Saturday, May 10, 2014

Review on Dark Light of Day

What if there are two types of magic? You could either have the power to heal or have the power to kill. If you have the power to kill, you can't even get near plants or they will wither instantly. Would you fight against your destiny or will you accept your powers and try to use them for good?
I read... Dark Light of Day by Noon Onyx.

Dark Light of Day (Noon Onyx, #1)

Format: Paperback/e-book
Pub. Date: 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.

My rating: 4 out of 5 demons!
My recommendation: Anyone who likes books about demons and magic.
My review:
I got this book for free from a giveaway hosted by Goodreads.
Noon is a part of a world where Armageddon happened and the demons won the war. Now, rules exist that separate the demons from humans and as long as the humans obey the rules, the demons will not attack each other and cause another catastrophe.
Noon was expected to have waxing magic, especially because she's a female and because her mother is thought of having the greatest amount of waxing power ever. Yet Noon was born with waning power while her twin brother was born with waxing magic. Noon has the power to kill, to control demons, but she doesn't even want it.
When she's forced to attend St. Lucifer's, she plans to hide her waning magic from the world, even if hiding it means certain death. However, the waning magic is seductive and there are some who want to use her powers. Ari Carmine is a holder of waning magic and he believes there's something about Noon that makes her like him. Noon's future doesn't look too bright and the murders occurring are just making her future look even more bleak.
I enjoyed this book. I liked how Archer created a world so unique, so unlike anything I had ever read before. I mean, there's basically a school to teach people to be lawyers to demons. It sounds like an amazing prospect and Archer weaved this book perfectly.
The storyline is fascinating and dark. Archer created a complex world that wasn't confusing or hard to understand. I could understand what was happening and the plot didn't confuse me at all. You never hear about books or movies where the evil side wins, but this book explored this concept. The demons won and the book focuses on the effects from Armageddon.
I liked Noon's character. She wasn't weak and a damsel-in-distress. She tried to fight back against her destiny even with the odds stacked against her. Noon always knew she was different, knew that it would be better to accept her destiny, but she never gave in to people's wishes unless she decided to.
She did, however, make quite a few stupid decisions. She never thought things through or thought of the consequences. At times, it felt like Noon kept making stupid decisions one by one, right after each other. I would have liked it if she thought more instead of just immediately acting.
I definitely want to read the next book and learn even more about Noon's world and the extent of her magic.

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