Review: Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer

From the 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, 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.

Dark Light of Day Jill ArcherIt’s a very rare thing for me not to push through and finish a book once I start. I have this compulsion to at least get through to the end even if it takes me forever. I tried and tried with Dark Light of Day. When after three days I had only completed the first 30% I just had to admit defeat and lay it down for good.

I don’t want to give the impression that this is a badly written book, it’s not, it’s just a little tedious and boring. The first 20% has a huge info dump that had me wishing I had notes from the author to get through it, I kept having to stop and think every time different terms came up. This world is set up after Armageddon where the side of Lucifer won against the side of Christ, every person, demon, angel, town, etc. has a made up name and I will admit it got a little confusing. Once Noon, the heroine, headed off to school we start to get into class names and what they teach in each class and in my head I was thinking “OMG, enough!”

I was also a little surprised that Noon was younger. Even though I had read the blurb before I asked to review I was a little taken aback at how young she seems in the story. This book kind of reminded me a bit of Twilight/Harry Potter. Sort of a mixture of both. I had the thought that this might appeal to more of a younger crowd. It didn’t have that gritty, adult urban fantasy feel to it that I expected.

The story its’ self just seemed to move too slowly for me, even the scenes that were supposed to be more intense didn’t hold my interest. I am sure there will be quite a few people enchanted with this new urban fantasy world, it just wasn’t for me.

Rating: DNF
Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer
September 25th 2012 by Ace
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  1. says

    Oh, info dump and the many names thing gets me every time. I always wonder why we need to “meet” every single character in a series in the first book. It’s overwhelming. Sorry this one didn’t work for you Angela.

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