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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’s rescued by a man she’s 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 so is the power she exerts over him simply with her presence. And if her abilities can be relied upon in the midst of great danger, they just might be the key to his investigation.

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©2011 Amanda Quick (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Same old same old

If you've read any of this batch of Amanda Quick tales, you know exactly what to expect, down to murmured endearments and descriptions of the 'deed' by the self-proclaimed 'woman of the world'. And if you've listened to these books, you probably have Anne Flosnik's voices down pat, as well. And both women, writer and narrator, are professional and competent with their individual crafts, so if you liked them before, you'll probably like this one as well.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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I love this series!

What did you love best about Quicksilver?

I loved finally getting some history on the Sweetwater family.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked Owen's character. He was a good guy who did bad things for a living.

What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings the dialogue alive.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Pretty typical, pretty good

I like Amanda Quick and the Arcane series. I like the paranormal concept and ideas of the talants, so I tend not to judge these books harshly even when not great. This one really is pretty good. I didn't have me dying to get back in the car to listen or regretting when I got to a destination and had to stop, but when I was listening, I enjoyed it (I drove 800 miles around AZ on a business trip while listening).

I enjoy some of the clever ideas the author comes up with related to the paranormal talents of the characters. I appreciate that the women tend to be a little bit feisty and that the men appreciate that about the women. While I'm not listening for the sex scenes, I appreciate it if there is some passion there, and in many books this author is a little bit... um, perfunctory. In this book, there was something good between the characters.

Worth the half-price download (or credit) - can't remember how I got this one.

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  • Yesenia
  • MARTINEZ, CA, United States
  • 02-22-12

Worst audio book I've ever experienced.

What would have made Quicksilver better?

The voice of the reader is annoying beyond belief. I couldn't get beyond the irritating voice to fully appreciate the author's story. Deeply disappointed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
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  • 03-29-17

I really hate the narrator's voice!

urban-fantasy, psychics, assassins, murder, romance, 19th-century, reread

The psychic meets the supernatural assassin hired by the Jones Agency of the Arcane Society and they work together to find (and eliminate) the insane murderer with psychic talents. Situated after Perfect Poison, we are introduced to the Sweetwater family who are tasked with ridding London of psychic killers referred to as monsters. The publisher's blurb gives few hints, but spoilers are tacky. The characters are well drawn and engaging, and the book does stand alone well.

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Excellent narrating job. A favorite Quick novel.

Anne Flosnik is a very good narrator. Her voice is easy to listen to, a pleasant voice. Quicksilver is one of my favorite historical romances by Quick. The hero is very unusual character who comes from a family of investigators and paid assassins who hunt the monsters and dispose of them. There are many very good (funny, amusing) lines in this novel which is why it is one of my favorites.

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Great read!

This entire 3 separate time line series is one of the best paranormal series it has ever been my pleasure to read. I fell in love with Castle's brilliamt, imaginary world of Harmony in her futuristic series years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed her Quinn's hiistorical series, and was delighted with Krantz's contemporary series.
The fact that she combined them into the Arcane Society series just made this series impossibly better. We can follow the families from the 1600s to well into the future.

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Slow start and doesn't gain much momentum

I'm an Amanda Quick fan from way back, and bought the print version of this book when it was first published. I had a tough time getting started, though. It didn't grab me as most of Jayne Ann Krentz's other historicals have. I bought the audiobook because I wanted to get through this one, since it's part of a series. Ran into the same problem. The reader, however, was wonderful and made the audio version as entertaining as possible.

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 07-30-12

Mirror, Mirror.

The Arcane series is starting to drool on and on. It started out good but has declined rapidly. This one is a bit better than the last couple of arcane books. I like it better when Amanda Quick does individual books. I don’t know why I just don’t give them up, but for some unknown reason I keep listening to them. As in with many of Amanda Quick books, there is the element of sameness, which doesn’t bother me since I usually enjoy Amanda Quick.