Dark Light of Day: A Noon Onyx Novel (Paperback)
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Short Description for Dark Light of Day Noon Onyx is a Maegester, capable of wielding the destructive power of demons. But because she's human, the demons consider her an abominationNand a danger to their rule over Earth. First in a new post-apocalyptic urban fantasy series. Original.
- Published: 03 January 2013
- Format: Paperback 376 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780425257159 ISBN 10: 0425257150
- Sales rank: 185,509
Reviews for Dark Light of Day
I read this book some time ago, but never got around to reviewing. Simply because time ran away from me. I really enjoyed this book. There where elements I didn't like, but Jill Archer writes so amazingly, it was a minor thing. I could abstract from it without problem.
I need to explain a little about the world Jill created so you can follow.
Armageddon did happen and the Demons won. But life, although a bit different, still carried on.
There are two kinds of magic; the waning magic of the Maegester (who control the demons) and the waxing magic of the Mederi (healing magic).Normally the magic are fixed with your gender. Waning magic for the males and waxing magic for the females.
So we have the magic users, the Angels, the Demons and all the regular people. Everybody (well, not the Angels, but everybody else) worship the Demons. There are different Demons depending on what you wish for and where you are. In all this there are rules to be uphold. Both from the worshippers and from the Demons. Believe it or not: Demons are BIG on rules. Nothing is more important than rules.
Noon and her twin brother Nocturno (Night by friends) are born into all this. Normally doesn't exactly apply to these two. Their name is the opposite of their magic, and their mix up has caused embarrassment for their father, shame for their mother and endless grief for the twins. Nobody outside the family knows about the mix up, since (by law) you don't have to declare your magic before your 21th birthday. Noon has delayed it as long as possible, hoping her best friend Peter (an Angel) can find a long lost Reversal Spell to undo the mix up.
When Night decides to declare his magic and join the Mederi, Noon choices are limited. And when her mother enrolls her into the St. Lucifer's (a school for demon law), she knows she will have to make her choice. Quickly. Because trying to hide what she is from her newfound friends is difficult. Not to mention if she doesn't declare before time is up, it will cost Noon the ultimate prize: her life.
Jill Archer has created a new and wonderful world and it was a joy to read about it. To dive in and imagine how the world would look after Armageddon if the Demons won.
I had a little trouble with relating to Noon and her struggle, but I could understand her battle with herself. Noon is born different, with waning magic instead of waxing. Because of the mix up (due to a choice her mother made when they were in her wound), Noon will never have children (she can't be near a pregnant woman, due to the risk of stealing the child's life), she will never be able to touch a flower without making it wither. Noon wants this - or so she believes. Noon's struggle to both understand and accept who she is, is a rough journey down a very bumpy road.
On the other side there is Ari Carmine - a boy who knows exactly who he is, is proud of it and works hard to be better at what he does. The exact opposite of Noon, and yet very similar.
Can Ari make Noon understand the power and importance of accepting yourself before it's too late? by Sabina