Saturday, June 22, 2013

Review: Fiery Edge of Steel by Jill Archer

Fiery Edge of Steel
Author: Jill Archer
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Ace
Noon Onyx Book #2
ISBN:  0425257169
ISBN13: 9780425257166
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher

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…

I hate to have to admit it, I enjoyed book 1 more than FIERY EDGE OF STEEL. Although a lot happened it just didn't catch my attention as much as DARK LIGHT OF DAY did. I missed Noon's friends and her school life. She did learn new things on her journey but I had a hard time staying in the zone. It started off really slow and didn't really pick up as the book moved on. I found myself hoping that scenes would end but they just kept going sometimes. I am a tad bit confused about some ending events but I can not mention what confuses me without giving away spoilers. The magic was nice to witness and there was growth. I'm pretty bummed about what happened towards the end, I am sure you will be too.

I'm at a loss for what more to say without giving away things you probably want to read for yourself. Hopefully book 3 will be more like book 1. I am willing to keep reading to find out. 

I gave it 2/5 stars


  1. I read the first book based on your recommendation and loved it. I have book 2 on my buy list so I am disappointed that it does not measure up to the first one. Part of the appeal of the first was the university setting - a bit like Harry Potter at a later stage. I can see how leaving that setting would impact the story.

  2. It really did impact it. I was sad to realize I was just not into it. I was really looking forward to it. I really hope book 3 brings it back to the parts we love. If you are still up to it there are parts in book 2 that you will want to know about if you plan to read book 3.


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