a mysterious wooded area called the Preserve that no one knows what it's actually preserving.
Cut to 15 years later and both of them have come back to the island. She's taken over her Aunt's antique shop and he's just taken the open Sheriff's position after a bad psi burn left him unable to work for the FBPI anymore. They both feel the attraction of long ago and start having an affair. In the mean time, Slade is dealing with a murder investigation, smugglers, and trying to understand what's happening to his talent.
I had several problems with the book. First, it seemed really short. There were a lot of chapters dedicated to side characters that end up going no where. The Preserve is never explained, just set aside as a set up for another sequel. The Bridewell curiosities make an appearance, but not until near the end of the book and the bad guy is thrown in almost as an afterthought. You never feel any urgency to solve the case, because nothing happens. The heroine isn't given anything to do until the very last chapters of the book and the romance is sedate. I didn't feel any chemistry and didn't really get to know her at all. Slade's inner monologues had to tell me she was a positive, warm person. Not to mention her talent is really difficult to understand. She reads rainbows? It's not auras, not dreamlight, but rainbows? I agree with her that it doesn't appear very useful in any capacity.
Overall, I definitely didn't hate the book. But it starts slow and never really picks up any speed. I was bored and left feeling like I only read a teaser for another book. Hopefully with more interesting characters.
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Initial post: Sep 3, 2011 4:29:46 AM PDT
Crap! The publishers are doing this to all my favorite series. I don't think it's just the authors. Too many to be a coincidence. Plus, I see the same pattern on TV. It's the old "leave them hanging so they come back for more" scenario. Personally, I buy a tiny, teeny fraction of the books I used to - just not worth my hard earned money. I no longer have a problem waiting for them to reach the library or used book store. Where once I was too impatient to wait and would spend money instead, now I prefer to wait and save my money. Too bad for the publishers and the authors, because I used to buy a LOT of books. I mean it was my largest expense outside basic necessities, like food and rent. And it's not just because of the serial thing (although that is a real biggie for me) that I stopped buying so much. It's also that as the series go on, they get really, really stale, rather boring and completely unexciting. As much as I love reading about the same or similar characters, in the same 'world' - I think it's like sugar - too much is really bad for you even if it does taste good. I think forcing the authors to write on and on about the same worlds, the same "people" makes THEM uninspired. Or maybe my friend is wright - when an author is very popular and the demand for more books great, the publishers hire ghost writers. Additionally, with computers and better editing software, they hire less and less editors. So the ones they have are overworked and cannot give each book the attention it needs. That would also explain all the misspellings and grammatical errors in books these days. A computer just isn't up to doing the job of a smart human yet.
Posted on Sep 3, 2011 11:52:15 AM PDT
Patricia Piascik says:
I just finished reading this book and felt that it was a clumsy ending. I felt that it wasn't quite complete.
Posted on Sep 4, 2011 9:26:05 AM PDT
Totally agree with this review and the comments. It felt like this book was just "filler" and "set up" for the next series. No real attention was paid to the story or developing the characters. Perhaps just the plot was set up by the author, and the rest was filled in by an office intern?
I enjoy this author and the series, so this was a disappointment.
Posted on Sep 10, 2011 2:25:08 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
OK, yes, I totally agree, and yet I still liked it. It was short, not all the subplots were resolved, some mysteries were left for future sequels. All that is true. But I still liked the book. The principle characters (Charlotte and Slade) were well rounded and well depicted and worked well together. The book entertained me. Besides, I'm a sucker for a tale about finally finding that lost love.
Posted on Sep 26, 2011 10:16:43 AM PDT
I've got a question if somebody could help me out. Is this another one of the Krentz books where one is "written" by Krentz, one is "written" by Quick, and one is "written" by Castle? But they all concern the same item or ancestor or power? Is that what the trilogy is referring to?
I absolutely LOVE the Ghost Hunter books, but don't enjoy any of Krentz's other novels. Don't want to get sucked in to reading another of her books that I thoroughly dislike.
I wish she (or her publisher) would stop doing this stuff - putting out three books which are supposed to tie together somehow and calling it a trilogy.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2011 12:54:02 PM PDT
J. Lesley, You can go ahead and read this book, but be aware that neither protagonists is a ghost hunter. They have other skills/powers. It is in the same world (colony's, not Earth). Although part of a trilogy, if you read this book (Canyons of Night) you will not feel like you missed something by not reading the other two. It is completely stand alone. Basically, it's a trilogy only because someone made some magical items way in the past (written by Quick) and some appeared on Earth in the future (written by Krentz) and also appeared in the Colony further in the future (written by Castle - this book). Hope that helps.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2011 1:57:35 PM PDT
Thanks Zeia, yes it does help. I've been a fan of the Ghost Hunter books forever, but began to lose sight of them when they got all tangled up in the Krentz/Quick books. I'm reading Midnight Crystal right now and I have to say it seems like the quality of the Ghost Hunter books has gone down noticeably. I'm trying not to make a quick judgement, but I have to say that old snap to the dialog seems to be missing so far.
Thanks for the answer. At least I will know what I'm getting in for if I decide to buy Canyons of Night.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2011 3:13:32 PM PDT
The snap seems to be gone from all of Krentz's writing lately - weather as Quick or Castle or herself. Maybe she's bored with it all or has been writing too many books in one year - I don't know. Whatever it is, it's very disappointing. You should go ahead and read all the new Castle stuff. Never mind her trilogies, they are ALL stand alone books. Keep in mind that as Quick she writes historicals, Krentz is present Earth and Castle are the Colonies outside Earth. So at most, there will be a reference to someone in history or 'back on Earth' - nothing you'll miss out on. I love the Ghost Hunters as well. I wish she would also bring back the colony of St. Helens where some people were prisms and some had psychic powers that needed a prism to focus them through. Of course the protagonists were always one of each and very strong. lol But that's why it's fiction and why I love it.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2011 3:50:43 PM PDT
I've always found it incredibly interesting that I enjoy the books written as Jayne Castle, but none of her other output. I started with Ghost Hunter, liked it so much I went looking for other books by the same author and found Zinnia, Amaryliss, and Orchid. I've read every book since until this whole "trilogy" thing popped up. Then she lost me because I had such an unpleasant experience with the first Arcane Society book.
Anyway, I'm forging on with Midnight Crystal but have to say it really doesn't have any depth of characterization so far. And I'm exceedingly tired of hearing about how super duper the Jones family are and how incredibly wonderful the Winters family members are. Not looking good so far.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2011 10:05:51 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Yeah, that's how I started out, too. I had always been a science fiction fan, and the "futuristic" books thrilled me. But when I ran out of them and was looking for something to read, I realized that a writer whose work I enjoyed could probably make a non-futuristic plot fun to read, too. So I began reading the romance novels and discovered I liked them.