Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer

Title: Dark Light of Day (Noon Onyx #1)
Author: Jill Archer
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Source: Self Purchase
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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.

The premise of this book was a first for me.  After the end of days things don't turn out quite like it was expected.  The demons win and the world goes on, just a little different.  At some point in time the demons and the angels started to "get along" (sorta).  There are three types of humans that have evolved.  Waning magic, waxing magic, and no magic.  Noon sees herself as a freak because she is the only female they know of that has ever been born with waning magic - the power to destroy.

The story follows Noon as she starts her first year of law school (with a demonic twist) trying to hide her magic nature.  It was a very well thought out world with a wide variety of characters for Noon to interact with.  One of the, Ari Carmine, draws her to him like no one ever has - and he knows her magical secret.  The story follows these two and their friends as Noon navigates the tricky corridors of demon law and control.

While the story was quite interesting, at times I felt the characters were behaving more high school-ish than law school-ish.  It was really the only noticable fault in the story for me.  There were some very humorous moments as well as some very serious and deadly moments (they're bound to happen when you're dealing with demons).  The two mysteries Noon finds herself investigating twist around each other perfectly, always keeping me guessing where they were going to end up.

Look for my review off Book 2 in a few days.

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