Jack Winters is a direct descendant of Nicholas Winters, infamous obsession driven Alchemist. Believing himself to be the recipient of the Winters family curse, Jack needs to find his ancestor’s lamp and a woman who is a strong enough Dreamlight reader. Those two things could be the only way to save him from insanity and death. Chloe Harper tries to stay under the radar of the Arcane Society, like most in her large and diverse family but finds herself caught up when she is hired by Jack for two things. To find the Burning Lamp and with her dreamlight talent, help save him from the curse. Soon on the trail, she finds that they are trying to evade the Nightshade organisation as well as the Arcane Society and will have to make a choice who to trust.
Fired Up technically follows on from Running Hot but focusses on two new characters. I do like it when authors do this, it makes their world seem so much bigger. I thought it was a very nice touch that Grace and Luther were mentioned in passing so I got to see that they were doing well.
The story in Fired Up was just as engaging as Running Hot and I loved the new characters of Jack and Chloe. They worked really well together and the tension between them was built right from the start as a small spark of possibility. I also liked that both of them were competent and confident, no ‘struggling weak heroine needs rescuing by big strong man’ and more than a match for each other. It felt like there was a slightly larger cast of minor characters but they didn’t feel minor when they appeared, they were just as compelling and well rounded as the main cast.
The character who I should have mentioned before that links these two books together, is Fallon Jones. He’s the head of the J&J detective agency that works for the Arcane Society, and at first I thought the story was going to be leading in a different direction for him but I am glad it didn’t turn out to be so, as he’s a great character. His little event at the end made me laugh and want to applaud, and I do hope that story will be told soon.
Coming into the series late hasn’t been much of a hindrance and other than missing references to brief mentions of history, these books can easily be read out of sequence. I also didn’t realise that Jayne Ann Krentz has used the Arcane Society in stories from historical fiction, to modern and then to futuristic under different pen names. She writes as Amanda Quick for the historicals, Jayne Castle as the futuristic ones and of course as Jayne Ann Krentz for these excellent modern stories. I definitely need to catch up on those!