Dark Light Of Day : A Noon Onyx Novel
Armageddon is over. The demons won. And yet somehow...the world has continued. Survivors worship patron demons under a draconian system of tributes and rules. These laws keep the demons from warring among themselves, and the world from slipping back into chaos. Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, the daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer's warlords. Noon has a secret: She was born with waning magic, the dark, destructive, fiery power that is used to control demons and maintain the delicate peace among them. But a woman with waning magic is unheard of, and some would consider her an abomination. Noon is summoned to attend St. Lucifer's, a school of demon law. She must decide whether to declare her powers there...or to attempt to continue hiding them, knowing the price for doing so may be death. And once she meets the forbiddingly powerful Ari Carmine--who suspects Noon is harboring magic as deadly as his own--Noon realizes there may be more at stake than just her life.
- Paperback | 376 pages
- 106 x 172 x 25.65mm | 183g
- 03 Jan 2013
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- Ace Books
- New York, United States
"Spectacular debut novel by a soon-to-be-star."--USA Today bestselling author Faith Hunter "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)
About Jill Archer
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 in rural Maryland 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.
Our customer reviews
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?show moreby Sabina