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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 Luc 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.


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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 Luc 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.

30 review for Dark Light of Day

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Taggart

    I don't use star ratings, so please read my review! (Description nicked from B&N.com.) “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 w I don't use star ratings, so please read my review! (Description nicked from B&N.com.) “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.” Oh boy, this is one of those novels that had such potential and yet blundered in so many ways. Let me say from the outset that, for the most part, I liked it. I just think that it didn’t capitalize on some really great ideas that got buried under other things that annoyed me. The thing that I liked best about this story was the worldbuilding. The author has put a lot of thought into not only what the world would be like two thousand years after Lucifer wins Armageddon, but how the remnants of our current culture might carry over into a demonic society. There are little hints of things common in our daily life and collective consciousness that show up here in skewed ways. I appreciated that readers get a real sense of the world having shifted, but also a sense of the connections that remained from the old world. A good chunk of the worldbuilding is devoted to the law school that teaches Barristers and Maegesters, those who will adjudicate among demons and humans. Since the author also practiced law for many years, I’m sure that the legal proceedings have a solid basis in present-day fact. And it is interesting to see the students in training as they work their way through theoretical situations that test their knowledge of demonic law. I did notice that the author occasionally forgets to translate the Latin phrases that she oftentimes includes, and that’s kind of frustrating. More frustrating for me were the characters. The ones that I liked (Fitz and Ivy, Noon’s friends at the school) were in the novel far less than the others, while the ones that I didn’t like (Ari and Peter) were all too present. I wasn’t too interested in Noon either. She struck me as going back and forth between too stubborn and too yielding, never finding a happy medium that would make her a well-rounded character. Part of that stems from how she interacts with Ari, her boyfriend, and Peter, her oldest friend. Both men treat her like a possession or a conquest, or like something that they can push around to get what they want, and she lets herself be swayed by their behavior. The author even has Ari go so far as to say something along the lines of “I deserve this, and so you’re going to give it to me”, which set off all kinds of warning flags in my head. The plot may have been trying to do too much for the first book in a series. Readers get Noon’s law school training, her relationship with Ari, her first case and how it progresses, her quest to rid herself of waning magic, and a mystery involving missing healers. That’s a lot to cover, and it proves hard to balance the time spent on each of these elements. Personally, I would have preferred less of the relationship stuff, but then I didn’t like the romantic interests anyway. Given that this series is set up as focusing on law, I would have liked to have seen that balanced in a little better. Although it fumbles in its execution, Dark Light of Day has enough promise that I’ll be going on the second book. The worldbuilding is definitely worth the price of admission, with enough twists and turns to satisfy those who love a good mystery. This review originally appeared on Owlcat Mountain on June 24, 2013.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandy S

    DARK LIGHT OF DAY (Noon Onyx) by Jill Archer Book blurb: 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, the world from slipping back into chaos. Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer’s warlords. Noon has a secret—she was born with waning magic, the dark, de DARK LIGHT OF DAY (Noon Onyx) by Jill Archer Book blurb: 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, the world from slipping back into chaos. Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, 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 will 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 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. DARK LIGHT OF DAY is the introductory storyline in Jill Archer’s Noon Onyx series. Archer’s series focuses on the simmering truce between Angels and Demons 2000 years after Armageddon , and the destructive nature of the Maegester and their dark ‘waning’ magic. But for 21 year old Nouiomo Onyx (aka Noon) a reversal of fortunes has occurred at her birth-she was imbued with the dark waning magic (once only accorded to men) and her twin Nocturo (Night) was the waxing magic (once only accorded to women). Women were the creators not the destroyers. An embarrassment to her parents, Noon’s only recourse is to hide in plain sight. Hoping to avoid her destiny as a future Maegester and the power to decide life or death for a demon, Noon must try to suppress her powers before she declares. But her powers have been recognized while away at Demon Law school by a demon hunter and a Maegester-in–training and her future choices could be fatal. But a friend is convinced he can help Noon. Peter Aster is an angel and has been Noon’s bestfriend for since childhood. Trying to keep Noon’s true identity a secret, Peter will risk everything to help his childhood friend including his family, his education and his friendship with Noon. But Peter’s revelations and his true feelings for Noon pushed Peter beyond his limitations. Ari Carmine is a Maegester-in-training and with his waning magic he recognized Noon’s powers immediately. Hoping to come to an understanding, Ari gives Noon the option of declaring herself a Maegester before the people in power declare her death. But Ari has ulterior motives for Noon’s declaration-his motives were personal. But a classroom assignment will pit Ari against Noon, and their attraction to one another could prove each other’s fall. Meanwhile, a rash of demon attacks has everyone on edge. When the truth about the attacks is finally revealed, Noon will have lost at friend, a client and possibly the love of her life. The novel is divided into two sections. Winter and Spring. Winter reveals the darkness and magic that surrounds Noon, as well as the man who marks her as his own. Spring’s revelations will throw Noon into a world that she never thought would be possible-a world of love, of betrayal, of guilt and revelations. DARK LIGHT OF DAY is a fascinating storyline. There is a phenomenal amount of back-story, information, and otherworldly terminology that at times had me confused, but once I got my head out of reviewer mode, I placed myself into the storyline and experienced the adrenalin and excitement first hand. The character development is smooth, but I kept waiting for the proverbial ‘other shoe to drop’. Jill Archer has created a dark world that will grab your attention from the very start. Copy supplied by Netgalley see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    FV Angela

    Review originally posted at http://www.fictionvixen.com/review-da... From the blurb: 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, the world from slipping back into chaos. Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer’s warlords. Noon has a secret—she was born wi Review originally posted at http://www.fictionvixen.com/review-da... From the blurb: 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, the world from slipping back into chaos. Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, 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 will 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 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. It’s a very rare thing for me not to push through and finish a book once I start. I have this compulsion to at least get through to the end even if it takes me forever. I tried and tried with Dark Light of Day. When after three days I had only completed the first 30% I just had to admit defeat and lay it down for good. I don’t want to give the impression that this is a badly written book, it’s not, it’s just a little tedious and boring. The first 20% has a huge info dump that had me wishing I had notes from the author to get through it, I kept having to stop and think every time different terms came up. This world is set up after Armageddon where the side of Lucifer won against the side of Christ, every person, demon, angel, town, etc. has a made up name and I will admit it got a little confusing. Once Noon, the heroine, headed off to school we start to get into class names and what they teach in each class and in my head I was thinking “OMG, enough!” I was also a little surprised that Noon was younger. Even though I had read the blurb before I asked to review I was a little taken aback at how young she seems in the story. This book kind of reminded me a bit of Twilight/Harry Potter. Sort of a mixture of both. I had the thought that this might appeal to more of a younger crowd. It didn’t have that gritty, adult urban fantasy feel to it that I expected. The story its’ self just seemed to move too slowly for me, even the scenes that were supposed to be more intense didn’t hold my interest. I am sure there will be quite a few people enchanted with this new urban fantasy world, it just wasn’t for me. Rating: DNF

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    LAWYERS FOR DEMONS. The entire concept of this book was fascinating. It is post-apocalyptic and the negative forces have won the war. This probably steps on some peoples toes and bothers them, but I thought it was brilliant. The setting, foundation and writing style were all fantastic. I was engaged enough that I couldn't put it down. i must admit this is one of my favourite worlds I have read about because it is so unique. Yet, I am seriously conflicted as to to whether or not I enjoy this book. LAWYERS FOR DEMONS. The entire concept of this book was fascinating. It is post-apocalyptic and the negative forces have won the war. This probably steps on some peoples toes and bothers them, but I thought it was brilliant. The setting, foundation and writing style were all fantastic. I was engaged enough that I couldn't put it down. i must admit this is one of my favourite worlds I have read about because it is so unique. Yet, I am seriously conflicted as to to whether or not I enjoy this book. The main character is way too childish for 21. I felt like I was reading from the perspective of a much younger individual. Her development was also rocky and inconsistent. At times she'd be fierce and it seemed she'd finally grown up and then randomly became helpless and basically useless again. It bothered me. I get that from certain pasts a character can start out pretty meek and unsure and not efficient in what they are trying to do; although, once there is growth you can't just pretend it never happened to aid in conflict. Secondly, the two love interests were pricks. The romance was choppy and forced. Ari was controlling and both physically and mentally abusive. It was the same with Peter (not physical, but still abuse). It would have made sense and could potential create sympathy for the heroine, but it was inconsistent. Ari constantly went from being scarily intimidating with total disregard for Noon's boundaries (as well as the word "no") to incredibly protective and respectful. It was awful because I couldn't outright hate him, yet I couldn't like him. It was like two different characters sharing a name. Lastly, the ending fell flat. The action stopped abruptly and then events were listed instead of experienced. It was disappointing and didn't feel right. Hopefully the next book lets me distinctly know where I stand (fingers crossed its on the "enjoyed" side of the spectrum).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    If I had had to rate Dark Light of Day based on just how the first quarter was, I would have just given it 2 stars and probably would have been pretty acidic in my review. Just all my notes are concentrated on that 25%. On the one hand, I wasn’t enjoying the writing, the similes I found first were weird and nonsensical to me and I wasn’t catching a lot due to lack of world building. On the other, I dreaded this was going to be a hideous new adult novel (a genre I am used to despise) that no worl If I had had to rate Dark Light of Day based on just how the first quarter was, I would have just given it 2 stars and probably would have been pretty acidic in my review. Just all my notes are concentrated on that 25%. On the one hand, I wasn’t enjoying the writing, the similes I found first were weird and nonsensical to me and I wasn’t catching a lot due to lack of world building. On the other, I dreaded this was going to be a hideous new adult novel (a genre I am used to despise) that no world building would save. I was never at the point of DNF but I doubted it would get an additional star. But I was wrong. Yes, there are some issues regarding Demon Law, and the first quarter should be rewritten again but the last three quarters are rather good and I have really enjoyed my reading hours since then. Now I really like the world and want to go further with it. I ensure that there are some good twists and what I thought it wouldn’t pull enough my attention, in the end it really did and that’s why I’m ordering the sequels (that, and the book covers!. Have you seen them? They are beautiful!). Sometimes the unanswered questions make you hate a book and sometimes they just make you order the sequels! (No, there is no cliffhanger alert, I just meant its world building unanswered questions). Would I recommend it to you? I wouldn’t force it on you but if it grabbed your attention, don’t hold. If the writing bothered me at first it never did again after that 25% and I think it was worth my time and money.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vikki

    Review: First Line: 'The wind whipping across my face made it feel like I'd just scrubbed with camphor and bits of glass.' Dark Light of Day is set in the country of Halja, and it was here that the war between Lucifer's army and the Saviour's army was fought. Only this time...good didn't win. But it has been 2,000 years since that fateful battle has fought and the people of Halja have moved on and leant to live with the demon next door. I find this concept fascinating, I honestly don't think I've Review: First Line: 'The wind whipping across my face made it feel like I'd just scrubbed with camphor and bits of glass.' Dark Light of Day is set in the country of Halja, and it was here that the war between Lucifer's army and the Saviour's army was fought. Only this time...good didn't win. But it has been 2,000 years since that fateful battle has fought and the people of Halja have moved on and leant to live with the demon next door. I find this concept fascinating, I honestly don't think I've ever read anything where the war is over and the evil side won...end of. That's what drew me to this book in the first place. The concept brilliant and the world building that Jill Archer uses is amazing, the powers of those with Waxing and Waning magic (which if I tried to describe would probably just confuse people but in context to the book, works really well) are amazingly detailed and just bring the whole book into another level of reality. I have to say that I didn't really get much of a sense of time, as in due to the vast differences between their world and ours...the magic...the names for things...I couldn't really pinpoint a time in out history where this setting would fit. And I like that, discovering an entirely new way of thinking and order is pretty cool for me so I enjoyed just learning the world Noon and others like her inhabit. This new and fantasy world while taking some time to get to grips with, never smothered me. It's one this I absolutely hate in a book when you can't just enjoy yourself because you have to keep stopping to connect the dots or flick back to some obscure reference 30 pages earlier to understand the part you just read. That seriously short circuits my temper, thankfully Jill Archer never triggered my famous annoyance :) DARK LIGHT OF DAY was just fun and enjoyable read to sink straight into! So we've fast forwarded 2,000 years from the war, and meet Nouiomo Onyx, a 21 year old girl just about to start her first day at St Lucifer's academy. There's only one problem...Noon has Waning magic, and she's a girl. It's not really heard of in Halja so needless to say Noon feels like a freak. So much so that she is debating whether or not to declare her magic at the academy. There's one tiny problem though. If Noon does not declare her magic by a certain day of her 21st year...she can be put to death. I don't think Noon has ever really accepted who she is or the power her magic gives her. Her Waning magic causes death and destruction all around her, she can't walk into a garden without all the plant life dying before her eyes. Noon would give anything to have healing (Waxing) magic, like her mother and Night (her twin brother) but instead she's stuck with her father's legacy...and Noon will do all she can to alter her destiny. While I generally liked Noon's character she does make some idiotic decisions ..mostly because she can't accept who she is. Noon's insistence that she would never fit in, never be looked upon as anything less than a freak leads to some horrible decision making but for the most part I did enjoy her character. Especially after she meets Ari. Earlier in the book we meet an Angel called Peter, who has lived next door to Noon for years, and I thought he would be the main romantic interest. However Peter appears to never really have accepted Noon as the woman she is. He is insistent on finding a spell to give Noon the Waxing (healing) magic she always believed she should have. Ari however, takes Noon for who she is, and I think his acceptance makes Noon believe in herself and her magic more than she ever has before. And I enjoyed watching Noon have mini revelations over the course of the book. DARK LIGHT OF DAY is more along the adult lines...because yes, there is sex involved while not the most explicit sex scenes I've ever read, detail is there ;) though I imagine teens who are sort of getting used to the more adult content of some books would find it ok. All in all, I think DARK LIGHT OF DAY is a new and interesting concept, I liked the characters and loved the world building. I certainly think I will be keeping a close eye on this series as it develops. My Rating: 3.5/5

  7. 4 out of 5

    Babel

    I was very excited to read about a world ruled by demons. Think about it. What happens after the Apocalypse? Nothing? A new everything? I always wondered what the world would be like. If civilization would cease to exist or if any remnants would be left behind. How would humanity face desolation by demons? Jill Archer has crafted a world in the Noon Onyx series that is not only surviving biblical Apocalypse, but thriving in the aftermath, though in a very peculiar way. Noon is an aberration in her I was very excited to read about a world ruled by demons. Think about it. What happens after the Apocalypse? Nothing? A new everything? I always wondered what the world would be like. If civilization would cease to exist or if any remnants would be left behind. How would humanity face desolation by demons? Jill Archer has crafted a world in the Noon Onyx series that is not only surviving biblical Apocalypse, but thriving in the aftermath, though in a very peculiar way. Noon is an aberration in her society. She has waning magic, destructive powers that are male-born only. Forced to declare what she is capable of, Noon is sent by her aloof mother to a school where she must become a law-enforcer to serve demons. In the way to know herself or die in the process, she encounters blood-thirsty creatures, exhausting cramming for law classes, secretive family issues, emotional crossroads, and a dangerous liaison. Wow, it's the first time I read a fantasy book that is also sexy as hell. It's half gripping plot, half alluring romance, and the blend is electrifying. This post-apocalyptic, demon-oriented society comes across as compelling and full of possibilities. I was really attracted to the idea of demons wanting to be adored and willing to listen to people's pleas to gain their favour. Knowing Halja was full of demons was one thing. Seeing one's brutal handiwork was quite another. (pg. 37) This quote helps define some of the most striking features of this world. On the one hand, it's common knowledge that demons rule over everything and everyone. On the other hand, it's still a gruesome and dangerous place to live where demons rule but also prey. Great assets: world-building, demon law and all its complex, subtle, clever ramifications. It's a unique stance to state law cases to the students at St. Lucifer's school for them to learn and practice how to cope with demons and Hyrkes' (ordinary people) transgressions. The element of "signatures" is wonderful. People's signatures are described akin to fire, a marble pillar or a rotten stench. I love the idea of people giving off aspects of their strength, power and personality through a kind of aura. The effect is really interesting. Action is strategically placed, the tension of one kind or another is everywhere, and the romance is overwhelmingly addictive. There are so many things going on at the same time. No room for boredom or indifference here! Rogue demons wreaking havoc, mysterious disappearances, magic learning, social boundaries, love and betrayal and secrets... everything is masterfully merged into a rich, catchy, and emotional plot. This book is good, good, good. I should be used to it by now. After all, I like reading and I've been doing so for most of my life, but whenever I get hooked on a book I also have this feeling of surprise. It surprises me how much I like it. It's weird. Does this happen to anyone else? Afterthought: Dealing with demons, I imagined this novel would picture them as bloodthirsty beasts. Though there is enough of that to my heart's content, there's also a strong element of religious devotion built around the cults to demons. It intrigues me how territorial demons are. They symbolise a river or pregnancy, and have festivals celebrated in their honour. That infuses an ancient, earthy, primitive and very human flavour to their role in the community and in people's psyche. I enjoyed that very much. 7 rules to enjoy Dark Light of Day 1 it's New Adult Fantasy - Don't you just feel your mind tingling with the possibilities to explore? 2 superb world-building and story telling 3 a strong, realistic evolution of the main character 4 gripping take on magic 5 (utterly) original use of law as a fantasy element 6 (unexpectedly) sexy romance 7 fascinating portrait of demons I think this first book is a delightful, thrilling view on magic, demonology in a fantasy setting and highly arousing romance. Conclusion: New Adult Fantasy? Gimme more! First reviewed on Tower of Babel http://torretadebabel.blogspot.com

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kikijanika

    This one was actually a re-read. It's been a couple of years since I first read this series and I remembered liking it a lot. I still like it and now when I knew what was going to happen later I could see some things in a new light. This was also one of the first new adult series I ever read and I remember finding it refreshing after all the 15 and 16-year old protagonists. *SPOILER ALERT* Dark light of day tells about Noon Onyx, a young woman living in the world of Halja where after the great war This one was actually a re-read. It's been a couple of years since I first read this series and I remembered liking it a lot. I still like it and now when I knew what was going to happen later I could see some things in a new light. This was also one of the first new adult series I ever read and I remember finding it refreshing after all the 15 and 16-year old protagonists. *SPOILER ALERT* Dark light of day tells about Noon Onyx, a young woman living in the world of Halja where after the great war between angels and demons, the demons rule. Noon is a a member of the host, people descenting from Lucifer and who've got magical abilities. Girls are usually born with waxing magic and the ability to heal when boys are born with waning magic and are required to train as maegesters who act as demon executioners and lawyers. Only noon and his twin brother are born the opposite, Noon with waning and her brother with waxing magic. Noon has spent all her life pretending to be Hyrke, a person with no magical abilities, and wishing she'd been born with waxing magic. With her neighbor, an angel boy called Peter, they've been looking for an ancient reversal spell, which they hope to use in order to reverse Noon's magic from waning into waxing magic. But as Noon's 21st birthday, the deadline for declaring one's magic, approaches, Noon finds herself enrolled in a well known university studying to become a barrister, a non-magical equivalent of a maegester. As a fellow student, handsome maegester in training, called Ari, happens to find out about Noon's magic, Noon must decide whether to accept herself and declare or keep hoping for Peter to find the reversal spell and risk the death penalty for hiding her magic. I think it's easy to tell that the author has studied law herself. The detailed descriptions of the barrister classes make the studies sound authentic, if somewhat dragging at times for people who have not studied law. The world is nicely built otherwise, too and the author has put a lot of thought into Halja's laws, myths and history. The story is interesting and fast paced enough and Noon as a character is complex and easily likable. However, she spends maybe a bit too much time being insecure of herself and hating her magic. She should drop the self pity sooner and accept herself as she is. I'm not really the biggest fan of Ari but the way he accepts Noon and helps her embrace her magic is great. Peter then again is annoying and can't love Noon for who she is. I'm quite sure that he is one of the reasons Noon hates her magic so much. It's kind of difficult to write a review now as I already knew what was going to happen and all but I'd recommend people give this book a try. I hope you enjoy this the way I did!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lissette

    From an early age, Noon Onyx promised herself that she would never reveal her most terrifying secret. She was born with waning magic, something she's despised from the moment she learned what lay within her. Her best friend, Peter Aster, has done everything to shield her from the world around her, yet nothing has prepared either of them for the next phase of their life's journey. It's time for Noon to step into the halls of St. Luck's Academy, something the two of them have dreaded since they we From an early age, Noon Onyx promised herself that she would never reveal her most terrifying secret. She was born with waning magic, something she's despised from the moment she learned what lay within her. Her best friend, Peter Aster, has done everything to shield her from the world around her, yet nothing has prepared either of them for the next phase of their life's journey. It's time for Noon to step into the halls of St. Luck's Academy, something the two of them have dreaded since they were children. Dark Light Of Day thrusts the reader into Noon's chaotic life. She's been gifted a magic she wants nothing to do with, yet she can't seem to rid herself of it. We get to see the decisions she takes along the way as she tries to assert herself within the new world she's been pushed into. From the moment she sets foot into the academy, she knows nothing will ever remain the same. Despite everything, she's reluctant to accept what she's been gifted. Who wouldn't be? If I were in Noon's shoes, I'd question the world around me, too. Like Noon, I'm the nurturing type. She aches to know what it's like to create life, to be able to hold it within her hands. The fact that she possesses waning magic prevents her from ever knowing what that will be like. It's moments like this that makes the reader want to wrap their arms around Noon and hug her as much as possible. That's how much feeling has been injected into the story and the characters within it. You see and feel everything they do. Throughout her entire life, Noon has been dealt hard hands. Jill Archer shows us this every time Noon comes in contact with her parents. Her brother, in all honesty, is her only saving grace. He's accepted the cards life has dealt him, and would do anything to make Noon's life easier if he could. In some instances, he does. I truly enjoyed learning more about the world Jill has created around Noon and the rest of these delightful characters. The premise of this series revolves around the consequences of Armageddon and what it would be like living in a world where demons, humans, and angels coexist. Living in this world isn't easy for anyone. It's shown in the myriad of ways each of these characters interact with each other and others. Still, they do the best they can, striving to survive in every way possible.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Skaw

    There were a lot of things I liked about this book. I liked the world and the magic system the author created. I liked the main character. I didn't particularly care for the heroine's love interest. I really wanted her to beat him with something hard, like a baseball bat. He was pretentious and condescending. I was quite sad when she finally gave in and admitted she loved him. Maybe he'll die in the next book (probably not - *sigh*). This is a personal bias however and most readers probably like There were a lot of things I liked about this book. I liked the world and the magic system the author created. I liked the main character. I didn't particularly care for the heroine's love interest. I really wanted her to beat him with something hard, like a baseball bat. He was pretentious and condescending. I was quite sad when she finally gave in and admitted she loved him. Maybe he'll die in the next book (probably not - *sigh*). This is a personal bias however and most readers probably liked him. On a more objective level, I felt disappointed with the ending climatic scene. I felt like I was cheated out of the top of the mountain. It built to a certain point and then went blank. Details were filled in postmortem but not enough to compensate for the yanked away feeling. Certain details were provided earlier in the book that I had felt would contribute to the final battle but did not leaving them extraneous. Still, I will likely read the second book in the series. There is potential here for really good stuff and hopefully the small details that seemed extraneous in this book will pan out in the next. And hopefully the love interest will be less annoying.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Venus Smurf

    I won the second book in this series as a Firstreads giveaway, and as great ast it was, of course I went out and bought the entire set the second I could. I just haven't reviewed until now. This is an amazing series. The books are fast paced but still very detailed, the characters are just awesome (well, except for Peter. He was too obvious a tool from the start), and the story is entertaining and creative. I don't need to go into summary, but the whole "the Apocalypse is over and we're just deali I won the second book in this series as a Firstreads giveaway, and as great ast it was, of course I went out and bought the entire set the second I could. I just haven't reviewed until now. This is an amazing series. The books are fast paced but still very detailed, the characters are just awesome (well, except for Peter. He was too obvious a tool from the start), and the story is entertaining and creative. I don't need to go into summary, but the whole "the Apocalypse is over and we're just dealing with the aftermath hundreds of years later" is fascinating. I loved the hierarchy, the way the different species interact, how complex it all was. And I loved the characters. Noon is funny and sarcastic, Ari is a bit too Edward Cullens broody-and-controlling but still kept me interested in spite of that, and the demons were just ten shades of nuts. This was beautifully written, very entertaining, and pretty dang high on my list of books to recommend to friends. Brilliantly done.

  12. 5 out of 5

    harlequin {Stephanie}

    This book makes reading a tawdry soap fun. It was ten shades of dull, with a really terrible love triangle to boot. quit at 120 pages. Read the back cover more closely. "armageddon is over" should have warned me that all the interesting crap has packed up and left. This is a glorified book about law school. Honestly not what I was hoping for. This book makes reading a tawdry soap fun. It was ten shades of dull, with a really terrible love triangle to boot. quit at 120 pages. Read the back cover more closely. "armageddon is over" should have warned me that all the interesting crap has packed up and left. This is a glorified book about law school. Honestly not what I was hoping for.

  13. 5 out of 5

    E_bookpushers

    Joint Review with Has originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/10/24/... Publisher: Ace Publish Date: Out now How we got this book: ARC from the publisher via NetGalley 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 daughte Joint Review with Has originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/10/24/... Publisher: Ace Publish Date: Out now How we got this book: ARC from the publisher via NetGalley 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. This blurb came from the author’s website here. E: We received a note that contained the October Ace and Roc titles that were available on Netgalley and I found myself fascinated by the blurb. It had demons, a women with the power to control the demons which she wasn’t supposed to have and demon law… That combination struck me as exciting so I decided that I would give it a try. Archer certainly gave me interesting and exciting with some rough spots. I enjoyed her world and as Noon matured throughout the book she certainly grew on me. Has: I was also intrigued by the premise of a woman who held power over demons, especially since in this world, women do not usually have this ability but are born with the power to heal and create instead of destroy. I also liked the fact that it was set in a college environment and this was in many ways a coming of age tale with New Adult elements than an UF or Fantasy with an experienced protagonist. However despite these elements which I usually love – I did find the beginning a bit slow and hard to get into because there was a lot of infodumping because the world-building is complex and complicated although very well thought out. Nonetheless, despite the slow pace, the story really picked up a pace and I enjoyed Noon’s journey in facing her predicament of being the lone female Maegester in a male dominated world. I also liked how she learned to accept her path over the course of the book, although I did find her a bit immature and frustrating in the beginning of the book, but Jill Archer adds real depth and development to her character and I enjoyed the fact that here is a character who actually learns from their mistakes and fears. E: I will admit that when I finished reading I wondered if this would fit what I have seen called the New Adult genre/sub-genre. Noon was older then a YA heroine and had to deal with some more mature issues but like Has said above she started off amazingly immature. I think that the way her parents raised her really added to her lack of maturity and her TSTL moments. I was very glad to see that she grew through the book and while she didn’t turn into some amazing ready to take on the world adult she was certainly making strides by the end. I also think that Archer put a lot of detail into her world while still leaving things to be discovered. I think my favorite bits of world-building details were the recitations of different laws depending on the particular legal scenario that was being discussed. I actually would have liked to learn more about Demon Law besides the fact that it could be dangerous and downright deadly. Has: I quite liked those scenes especially when they were dealing with the dysfunctional demon couple, although I did find it got dense at times with the rules and magical elements of the world-building, but I’d rather have a well thought out setting and world than an underdeveloped one. I think one of the strongest elements in the story was the love interest and although it did touch on a love triangle briefly, it is very obvious on who Noon’s real affection belongs to. I also liked how this aspect tied in with the main plot and Noon’s torn desire to be a healer instead of a maegester. Peter who is her best friend and an angel, is the one who wants to help her to break out of her fate whilst Ari who is an ex-demon slayer brings out suppressed feelings that Noon has kept hidden about herself. I loved the juxtaposition this brought out and although I am not keen on love triangles, Ms Archer never drags this out to create forced angst and it actually helped to develop Noon’s characterisation and maturity. E: Oh Peter really annoyed me. I liked him at first but then he became fixated on Noon and the spell he had been searching for his entire life. Granted the spell was for Noon and they were best friends but his continual pressure on her I didn’t like. Even when he knew that she was risking her life if she didn’t declare what type of power she possessed he still wanted her delay. Then he started using hope of the spell to try to coerce her into agreeing to marry him. I was very glad when Noon started seeing beyond her blinders of habitual friendship. Ari also grew on me. He was certainly a very determined bad boy *waggles eyebrows* but he honestly wanted the best for Noon. I found it amazing how very open he was to her and thought it was refreshing given the secrecy of Noon’s life to this point. Has: I felt that Peter was too good to be true and dismissive on what Noon really wanted or desired. Also waiting for over a decade before acting on his feeling and to ensure she was desirable and perfect for him was off-putting but I loved that Ari was the antithesis of Peter and was so much hotter (pun intended!) than him. I also loved how Ari accepted and loved her for what she was instead of trying to change her and I liked how this helped Noon discovering on her own abilities and feelings. I have to say the scenes between Ari and Noon, really shined and sizzled for me, and I enjoyed their romance immensely! The weakest part of the book for me other than the slow beginning, was the ending. I did find the mystery twist didn’t live up to the build-up and it ended a bit abruptly for me. I was disappointed because it ended too conveniently and was anti-climatic. E: That is a good point. I loved the buildup to the big confrontation and while things certainly happened there I was hoping for Noon to do a bit more than she did. She had learned so many lessons and so much about herself that on what hand I felt like she was cheated however, on the other hand in times of severe stress people revert back to what they are used to doing. Noon’s growth wasn’t yet ingrained so I could see why she slid back some. I did really like how she decided to exorcise her mental demons in the final scene. I thought it spoke well of the journey she was taking and did make me hope that Archer writes more books in this world. I want to see the world through Noon’s brother Night’s eyes as well as see Noon continue her journey. I give Dark Light of Day a B- Has: I was quite surprised by how different Dark Light of Day was from my pre-expectations and I liked the elements, of coming of age/New Adult set in a dark world where demons have won but it is not dystopian or depressing. It was an interesting and unique take on demons and angels and it was refreshing and engaging to read. However, I have to warn readers that this book is dense with world-building which got heavy with info dumping and the immaturity of the main character but I was quickly immersed into the story once things got established and I am glad I did. This was a lively and engaging fantasy which twisted some elements in a refreshing way! I give Dark Light of Day a C+

  14. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This book has left me a mixed bag of emotions. The first would be delight, at discovering this detailed, believable world that the author created. Honestly my feelings on the characters - ALL OF THEM - almost had me leaving this as a DNF, but the world kept me engaged. While I've ready many stories set in post-apocalyptic times, this one was a truly unique direction. I felt like I was discovering a new world in this book, instead of visiting one I'd seen before. Sadly, this beautifully structure This book has left me a mixed bag of emotions. The first would be delight, at discovering this detailed, believable world that the author created. Honestly my feelings on the characters - ALL OF THEM - almost had me leaving this as a DNF, but the world kept me engaged. While I've ready many stories set in post-apocalyptic times, this one was a truly unique direction. I felt like I was discovering a new world in this book, instead of visiting one I'd seen before. Sadly, this beautifully structured framework is populated by characters which only bring about rage. The main character, Noon, is supposedly a twenty-one year old who has been away from home to complete her college degree already by the time we meet her AND YET she is still incapable of anything resembling (young) adult behavior including: normal conversations with her family, communication with strangers, self reflection and improvement, or possessing anything resembling a spine. If Noon had just sat down with a twenty sided die and rolled it every time she had a decision to make her motivation and choices STILL would have made more sense and had more continuity. The love interests, both her childhood best friend, Peter, who she feels she "should" love but whom we know from the beginning she doesn't care for romantically, and her fellow maegester, Ari, who she loves almost on sight, are pitiful. Peter only loves her on the condition that she become what he wishes her to be, a condition Noon blindly accepts. When it seems Noon might choose to accept herself as she is Peter becomes withdrawn and ultimately (view spoiler)[blackmails her to get his own way, because he's a jackass. (hide spoiler)] Ari, the hero, DOES love Noon as she is. So much so that he consistently goes against her wishes in an effort to encourage her to grow into herself and accept her powers. In doing this he frequently pushes beyond what could be termed acceptable and into situations that border on abusive (i.e. ignoring the word "no"). Ari is also Noon's equal in inconsistency, he fluctuates between being a powerful, aggressive force to being meek and considerate of Noon and her situation. ALSO, THE SCHOOL!!! The 'lawyer' portion of this school was believable and enjoyable for about two chapters, when it abruptly fell off the face of the planet, never to be seen again. From what should be an all-encompassing workload we get brief references to work and study interspersed between the high school-esque angst. I would have loved to see more of the law school aspect, talk about what demon law looks like. Additionally, what kind of school accepts a complete novice and them immediately throws them into advanced lessons? This is what happens to Noon and she is almost (view spoiler)[killed by one of her classmates on her first day of Maegester training (hide spoiler)] Why does this happen? Why would a school recruit supposedly valuable assets and then completely neglect their training and instead just make them figure it out on their own? THEY COULD DO THAT BY THEMSELVES, OUT IN THE WILD! All in all, this book was frustrating and I'm not sure if I'll be moving on to book two or not.

  15. 4 out of 5

    a_tiffyfit

    Purchased to read before a book tour for book 2, Fiery Edge of Steel. Loved it. Review to come. *********** I really enjoyed this book, cannot believe it didn’t hit my radar until now. I am a host on the upcoming blog tour for book 2, “Fiery Edge of Steel” and the premise of that book seemed so good that I figured I had to read this one first! From the synopsis, we know that this is a different society. Armageddon has happened; the demons have won. That right there should tell you that this is boo Purchased to read before a book tour for book 2, Fiery Edge of Steel. Loved it. Review to come. *********** I really enjoyed this book, cannot believe it didn’t hit my radar until now. I am a host on the upcoming blog tour for book 2, “Fiery Edge of Steel” and the premise of that book seemed so good that I figured I had to read this one first! From the synopsis, we know that this is a different society. Armageddon has happened; the demons have won. That right there should tell you that this is book is going to take the normally accepted good/bad and turn it on its side. As Ari Carmine says, “it is what it is.” And now…it’s about living in a new kind of world, a new kind of society, even though this world is a couple thousand years old! Nouiomos Onyx is a twin. She and her brother, Nocturo, were born with waxing and waning magic…except, she should’ve received the waxing magic and Night should have received the waning. That’s how it works: males get waning, females get waxing. But for some reason, it was reversed for them. Dealing with parents that are stand-offish, seemingly ashamed of their kids, keeping them isolated etc from the Host way of life, Night and Noon have been struggling with their identities their whole lives. Night runs away a few weeks before Bryde’s day, where they must declare their magic according to demon law. Noon gets matriculated at St. Lucifer’s by her mother, without her consent. I found St. Luck’s and the classes they were taking pretty freaking cool. I liked the descriptions of the different legal courses they were going to take, the hyrke (human) versus host and angel schools of thought, etc. Of COURSE it would focus on law and not just because the author is an attorney. But come on…we’ve all heard phrases such as “a devil’s bargain” or making a deal with a demon/devil, etc. It makes sense, and has been referenced in a lot of other paranormal books, that demon law would be a forefront in this world ruled by Lucifer’s army. Incredibly well thought out and plotted world, the depth of which was quite amazing as I read and thought about it. I liked seeing the differences in they hyrke customs versus an angelic family like the Asters versus the host family of Onyx. As you would expect, to draw conclusions based on labels alone would not be wise. I found Peter anything BUT angelic and Ari and Noon anything but demonic. The demons were as expected: selfish, cruel, tricky. I loved the development from instant lust to wary trust to full love between Noon and Ari. The celebrations were really well described and the magical wines created by angels were again, not as angelic as you would think if you went by the label angelic, and utterly fascinating. It made me wish there were such a thing as Summer Queen wine! I did find Noon annoying at times. I think she took too long to embrace who she was, but then again, for 20+ years, she’s been rejected, not taught to embrace and use her powers, and basically raised as a human/hyrke. I also was torn between whether or not I found her wariness of Ari, especially after Rochester’s warning, dumb and annoying or smart and self-preserving. In the end, it was a little of both, but completely necessary as she develops and learns and grows. I am so glad that she kept her relationship with Ivy and Fitz and was forthright with them once she declared. I loved the fact that they were totally expecting her to reject them and move on to be with the other Maegester-in-Trainings and that she absolutely did not do that, forsaking her friends for people with “power.” Had she done that and ignored them, I would’ve been disgusted with her character. Not that the MITs were people she COULD befriend, but loyalty is a trait to be admired. Peter Aster, her childhood best friend, is something not to be admired. His fervor and intensity on finding the spell to change Noon is obsessive and frightening. What kind of angel then coerces someone he claims to love in order to save the life of someone dying at their feet? To say that he’s not going to say the damn spell to try and save Ari unless Noon agrees to leave Ari and live with him was dead on with the character and wholly disgusting. In the beginning, I thought Peter’s obsession with finding the Reversal Spell sweet and devoted. And with each encounter with him, it just left a foul taste in my mouth to the point that I started finding him repulsive. I was glad for his character flaws to highlight the difference between the Angel Peter who wants to change Noon to fit his version of love and the Maegester Ari who loves her for who she is, as conflicted as that may be. There are a lot of religious comments/reviews on this book about blood sacrifice in this book for the demon worshipping, that “Good is no longer present” etc. I’m sure that this type of controversy will continue to exist as when you get to the nitty gritty of people and their faith, you’re wasting a lot of steam talking. You just can’t budge people from their faith and belief, and really, I don’t think you should want to do so. I fully support people’s right to believe what they want. However, I feel the need to say something in my own review of this book in regards to this conversation. It is fine if you did not like the book or were unable to enjoy it, however to slam a fiction book because it doesn't mesh with your religious ideas is absurd. One of the reasons given in a recent conversation hindered on blood sacrifice as the hyrke worship demons of crops, of rivers, of fertility, etc. This is a bit hard for me to understand WHY. Not only because this book is fictitious, but because the sacrifice of blood IS an acceptable reality by christian standards, both animal and, later human in the form of Jesus. Christians believe that Jesus sacrificed himself to atone for our sins, no? (Leviticus 17:11 is the Old Testament’s central statement about the significance of blood in the sacrificial system. God, speaking to Moses, declares: “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”) In fact, you celebrate this sacrifice when you symbolically ingest it and his body (sidenote: cannibalistic much?) when you take the sacrament. So your argument there is invalid. Note, I said symbolically. I'm okay with reviews where the reader didn’t find the protagonist (note I did not say hero/heroine) to your liking. I am okay with someone saying that he/she did not find a book exciting. To each their own when it comes to what you like to read about and how you find each story. However, since this book isn't selling itself as something that is anti-religious or even proselytizing demon worshipping and is instead just a fantasy fiction novel, perhaps we as readers and reviewers should aim to keep our opinions on faith out of our reviews and instead focus on things such as character development, action, world-building, etc. I am eagerly waiting to pounce on book 2 which is mocking me from the reading pile to the left of my computer. I hope the author kept the hyrke friendships Noon had in this book, that she is more steady in her relationship with Ari, and that Peter does NOT make a reappearance.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I think the idea was pretty good and the book was well written, but I found myself constantly putting it aside as I lost interest. The story moved fairly slowly, which I am sure was in part so the author could explain how this world is so different after the Apocolypse. But I feel it could have been done in a smoother, and faster manner so that the reader wouldn't lose interest. I'm not sure that I will try reading the second book in the series, just because this one took over a year to read bec I think the idea was pretty good and the book was well written, but I found myself constantly putting it aside as I lost interest. The story moved fairly slowly, which I am sure was in part so the author could explain how this world is so different after the Apocolypse. But I feel it could have been done in a smoother, and faster manner so that the reader wouldn't lose interest. I'm not sure that I will try reading the second book in the series, just because this one took over a year to read because I just couldn't read more than 10-30 pages at a time.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Read this ages ago, some how it didn't get added even though the others did. Urban Fantasy Demonic Law School Read this ages ago, some how it didn't get added even though the others did. Urban Fantasy Demonic Law School

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Nope.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nibrock

    Very dark. End of the world, demons won. Interesting magical system either control demons or heal humans - no intermixing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Lane

    *WARNING: THIS BOOK IS A PAGE TURNER AND YOU WILL HAVE TO PUT YOUR LIFE ON PAUSE* Jill Archer has a created a world with so much detail and imagination I believe it rivals the magical world of Harry Potter. Yes, I said it, toss the grenades at your will or hear me out... Somewhere between apocalypse, mystery, and NA, "Dark Light of Day" drew me into a world that was strikingly different,, yet similar to the one I live in now. The story's main character is named Noon and despite her being female, s *WARNING: THIS BOOK IS A PAGE TURNER AND YOU WILL HAVE TO PUT YOUR LIFE ON PAUSE* Jill Archer has a created a world with so much detail and imagination I believe it rivals the magical world of Harry Potter. Yes, I said it, toss the grenades at your will or hear me out... Somewhere between apocalypse, mystery, and NA, "Dark Light of Day" drew me into a world that was strikingly different,, yet similar to the one I live in now. The story's main character is named Noon and despite her being female, she was born with waning magic instead of waxing (her twin brother got that bit). Waning magic users can start fires, wilt flowers, rot food, take oxygen from someone's breath and (if they were evil) cause an expecting mother to miscarry. Waxing users have the exact opposite effect. Forced to attend a law school for waning magic users, Noon finds herself standing alone among her peers. She is too womanly for the other waning magic users who, of course, are all male, and she is too manly for most of her other female peers. Simply put, she's a pariah but she thinks she may have a way out, a way to become a user of the waxing magic and finally be what she was supposed to be-a healer, a "real" woman. But what if she was always meant to be a user of the waning magic? What if someone would finally accept her? And what if receiving her waning powers were something out of her control? Throw in a few missing students, rogue demons, and you have yourself a great story to read. Admittedly, when I was first given this novel, I knew I would either love it or hate it. There would be no in between. The concept and the apocalyptic/ futuristic context of the the novel made me question how serious I could take the story. Would it be a corny or campy read? Thankfully, no. Instead, I found myself admiring the author's extended vocabulary, her poetic word usage, the checks and balances she created for her world, the main character's small, yet stoned personality, and so much more. Additionally, the story addressed some real world issues such as the definition of a woman. For all accounts Noon was a woman but in the world of Halja she also stepped so far from what a woman was supposed to be. A woman was supposed to have waxing magic, be delicate, fertile, and heal things. Noon was neither fertile (her waning magic prevents her from ever being able to have children),nor delicate at least not in the traditional sense, and she was much better at burning then healing. Yet, in the end, she still herself as a woman and made the fact known to her peers. However, as much as I loved Noon, I also had to question her attraction to Ari, the male protagonist. Yes, Ari was attractive, charming, caring, independent and all these great things but he also danced the line of obsessive/possessive. Personally, I did not find his dance amusing. He crossed into the Edward Cullen steal the car from your engine territory and I found myself distancing from him as a reader. Yes, I understand they're like soulmates and they're supposed to have this burning passion but to what end? Him completely controlling her or at least trying to? Dark Light of Day is a great novel but it falls into the same trap other YA/NA novels do. It romanticizes abusive relationships. Love is not ownership and I wish more authors made that apparent in their novels. Compared to other writing I have read, that theme was very minuscule but still noticeable. All in all I would highly recommend this book. Sometimes the world the author creates can be hard to structure because it's so detailed but it doesn't interfere with reading too badly. It's also somewhat of a long-winded book, so if you're more of a sprinter in terms of the style of writing you want, you may have to take breaks while reading this book. Also, the ending was good but a bit cliche and rushed. I did find myself feeling uncertain about whether I loved the book or not, but in the end the amazing world the author created, the spicy non-abusive scenes and the main character's development hooked me. Still, a book worth a 4/5 to me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole M. Hewitt

    This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction Dark Light of Day is a unique fantasy novel that takes place after Armageddon - after the demons won. The world is now run by demons, and humans with no powers (or Hyrkes, as they're called in this book) are meant to adore them. Of course, someone has to keep those demons in line, and that's the job of the Maegesters, humans with a drop of demon blood who posses waning powers - which gives them the ability to destroy This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction Dark Light of Day is a unique fantasy novel that takes place after Armageddon - after the demons won. The world is now run by demons, and humans with no powers (or Hyrkes, as they're called in this book) are meant to adore them. Of course, someone has to keep those demons in line, and that's the job of the Maegesters, humans with a drop of demon blood who posses waning powers - which gives them the ability to destroy demons. Typically, men are born with waning powers and women are born with waxing powers (which give the ability to heal). But Noon and her twin brother are anomalies - their powers were somehow switched at birth. Or at least that's the way Noon sees it. She wants nothing to do with her powers at all, and hopes desperately that her best friend (who also happens to be an Angel - a human who uses spells to do magic) will find the spell that can reverse her magic and turn her into the healer she's always wanted to be. But, in the meantime, she has to survive Maegester training. The negatives: Some slow spots. While this book was definitely interesting, I wasn't compelled to keep reading like I am with some books. Because there was so much complicated worldbuilding (which is a good thing!), it made the beginning of the story feel a bit slow at times. A few inconsistencies. I did notice a few inconsistencies that stuck out to me, but they were all relatively minor. For instance, Noon says that she was raised as a Hyrke and went to Hyrke schools, etc. but then she says it's been a long time since she's talked to a Hyrke when she first meets Ari and she doesn't seem to know how to act. Also, I couldn't figure out how Noon would have been able to get through her whole life up till that point pretending to be a Hyrke since Maegesters could sense waning magic and she had lived around Maegesters and Mederi her whole life. There were a few other things too, but nothing that ruined the book for me. What I loved: The worldbuilding. Like I said, LOTS of worldbuilding in this book. Archer created a universe that is very unique, with a complex society made up of demons, Hyrkes, Angels, Maegesters and Mederi (along with a few other types of people!). I thought it was a very clever imagining of what the world might be like if Lucifer and his demons won out in the final battle. (This version is much tamer than what you might think!) The reluctant heroine. Noon doesn't see her powers as a gift. Maegesters are pretty much universally respected, but they're also feared. Noon fears herself - she fears what she might become. And she has no desire to kill, which is what she will be expected to do once she becomes a Maegester. It isn't until she meets Ari, who insists that the fact that she was born with waning powers wasn't a mistake, that she starts to see any possible good in her powers. Ari. Ari is powerful, dangerous (at least to demons) and sexy, but he can also sometimes be sweet and sensitive. He appreciates Noon for who she is and doesn't want her to change - he loves her fiery side, but he also adores that she has a tender heart. I was definitely rooting for Ari and Noon throughout this book! Oh, and I also loved Noon's Hyrke friends, Ivy and Fitz too!! The suspense. I was never quite sure what was going to happen with the reversal spell. Throughout the entire book, I was never sure if Noon was going to go through with it if they found it or if it would work if they found it. Right down to the very end of the book, I still wasn't sure what was going to happen! I recommend Dark Light of Day to fantasy (or urban fantasy) lovers who enjoy stories involving demons. I give it 4/5 stars. ***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own***

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (BTH Reviews)

    *This review was written prior to winning a copy on Goodreads. I have edited this review after re-reading the book. Also, I have raised my rating from 3.5 stars to 4 stars, because we are no longer using half stars on our blog.* Dark Light of Day is an urban fantasy (supposedly; it feels more like fantasy to me) set in a post-apocalyptic world. The demons won. Now people worship demons. There is a lot of mythological development, but the world itself left a lot to be desired. I had no sense of ti *This review was written prior to winning a copy on Goodreads. I have edited this review after re-reading the book. Also, I have raised my rating from 3.5 stars to 4 stars, because we are no longer using half stars on our blog.* Dark Light of Day is an urban fantasy (supposedly; it feels more like fantasy to me) set in a post-apocalyptic world. The demons won. Now people worship demons. There is a lot of mythological development, but the world itself left a lot to be desired. I had no sense of time or place in relation to now. Obviously, this takes place in the future, but how far ahead in time? What continents are these towns on? I assume this is Earth, yet I don’t recall her saying so. I’ll concede that I may have missed that detail. However, my more general concern is that this world is not situated in such a way that makes it believable to me. Only a few places are mentioned. I have no idea about the larger picture of the world the characters are in. I’m also unclear about why this world is so technologically stunted when hundreds of years have passed since the apocalypse. Couldn’t/wouldn’t people have rebuilt by then? The book starts with Noon trying to figure out how she can get out of going to the university where she will need to declare herself as a Maegster. She is not supposed to have that kind of magic. She and her brother are the opposite of how people are supposed to be. Men are supposed to have waning magic; women are supposed to have waxing magic. Noon goes to school, but hides her magic and doesn’t declare because she hates the kind of magic she has. She thinks it’s unfair that she is the one woman who cannot heal and grow things. She hates who she is. Her self-doubt and self-hatred make it really hard for Ari, the young man who immediately takes a romantic interest in her. At the university, she makes some friends. She keeps trying to hide who and what she is, but Ari and a few others know. Eventually, she’s forced to make a decision. Meanwhile, everyone is on edge because healers have been attacked by a demon at or near the train station. Only one person got away alive. Noon is a hard character to like. She’s wishy-washy and skittish. At times, she is plain stupid. Noon seems more like a teenager, but she’s in her twenties. She does have some personal development, but I got the feeling a lot of her issues weren’t resolved at the end of the book. Ari is okay, but he feels underdeveloped, probably because the reader never gets to see things from his perspective since the story is told in Noon’s first person point-of-view. Her other romantic interest is a manipulative jerk. The strongest part of this book was the middle, which is funny because that’s where often stories start to sag. This one starts out slow. The middle is good. The ending was disappointing. It feels rushed. Not all the loose ends are cleaned up. Some things that are written just don’t make sense. For example, the explanation for how Noon gets her magic control isn’t always logical because sometimes the explanation fits and sometimes it doesn’t. Also, the author makes a big deal about how Noon is in mourning. This threw me through a loop. I actually went back and re-read the previous chapter to see who died. No one did. I guess she was mourning the loss of a friendship. Another thing, Noon says at least her boyfriend is alive and well. Then, a little later you find out he’s still injured and using a cane. That doesn’t seem well to me. I know I’ve complained a lot, but there had to have been something I liked or I wouldn’t have wasted my time reading it. I guess the mystery of the murdered women (that gets solved from left-field) made me continue. I also liked that the sex scenes were tastefully written. Despite everything I have said, I liked Dark Light of Day enough to read the next book in the series. I will probably re-read this one at some point to see if I missed anything that could help my understanding of the world. When and if I do, I’ll replace this review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

    Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat Read I’m not sure why I waited so long to read this book because it truly was a pleasure to read. Right from the start I was pulled into the story, and several times I found myself wanting to continue reading even though I knew I had to stop for the day. I could very easily have read this in one sitting. I loved Noon. She’s feisty, conflicted, rather sarcastic at times, caring (sometimes to a fault), and determined (though not always for the right reason Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat Read I’m not sure why I waited so long to read this book because it truly was a pleasure to read. Right from the start I was pulled into the story, and several times I found myself wanting to continue reading even though I knew I had to stop for the day. I could very easily have read this in one sitting. I loved Noon. She’s feisty, conflicted, rather sarcastic at times, caring (sometimes to a fault), and determined (though not always for the right reasons). The fact that she is born to be a Maegester, but wants to be a Mederi, was something I could understand, but that still didn’t stop me from wanting to scream at her a few times throughout the book. Her dislike of actually undertaking that which is required of her position, namely the handling of judgment and possible punishment of demons, got a tad aggravating. And yet I still was rooting for her when all was said and done, especially when her combat training began. She’s a hard character not to like. Another character I loved was Ari Carmine. Oh where do I begin with this guy? Can I simply say that if he didn’t belong to Noon, I’d seriously make him mine? ~purrs~ He’s simply wonderful. A bit over protective, but he’s fun, dedicated, and he makes my whiskers curl in delight. Okay, yeah, he can be a bit of a jerk at times, but to be honest who isn’t? I mean no one is ever perfect. Together these two characters are perfect for each other. Then there’s Peter, Noon’s childhood friend. He rubbed my fur the wrong way. There are so many reasons why I disliked him, but if I told you those reasons, I’d be giving away spoilers, and you all should know by now how we felines feel about spoilers. I will say this much, the guy is way too possessive for my taste! He’s also like a dog with a bone when it comes to Noon and her final choice on what to do with her life. By the end of the book I was spitting mad at him, and for good reason. The rest of the characters were also enjoyable and Archer has done a great job making everyone unique, entertaining, and vital to the story. No one is thrown in simply to fill space. As far as the story itself goes, like I said, it hooked me from page one and wouldn’t let me go until I had finished. The idea of demons winning Armageddon, of angels and Lucifer’s warlords working together, and just the blending of familiar spiritual concepts, patron demons (think deities) with fantasy made for what I felt was a unique read. There were a number of times where I would read about a Patron Demon and find myself thinking of a Patron Saint or God/Goddess that I knew about. Different name, yes, but similar description and idea. Enough to make me feel like I knew what Archer was conveying as I read, unlike some books where the world is completely unlike anything I’ve ever known. I liked that it was grounded, however lightly, within reality. Overall, this was a fast read, which had me laughing at times, cringing at others, and occasionally even hissing in anger or frustration. The only thing that truly kept me from giving this a five paw rating was that I wanted to learn more of Halja’s history and about Merderis. For someone who wanted to be one, I didn’t feel like I got to see all of the reasons why this would be such an appealing choice. Still, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and paranormal novels. It isn’t often that I say this, but this is one book that I wouldn’t mind reading again at some point. And I am greatly looking forward to reading the next book in the series. =^.^=

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paradoxical

    The premise of Dark Light of Day is pretty fascinating. Armageddon happened, but the world didn't end. Lucifer won, but he's greatly weakened and hasn't been seen since the final battle. People live their lives worshiping demons, but it is both as prominent and not as prominent as you may think. It's a bit hard to describe, actually. People, basically, live like they have always lived, but there is now magic and new laws that curb demons and give everything structure. Noon is the only female born The premise of Dark Light of Day is pretty fascinating. Armageddon happened, but the world didn't end. Lucifer won, but he's greatly weakened and hasn't been seen since the final battle. People live their lives worshiping demons, but it is both as prominent and not as prominent as you may think. It's a bit hard to describe, actually. People, basically, live like they have always lived, but there is now magic and new laws that curb demons and give everything structure. Noon is the only female born with waning magic--magic that destroys. Her twin, Night, is born with waxing magic--magic that heals. Noon desperately hates what she is, and a childhood friend of hers, Peter, is seeking a way to reverse her waning magic and turn it into waxing magic. In the meantime Noon attends the prestigious St. Lucifer's, which is a school for demonic law. The book is focused on Noon's time in St. Lucifer's, and is inundated with what she's learning and how difficult her classes are, as well as encounters with Ari, a fellow student with waning magic. It very much feels like a college except for the intense focus on demonic law. The book is laid out pretty much like that as well, with a lot about Noon's classes and her friends, but very little actual action. You get a sprinkling of plot here or there, but a lot of it is tied up in Noon's self hatred and her push and pull relationship with Ari. Noon's hatred of her magic and how much she wishes that it was waxing magic drives me over the edge sometimes. I wanted her to accept herself a lot faster. I wanted her to live with what she was because that is what she was given. It just endlessly irritated me how she kept whining, how she kept not working on her magic and instead just kept trying to suppress it. Her brother, you find out early on, accepted his waxing magic, but Noon kept resisting. Her relationship with Ari is much the same as her relationship with her magic. There's this push and pull between them that's electric, but the way Noon keeps running away from him and what he represents... well. So much frustration. I feel like this could have been a lot better. It's a bit dry in places, but in other spots it's exciting (when Ari and Noon interact with one another [ignoring the times where Noon is torn over her feelings for Ari] for example). Unfortunately, the dry spots outweigh the good ones. It's also not a book to read if you're in any way unable to keep in mind that this book is fiction and that religion is just a tool for the book. If you're sensitive to religious themes like this, then, well, avoid. But, honestly, just reading the book blurb should tell you whether or not you think you'd be all right with the book. It's not badly written. I just wish that I could have liked everyone more, that the plot could be a bit more exciting (because even the end fell kind of flat for me). So much of the book is tied up in law, but, contrarily, the case that Noon works on mainly ends up with her throwing magic around. It's frustrating. And Noon's so twisted up in herself that I basically wanted to just kick her. The major theme of the book is Noon accepting herself and what she is, but the journey there is like pulling teeth. Hopefully the next book will be better because this one mostly made me aggravated. 2 stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eric Townsend

    Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer is about a world where the apocalypse has already occurred and the demons actually won. Despite this change in power the way of life has barely been altered. In fact, it has been so long since Armageddon that the truth about much that happened in that war has been lost or forgotten. Enter Nouiomo Onyx, or Noon as she is better known, who has waning magic, something that no female was ever supposed to have. Some would shun her, or possibly much worse, if they knew Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer is about a world where the apocalypse has already occurred and the demons actually won. Despite this change in power the way of life has barely been altered. In fact, it has been so long since Armageddon that the truth about much that happened in that war has been lost or forgotten. Enter Nouiomo Onyx, or Noon as she is better known, who has waning magic, something that no female was ever supposed to have. Some would shun her, or possibly much worse, if they knew of her unique power so she is forced to hide it until she is accepted and forced to enroll in St. Lucifer's, a demon law school. There she must declare her special powers or risk death. Will she hide her powers and risk everything, and could there be a way for Noon to reverse them? I loved that the author chose to have the demons win the war as it was a perspective I had never seen before, at least not where the world was intact and mostly unchanged afterward. I was easily able to connect with Noon and her plight as she dealt with being an oddity at best, an abomination at worst. As those of you who read my blog know, if the character development is excellent I can forgive anything, and though there wasn't much to forgive with Dark Light of Day the characters were superb for the most part and allowed me to dive into this new reality. There was one thing that kept Dark Light of Day from reaching its full potential, at least as I see it, and that was the lead male character Ari. I'm not a fan of the controlling, do-as-I-say type of male characters, especially when they are supposed to be appealing. It is that "appeal" he supposedly had that made the situation worse, he was practically irresistible and that included when he was putting on his dominant male act which I despised. Let me clarify, I don't have an issue with a strong male character whatsoever, but when it comes to them ordering people around, forbidding them to do certain things and on top of that it supposedly is a sexy thing for the female character? That's where I have a problem. Ari exhibited signs of uncontrolled jealousy, stalker-like tendencies and all before he really even knew Noon. Not cool. Outside of Ari and his domineering I did enjoy the book. The plot had plenty of well executed twists and turns and even when it slowed down to cover some of the details in the classes at St. Lucifer's I never felt like I needed the pace to quicken. The scenery on the campus and the atmosphere that the author created was vivid and breathtaking, which I don't find is easily done. Having been on a beautiful college campus myself I could envision the different places that were depicted and never felt as if they were contrived. Oh, and without giving too much away, the battle scenes, oh how I loved them! They were exquisitely done. ^.^ I really enjoyed reading Dark Light of Day, and if it weren't for Ari's chauvinistic tendencies I easily would have given this an enthusiastic five star rating. With that nagging annoyance throughout the book, however, I will give it a very satisfied four. =) Recommendation: Buy it now! Rating: 4/5

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sabina Bundgaard

    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 Maegeste 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?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kt

    Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession.. Armageddon had come and gone with the demons being the victors. The survivors worship the demons through rituals and sacrifices in order to survive. The demons in turn are held under a very strict set of rules that keeps things from degenerating into death and chaos again. These rules are upheld by those with waning magic, which until recently was only seen in males. But Noon Onyx is the exception to that rule. For years she has tried to hid Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession.. Armageddon had come and gone with the demons being the victors. The survivors worship the demons through rituals and sacrifices in order to survive. The demons in turn are held under a very strict set of rules that keeps things from degenerating into death and chaos again. These rules are upheld by those with waning magic, which until recently was only seen in males. But Noon Onyx is the exception to that rule. For years she has tried to hide her secret, but now that she is being forced to attend St. Lucifer's demon law school, she may not be able to hide for much longer. The deadline to declare her magic is looming around the corner and if she doesn't declare she will face deadly consequences. Dark Light of Day was a rather frustrating read for me due to the incredible amount of obscure names for everything. There were just so many different odd names and titles for things that it became rather overwhelming and hard to follow. I realize that it isn't our world, so things would be different, but I just think things went a little too far in that aspect. I mean, every single thing had a odd name from the people, to the town, and all the different subjects in their school, and honestly my eyes started to cross rather early on. At first I tried to keep everyone and everything straight, but it soon became apparent that wasn't going to work so well and I wound up feeling rather detached from the story in general. I have to be honest that I'm not the biggest fan of Noon. I realize that she's rather insecure due to the oddity of being the only female with her type of magic and that couldn't have been easy to grow up that way. However, she came off as rather petulant and immature which quickly grated on my nerves. Even though she was supposed to be in her early twenties, she came off as much younger and immature. In fact, I'm not really sure what the love interest saw in her, and as a result I had a hard time finding it to be realistic. From the start she had fears that he was only interested in her because she was an oddity, which was another source of her constant fussing. Even though it seemed like her worries were unfounded, in all honesty I would have found that to be more believable than the overwhelmingly quick love and mushy stuff on his behalf. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against fast moving love, but I have to actually care about both of the characters to believe in it. In the end, I'm rather disappointed with Dark Light of Day, which is a shame since it had such an interesting premise and so much potential. That being said, I'm intrigued enough to give this series one more chance since by the end of this book, Noon did seem to start to make a turn around in her behavior and acceptance of who she is, so perhaps the next installment will be better.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Leeanna

    This review originally appeared on my blog, Leeanna.me. == The first in the Noon Onyx series, DARK LIGHT OF DAY is a paranormal/urban fantasy set at in a demon law school. Yup, you read that right. Noon is studying to be a Maegester, a demon peacekeeper/lawyer/executioner when necessary. Armageddon is over. The demons won, they rule Halja, and they love rules. Women of the Host are Mederi healers, men are Maegester destroyers. But something went wrong with Noon and her twin brother, Night. She’s k This review originally appeared on my blog, Leeanna.me. == The first in the Noon Onyx series, DARK LIGHT OF DAY is a paranormal/urban fantasy set at in a demon law school. Yup, you read that right. Noon is studying to be a Maegester, a demon peacekeeper/lawyer/executioner when necessary. Armageddon is over. The demons won, they rule Halja, and they love rules. Women of the Host are Mederi healers, men are Maegester destroyers. But something went wrong with Noon and her twin brother, Night. She’s kept her waning magic a secret her entire life, but when her mother sends an application to St. Lucifer’s, the best demon law school, Noon can’t keep her secret any longer. Maegesters can feel each other’s magical signatures, and if she doesn’t admit what she is, she’ll die for not telling the truth. Demons don’t like waste. Noon is an interesting character. She doesn’t want to destroy anything or work with demons, but because she has waning magic, she doesn’t have a choice about her future. Emotionally, she’s all over the place: sometimes strong, sometimes insecure. There were a few times I wanted to shake her, but overall, I found her realistic for a twenty-one year old. It was great to see her grow over the course of the book. The beginning of DARK LIGHT OF DAY does dump a lot of information, but after I got past that, I didn’t put the book down until I finished it. I thought the setting was super creative -- the world hasn’t ended with Armageddon. People pay taxes, work, go to school, and oh yeah, offer tribute to the appropriate demon. I also liked St. Lucifer’s; I tend to like books set at schools, so I liked the descriptions of Noon’s classes and student life. The only part of the book that I didn’t like were the romantic interests, Peter and Ari. Peter is Noon’s best friend, an Angel who has promised to help her find a way to get rid of her waning magic. Ari is a fellow Maegester and student at St. Lucifer’s. Both like Noon for different reasons, and she likes them, but isn’t sure where her future lies. I thought they were both jerks in their own way, and didn’t see any chemistry between them and Noon. Other than Peter and Ari, I really enjoyed DARK LIGHT OF DAY. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Noon next, and what other demons she’ll have to deal with. == Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. See more of my reviews:

  29. 4 out of 5

    Silver Lining

    Fade in on a girl who is not who she was meant to be. It has been two millennia since Armageddon. A new society emerged from the ashes of a very destructive war. Noon Onyx was born into this apocalyptic world. Sure, Heaven may have been destroyed - or so it is believed - and Lucifer (Luck for short) may have died on the battlefield. Sure, demons rule the world, and Humans... Errr, Hyrkes, have to worship them. Sure, everyone has to follow very strict rules or else, the demons will live how they in Fade in on a girl who is not who she was meant to be. It has been two millennia since Armageddon. A new society emerged from the ashes of a very destructive war. Noon Onyx was born into this apocalyptic world. Sure, Heaven may have been destroyed - or so it is believed - and Lucifer (Luck for short) may have died on the battlefield. Sure, demons rule the world, and Humans... Errr, Hyrkes, have to worship them. Sure, everyone has to follow very strict rules or else, the demons will live how they instinctively want to live : by chaos. But life goes on, right ? Except Noon's family has a secret. See, some Hyrke are born with magic. Those magical Hyrke are called the Host. Magic is based on gender : women have life magic, men have death magic. Death magic, or waning magic, is the only magic that may control or kill a demon. And Noon is the only women that was born with waning magic. Now, Noon is 21 and is sent to St Lucifer's demon law school to master her future career and her power. Her family has always hidden her power, ashamed of the mishap that made her different. However, at 21 she must declare herself a waning magic practitioner or risk being found and die. There's only one waning hope left : her best friend and teenage crush, Peter, is an angel. He is very erudite and will stop at nothing to find the Reversal Spell that could make her who she was meant to be. Noon has to take a decision and quickly. Her power is becoming more and more difficult to control, which is a danger to her friends. And she has met Ari, a very handsome boy and a waning magic practitioner who wants to do everything with and for her... And Noon is not sure she wants to say no... As you can see, I loved the background story. The fact that Noon was in a law school made it even more interesting : as she learnt more clearly how her society worked, we had an even clearer view of the society she lived in. The writing style - very important for me - was fluid and great. I loved the quotes (English or Latin, I love it the same !). But this is only worth three and half stars. Why is that ? I like strong female character. Noon was strong, but not all the way. Sometimes, she was even childish. Sometimes, she seemed like a girl who simply didn't know what she wanted. And indecision can be interested but too much is boring. I was happy when Peter came back. The story finally moved forward. As much as the character, the story was stalling at times and taking big leaps punctually. It is a good story, and I recommend it, but take note : if some moments are great, others are boring. Finally, I must admit I also love jokes. I don't strive on them, but if I could find one or two in the next book, I'll be happy to read them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Greathouse

    Dark Light of Day is the first book in the Noon Onyx series by Jill Archer. Blurb: 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 Dark Light of Day is the first book in the Noon Onyx series by Jill Archer. Blurb: 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. My thoughts: Noon Onyx is a young woman on the verge of the biggest change of her life. By law, anyone with waning magic much announce it before their twenty first birthday - the penalty for not doing so is death. Noon hates that she has waning magic - hates everything that comes with it - everything that is expected from someone who wields that magic. She and her parents have kept her abilities hidden from the rest of the world. But the decision has been taken out of her hands now - as time has run out. Noon must announce her abilities and take her rightful place among the other students who possess waning magic - or face the consequences. Dark Light of Day is a very different read - not in the way it is written. It reads very much like a YA novel - but in the world that has been created. I’ve read a great many books - most of us have - and in all of the good versus evil books I’ve read - good eventually wins. Not so in Dark Light of Day. Some people may be offended by this book simply because evil has won. It was a bit off putting for me - if I am being completely honest. Not so much that evil won - but that goodness was dead and no longer relevant. That being said, Dark Light of Day is just not my cuppa tea. Product Details Reading level: Ages 18 and up Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Ace (September 25, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0425257150 ISBN-13: 978-0425257159

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