The Lost Night
by Jayne Castle
Series: Harmony #9 Arcane Society #13
Publication date: September 4, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense
Purchase: Barnes and Noble
Realizing she fits into neither the Harmonic Enlightenment community in which she was raised nor Harmony's mainstream parapsychology world, aura healer Rachel Blake heads for sanctuary on Rainshadow Island to reopen her bookstore and café and regain her balance. Then shadow-aura Harry Sebastian barges into her life. Namesake of his legendary pirate great-grandfather and scion of the family who owns most of the island, Harry is on a mission to see what's wrong in the island's mysterious, dangerous Preserve. Rachel's senses go on high alert, and she knows without a doubt that her life is about to change. Harry knows it, too, because Rachel holds the key to the mystery. Unfortunately, he's not the only one who knows. VERDICT Overflowing with sassy dialog, psychically charged sex, and unexpected plot twists, this story of missing memories, hidden identities, shadowy monsters, and psychic vampires takes fans on a spirited, surreal journey, skillfully wrapping up one story while setting the stage for future adventures. Another irresistible futuristic sparkler. Castle (Canyons of Night) lives in the Seattle area.
This novel was an absolute pre-order for me. I love the
Harmony and Arcane series. All of the books are designed to be read as a
standalone, but I have read them in order since book one. The Lost Night
offers up a suspenseful paranormal mystery with a
healthy side dish of romance. Every time
I open a Castle novel I find a delicious escape.
The novel centers on Rachel Blake an aura healer who was
raised in a Harmonic Enlightenment community. Rachel doesn’t quite fit in and after trying
life in the big city; she chooses to reopen her Aunt’s bookstore and café on
Rainshadow Island. There has been a lot
of unexplained paranormal activity near the Preserves and Harry Sebastian is
sent in to take a look. The Preserves are a dangerous sanctuary filled with psi-energy. Despite safeguards and warnings, would be
treasure hunters and explorers enter and never return. When Harry shows up on the island and asks for
Rachel’s help, she had no idea how much her life is about to change. The tale
that unfolds is filled with suspense, monsters, romance and enough twists to
keep me turning the pages.
Castle always provides delightful characters that I can connected with. Rachel
is sweet, caring and trying to find her way. She is confident in who she is,
but very unsure how others perceive her. She has a remarkable gift, and a
unique outlook based on her upbringing. Harry is of course completely
swoon-worthy and an all out hero. He is however flawed. He is a powerful
para-hunter and his skill level is off the chart. He sees himself as a monster,
and tries to keep control of his abilities. The chemistry between Harry and Rachel was
intense. They were both leery and the dance they performed was delicious. Castle gave us a creepy villain, a
para-vampire who gave me the chills. I loved going back to Rainshadow Island
and seeing some of the characters from the previous novels.
The world-building Castle has created in this futuristic world
is fascinating. Harmony is actual another planet that Earth colonized. After
a tragic event, it became shut off from Earth. Filled with alien artifacts it’s
always a cool place to visit. Despite the strange landscapes, it has been colonized
much like Earth, and the cities and towns are all unique. The Preserves on Rainshadow Island is fascinating
and scary. I loved learning more about it and the owners who claim responsibility
for it. In this tale, we have thieves
trying to enter the preserves, and they are willing to use whatever means
necessary. Something they are doing is affecting the weather. I quickly became
swept up in the story and consumed this in a single evening.
I recommend The Lost
and the Harmony series
to fans of paranormal suspense and romance.
Jayne Castle is a Pseudonym for author Jayne Anne Krentz
. She is one of my favorite authors, and I have
read almost everything she has published. I credit Krentz for introducing me to
the world of paranormal woo-woo, with her novel Second Sight
, the first book
in the Arcane Society
published under the pseudonym Amanda Quick.
I gave this novel 3.5 coffee cups out of 5.
Other reviews I wrote for this series:
Canyons of the Night
Labels: Arcane Society series, eBook Challenge 2012, Harmony series, Jayne Castle, paranormal romance, suspense