Pocket Full of Tinderby Jill Archer
Maegester-in-Training Noon Onyx feels like she's done it all - mastered fiery magic, become an adept fighter, learned the law, killed countless demons, and survived
Noon Onyx is back! In this long-awaited fourth installment, Jill Archer returns readers to the dangerous world of Halja, where demons, angels, and humans coexist in an uneasy state of détente.
Maegester-in-Training Noon Onyx feels like she's done it all - mastered fiery magic, become an adept fighter, learned the law, killed countless demons, and survived having her heart broken by both love and an arrow, but now she'll face her greatest challenge yet...
Far to the north lies an outpost famous for its unrest - Rockthorn Gorge. The town's patron has specifically requested Noon's help. Her assignment? Help the neophyte demon lord build his fiefdom and keep what's his. The problem? Lord Aristos - Noon's new employer - is her erstwhile lover, Ari Carmine, the aforementioned heart breaker. And the number one thing he wants is her.
When Rockthorn Gorge's viaduct is destroyed by Displodo, an enigmatic bomber, killing a dozen settlers and wounding scores more, Noon sets off early to aid in the search and rescue. Ari is listed among the missing and the suspects are legion. But Noon's search is just the beginning. Her journey forces Noon to confront not only those she loves, but also enemies hell-bent on destroying them.
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I am really enjoying reading this series. I received a free copy from NetGalley for an honest review and I am glad I did. Jill Archer is a very good writer, I only wish I had this series in paperback. Really good.
I stumbled upon Jill Archer's "Fiery Edge of Steel," at a small old book store in Vancouver, WA. There were no other books by her there and figured why not. I realized there was more back story, once I started reading. This did not hamper the story at all for me. I was hooked from Jill's usage of latin, proverbs, historic insights, her inspirations, puns, daily life routines, character development and above all her usage of fire in all four of her novels. The interconnected lives of her characters draws you in further in to a deadly world where one wrong word or phrase can lead you down into a rabbit hole. "Pocket Full of Tinder," captured ever ounce of my attention until I finished. Jill Archer put it best "Watch a writer become the artisan of her own fortune..."("Pocket Full of Tinder" pg.354). I laughed, felt sullen, was excited, on the edge, and could not put down this inspiring series. I own all four, and suggest them all: "Dark Light of Day," "Fiery Edge of Steel," "White Heart of Justice," and "Pocket Full of Tinder."Glad you listened to your fans to engineer your very own "Magna Fax" for those who follow your splendid work.
Nouiomo Onyx returns in Pocket Full of Tinder. Noon, a Maegester-in-training, has accepted an externship in the remote settlement of Rockthorn Gorge. Her assignment is of critical importance to the Demon Council because of their interest in the hydroelectric dam that is currently under construction. On the surface, the job is exactly what she has been training for, but there are complications. A saboteur known only by the pseudonym Displodo has been using explosives with the goal of permanently halting the dam's construction. Many have died during these attacks, including the town's last patron. Rockthorn Gorge's newly elected patron is Ari Carmine, who is Noon's ex-lover. Noon and Ari have not seen each other since their dramatic split. Noon arrives with her Guardian Angel Fara and her pet hellhound on the heels of a new attack on the dam's viaduct. At the scene, Noon and her team join Rockthorn Gorge's citizens in clearing debris and searching for survivors. As she works, she realizes that Displodo may be one of Ari's advisors, someone with access to insider information . Can Noon expose the saboteur before more people are killed, and ensure the dam's successful completion? There is something for everyone in Pocket Full of Tinder: magical skirmishes, romance, espionage, betrayal, death, and redemption. I really enjoy this series. Noon, her companions, and her foes are well-written and have complex motivations that serve to catapult the story in surprising directions. Although the story starts slow, it's action-packed once it gets rolling. Jill Archer's world building skill is incredible. Halja can be a perilous place, where humans like Noon, whose bloodlines are mixed with demon blood, use their magical skill to enforce the strict laws of the land to maintain peace. Archer deftly utilizes Latin to provide an authentic feel to Halja's mythos. Rockthorn Gorge in particular is a harrowing locale. Situated in a rugged, northern outpost, Noon must gain access by funicular and then descend a steep ravine, foreshadowing the hazards ahead. Noon Onyx is a great heroine. Due to her unique position of being the sole human female who possesses waning magic, she is always being tested. In Pocket Full of Tinder she faces her greatest test to date. Pummeled on all sides by demons who want to measure her skills and enemies who want to destroy what she has pledged to defend, Noon must be on top of her game. It doesn't help that she has mixed feelings for her ex-lover and boss, who is determined to win her back. Although powerful and extremely badass, Noon's decisions are tempered by an admirable degree of love and compassion. I appreciate that she has a great sense of humor, is fiercely loyal to her friends and that she has one heck of a stylist. Archer has taken the series to new heights. Pocket Full of Tinder is an emotional roller coaster for both Noon and the reader. Filled with scares and delights, Noon's story continues to deliver satisfaction and unexpected plot twists. Pocket Full of Tinder can be read as a standalone, but I would suggest reading the entire series; it's time well spent. I am a big fan of this series and hope to read about Noon's life and adventures for years to come.
4.5 stars---POCKET FULL OF TINDER is the fourth installment in Jill Archer’s UF/Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic NOON ONYX 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 Nocturo (Nightshade) was the waxing magic (once only accorded to women). Women are the creators not the destroyers. Noon’s ability to wield waning magic will become both a curse and a blessing- in more ways than one. Told from first person point of view (Noon Onyx) POCKET FULL OF TINDER is the continuing story of Maegester-in-Training Noon Onyx, as she struggles with who she is and what she has become. At the end of book three-White Heart of Justice-Noon walked away from the only man she has ever loved after a perceived betrayal and lie of omission forced our heroine to choose between love and a happily ever after, and living a life she knows as a lie. POCKET FULL OF TINDER is witness to Noon’s latest assignment that will bring our heroine face to face with her new employer at Rockthorn Gorge-Lord Aristos aka Ari Carmine aka the man that she loves. What ensues is the rebuilding romance between Noon and Ari, and the search for the person(s) responsible for the continued attacks against, and the destruction of a dam project near Rockthorn Gorge. POCKET FULL OF TINDER is a heartbreaking story line; a revealing look at two people whose hearts were shattered by betrayal; whose lives will be destroyed by power and greed; whose happily ever after is never meant to be. We get up close and personal with the hierarchy of demonkind, angels, and the political elite in a post-apocalyptic world governed by magic and power. The premise is complex and original; the characters are passionate, magical and unique; the romance is emotional and intense. Jill Archer NOON ONYX is an amazing, imaginative and fantastic series with flawless text, and a breathtaking premise.