By: Jill Archer
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 25th 2012
Armageddon is over. The demons won. And yet somehow…the world has continued. Survivors worship patron demons under a draconian system of tributes and rules. These laws keep the demons from warring among themselves, and the world from slipping back into chaos.
Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, the daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer’s warlords. Noon has a secret: She was born with waning magic, the dark, destructive, fiery power that is used to control demons and maintain the delicate peace among them. But a woman with waning magic is unheard of, and some would consider her an abomination.
Noon is summoned to attend St. Lucifer’s, a school of demon law. She must decide whether to declare her powers there…or to attempt to continue hiding them, knowing the price for doing so may be death. And once she meets the forbiddingly powerful Ari Carmine—who suspects Noon is harboring magic as deadly as his own—Noon realizes there may be more at stake than just her life.
I was impressed with the synopsis of this book, but I somewhat felt lied to based on what was in the book. There was a lot of info dumping at the start of the book, it would have been better if the info was more spaced out in the book. There was just too much to take in to start off a book.
Noon and her twin brother Night are considered abnormal since their magic has been “switched”. Most males born from host families have Waning Magic, or destroyer magic. Most Females are born with Waxing Magic, or healer magic. Instead Noon has the Waning Magic and Night has Waxing. Now instead of their parents teaching them how to hone and use their magic, they were both treated as “normal humans” that had no magic what so ever. This bothered me a lot and this issue carried throughout the entire book.
Noon's mother has her shipped off to St. Lucifer’s Law School. Noon is once again put in a situation where she must hide what she is, or attracting a lot of attention because she is a prized commodity. She meets a young man named Ari, who is also a student at the same school. Ari knows who and what Noon is, and pretty much threatens to expose her. Noon also has a friend that is an angel, named Peter, who promised to her to find a reversal spell that can change her Waning Magic to Waxing Magic.
Noon was such a wreck in this book, one minute she is in love with Ari and cannot picture herself without him, the next minute she hates him, since he is forcing her to face what she really is. When she hates on Ari, she is wishing that she was with Peter. Peter is making Noon promise that when he does find this spell and perform it that Noon will give herself over to him. When she agrees to this promise with Peter she starts to question if this is what she really wants, and then starts to think about Ari all over again.
If Noon isn’t even sure of who she is, I don't get how she can figure out who she wants to be with. This was maybe the worst train wreck of a love triangle I have ever read in a book. The only saving grace for me in the book was the relationship Noon has with her dorm roommate Ivy and her cousin Fitz. Neither one of them had any idea who Noon was or the fact that she had magic in her; since they are both humans. The two of them treated Noon like she was a human being and not some sort of powerful magical artifact. Even when they do find out later on in the book, they don’t treat her any differently, and they still want to be friends with her. If they chose to high-tail it out of there, I think at that point I would have put the book down.
I found it somewhat difficult to even follow the story that was going on, since that seem to take a backseat to what was going on with Noon and her personal struggles throughout the book.
About the Author:
Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jill earned a bachelor of science from Penn 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 as a “dirt lawyer” for ten years, specializing in real estate law, municipal development, commercial leasing, and anything involving exceedingly lengthy legalese-like contractual monstrosities.
Jill now lives in rural Maryland with her two children and husband, who is a recreational pilot. Weekends are often spent flying around in the family’s small Cessna, visiting tiny un-towered airfields and other local points of interest.