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.
"There is a fresh new voice in urban fantasy, and she has a unique take on Armageddon…With her unusual heroine, Noon Onyx, Archer has created a brilliant character who struggles against fate to find her place in the world. Set against the backdrop of university life, there is an abundance of adventure, mystery and passion!"—Romantic Times (four stars)
In your novel, your protagonist, Noon Onyx has waning magic. Can you explain what that is?
In Halja, the country where Dark Light of Day takes place, there are three kinds of magic. Waning magic, waxing magic, and the faith magic the Angels use to cast spells. Noble women are usually born with waxing magic, which is used to grow gardens and heal people. Noble men are usually born with waning magic, which is the dark, destructive, fiery magic that can be used to control demons. But due to a mysterious birth mix–up, Noon was born with waning magic and her twin brother, Nocturo, was born with waxing.
Why did you decide to write about a post–apocalyptic world rather than create a world from scratch?
My first practice novel was a rambling science fiction/fantasy behemoth set on two planets with robots, spaceships, and genetic alteration. After that experience, a post–apocalyptic world seemed like it would be more manageable. I’m also fascinated by the end of days. (Who isn’t?) But, as much as I love post–apocalyptic stories of food and fuel shortages, epidemics, and cataclysmic events, I wanted to try something different. The idea of Armageddon having come and gone and life continuing under demon rule— but in relatively peaceful fashion — well, that was an interesting concept I wanted to explore.
Who is your favorite minor character in your book and why?
Probably Nocturo Onyx, Noon’s twin brother, a Mederi healer who goes by the name of Nightshade. I think he’s interesting enough to support his own series but I haven’t had time to develop that yet.
On the cover, Noon is holding two books. Are they law books or legal treatises?
They are most likely The Demon Register and Oathbreaking: Cases, Questions, and Notes. No first year St. Lucifer’s law student would be without them! ;–)