13 May 2010

Review: The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

Title: The Demon's Lexicon
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: Demons #1
Genre: YA
Release Date: June 2nd 2009
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.

At the beginning of the book I had problems following who was feeling what, because this novel is written in 3rd person, but as the plot advanced, I got more comfortable.
I really liked the idea of 2 brothers running from the powerful bad guys (magicians) for years and then, while trying to help Jamie and Mae with Jamie's demon marks, Alan, Nick's older brother, gets marked by a demon himself.

Nick only cares about Alan and trusts him implicitly, thinking that he lies to everyone but him, but little by little, he notices that Alan is keeping secrets, and that he's been lying to him for a long time.
The dynamic between the 2 brothers was one of the best parts of the book. As the plot evolves we see new sides to the characters personalities.
I also liked Jamie, Mae's younger brother who also uses sarcasm when he's scared; and Mae, who is trying to help her brother however she can and at the same time ends up being the love interest of both Alan and Nick.
I especially liked the Goblin's Market. It's description was incredible and I could picture myself there while I was reading about it.

I really liked this book, and as you read, the novel gets better.
I can't wait to read the next book of this trilogy, whose narrator is Mae.

Memorable Lines:

Mae reached over and took Jamie's hand, lacing their fingers together. Jamie held on tight.
"There are magicians after Jamie?"
"Oh, sure," said Nick. "After him, or you. Magicians aren't fussy. You're all just meat to throw to the demons."
"You're not helping!" Mae exclaimed.
Nick leaned back against the sofa, crossing his legs and balancing the sword against one knee. He bared his teeth at her.
"I am helping. I'm telling you the truth. You don't like it, that's you're problem."

Next Book:
The Demon's Covenant - May 18th 2010.