Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: Fiery Edge of Steel by Jill Archer

Title: Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx #2)

Author: Jill Archer
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Source: FirstReads
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from 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 which 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…

Dark Light of Day (Noon Onyx #1): Review

Fiery Edge of Steel follows Noon during her second year at St. Lucifer's Law School.  Having somewhat embraced her waning magic power, Noon finds herself with a whole new set of problems, and a whole new demon to investigate.  With people disappearing from settlements on the frontier and blaming their demon patron, Noon is sent with Ari and his guardian angel to find out what is going go, and if necessary kill the rogue demon.

Their journey up the Lethe River is amazing.  It takes up about half the story, but we learn so much about our characters and they learn so much about themselves.  It is probably the most exciting river ride I've ever read about, but of course it's just the beginning.  

Once they reach the settlement things just keep getting more strange.  Noon discovers quite a few deep dark secrets of people and they are very surprising.  I didn't see it coming but it fit so well at the same time.  The second book is a great follow up to book one, and when book three comes out next year, I'll be all over it.

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