Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

[description from Amazon]

Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick's mother stole -- a charm that keeps her alive -- and they want it badly enough to kill again.

Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon's mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase...and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is desperate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.

Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians' Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.

This is the Demon's Lexicon. Turn the page.


While reading this book, I was reminded about all the things I dislike about fantasy. Not because I didn't like this book- I did! a lot!-, but because it was unique enough that it strongly contrasts a lot of the high fantasy stuff I've read. It reminded me why I usually don't like high fantasy stuff: because the cliches and stuff don't work for me. This book, however, worked for me.

I pretty much need my fantasy to be in the real world, or with ties to the real world, if I'm going to like it. That definitely doesn't apply to everyone, as I know some people who like their fantasy REALLY fantasy, but I definitely prefer the real world. Although this book isn't completely in the real world- it has a goblin market thingy and stuff- I liked that it was mainly set there, as seeing them have to deal with hiding things from the unsuspecting public. That's a common thing, but a thing I like, and Sarah made it kind of funny in the book, with lines like "Of course Nick was expected to get rid of the body."

I don't think I've ever read anything with demons as the main supernatural entity, so that itself made the book more interesting to read. It did take a long, long time for all the demon and magic things to be explained. It also took a long, long time for all the characters and their personalities to be fully established, which prevented lots of action and fighting to be done. Most of the exciting stuff happened at the end, while there was more mystery and build up near the beginning. But dang, all that build up was worth it, because, like Sharon, I thought the ending was awesome.

The Demon's Lexicon is slow to start, but the ending is awesome. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. WANTWANTWANT.


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Traveling to TeensThis was part of Sarah's Traveling to Teens tour! Thanks Carol and Yan for putting me on this tour, and to Sarah and A for the book.


  1. This is a great review! I have this book and will start it soon :)

  2. I'm definitely getting this. I don't care how long it takes.