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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)

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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.

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  • 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: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Noon and her brother Night live in a world run by demons. The Apocalypse has come and gone, the demons won. And the demons are more active in the lives of the humans, who two thousand years after the Final Battle, humans who have gone on with their lives. There are two types of magic. Those women who have magic, general have Waxing or Healing magic. Men who have magic have waxing or killing magic which is harnessed to keep the demons in control. Noon is a woman born with waning magic, her brother - waxing. Her family hides this all their lives. Until her mother sends her to law school. She must declare her magic by her 21st birthday or else.

This skeleton is fleshed out with an amazingly strong heroine. Noon never once lets a man run over her, never once lets a man save her and in fact does most of the saving at great cost to herself.

Her love interest, Ari, is equally stronger and their scenes together sizzle.

The writing in itself is lyrical, intoxicating and joyful.

The world that is created is fun and scary at the same time. The knowledge of fallen angels and lesser known gods and goddesses turned into demons is rich and thoroughly beautiful. And as rich as that part of the world, I am reminded why I didn't go to law school, because that is the background upon with this story is painted. I can remember college and being beaten down by homework just like the characters.

I have read it twice and will probably read it a third. Strong characters, rich mythology, and exciting new world all add up to a thrilling, enjoyable read. I highly recommend it to anyone, whether or not they enjoy urban or dark fantasy.
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