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Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx #2)

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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. He
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Ace
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What is the deal lately with the whiny, sniveling heroines in books? I really enjoyed the world building in the first book of this series and felt some empathy for Noon who should have been a waxing magic user (think: plants, healers, life) and instead, she was born as the only woman to hold waning magic (think: fire, enforcer, withering plant life).

In this story, though, she was constantly complaining, constantly petulant, never willing to take responsibility. And WHY any guy would be intereste
“Fiery Edge of Steel” is a moving and fun story about choices and consequences and love. The story starts off after Noon’s break between her first year and second learning to be a Magistrates. Basically she is a member of the Host, and as such she has magic. Nothing unusual with the Host but in New Babylon thousands of years after the Apocalypse. There are Demons, Angels, The Host and Humans. Many demons are under the guidance and law of the Magistrates. The world build is a bit complex and the ...more
Quinn David
Okay. I actually have to pause from reading in order to review this book. When I read the first was I found it to be overall enjoyable. Not a great work of fiction by any means but a fun pastime that kept me entertained. I wasn't super excited to start the next book but I figured it would be alright. At this point, though, I'm starting to think I might have been wrong in my analysis.

Problem 1: the recap. Now I find series recaps to be one of the hardest things to pull of by authors. Some get it
Captivating. Ms. Archer has created a unique world filled with vivid characters and interesting scenarios based on the premise that Armageddon came 2000 years ago, and Lucifer's army won. But the world Archer created is not what you'd automatically assume it to be. I absolutely love the world she's created and adore her characters.

I read this second book immediately after reading book one, Dark Light of Day, and it doesn't disappoint. While it could have been read as a stand alone, for the best
This review originally appeared on my blog,


The second book in the Noon Onyx series, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL picks up Noon’s story just after book one, DARK LIGHT OF DAY . At the start of the book, Noon and her boyfriend Ari are at a Carne Vale: a demon execution. But Noon, still uncomfortable with the thought of killing demons, isn’t thrilled about having to participate. She doesn’t want to kill a demon just because she’s been told he’s guilty. She wants to know he’s guilty for hers
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Noon Onyx is a waning magic user--the same magic used to control the demons who won Armageddon. Her magic is not what's extraordinary, it's that she's a woman with an ability that manifests only in men. In the series' first book, DARK LIGHT OF DAY, Noon had to come to grips with her ability and be trained so she wouldn't be a danger to herself and others.

As her schooling progresses, Noon has improved--even if her control still isn't what it should be. But even as a maegester-in-training there is
The most incredible thing happened during this book !
I changed my mind three times I never do that about a book.

Well, now I'm sure you wonder what got into me (or you don't actually care and want me to write my damn review).

For starters, I'd like to applaud Jill Archer. I still think her settings are pretty cool and it doesn't get old by the second book like it did with Shadow Reader.
Also, the characters evolve but they keep true to how they were originally made, which is a lacking trait in most
Nicole Hewitt
In Fiery Edge of Steel, Noon is starting to become more comfortable with her powers, but she's still reluctant to use them to kill. But, when she's sent off to the middle of nowhere on a field assignment, she finds that she has to learn to focus her powers - or die.

The negatives:

Slow start.
The first half of this book was a bit uneventful. Besides the part where Noon tries to choose her Guardian Angel (which I really enjoyed), not much really happens until the group is well on its way to The Sh
Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat Read

Archer is back with the second installment of her Noon Onxy series, and I must say that I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one. Maybe, dare I say, just a little bit more. As with book one, this novel grabbed me right from the start and wouldn’t let me go until I had finished it. The only reason that it took me longer to read was because I had to wait for my library to get a copy back in so I could finish it (I didn’t realize that I had s
And then came the second part... thank the writing gods! I can't believe it but this story is getting better and better.

Noon is assigned a case in the field. This time, she will have to deal with the real possibility of judging and executing a demon if found at fault. For that daunting purpose, she takes to the road so to speak in the company of a very interesting threesome.

- companion number one: Ari, attractive and powerful Magister-in-Training
- companion number two: a sea captain that will h
I really enjoyed the first book in the Noon Onyx series, Dark Light of Day (I would definitely recommend reading it first, since there is a lot of world building that will allow you to dive right in to this book) and I wasn’t disappointed in Fiery Edge of Steel either. The action was stepped up a notch, when Noon and Ari, along with the two angels working with them, Rafe and Fara, go on a field assignment to the Shallows. The area is a remote outpost that has reported problems with its patron de ...more
Fiery Edge of Steel follows Noon during her second year at St. Lucifer's Law School. Having somewhat embraced her waning magic power, Noon finds herself with a whole new set of problems, and a whole new demon to investigate. With people disappearing from settlements on the frontier and blaming their demon patron, Noon is sent with Ari and his guardian angel to find out what is going go, and if necessary kill the rogue demon. Their journey up the Lethe River is amazing. It takes up about half the ...more
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With its very original post-apocalyptic setting and a fascinating main character, I had hoped FIERY EDGE OF STEEL would be better than it turned out. Sadly, this second book in the Noon Onyx series fell flat with a very slow beginning and poor world building. FIERY EDGE OF STEEL was different from the first book, DARK LIGHT OF DAY, in a few ways, but what stuck out to me was that it didn’t take place at the university for most of the book which means we
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A Triple Play With the Fascinating World of Jill Archer's FIERY EDGE OF STEEL
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I began writing this post while still reading FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, but my review was forming as I read and has kept coming back to a few thoughts. Since time is running out on me for getting this post up I wanted to give you my impressions even as I continued to read and I finished the book before I finished my post:

This is ab
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Noon is the only known female to hold waning magic, the power used to control the demons who won the apocalypse eons ago. So to say she has a bit of a hard time fitting in would be an understatement. Unlike her counterparts, she does not revel in the power and it's destructive nature, and as a result is very reluctant to learn to harness it. This has led to a lack of control that gets dangerous at times. But, she's still trying to come to te
Maria Mitchell
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for a review.

I really wanted to like Fiery Edge of Steel by author Jill Archer. In fact, I started reading it right as soon as it arrived. It was the second book in a series and I had not read the first so I didn't really know what to expect. But based on the description I thought for sure it'd be a book I'd love.

Noon was an interesting, brave, and passionate protagonist. I really liked her character. Her love an affection for Ari was o

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The Apocalypse has come and gone. And, the demons won. Now Hyrkes (humans), Demons, Angels and Hosts (those that are human with a drop of demon blood, causing them to possess magic) have learned to coexist together.

Noon Onyx is the first female Host in existence, wielding waning magic, which before her appeared in only males. She is a Maegester-in-training, as most hosts with waning magic are, perfecting her skills to be
3.75 stars

FIERY EDGE OF STEEL is the second instalment in Jill Archer’s dystopian Noon Onyx urban fantasy/post-apocolyptic series.

BACKGROUND : 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 22 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 Noc
Maghon Thomas
We have the sequel to Dark Light of Day, and we’re going on a field trip! Noon is growing, even if a little slowly, but that’s a good thing, as you have to have somewhere for your characters to go. She is learning about her magic and how it works, and she’s not running from everything as she once did. ooooh And though we have a few characters that I liked from the first book not have some major page time, we get to meet Rafe… I will leave it at that for now :)

Things are complicated. When a demo
Sabina Bundgaard
Last year a friend of mine gave me Darkest Light of Day, the first book in the Noon Onyx series. I got fascinated by the world Jill Archer had created. See, normally when we read about Armageddon, the good guys always win. Oh they might endure a whole hell lot of damage, but in the end… the good guys ALWAYS win. Not in Jill’s books.

Armageddon came and left and the BAD guys won. The Demons won. Guess what? The world is still turning. The sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. People’s
Nouiomo Onyx and her brother Nocturo are unique personages among the denizens of Halja, the post apocalyptic country in which Lucifer and his army rose victorious against the Savior and his angels almost two thousand years ago. In this world of demons and angels who live among humans it is up to the Host, humans whose bloodlines are mixed with demon-kind, to prevent total chaos by upholding and enforcing the strict laws of the land. The Host possess magical abilities. The females are born with w ...more
Kristin Taggart
I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!

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“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, along with a lack of control and a reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider among 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 r
Noon Onyx has had a difficult life. She's sworn herself from ever using her waning magic, most especially against another person. It's not that she fears the magic itself, mind you. She abhors using it to harm others. Deep inside, the magic and her temperament collide on so many levels. Part of her wants to remain aloof, while another part of her knows she'll need to confront the circumstances that have led her to where she is now.

Faced with a difficult decision, Noon soon realizes that life isn
Krystal Willingham
Fiery Edge of Steel is about a girl named Noon Onyx (which is a badass name btw) who gets to be the very first host to wield the destructive waning magic. Does she think this is awesome? Hell no, she hates every part of it. She hates killing, she hates the way everyone looks at her and so forth. But does she suck it up and do the best she can. Hell no again. Honestly, throughout the whole book she is whiney and runs away from almost everything that she has to do for her job I guess you could cal ...more
Review to come with blog tour next week. DEFINITELY NOT DISAPPOINTED. <3
Jill Archer is now at the top of my "always buy" list. This has everything I adore about fantasy novels: unique world, strong characters with flaws-but not wholly ruined-, great plot, smart writing.

This picks up where DARK LIGHT OF DAY left off. Noon is now Primoris and given a new case along with her lover, Ari, who is Secundis. They are heading to the dangerous shallows, after a complaint is received by
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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 ...more
An improvement on the first book, and Noon finally shows signs of growth. The plot is again a little slow, but better spread out over the book.
One thing that I didn't like about the structure of the plot is that it doesn't let the reader reach conclusions on their own. This lack of foreshadowing removes any sort of mystery from the book, which I think is crucial for this kind of story. Basically the Noon comes to her own conclusions, and her entire train of thought is described with painstaking
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, I found the world to be incredibly fascinating with a new concept. When you read as many urban fantasies as I do, it is great when you find something absolutely new.

However, the second book, I did not enjoy as much. Noon's hesitance about embracing her waning magic I found endearing in the first book, but annoying in the second book. At the end of the first, she decides to claim her waning magic and reject the possibility of having waxing magic, s
Molly Smith
Wow, I was surprised by the ending. Completely taken off guard and I loved it. I think in some ways this story was better than the last one. There is a good deal of suspense and I enjoy the journey and the learning and maturing that comes with the nature of this series. It is a nice blend of fantasy, adventure, mystery and detective drama along with procedural drama. Looking forward to starting the next book in the series.
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Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels about a post-grad magic user and her off-campus adventures. The series includes DARK LIGHT OF DAY, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, and WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE. Jill lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.
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