Review: White Heart of Justice by Jill Archer

, by Kt Clapsadl

White Heart of Justice by Jill Archer
Noon Onyx #3

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…

Noon has grown by leaps and bounds from where we first met her, almost to the point where she's almost unrecognizable in comparison. Gone is the whiny, insecure overall annoying girl, and in her place is this confident woman, not afraid to use her magic and fight for what she wants. It honestly was refreshing to see. There were several times throughout reading this book where I was cheering her on and wanted to give her around of applause. Funny thing was, this quest was by far her most daunting yet, but she never once faltered. So major kudos to you Ms. Archer for writing a heroine with incredible character growth!

Now as much as I did enjoy this book, there is a bit of a "Danger Will Robinson" warning I have to give. It looks like there's a love triangle well on its way. Since that's typically an annoyance of mine it's ironic that despite it's inclusion, this series has drastically turned around for me. But again, the main character's maturity level is one of the fastest ways to turn me off, so it's good that's resolved. This also helped things work well with the addition of this new love interest. Since Noon is so much more mature, I felt stronger about their potential than I ever had with her and Ari. But of course, things aren't exactly smooth, thus the love triangle statement. I'm not completely sure it's headed that way, but based on the way things ended, I have a good feeling it's all going to get messy. Only time will tell.

WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE is the perfect example as to why I try and give series multiple chances before giving up. I had only rated the first two books two stars each, but this one easily earns a four from me. Don't get me wrong, the books weren't terrible, I just had some issues, but I had seen the spark of potential there. Granted in my review of the previous book I was largely frustrated and stated I wouldn't be continuing on, but the blurb for this one intrigued me so I figured one last shot was warranted, and after finishing, I'm glad I did. WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE pulls together all of the best elements from the first two books with none of the bad, making me a very happy reader.

(Received a copy from the publisher)

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