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Fiery Edge of Steel (A Noon Onyx Novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 28, 2013

3.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Noon Onyx Series

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Praise for Fiery Edge of Steel 

“Archer delves deeper into the enticing and magical world of Dark Light of Day in this original and clever urban fantasy. Noon Onyx, the only female at St. Lucifer’s School of Law to possess waning magic, is still coming to terms with her new role in life. She has a duty to keep demons in line but can’t bring herself to destroy them. As a Maegester-in-Training, she is given her first field assignment and Guardian Angel, both unwelcome surprises. Noon is sent to investigate the mysterious disappearances of several residents of a place called the Shallows, and promptly handle the demon who’s been accused of causing those disappearances. Unfortunately, that demon is a myth—or so Noon thinks. Excitement and action leap from the pages as Archer’s skill with description pulls readers fully into her magical world.” – Publishers Weekly

“The second Noon Onyx story is an astounding adventure tale. Archer’s unique world, where Lucifer’s army triumphed at Armageddon, is filled with adherence to strict laws that keep an uneasy peace between races. This is proving to be a really fresh and fascinating series!” – Romantic Times

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"[Archer] casts a spell on readers."--Genre Go Round Reviews

"Very original and enjoyable."--Rabid Reads

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

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 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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Product Details

  • Series: A Noon Onyx Novel (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425257169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425257166
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,643,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Noon is the only known female to hold waning magic, the power used to control the demons who won the apocalypse eons ago. So to say she has a bit of a hard time fitting in would be an understatement. Unlike her counterparts, she does not revel in the power and it's destructive nature, and as a result is very reluctant to learn to harness it. This has led to a lack of control that gets dangerous at times. But, she's still trying to come to terms with the need to take charge of her ability, and reluctantly sets out on a mission to investigate a string of disappearances. But this is no ordinary case as tales of an ancient demon plaguing the area are rampant. Noon will have to learn to use her magic in more than just a passive way if she is to have any hope at surviving the journey, let alone her destination.

Noon's behavior had seemed to start to turn around by the end of the previous book as she slowly accepted who and what she was, so I wasn't expecting to have to sit through her constant whining about her lot in life this time around. I don't want to sound too hard or picky, but she has said multiple times that she's finally accepted who she is, but yet she refuses to step up and take the steps to control her magic. There always is some excuse and she just shrugs off her dangerous misfires. Then there is a pretty surprising reveal later in the book that she does not handle very well at all. In fact, I was incredibly disappointed in her behavior and felt absolutely no sympathy for the pain it put her in. I was of the opinion that she made her bed and now has to lie in it, but she behaved like a wronged party.
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Fiery Edge of Steel is about a girl named Noon Onyx (which is a badass name btw) who gets to be the very first host to wield the destructive waning magic. Does she think this is awesome? Hell no, she hates every part of it. She hates killing, she hates the way everyone looks at her and so forth. But does she suck it up and do the best she can. Hell no again. Honestly, throughout the whole book she is whiney and runs away from almost everything that she has to do for her job I guess you could call it.

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate this book but it's not my favorite either. Noon is not the type of heroines that I like in my books and her whininess and lack of personality didn't help either. I would have rather have saw this character at least suck it up and do what she needed to do in the circumstances.

Anyway, there are some pluses through this book considering it is the second one in a series. I have not read the first one but that doesn't mean I didn't understand the backstory because it is given to you in the beginning of the book and even throughout. I am sure I would be complaining about this big time if I had read the first one but since I haven't I don't have that to complain about.

There is romance in this book but seriously why anyone would want to be with Noon is beyond me but Ari seems to love and care about her while she constantly treats him like crap and he covers up her hating her magic for her. But soon we find out that he isn't exactly who he says he is but then again Noon isn't who she thinks she is either. Yeah, that made the book much more interesting. Also when Noon's Guardian Angel, Rafe was introduced made the book much more interesting also.
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The most incredible thing happened during this book !
I changed my mind three times I never do that about a book.

Well, now I'm sure you wonder what got into me (or you don't actually care and want me to write my damn review).

For starters, I'd like to applaud Jill Archer. I still think her settings are pretty cool and it doesn't get old by the second book like it did with Shadow Reader.
Also, the characters evolve but they keep true to how they were originally made, which is a lacking trait in most book. I consider that it means Archer is talented - that I knew - and a hard worker. I appreciate that.

So, why two stars ?
I began the book right after finishing the first one. The beginning felt like the very continuation of the book I had just finished. The main character is still hesitant and hurt about what happened but she came to terms with who she is (good because it was the boring part in the previous book).
Then, Noon leaves school to fulfil a Maegester duty. After the first evening on the boat, I grew bored. Very, very, very bored. And because they stayed on the boat for the second third of the book, I stopped caring for a while. I read the book in the transports without caring much for what I was reading. Jill Archer used that part to introduce us more closely to all the new characters. And, because we are all very intelligent, we know that when we care for characters… Something happens to them !
Finally, around 70-75% of the book, they got off the boat. They were changed, and part of my newly found interest was : how much have they changed ? What does Rafe know ?
Fortunately for Fara, she had changed the most, so she became interesting to read ! Hallelujah people !
The investigation was a much more interesting part.
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