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Second Sight: Arcane Society, Book 1 | [Amanda Quick]

Second Sight: Arcane Society, Book 1

In financial straits and on a sure path to spinsterhood, Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House, far from society's prying eyes, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the relics and artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries earlier by an eccentric alchemist.
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In financial straits and on a sure path to spinsterhood, Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House, far from society's prying eyes, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the relics and artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries earlier by an eccentric alchemist. And the alchemist's descendant - her employer, Mr. Gabriel Jones - had the eyes of a sorcerer....

After a night to remember, Venetia is prepared to cherish the memories of her romantic encounter and move on, but she is shattered when, shortly after their night together, she reads of Jones's death in the papers. As a private tribute to her one-time lover, she adopts the name "Mrs. Jones" and the guise of a respectable widow, and embarks on a new career as a fashionable photographer in London, where her unique ability to "see" beyond her subjects and capture that quality in her photography makes her photographs highly prized.

But her romantic whim causes unexpected trouble. For one thing, Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into her life. And the bonds that tie them together include more than just the memory of passion; Venetia's special "double vision" has caught the attention of someone Mr. Jones is tracking - someone who will go to any lengths, even murder, to possess an ancient, extraordinary secret that has been lost for centuries. Someone who believes that as the "wife" of Mr. Jones, Venetia is the key.

Now, as she introduces Gabriel about town as her miraculously back-from-the-dead "husband," Venetia must join him in a perilous quest to track down a dangerous opponent who manages to stay one step ahead. As they explore the darker, wilder underbelly of the modern, scientific Victorian world, they must see through society's illusions - or this time, Gabriel Jones may not be coming from the dead, and neither may Mrs. Jo...

Listen to another Arcane Society novel.

©2006 Amanda Quick; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Susan Fairbanks, AK, United States 03-25-10
    Susan Fairbanks, AK, United States 03-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great storyline, too!!"

    Yes, Amanda Quick gives us a few really steamy scenes, but what impressed me most was the storyline. (You could almost cut out the steamy parts, but they are really fun!)

    I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that the characters are well-written, the heroine is a strong individual (not just waiting to be rescued), the period details are great, and there is a real puzzle/mystery to keep you guessing.

    As for the narrator, Anne Flosnick has a delightful voice. She is able to do men's voices quite well, and her vocal variety for all the characters seems to me to be spot on.

    Enjoy!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pearl Cape Coral, FL, USA 01-06-09
    Pearl Cape Coral, FL, USA 01-06-09
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    "Entertaining and intriguing"

    This story was fun. The story moves along at a nice pace, the characters are well developed, and the plot is interesting. I found the narrator did a very good job creating a voice that lent an "image" to each character. I was a little disappointed at the start, thinking she had erred with one character, but as the story unfolded I found she had used precisely the right voice. I'll be listening to the subsequent titles in this group, and if they are similar to this one, I'm sure I won't be disappointed. Enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Spitfre WA 02-26-09
    Spitfre WA 02-26-09
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    "Not very memorable"

    This is the first book I've read by this author. The story line looked interesting and I'm always looking for a new series. For me, the characters were too predictable, a little shallow and the whole story was pretty cliche through out. I wanted to fast forward a number of times whenever I lost patience with the writing style.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-04-12
    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2009

    I am easily amused!

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    "An Arcane adventure!"

    I enjoyed this story. I listened to it on audio and it was highly entertaining. The romance between Venetia Milton and Gabriel Jones is charming and the story very original. I am a sucker for a Victorian Era spinster that is outspoken and strong willed. That is why I am a Amanda Quick fan. She never disappoints me and her heroines always end up with dreamy men.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Trumansburg, NY, United States 01-02-12
    Jennifer Trumansburg, NY, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Narration makes escape impossible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    An engaging enough historical romance (first in the Arcane Society series) if it had been read by someone more talented. Minimal character development would have been an acceptable trade for the racy sex, but to have someone who sounds like my 8th grade catholic school principal (Sister Dorothy) read what is supposed to be red hot lovemaking is not my cup of tea. I tried to cope by imagining the words on the page, and then reading them again to myself, to no avail. Skip this one and buy the book. I'll be buying or borrowing the next in the series, because they're fun sexy 'thrillers' -- but the narration here makes escape impossible. Want something comparable (though less racy), but extremely well-read and compelling? Try one of these two historical romance/detective series: Amanda Peabody mysteries or Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia series. Excellent character development, plot and compelling romances, read by first rate narrators.


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    Bethany Goshen, IN, United States 01-26-11
    Bethany Goshen, IN, United States 01-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Suspenseful; good romance; well-read"

    This series was recommended to me by a friend, based on my enjoyment of other supernatural romance series. (The fact that this particular book in the series is also a period romance is just icing on the cake for me, personally.) I found the characters and story-lines to be interesting and suspenseful, and as another reviewer wrote, the heroine is of the headstrong, independent variety that contributes to an interesting story (even if you occasionally sigh at her bull-headed-ness). The male lead character speaks in an intelligent, witty manner and has all the desirable traits of the hero of a romance novel. The narrator is excellent; you can distinguish which character is which, and she handles men's voices as well as she does those of female characters. I enjoyed this first Arcane Society novel so much that I plan to begin reading the next in the series as soon as possible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-12-10
    Joanna Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2010

    I love a good zombie Novel and I'm a sucker for a great love story. I listen to as many scifi and romance as I can get a hold of.

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    "entertaining and thrilling"

    I don't normally like historical romances but I love all of her Jayne castle series so i thought to give the Arcane Society a try I have to say That I loved the story and have all ready got the 2nd in the series... bravo to Amanda Quick

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindi Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 03-02-09
    Cindi Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 03-02-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Formula Romance"

    As someone who enjoys science fiction and the supernatural, this book sounded promising. However, I found it to be just another predictable romance novel. The supernatural elements of the storyline were secondary and a weak attempt at putting a unique twist on a formula storyline. I was disappointed and will not invest anymore time or money into this series.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Abigail Bour Maplewood, MN United States 05-09-12
    Abigail Bour Maplewood, MN United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Dissapointed"
    Would you try another book from Amanda Quick and/or Anne Flosnik?

    The narration is so terrible that I quite honestly can not tell if the book is any good, thus the average rating for the story.


    What didn???t you like about Anne Flosnik???s performance?

    I can't put my finger on it exactly but I think it's a combination of her voice, accent, and her portrayal of the characters. She makes every character, including the male characters sound like a prissy school teacher.


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    Erin SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 12-10-11
    Erin SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2010

    Yeah, I like romance novels. So what??

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    "Yawn.... A novel, not a romance."

    Boring. Couldn't finish it, in spite of the great narration. Should be listed as a novel, not a romance.

    What's up Amanda??

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