Book Review: The Demon's Lexicon by: Sarah Rees Brennan


Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon and Schuster

Publish Date:
April 27, 2010

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Trade Paperback

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Nick Ryves and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magicians who are hunting them down to take back a stolen charm. When a brother and sister appear at the Ryveses' door one night, the danger draws even closer. The boy bears a demon's mark, a sign of death that can only be erased by the blood of a magician. When Alan is also marked, Nick is desperate to save him - desperate enough to chase the very magicians they have hidden from for so long. Ensnared in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is lying to him about their past. As the magicians close in on his family, Nick uncovers a secret that could destroy them all...

Review: Nick and his brother, Alan, have been on the run for since their dad died - and when they're not running, they're fighting the vicious magicians pursuing them. Magicians who trade lives for power by feeding people to demons, the same magicians who killed their dad and crippled Alan. The brothers thought they were safe, until a pair of siblings shows up looking for help, and end up inadvertently bringing the magicians to their home. A demon marks Alan, and Nick will stop at nothing until his brother is safe, but the harder Nick tries to protect him, the more he realizes how many secrets Alan's been keeping from him.

This is a dark story, yet filled with love – familial love. Nick loves Alan just as much as Mae loves her little brother. Nick narrates this fascinating and twisted tale with dry humor and snarky remarks. This is a well developed world and vividly described. Sometimes we don’t even know our true selves, something Nick will learn in this heartrending tale of magic, murder, demons, and the special bond between siblings.

The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy: The Demon's Lexicon (1), The Demon's Covenant (2), The Demon's Surrender (3)

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