I read the first two books in this series a couple of years ago, but lost track of it somehow. Ironically, I had just caught sight of the books on my shelf and pondered how far behind I was when Archer contacted me last month to ask if I’d like to review the next two books—I jumped at the chance!
Since Pocket Full of Tinder is the latest release and I’m reviewing two books mid-series, I’m starting with that one. Simply scroll down if you’d like to see my mini-review of White Heart of Justice instead. For my reviews of the first two books, click HERE.
Pocket Full of Tinder by Jill Archer
Series: Noon Onyx #4
Published by LLC on December 15th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy
Source: The Author
My content rating: New Adult (Characters have sex, though it's not really described)
Noon Onyx is back! In this long-awaited fourth installment, Jill Archer returns readers to the dangerous world of Halja, where demons, angels, and humans coexist in an uneasy state of détente.
Maegester-in-Training Noon Onyx feels like she’s done it all – mastered fiery magic, become an adept fighter, learned the law, killed countless demons, and survived having her heart broken by both love and an arrow, but now she’ll face her greatest challenge yet…
Far to the north lies an outpost famous for its unrest – Rockthorn Gorge. The town’s patron has specifically requested Noon’s help. Her assignment? Help the neophyte demon lord build his fiefdom and keep what’s his. The problem? Lord Aristos – Noon’s new employer – is her erstwhile lover, Ari Carmine, the aforementioned heart breaker. And the number one thing he wants is her.
When Rockthorn Gorge’s viaduct is destroyed by Displodo, an enigmatic bomber, killing a dozen settlers and wounding scores more, Noon sets off early to aid in the search and rescue. Ari is listed among the missing and the suspects are legion. But Noon’s search is just the beginning. Her journey forces Noon to confront not only those she loves, but also enemies hell-bent on destroying them.
Pocket Full of Tinder is, without a doubt, my favorite book in this series so far. Maybe because I’m a sucker for Ari and this book has a LOT of interaction between Onyx and my favorite demon with a heart of gold. Or maybe I just appreciated Onyx’s struggle to prove herself in this new, uncharted territory. Or maybe the two-year gap between books actually gave Archer some breathing room so she could produce a super high-quality, engaging story. Whatever the reason, I found myself incredibly invested in this installment the whole way through (whereas the other books tended to start out a little slower for me and then I warmed up to them).
What Fed My Addiction:
- That cover. Okay, I know this shouldn’t really matter, but just take a look at the new cover style! I’m loving it!!
- Ari and Onyx. As is typical in this type of fantasy (it reads a bit like urban fantasy) the romance is a bit on and off over a span of several books. In this installment, I got plenty of my favorite couple (and pretty much none of my non-favorite couple)—which isn’t to say that the course of love ran completely smoothly. In fact, there was plenty of turmoil for these two. But that just made the relationship all that much more interesting! And where it all ended up … well, of course I can’t say, but … gosh, I don’t even know how to give my reaction without spoiling things, so just read it!
- Steady pacing. Like I said in my intro, this book moved at a steady clip and kept me engaged the entire way through. By the end of the book, I was furiously flipping the pages, needing to know what would happen next!
- Demons! Since Onyx was actually working with the demons in this book, we got to see a lot more of them. Onyx has to prove herself to the group at Rockthorn Gorge, and the stakes feel incredibly high because she’s never quite sure who might be plotting against her (and Ari—and the bridge project in general). Normally, battle scenes and such aren’t my favorite parts of fantasy and urban fantasy novels, but in this case the “practice” matches between Onyx and the demons kept me guessing enough that I never lost interest. It was fun to see what new trick the demons would come up with and to guess at whether or not Onyx would come out on top.
- Game-changing developments. A thing happened in this book that made me crazy and I simply refuse to believe it’s real. Refuse. It’s all going to go away. Probably. In the next book. Or the one after. Darn you, Jill Archer!!
What Left Me Hungry for More:
- Reactions. Onyx’s reaction when the thing happened frustrated me. I kind of wanted to scream at her to use her head. But it wasn’t her head that was in charge at that moment, so … Then I felt like the repercussions of her reaction were strangely short-lived, and that had me scratching my head a little. Still, these were minor issues in an overall fantastic story!
I loved this book, and now I’m incredibly eager to read the next installment! I give this one 4.5/5 stars!
***Disclosure: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
White Heart of Justice by Jill Archer
Series: Noon Onyx #3
Published by Ace on May 27th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy
Source: The Author
My content rating: New Adult (Nothing more than kissing in this book)
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…
I’m just doing a mini-review of this book. It was honestly my least favorite in the series so far. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad by any means, but since a lot of the story focused on the possibility of a relationship between Rafe and Onyx and I’m firmly team Ari, it just didn’t keep me completely engaged. The non-romantic plot (the Laurel Crown Race) took a LONG time to go anywhere—it wasn’t until the last quarter of the book that she even started on her quest, which really surprised me (I thought that maybe the quest was going to be stretched between two books, but once she went it all happened pretty quickly). I enjoyed the book, but I never really felt completely engrossed. Still the way it ended made me want to keep reading …
I give this one 3/5 Stars.
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 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, WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, and POCKET FULL OF TINDER. 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 untowered airfields and other local points of interest.Author Links: