Fiery Edge of Steel

Fiery Edge of Steel

by Jill Archer

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Fiery Edge of Steel by Jill Archer

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, 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 remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, a task that 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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425257166
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: A Noon Onyx Novel Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 698,379
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jill Archer earned a bachelor of science from Pennsylvania State University and later moved to Baltimore to attend the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. She went on to practice law for ten years. Jill now lives with her two children and her husband, who is a recreational pilot. Her weekends are often spent flying around in the family’s small Cessna, visiting tiny, untowered airfields and other local points of interest.

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“Archer delves deeper into the enticing and magical world of Dark Light of Day in this original and clever urban fantasy. Noon Onyx, the only female at St. Lucifer’s School of Law to possess waning magic, is still coming to terms with her new role in life. She has a duty to keep demons in line but can’t bring herself to destroy them. As a Maegester-in-Training, she is given her first field assignment and Guardian Angel, both unwelcome surprises. Noon is sent to investigate the mysterious disappearances of several residents of a place called the Shallows, and promptly handle the demon who’s been accused of causing those disappearances. Unfortunately, that demon is a myth—or so Noon thinks. Excitement and action leap from the pages as Archer’s skill with description pulls readers fully into her magical world.” – Publishers Weekly

“The second Noon Onyx story is an astounding adventure tale. Archer’s unique world, where Lucifer’s army triumphed at Armageddon, is filled with adherence to strict laws that keep an uneasy peace between races. This is proving to be a really fresh and fascinating series!” – Romantic Times

Praise for Dark Light of Day

"[Archer] casts a spell on readers."—Genre Go Round Reviews

"Very original and enjoyable."—Rabid Reads

"Spectacular debut novel by a soon-to-be-star."—Faith Hunter, USA Today bestselling author

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Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great urban fantasy. The author has created a completely unique post-apocalyptic world where demons and angels co-exist somewhat peacefully. Noon Onyx is a talented but undisciplined waning magic user who is being tasked to uncover those responsible for deaths in a far-flung fisherman's village.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully original magical adventure and I am loving this mismatched band of travelers that gave me a laugh here and there as Noon Onyx and her band of angels battle to save The Shallows, fighting fabulous demons with their magic. I love how Noon Onyx grows and develops while on their mission and there are plenty of surprises and second chances along the way that kept me reading til the early hours of the morning. I won this book and now I wonder why it took me so long to read it. I won this book and have not read the first Noon Onyx story, Dark Light of Day, by Jill Archer. Even though this is the second book in the series, I felt it filled in enough blanks, that my reading enjoyment did not suffer because of it. The result of their mission is wrapped up, but there is more to come and, if you are like me, you will want to know what happens on their next adventure and to know…what about Ari?
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.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
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 Nocturo (Night) was the waxing magic (once only accorded to women). Women were the creators not the destroyers. Noon’s ability to wield waning magic will become both a curse and a blessing. Fiery Edge of Steel premise falls quickly on the heels of Dark Light of Day when our heroine Noon Onyx has been given the unenviable task of tracking down a killer and bringing him or her to justice; a potential rogue demon who has murdered numerous men and women in a small fishing village hundreds of miles away. The investigation will determine innocence or guilt and it will be up to Noon to mete out justice or the sentence when all is said and done. Jill Archer takes the reader on a journey through hellacious swamp lands and black waters infested with numerous demons and magical creatures from childhood nightmares.  The storyline is awash in mythical legends and lore once believed to be the foundation of many spiritual systems of belief.  The world building continues to be aggressive, involved, detailed and dramatic.  Any lull in the action will be countered with a renewed construct of Archer’s imagination.   Saying that, the storyline and premise are infinitely detailed with a spiritual belief system that rivals any religious construct or history and, is used to build upon the world of which Archer continues to create. The characters are colorful and many mask their true identities and purpose. The relationship between Noon and Ari continues to grow but will be met with a force so destructive that their love may never survive. As their journey proceeds, so too, do the threats against Noon and her companions as they search for a murdering demon. Jill Archer brings originality to a genre that can get bogged down in the supernatural but the magic with which she weaves her story will pull the reader into a world of gifted angels and terrifying demons. But not all is as it appears in the world of Noon Onyx.  Sometimes even demons can be an angel in disguise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The world building is fantastic, and I still love Ari...
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
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 demon ruler starts loosing his friends, Noon and Ari have to find out what’s happening. They also have to work with angels to do this. It gets really fun, as the other demons just love to attack. So there’s some good action in this one. Also, you get to learn some things about both Noon and Ari you didn’t see in book one.  I am really enjoying this series. It get a little complicated when you start trying to talk about things in the continuations of a series because then you run into spoilers- and I don’t do spoilers- but I recommend this one to those who like action, who happen to like new takes on demons and laws, and apocalyptic type worlds and some quite interesting characters with some fun magic!!! 4.5 Demonically Delicious PAWS!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago