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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!” – RT Book Reviews (four stars)
About the Author
Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels about a postgrad magic user and her off-campus adventures. The series includes Dark Light of Day, Fiery Edge of Steel, White Heart of Justice, and Pocket Full of Tinder.
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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Also, the characters evolve but they keep true to how they were originally made, which is a lacking trait in most book.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. And full of revelations ! I mean, I thought something was bound to happen with Ari, but I was completely surprised. And even more so by Delgato.
I am very happy about how the book turned out. The only thing that sanctioned this book - beside the fact there is still no fun at all. Don't they ever laugh ? - was the second third. That part could have easily been shorter and the ultimate third longer. All in all, it was still a good book, that I will recommend to those who really liked - as much as I did - the first one.
I am intrigued by the new characters introduced; especially Rafe. I'm curious to see how he's able to inspire Noon to learn how to embrace her magic. I like how Rafe is quiet, and doesn't judge Noon for her reluctance to use her magic. Yet, he has a unique way I'd challenging her and more importantly, challenging her thoughts and feelings about using waning magic. The one complaint I have about Ari is that he is constantly pointing out her moral obligation to use her waning magic, and yet tries to shield and coddle her. This prevents me from wanting to see Ari and Noon together as a couple.
I recommend this book to fans of the urban fantasy genre.
Reminnds me of the Honor Harrington series and some others that I have read. Can't wait for the next one!