Book Review: Fiery Edge of Steel by: Jill Archer

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Ace

Publish Date: May 28, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Mass Market Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

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

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

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

Review: Noon Onyx returns in ‘Fiery Edge of Steel’, the second book in the series. Noon has now declared herself to have waning magic and is in training to be a Magister. Yet, she still has what others would consider a “soft” heart for a person who wields so much waning magic. She and her lover Ari, along with their Guardians, are sent on a mission to a very remote outpost to determine if the charges leveled against the regions’ patron demon are warranted. What Noon and her companions will uncover might just change a lot more than a verdict…

‘Fiery Edge of Steel’ was my introduction to Noon and to a world where Lucifer won against the armies of Heaven during Armageddon. I liked Noon, but I felt she needed to step up and own her power – after all, she did declare her waning magic. Although she may not have the bloodthirstiness and coldness of her father, in the end I felt Noon grew up a lot. I think there are definitely more challenges ahead for her, especially considering the wicked curveball Ms. Archer threw her way. I liked the uniqueness of Noon’s world. Even though I hadn't read the first book in this series, I found ‘Fiery Edge of Steel’ to be pretty good. The long time it took for them to reach the outpost gave me time to learn more about Noon and how she ticks. I’m interested in seeing in the fallout from the news Noon and her companions received…to come in the next book.

Noon Onyx series: Dark Light of Day (1), Fiery Edge of Steel (2)


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