Series: Noon Onyx #3
Published by Ace on May 27, 2014
Cover Artist: Jason Chan
Reviewed by: Kate
Kissing, minimal sexual content
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’ll admit it - after book two in the Noon Onyx series, I wasn’t super eager to keep reading. However, as soon as the cover to WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE came out, I knew I had to stick with it, logic being that there was no way a cover so pretty could be on a bad book. Luckily, I was rewarded with a well-written world, a maturing heroine, and enough action to keep me entertained the whole book.
The world-building in the series continues to amaze me. Archer improved over FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, where Noon info-dumped most of the history we needed to know by monologing to herself. In WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, I didn’t get much info-dump vibe at all, and yet the depth of the mythology and history is still evident.The post-apocalyptic world Noon lives in is fascinating and very creative, far different than many “typical” post-apocalyptic scenarios.
What was really rewarding in WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE is that Noon truly starts to come into her own. She becomes more aware of the world around her, and less selfish. She begins to accept her magic for what it is, and even revels in it, on occasion. This more confident, less whiney Noon is a much better travel companion than the previous iterations, in my opinion, and being able to see the growth almost made the earlier irritations worth it.
The problem with WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE is that to fully get plot and understand some of the betrayals Noon suffers, you would already have had to read books one and two in the series. This is not a series you can just jump in the middle. While I enjoyed book one, book two didn’t live up to my expectations. However, after the well done book three, I am curious to see where this series goes, and am definitely on board for a book four!