Jayne Ann Krentz: Canyons of Night
Jayne Ann Krentz
The last book in a trilogy is always
the most anticipated. But when it leaves you feeling dissatisfied and
frustrated, you just know that it hasn’t succeeded in doing its job. Canyons
of Night is supposedly the conclusion to the Looking Glass trilogy,
but it was a disappointing read; it doesn’t offer the closure that readers may expect
at the end of a series.
Set on Rainshadow Island on a futuristic
planet called Harmony, Canyons of Night mixes mystery, adventure and
romance. The novel tells the story of Charlotte Enbright, who returns to Rainshadow
Island to run her deceased aunt’s antiques shop. Slade Attridge, a former FBPI
(Federal Bureau of Psi Investigation) agent, is also back on the island to take
a job as the police chief. In a world where possessing paranormal talents is
the norm, an accident in Charlotte’s shop keeps Slade’s hands busy.
Fifteen years ago, Slade rescued
Charlotte from three drunken men and took her into a forbidden section of the island
called the Preserve. Now that they are both back on the island, they are both
ready to consummate their passion for
one another. Their romance is just about the only thing that keeps this novel
The posse of
characters also includes Rex, the four-eyed dust bunny who is supposedly a
predator, but never actually does anything vicious throughout the entire novel
and comes off instead as a cute adorable fluffy pet.
haven’t read the first two books of the trilogy, you might feel a bit lost, but
as the novel progresses, things start falling into place and the reader becomes
familiarized with the different characters and their talents. The conversations between characters often seem
contrived as if the author is trying too hard to make them sound realistic.
Canyons of Night has a slow pace, although it’s relatively
short. The author also focuses too much on less interesting details like how
paranormal weapons are created, instead of how they work and what they do to
The ending of the novel is a bit
clichéd and leaves a lot of room for speculation. It leaves readers with more
unanswered questions than at the beginning. Many characters are introduced as a
setup for future instalments and many secrets are still kept in the dark.