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…
High stakes and powerful magic collide in the third installment of the Noon Onyx series (after Fiery Edge of Steel). Noon, a Maegester-in-Training, has won the opportunity to compete in the Laurel Crown Race. Noon's goal is to retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a famed and mythical sword that has been missing for centuries. Retrieving it means she'll repay her debt to her school and have the freedom to work where she wants. If she doesn't, she will lose everything she has struggled for, including her partnership with Guardian Angel Rafe Sinclair. Traveling to a frozen, dangerous wasteland called Tartarus proves to be Noon's most challenging effort to date, especially after she's attacked and badly hurt. Noon's voice is wry and genuine, encompassing her sharp sense of self. Some of the major conflict scenes are succinctly and sparsely written; the emotional journey for Noon is far more of the focus, along with the excellent world-building readers have come to expect from Archer.