"Some of Jayne Ann Krentz's best work"
Since they repackaged two from this series under the title
of Harmony, I got these out and decided to reread them and
found I enjoyed them more the second time around. This is
JAK writing as the Jayne Castle she saves for her
paranormal tales, and it's her best writing of late. In
Amaryllis, Zinnia and Orchid (and later with After Dark and
After Glow) the off-world of Harmony antics show JAK at her
top form. These books originally received mixed reviews
from fans, not completely used to JAK's paranormals. It's
in her Jayne Castle works where she is most original, yet
her fans were initially resistant to the paranormal theme.
Now the paranormal market has caught up with her, and is so
hot, these are getting better reviews. So if you missed the
Harmony tales, don't hesitate to seek them out.
In this off world tale, Amaryllis Lark is a private
detective, but she is also a prism. In the Earth Colony of
Harmony, people evolved with two supernatural talents:
either they were a prism or a psychic. The prisms serve to
increase the power of the psychics by channeling their
powers through them, amplifying it and keeping it stable.
Even the strongest of psychics needs a prism, for without
them they cannot control and maintain their powers for long
Lucas Trent, the founder of Lodestar, hires Amaryllis for
her prism talents. He is an off the chart psychic who need
the talent of a prism of his level. A psychic and a prism
have to be matched. They are rated 1-10 levels and if a
psychic is stronger than a prism, the prism can experience
burn-out. There are few prisms who can handle Lucas Trent's
strong psychic abilities, so he is delighted to discover
Amaryllis can handle whatever power he channels through
Lucas is concerned one of his Lodestone employees is
selling corporate information to his competition. He,
originally, hired Amaryllis to help catch the industrial
spy, and to use her talents as a prism to help his focus
his psychic talent to trap the spy. But soon they are
involved in a murder mystery. In this case, opposites do
attract, and Lucas and Amaryllis sizzle, their attraction
amplified by the psy-power between them. However, Amaryllis
is undergoing the rigors of a "matchmaking" service. All
solid marriages on Harmony are founded on this service.
While she is falling in love with Lucas, she fears it will
only be an affair. Lucas has other plans and is not about
to let his true match slip through his fingers.
In order to foil nasty corporate to-dos, they are forced to
join talents...and more! A super, brilliant work from the
fine craft of JAK, without the narrow POV (point of view)
being voiced on writers today. Simply magic!
Posted September 18, 2004
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted December 5, 2006
Amaryllis Lark is undeniably beautiful. She's also one of
the best psychic detectives on St. Helen's, the earth
colony recently cut off from the mother planet. A bold
hunch leads her from a wild murder investigation into a red-
hot love affair with the rugged head of Lodestar
Exploration, Lucas Trent--and no power on heaven, earth, of
St. Helen's can keep them apart. This is the first
installment in Castle's futuristic series.
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Futuristic