Fiery Edge of Steel

Fiery Edge of Steel

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Lucifer and his army triumphed at Armageddon, leaving humans and demons living in uncertain peace based on sacrifice and strict laws. It is up to those with mixed demon and human blood, the Host, to prevent society from falling into anarchy.

Noon Onyx is the first female Host in memory to wield the destructive waning magic that is used to maintain order among the demons. Her unique abilities, along with a lack of control and a reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider among her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.

When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, a task that will most likely involve trying and killing the patron demon of that area, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 105 x 171 x 22mm | 170g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0425257169
  • 9780425257166
  • 665,435

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Praise for Fiery Edge of Steel

"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

Praise for Dark Light of Day

"[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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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 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.
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Rating details

279 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 27% (76)
4 38% (105)
3 28% (78)
2 7% (19)
1 0% (1)

Our customer reviews

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. See, normally when we read about Armageddon, the good guys always win. Oh they might endure a whole hell lot of damage, but in the endâ?¦ the good guys ALWAYS win. Not in Jillâ??s books. Armageddon came and left and the BAD guys won. The Demons won. Guess what? The world is still turning. The sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. Peopleâ??s lives didnâ??t change all that much. Life still continued. There are those with magic, and those without. There are demons and angels. Maegesters are male, have waning magic and controls the demons by the law they made â?? who knew that demons were so stuck with their precious rules? Then we have the Mederi, females, healers, waxing magic. So, this is the normal pattern. But of course this doesnâ??t oblige to Noon and her brother, Night. Their magic got mixed up in birth, so Noon has the waning magic and her brother the waxing. In Darker Light of Day we follow Noon, and how she slowly goes from denial about her magic to accepting it â?? although not entirely willingly. My heart ached for Noon in Darkest Light of Day. I understood why she so desperately wanted to get rid of her magic, to be normal. See, Noon is the only one in a VERY long time to wield the waning magic as a female. NOT easy!! In reality, itâ??s no wonder Noon has trouble coming to terms with her magic. As a child, she was taught to hide her magic so nobody would notice the mix up (they donâ??t have to declare their magic before their 21th year). And when Noon finally declares, people (well, most people) look at her like sheâ??s a freak, even her best friend through childhood tries to change her magic with an ancient spellâ?¦ In Fiery Edge of Steel, we see a Noon that has changed a bit. Although there are still times where she wish she didnâ??t have waning magic, that she was â??normalâ??, she still hates to kill â?? Noon has mostly accepted her magic, with the abilities and responsibilities that comes with that. Sheâ??s even primorus in her class. Which also lands her first case. Out in the Shallows, a long boat trip away from â??homeâ??. There are so many things I could say about Fiery Edge of Steel. Many, many things. And to be honest. I loved it. Every second, each page was amazing. The boat trip on the way to the Shallows are filled with action, lessons to learn, edges that needs to be filed down, assumptions and a downright emotional roller coaster. As always there are little pieces of the big puzzle left here and there from Jill Archer to keep us on our toes. Not to mention, she throws a mean left hook. I did see one of her punches coming, but the one involving a special person close to Noonâ?¦ Ouch. Seriously Jillâ?¦. Give a girl some warning first, will ya? Closing the book, I was sad due to some events that will be too spoilerish to tell you about, but I was alsoâ?¦ content. Happy and pleased. Jill Archer created another wonderful read in an amazing world that I have come to love dearly. Now I just have to wait for the next book; White Heart of Justice, which should be released this more
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