Dark Light of Day

Dark Light of Day

by Jill Archer
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Dark Light of Day 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Dark Light of Day has a book synopsis that caught my attention and wouldn't let go. It presents an intriguing and one-of-a-kind premise that offers a satisfying conclusion while leaving some strings undone for any future stories. I will admit that I didn't always understand what was going on but with Ms. Archer's talents it didn't bother me that I didn't get everything a 100%. What I DID enjoy was the sweetly sensual love story between the cooly confident assassin Ari and the unexpectedly powerful Noon, whose father is one of the most powerful men in their community. Ari encourages her to be what she was meant to be even as she struggles with what fate has chosen for her. It's more than her longtime friend, and wannabe-boyfriend, Peter wants for her. He's desperately trying to find a spell to give her the mystical powers her kind is supposed to have. These differences create an emotionally charged lover's triangle that is a welcome distraction from the endless action sequences of training and killing demons. During the events set at the school I couldn't help but be reminded of Harry Potter as these individuals go through much training to perfect their mystical skills. Once their skills are put to the test we get to see a roller coaster assortment of high energy action sequences which escalate into life or death consequences as a killer demon is on the loose hunting healers. These exciting scenes, as well as the likable and memorable characters, made for a fun story that kickstarts this new series nicely. I look forward to seeing these characters mature and the further earth shattering events that may befall them. 3.5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read hundreds of sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal romance novels and I like this one a lot though I will agree that the ending was a bit abrupt. My hope is that there will be a novel about Nightshade coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was great! I was wavering about whether to buy it or not from the reviews and I took the leap and it was worth it! Highest praise I can truly give is that I will buy the second book in the series! Armageddan has passed over a thosand years ago. Demons and angels live among us. In order to keep the peace, the laws must be kept and followed. We find ourselves following Noon to St. Lucifer's Law School, where she must declare her true powers or face death. The twist being that there has never been a female magistrate (one who has the power to control demons enough to mediate between them and their followers in order to find peaceful solutions or to kill them if the demon has become rouge). We follow Noon through the twists and turns of her life as she blazes a new trail through preconceived mores and fears to find who she truly is and that she is beautiful and worth being loved as she is by herself and by Ari (who wouldn't want her to change). I gave 4 out of 5 stars bc of the way the last couple of paragraph were structured. I would assume this would be an editor or publisher thing to keep to a certain amout of pages. But the ending should have been allowed a little more detail, instead it felt a little rushed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story greatly. I read a lot of fantasy and this was a unique spin on the post apocalyptic novel....demons AND lawyers hmmm... The ending was a little abrupt though. I feel like there was a missing scene...hence four stars! I'll be keeping my eye out for more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this story takes place in a world post demon-angel war. it is a wonderful interpretation of what Could be. it takes place in a 'modern' world that the author does a fantastic job of placing the reader in. the characters are realistic and the story is really well written. the end leaves a lot of questions for the next book to interpret!
mpedersen More than 1 year ago
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.
WildAboutBones More than 1 year ago
I was pulled into the story with the first paragraph. Ms. Archer has created a unique world filled with vivid characters and interesting scenarios based on the premise that Armageddon has already come and Lucifer's army won. With this in mind, I wasn't sure what to expect. But the world Archer created is not what you'd automatically assume it to be. I absolutely love the world she's created. Can't wait to see what's next, where the series goes from here. I finished the book in two days but have taken two months to write the review because the story and characters stayed with me. I wanted to wait to see if my feeling about the story would change with time. But here it is two months later, and I still miss the characters and the world. I'm not usually a fan of first person because most authors can't write it well. Jill Archer is one of the few who writes it great! This reminds me a bit of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series except with demons and angels instead of vampires and damphirs and graduate school instead of high school. Also has a bit of a Chicagoland Vampires (Chloe Neill's series) feel to it. I highly recommend this book and series.
shortcircuit More than 1 year ago
book starts slow, but pickups real nice
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The post-apocalyptic setting doesn't feature the wreckage of sky scrapers twisted grotesquely or an environment savaged by storms and shorelines lost to the greenhouse effect. Instead it's a fascinating look at a city that feels right for high fantasy rather than urban fantasy per se. References to a flash light and electricity are grace notes to steampunk-esque reinventions of "cabriolets" (transportation) and "harmonics" (phone-like communication). As for the plot, Noon faces challenges from several quarters, with the key elements being (1) mysterious abductions at railway stations & possibility of serial killer (2) Noon's trial by fire - literally - as a first year maegester in training assigned to a demon determined to divorce his insane wife, but there's no divorce for demons (3) figuring out a tangle of personal relationships, the hardest being her indecision about what she really wants to do in the future with her life. Some reviewers didn't click with Noon, but I can relate to he grad student moment when you've got to choose the path that will define your future. The sex scenes are adult in nature, and Ari is such a great love interest... mm. Can't wait to start book 2!
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
So what happens when you go through Armageddon but the world still exists? I mean, how cool is that concept? Demons are definitely walking around like they are cool LOL and Lucifer has taken over, except he's in his own little predicament from all these battles. The main character has magical powers, but it's not really the nice kind... It freaking destroys things.... Hmmm, that would be cool if you needed to have a trash day and needed to obliterate it... but not so cool when you destroy things that you need.  Normally, I like to say that I think the heroine-Noon happens to be the coolest name ever- is way cool and bad ass, but *sigh* I think she needs to grow a little more. She is trying so hard to change her magic gifts into her sister's that she's forgetting to live, and make good decisions, like not dating crazy people hahahaha I actually still really like this book, I just want Noon to figure out that her magic can be used in good ways too, and to learn to love herself. However, I loved her relationship with her friends. When it wasn't surrounded around her magic, she's very much a likable character. I predict in future books, she's going to HAVE to grow up and get with it, or her magic and her craziness is going to get her into trouble.  I liked the world building. It's not so different that it's far-fetched , but different enough that it's still fantasy. There's some very interesting themes about laws and religions, and I liked the way they were done here. I am definitely looking forward to more from this series, and I really hope Noon can finish with her sad self, and become the kick ass self I know she can be in book two!!! 4 DEMONICALLY DELICIOUS PAWS!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There wasn't a whole lot that I liked about this book. The "heroine"--whiny, egotistical. I never did figure out what was so bad about having waning magic. So what if she was the first woman to ever have it. Her twin brother was the first male to have waxing magic but he wasn't whining and complaining about it. I agree with another reviewer that she acted like a 14-year-old. This was more of angst-filled love story than urban fantasy. I didn't like her, Peter, or her parents. The best part of the story is Ari. He is a great mature guy with a good head on his shoulders. There is no action in the story. It is basically Noon whining all the time because she isn't a healer. I won't be buying any more of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great premise and fairly interesting world, but the characters need to grow up -- their maturity levels are more like 14 year olds than 20 somethings. Other than the painfully angsty romance, decent fantasy book. Not at the top of my list but not at the bottom either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is terrible. First if you are a Christian I urge you to stay away from this book. It will offend your religious beliefs. I don't consider myself a Bible thumping, go to church everyday type of individual, but the author writes of a world where the Savior (for Christians, that would be Jesus Christ)has been defeated by Lucifer. In this world Lucifer is made out to be a hero. Worshiping demons is acceptable. There's no conflict with this reality. The sacrifice of blood is considered an acceptable reality. Second this book is bad even if you're not a religious person. The main character can't be described as a hero. She's more of selfish self-centered individual. The book tries to be more of a romance novel than an actual sci-fi fantasy novel. Third from the storytelling perspective, the book lacks action, adventure,or intrigue. In the beginning the book reads interestingly enough, but after a while it continues to drag on. I'm deeply disappointed in this book and I do not recommend it.