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Fiery Edge of Steel (A Noon Onyx Novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 28, 2013
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“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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Captivating. Ms. Archer has created a unique world filled with vivid characters and interesting scenarios based on the premise that Armageddon came 2000 years ago, and Lucifer's... Read morePublished 14 months ago by WildAboutBones
I really enjoyed the first book in the Noon Onyx series, Dark Light of Day (I would definitely recommend reading it first, since there is a lot of world building that will allow... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Barbara Elness
This book will keep you going. You get so involved in it that you don't put it down til you are done. Will keep an eye on this author..did a great jobPublished 22 months ago by Glenda Ford-Stasik
The second book in the Noon Onyx series, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL picks up Noon’s story just after book one, DARK LIGHT OF DAY. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Leeanna Chetsko
Archer is back with the second installment of her Noon Onxy series, and I must say that I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by What the Cat Read
In Fiery Edge of Steel, Noon is starting to become more comfortable with her powers, but she's still reluctant to use them to kill. Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by Nicole Hewitt
After Lucifer and his army won at Armageddon, it was those of mixed blood, demon blood, to prevent humanity into falling into anarchy. Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Hotcha
Last year a friend of mine gave me Darkest Light of Day, the first book in the Noon Onyx series. I got fascinated by the world Jill Archer had created. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Sabina Bundgaard
Nouiomo Onyx and her brother Nocturo are unique personages among the denizens of Halja, the post apocalyptic country in which Lucifer and his army rose victorious against the... Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by TrinityTwo