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Dark Light of Day (A Noon Onyx Novel) Mass Market Paperback – September 25, 2012
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"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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Actual rating: 3.5 Stars
*This review first appeared on Books That Hook on April 23, 2014
Dark Light of Day is an urban fantasy (supposedly; it feels more like... Read more
I was pulled into the story with the first paragraph. Ms. Archer has created a unique world filled with vivid characters and interesting scenarios based on the premise that... Read morePublished 16 months ago by WildAboutBones
It has been two millennia since Armageddon. A new society emerged from the ashes of a very destructive war.
Noon Onyx was born into this apocalyptic world. Read more
In this story of a world where Armageddon was won by the demons, Nouiomo “Noon” Onyx and her twin brother Nocturno “Night” are part of the Host, Lucifer’s warlords who have a bit... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Barbara Elness
Not a bad story. I was glad that the love triangle didn't take over the whole story. I feel like the culture could be expanded more. This was a nice and easy story though.Published on June 30, 2014 by Ashley
I’m not sure why I waited so long to read this book because it truly was a pleasure to read. Right from the start I was pulled into the story, and several times I found myself... Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by What the Cat Read
Dark Light of Day takes place after Armageddon - after the demons won. The world is now run by demons, and humans with no powers (or Hyrkes, as they're called in this book) are... Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by Nicole Hewitt
I picked up this book for research, but finished it for fun. It's been classified as a New Adult fantasy and wanting to know more about the genre it became my primer. Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by travlgrl81
If you'd like to see how the world would be after Armageddon? Jill Archer covers it in a fantastic light! A girl trying to find her way, and do the right thing. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by A.Meyers