Title: Pocket Full of Tinder: A Noon Onyx Novel
Author: Jill Archer
Published: December 15, 2016
Genre: Fantasy & Romance with touches of other genres
Length: 293 pages
Pocket Full of Tinder is the fourth book in Jill Archer’s Noon Onyx series. I am reviewing Pocket Full of Tinder from an advance review copy that I read in eBook format. To set the tone, I am delighted to write that this may be the best book in the Noon Onyx series to date.
If you are new to the Noon Onyx series, then I highly suggest that you read the three previous books as soon as possible. The genre-bending nature of Jill Archer’s novels is inventive and refreshing, and world-building is one of her greatest strengths. The heroine, Noon Onyx, is a magic-slinging Maegester-in-Training with a drop of demon blood coursing through her veins. Noon lives in Halja, a post-apocalyptic version of our world in which the demons rule while angels and humans are forced to find ways to coexist with their demonic overlords.
Pocket Full of Tinder picks up in the aftermath of a shocking reveal at the end of the third novel, White Heart of Justice, regarding Noon’s former lover, Ari Carmine. I loved that the story picked up where it left off and immediately continued the previous plot while also weaving in new story threads. Noon is quickly tasked with traveling to Rockthorn Gorge, a rugged demon outpost, in order to stop a mysterious bomber known as Displodo from interfering with the construction of a new viaduct.
Adding to the drama is the fact that the patron demon of Rockthorn Gorge is Noon’s ex-lover and that she will be working under him as his consigliere. Jill Archer skillfully ratchets up the tension between Noon and Ari as they struggle to repair their tattered relationship while Displodo looms in the background. Between Ari’s advances, Noon’s need to prove herself to the other demons at Rockthorn Gorge, and her mission to stop Displodo, danger looms at every turn.
Fans of the series will thoroughly enjoy the new characters and creatures in Rockthorn Gorge that further solidify the world’s mythology. Jill Archer shows a penchant for Latin phrases and often draws inspiration from the ancient world. These references to the pre-apocalypse add a wonderful sense of history and depth to the world of Halja. Also, I am constantly amazed by the descriptive, vivid language in Pocket Full of Tinder. Every sentence is crafted with exquisite care and attention to detail.
The plot is punctuated by many exciting battles full of spell-casting and spell-slinging, but one moment in particular stands out to me. I never saw it coming, and I do not think that other readers will either. Suffice it to say that Jill Archer throws fans a wild curve-ball that will permanently shake up the series. I am actually still in shock as I write this review.
Any fans of the Noon Onyx series will be well pleased with Pocket Full of Tinder. Those who are new to the series should read all of the previous books first to get the full impact of this one, but Jill Archer gives enough backstory that it is possible for a new reader to jump in. Pocket Full of Tinder leaves me wanting more, so please show your support by pre-ordering and purchasing the novel at the links below.
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