Synopses & Reviews
Since Lucifer claimed victory at Armageddon, demons, angels, and humans have coexisted in uneasy harmony. Those with waning magic are trained to maintain peace and order. But hostilities are never far from erupting
After years of denying her abilities, Noon Onyx, the first woman in history to wield waning magic, has embraced her power. Shes won the right to compete in the prestigious Laurel Crown Racean event that will not only earn her the respect of her peers but also, if she wins, the right to control her future.
However, Noons task is nearly impossible: retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a mythical sword that disappeared hundreds of years ago. The sword is rumored to be hidden in a dangerous region of Halja that she is unlikely to return from. But Noons life isnt the only thing hanging in the balance. The sword holds an awesome power that, in the wrong hands, could reboot the apocalypseand Noon is the only one who can prevent Armageddon from starting again
"High stakes and powerful magic collide in the third installment of the Noon Onyx series (after Fiery Edge of Steel). Noon, a Maegester-in-Training, has won the opportunity to compete in the Laurel Crown Race. Noon's goal is to retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a famed and mythical sword that has been missing for centuries. Retrieving it means she'll repay her debt to her school and have the freedom to work where she wants. If she doesn't, she will lose everything she has struggled for, including her partnership with Guardian Angel Rafe Sinclair. Traveling to a frozen, dangerous wasteland called Tartarus proves to be Noon's most challenging effort to date, especially after she's attacked and badly hurt. Noon's voice is wry and genuine, encompassing her sharp sense of self. Some of the major conflict scenes are succinctly and sparsely written; the emotional journey for Noon is far more of the focus, along with the excellent world-building readers have come to expect from Archer. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for the Noon Onyx series
“A original and clever urban fantasy…Excitement and action leap from the pages as Archers skill with description pulls readers fully into her magical world.”—Publishers Weekly
“An astounding adventure tale. Archers unique world, where Lucifers army triumphed at Armageddon, is filled with adherence to strict laws that keep an uneasy peace between races…A really fresh and fascinating series!”—RT Book Reviews
“Spectacular.”—Faith Hunter, USA Today bestselling author
“[A] coming of age/New Adult set in a dark world where demons have won…A lively and engaging fantasy which twisted some elements in a refreshing way.”—Book Pushers
“Archer has created a dark world that will grab your attention from the very start.”—The Reading Café
"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)
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.
About the Author
Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jill Archer, author of the Noon Onyx novels including The Dark Light of Day and The Fiery Edge of Steel, 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 familys small Cessna, visiting tiny, un-towered airfields and other local points of interest.