Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: White Heart of Justice (Noon Onyx #3) by Jill Archer

I absolutely love Jill Archer and her writing. I do. I received the very first Noon Onyx book (Dark Light of Day) by a friend who thought it would be a good match for me – oh boy, was it ever!

I fell in love with the characters although I was struggling a little to fully relate to Noon, I still comprehended her struggle and could understand what she was going through. When I finally sat down to read the sequel; Fiery Edge of Steel, I was sold. Utterly, completely lost into the amazing world that Jill has created. Reading White Heart of Justice just cemented that.

So how IS Jill’s world then? Well…. Imagine that the dreaded Armageddon actually DID happen. But unlike all the movies we see were all the GOOD guys win…. The demons won. And yet somehow the world continued to move on. Today demons, angels and humans is coexisting in some kind of truce. It’s a bit wobbly, true; but it’s there. There are waxing magic (healers) and waning magic. Waning magic users are lawyers in a way. They uphold the laws (who knew demons were so fixated on rules?) and meet out punishment for those breaking said laws. Which usually is death. And poor Noon who doesn’t like her powers is forced to participate in it. During Fiery Edge of Steel, she does come to terms with it (mostly) and does what she has to do. 

Which is where we meet her in White Heart of Justice. She has embraced her powers and is fighting like hell – for her right to choose her own destiny. If she could win the Laurel Crown Race, she can decide where she can work next year. The problem? She has to find the elusive sword White Heart of Justice, which has been gone for AGES and are rumored to be located in Halja somewhere. With her as backup, Noon has Rafe Sinclair on her side, an angel with more spells up his sleeve than cards on a poker player. Now they have to race against time and others to find the sword, because trouble is…. Noon HAS to come back with it to settle an old debt with the angels (a minor destruction of a statue, no biggie), but in doing so, she can release the next Armageddon. Will she do the right thing in the end?

Oh boy…. As usually I’m at loss where to start, I really am. I loved every page of White Heart of Justice; from the beginning where you see how feisty Noon has become, how determined she is to not only do the right thing, but also to be able to choose her OWN destiny. Too follow her and Rafe on their journey after the White heart of Justice, the adventure, their pain, the secrets that comes forth and… and… oh for f***’s sake… I could go on. To me Jill has created an amazing world, she stays true to it and we explores more and more of it as the series develops. 

There are things in this book that made me cry, it literally broke my heart. There are secrets that comes forth that made me swear and my jaw drop, little clues that was dropped along the way that made things clear all of the sudden. And the ending… OMG the end of this story… It was amazing, heart breaking, horrifying and joyful at the same time. Jill did an amazing job and cross my heart, I think White Heart of Justice was the best book so far in her Noon Onyx Series. I truly hope we will see more of Noon, her brother Night and everyone else.

Since Lucifer claimed victory at Armageddon, demons, angels, and humans have coexisted in uneasy harmony. Those with waning magic are trained to maintain peace and order. But hostilities are never far from erupting...

After years of denying her abilities, Noon Onyx, the first woman in history to wield waning magic, has embraced her power. She’s won the right to compete in the prestigious Laurel Crown Race—an event that will not only earn her the respect of her peers but also, if she wins, the right to control her future.

However, Noon’s task is nearly impossible: retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a mythical sword that disappeared hundreds of years ago. The sword is rumored to be hidden in a dangerous region of Halja that she is unlikely to return from. But Noon’s life isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance. The sword holds an awesome power that, in the wrong hands, could reboot the apocalypse—and Noon is the only one who can prevent Armageddon from starting again…

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 practiced law for ten years before leaving to pursue her writing goals. She is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels which include DARK LIGHT OF DAY, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, and WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE. Jill 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.

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