Dark Light of Day – Jill Archer [Review]

Dark Light of Day cover author: Jill Archer

Quick Review: Hard to like main character but interesting story

Blurb: 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.


Jen’s Review of DARK LIGHT OF DAY

Dark Light of Day (2012) is an urban fantasy (supposedly; it feels more like fantasy to me) set in a post-apocalyptic world. The demons won. Now people worship demons. There is a lot of mythological development, but the world itself left a lot to be desired. I had no sense of time or place in relation to now.

Obviously, this takes place in the future, but how far ahead in time? What continents are these towns on? I assume this is Earth, yet I don’t recall her saying so. I’ll concede that I may have missed that detail. However, my more general concern is that this world is not situated in such a way that makes it believable to me. Only a few places are mentioned. I have no idea about the larger picture of the world the characters are in. I’m also unclear about why this world is so technologically stunted when hundreds of years have passed since the apocalypse. Couldn’t/wouldn’t people have rebuilt by then?

The book starts with Noon trying to figure out how she can get out of going to the university where she will need to declare herself as a Maegster. She is not supposed to have that kind of magic. She and her brother are the opposite of how people are supposed to be. Men are supposed to have waning magic; women are supposed to have waxing magic.

Noon goes to school, but hides her magic and doesn’t declare because she hates the kind of magic she has. She thinks it’s unfair that she is the one woman who cannot heal and grow things. She hates who she is. Her self-doubt and self-hatred make it really hard for Ari, the young man who immediately takes a romantic interest in her.

At the university, she makes some friends. She keeps trying to hide who and what she is, but Ari and a few others know. Eventually, she’s forced to make a decision.

Meanwhile, everyone is on edge because healers have been attacked by a demon at or near the train station. Only one person got away alive.

Noon is a hard character to like. She’s wishy-washy and skittish. At times, she is plain stupid. Noon seems more like a teenager, but she’s in her twenties. She does have some personal development, but I got the feeling a lot of her issues weren’t resolved at the end of the book.

Ari is okay, but he feels underdeveloped, probably because the reader never gets to see things from his perspective since the story is told in Noon’s first person point-of-view. Her other romantic interest is a manipulative jerk.

The strongest part of this book was the middle, which is funny because that’s where often stories start to sag. This one starts out slow. The middle is good. The ending sucks. It feels rushed. Not all the loose ends are cleaned up. Some things that are written just don’t make sense. For example, the explanation for how Noon gets her magic control isn’t always logical because sometimes the explanation fits and sometimes it doesn’t.

Also, the author makes a big deal about how Noon is in mourning. This threw me through a loop. I actually went back and re-read the previous chapter to see who died. No one did. I guess she was mourning the loss of a friendship, but the author took it too far. Another thing, Noon says at least her boyfriend is alive and well. Then, a little later you find out he’s still injured and using a cane. That doesn’t seem well to me.

I know I’ve complained a lot, but there had to have been something I liked or I wouldn’t have wasted my time reading it. I guess the mystery of the murdered women (that gets solved from left-field) made me continue. I also liked that the sex scenes were tastefully written.


This review was originally posted in 2014 on Books That Hook. I did not change it to post here. I only added the quick review. The first time I read Dark Light of Day, I only reviewed it on Goodreads, and I rated it 3.5 stars. The second time, I raised that rating to 4 stars.


Sexual Content: mild sex scenes. Audience: 18+

Published in 2012 by Ace Books.
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In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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