Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer
Paperback, 384 pages
Published Sept. 25th, 2012 by Ace
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.
Dark Light of Day is an adult book but fits into the New Adult category quite well as the main character, Noon, is only 21 and is in her first year of college. She has a younger voice but I think it fit her age perfect. While I say this fits the New Adult category do keep in mind that there is sex. It's not romance book sex, but it's fairly detailed. Other than that one thing I would say that the book would be appropriate for teens as well.
The description mentions Armageddon, but it actually happened 2,000 years ago. So it's only something mentioned in the book. The book feels high fantasy to me but instead of witches or warlocks, etc it was filled with a different sort of magic. There are average people with no magic, then there are those with waxing magic which create things (grow things, heal, etc) and waning magic which destroys things. Getting into descriptions would make this far too lengthy and complicated, but trust me when I say it's really neat. I did struggle at first with the world because Noon mentions things that feel modern to me like turtlenecks, and then mentions food like Innkeepers pie which feels more historical to me. But as I read it really just felt like a new world. More of a fantasy place.
It's a complicated world but I never really felt like I was getting info dumps. Actually I felt like I was tossed in the deep end at first and didn't really understand things, but I think the author did a good job of slowly unraveling the world for us, you just have to get through the first chapter or so.
I really liked Noon and while she sometimes made some annoying decisions she was for the most part a character I could stand behind. She always had in her head that her waning magic was wrong, she's suppose to have waxing magic and be able to create, not destroy, and she hates that. So it's hard for her to accept herself and who she really is. But when Ari comes along he really helps her discover herself and learn to accept who she is. And along with their friendship we get a very sweet romance that wasn't drama-less, but had minor drama issues. I always get annoyed when characters deny their love or think they aren't deserving, etc and when it goes on for pages and pages I just want to throw the book. And Ari and Noon had some issues but they always resolved them quickly. We didn't have to read on for chapters and chapters before they figured things out and I appreciated that. I also enjoyed Ari's character and how he wasn't one who had a tendency to overreact to things which is apparently how most male characters are in books these days. At least the ones I've read recently. He seems comfortable with what and who he is and he knows exactly how he feels and no one will change his mind.
For some reason I'm struggling to find words for this review, but basically I really enjoyed this one. It's kind of a mix of high fantasy with some more regular modern things thrown in. There's cool magic and a fantastic and creative history. The world was incredibly creative to me and the characters were fantastic. I never knew where things might go and the mystery in the book was never predictable to me. I definitely recommend you pick this one up and give it a shot!