Welcome to the final stop on the Fiery Edge of Steel virtual book tour, hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. Author Jill Archer is promoting her latest book in her Noon Onyx series and has been sharing a new excerpt of the first chapter every day on the tour, read on for the last sneak peek and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! 😉
Fiery Edge of Steel by Jill ArcherChapter One – Part SixGrateful for its unoccupied silence, I took refuge in the stacks of Corpus Justica, our law library. I strode past the lone desk clerk, avoiding his eyes and hoping my face didn’t appear red and splotchy. I took the stairs to the second floor study carrels two at a time and made my way back to the one I usually used—a tiny desk set in a far corner of the unpopular tithing and tax section. Unfortunately, I’d forgotten there was a small window in this part of the library, one that overlooked Timothy’s Square. I’d never given the window much thought before, but now I wished fervently that it wasn’t there. Why hadn’t I kept running? Why had I taken refuge in the academic heart of the very place I despised?I walked over to the window, wrestled with the catch, and then pressed it wide open. Jezebeth’s bloody, steaming corpse lay sprawled on the wooden platform as the crowd dispersed. People’s expressions varied. Some were disgusted, others were shocked, a few just looked confused. Something must have happened to have brought such a quick end to the Carne Vale. But instead of feeling relieved that Jezebeth’s suffering was over, I felt miserable.I couldn’t see Ari and wondered if he was on his way to find me. Part of me wished he wouldn’t (what was I supposed to say to him about what had just happened?) but the other half acknowledged that I’d run here because it was the first place he’d look. Just as I was about to close the window, I saw the taupe-eyed Angel—the one who’d asked me if I could, or would, execute Jezebeth alone and in cold blood. He stood at the edge of the square, staring up at me, his hands still in his pockets, his expression contemplative.I guess he had his answer.Suddenly, I remembered the cry that had first started the Apocalypse: Beware! Angels at the gate!I slammed the window shut.***
Fiery Edge of Steel
Noon Onyx Book Two
By Jill Archer
Genre: Fantasy with elements of mystery and romance
Date of Publication: May 28, 2013
Number of pages: 336
Word Count: 105,000
Cover Artist: Jason Chan
Lucifer and his army triumphed at Armageddon, leaving humans and demons living in uncertain peace based on sacrifice and strict laws. It is up to those with mixed demon and human blood, the Host, to prevent society from falling into anarchy.
Number of pages: 384
Word Count: 123,000
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, the world from slipping back into chaos.
Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, 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 will 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 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.
Jill Archer is the author of Dark Light of Day, the first book in the Noon Onyx series. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jill now lives in rural Maryland with her two children and her husband, who is a recreational pilot. She blogs about books, movies, interesting people, and various weekend adventures.