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Product Details

  • Series: A Noon Onyx Novel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425257150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425257159
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 6.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Spectacular debut novel by a soon-to-be-star."—USA Today bestselling author Faith Hunter

"There is a fresh new voice in urban fantasy, and she has a unique take on Armageddon...With her unusual heroine, Noon Onyx, Archer has created a brilliant character who struggles against fate to find her place in the world. Set against the backdrop of university life, there is an abundance of adventure, mystery and passion!"—Romantic Times (four stars)

About the Author

Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jill Archer earned a bachelor of science from Pennsylvania State University and later moved to Baltimore to attend the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. She went on to practice law for ten years. Jill now lives in rural Maryland with her two children and her husband, who is a recreational pilot. Her weekends are often spent flying around in the family’s small Cessna, visiting tiny, untowered airfields and other local points of interest.

More About the Author

Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels from Penguin/Ace. DARK LIGHT OF DAY and FIERY EDGE OF STEEL are available now. WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE will be released on May 27, 2014. Jill lives in rural Maryland with her husband and two children.

Customer Reviews

Noon is a great main character and a strong female lead for the series.
Stephanie Ward
These exciting scenes, as well as the likable and memorable characters, made for a fun story that kickstarts this new series nicely.
J. Faltys
To be 100% honest I started off being a bit bored with the first part of the book and some spots were a bit too slow for my liking.
Urban Fantasy Investigations

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Blue Heidi Nicholls on November 21, 2012
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Two thousand years after Lucifer and his Host prevailed during Armageddon, demons are worshiped by humans for favors, the male descendants of Lucifer's warlords keep the demons in line using destructive waning magic and female descendants of Lucifer's warlords use healing magic to bring forth life. Noon Onyx is an anomaly, a female born with waning magic. Horrified by her ability to hurt and kill, she wants nothing more than to have it turned into the healing magic other females have. Forced by her mother to attend University where those with waning magic are trained, she must choose her future.

The world-building is unique, inventive and fleshed out well enough to understand the canvas on which the story is being told. The setting was also very well done. The feel of a university campus was captured perfectly and the addition of demons and magic woven in seamlessly. Unfortunately, the storytelling does not do the world-building or setting justice.

The main storyline appears to be a meandering tale of Noon's experiences during her first semester at university. It focuses on the friends she makes, the classes she attends and the case work she does. There are moments of charm (ie. meeting Ivy and Fritz) and moments of engagement (ie. first case) but, because the heroine is emotionally weak, immature, self-involved and, in several instances, too stupid to live, walking thru her life with her is more often cringe-worthy than enjoyable.

The secondary storyline appears to be Noon's developing romantic relationship with a fellow student named Ari who shamelessly manipulates her, bullies her and even goes so far as to restrain her physically in order to gain her compliance. (The alternative love interest isn't any better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Under The Covers Book Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 11, 2012
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Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

2.5 Feathers

The war between good and evil, angels and demons, god and Lucifer has been fought...and the demons won. It is now post apocalypse thousands of years later and human life has gone on and Noon Onyx, a descendent of one of Lucifer's warlords, is about to start law school. But Noon has a secret, born with the waning magic something that has the exclusive providence of men, she is a freak of nature and wants to change it to the live giving waxing magic that she should have been born with. But Ari Carmine a fellow student with waning magic and is determined for her to change her mind and to accept herself as she is.

I really loved the idea of this book, most Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romances have at its centre a struggle between good and evil and I was excited to read a book where evil has won and to see how Jill Archer has imagined post apocalyptic society where demons now rule. I liked that she had pictured society as not really changing at all and angels and demons fading in to everyday life.

However, a few things stopped me from enjoying this book, mainly it was Noon herself I never warmed to her and as the book progressed I found her conflict about her magic tiresome and her constant hot and cold behaviour off putting. As this book was written in first person (from Noon's point of view) my irritation with Noon was constantly through out the book.

What was also strange about this book was the pacing, throughout most the book it slowly plodded along and then literally in the last few pages action exploded on the page and rapidly died back down again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on November 4, 2012
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Armageddon had come and gone with the demons being the victors. The survivors worship the demons through rituals and sacrifices in order to survive. The demons in turn are held under a very strict set of rules that keeps things from degenerating into death and chaos again. These rules are upheld by those with waning magic, which until recently was only seen in males. But Noon Onyx is the exception to that rule. For years she has tried to hide her secret, but now that she is being forced to attend St. Lucifer's demon law school, she may not be able to hide for much longer. The deadline to declare her magic is looming around the corner and if she doesn't declare she will face deadly consequences.

Dark Light of Day was a rather frustrating read for me due to the incredible amount of obscure names for everything. There were just so many different odd names and titles for things that it became rather overwhelming and hard to follow. I realize that it isn't our world, so things would be different, but I just think things went a little too far in that aspect. I mean, every single thing had a odd name from the people, to the town, and all the different subjects in their school, and honestly my eyes started to cross rather early on. At first I tried to keep everyone and everything straight, but it soon became apparent that wasn't going to work so well and I wound up feeling rather detached from the story in general.

I have to be honest that I'm not the biggest fan of Noon. I realize that she's rather insecure due to the oddity of being the only female with her type of magic and that couldn't have been easy to grow up that way. However, she came off as rather petulant and immature which quickly grated on my nerves.
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