Dark Light of Day: Book Review
Fantasy , Romance / October 9, 2016

Dark Light of Day is the first novel in the Noon Onyx series by Jill Archer. Before I begin the review, I must point out that Jill Archer was born and raised in Pittsburgh (objectively the greatest place to be born).  Therefore, the quality of her work is undoubtedly beyond reproach! Archer’s world-building is one of the most compelling elements of the story.  The essential background to Dark Light of Day is that angels (lead by the Savior) and demons (lead by Lucifer) fought Armageddon many centuries in the past and that the demons were victorious.  New Babylon, the major city in this post-apocalyptic world, is inhabited by angels, demons, and their descendants, as well as Hyrkes (regular people who cannot use magic). Noon Onyx is born with a drop of demon blood in her lineage, which makes her a part of the Host.  Although it is common for girls to be born with waxing (healing) magic, Noon is ashamed of the fact that she is blessed/cursed with waning (destructive) magic.  Her neighbor, and potential love interest, Peter spends most of his time trying to find a reversal spell to give Noon the healing magic that she desires.  However, Noon soon attends St. Lucifer’s…

The Hobbit: Book Review
Fantasy / October 9, 2016

What can I say about J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit that has not already been repeated more than amateur impressions of Gollum?  Yes, my precious!  It seems more valuable for me to provide a retrospective about what The Hobbit means to me rather than a standard review, so here it goes. On the off chance that a reader has not heard of The Hobbit or any of the film adaptations, The Hobbit is the landmark work in high fantasy. Although I do prefer The Lord of the Rings to The Hobbit, primarily because The Lord of the Rings is written for a higher reading level, The Hobbit is where Tolkien’s epic tale begins. Bilbo, the titular hobbit, embarks on an adventure with a wizard named Gandalf and a gaggle of dwarves (or maybe it would be drove of dwarves?) in order to slay a dragon and reclaim the ancient dwarf kingdom. I vividly remember the day when I went to the now defunct Borders (I still have my old Border’s rewards card and will probably never stop grieving over the chain’s closure) near my parent’s house to purchase The Hobbit on the recommendation of a friend.  The day was rainy, which is perfect for reading, and when I got the book home I finished nearly the entire story within the day.  Since…