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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK; paperback / softback edition (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847382894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847382894
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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""The Demon's Lexicon" is full of shimmery marvels and bountiful thunder." -- Scott Westerfeld

"Sarah Rees Brennan crafts a twisty tale full of surprises." -- Holly Black

"Witty, dark, and moving, this novel will keep your eyes glued to the pages." -- Cassandra Clare

"The Demon's Lexicon is full of shimmery marvels and bountiful thunder." -- Scott Westerfeld

"From the pitch-perfect opening paragraph to the heartbreaking final pages, the narrative peels back layers of revelation, deftly ratcheting up the tension and horror to a series of shattering climaxes. Delicious." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

This debut urban fantasy, set in an England where magic is real, the first entry in The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy, starts with a bang. One minute Nick is fixing the sink in the kitchen while his older brother cooks. The next mintues the two are fighting for their lives, Nick with a sword and Alan with a gun, against an unkindness of ravens and a powerful magician. Killing the magician stops the attack, but it is a temporary respite. The two teens are demon slayers, in hiding to protect their ailing mother, an escaped magician. Now that Black Arthur has found them, flight is their only hope; however, before they can flee, a teenage girl asks for their help. Her younger brother has a three-tiered demon mark, a sentence of death, unless it can be removed. Nick's priority is to protect his brother, who has looked after him since their father was killed by demons. But Alan decides to share the demon marks, leaving Nick no choice but to find the magicians responisble. Until then, Mae and Jamie will have to flee and fight beside them.
Nonstop action, nail-biting supsense, clever rapartee, and a knockout secret involving the two brothers will keep readers on the edges of their seats. There is resolution at the end, but it is just the first stage of the battle. More dangerous challenges await these two intrepid fighters in The Demon's Covenant. Fans of the paranormal and the Supernatural television series are going to enjoy the adventures of these demon-fighting brothers, but so will aficionados of sharp writing, complex characters, fast-paced plots, teen angst, and the struggle between good and evil.
----VOYA April 2010 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog, mistful.livejournal.com, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.

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This is the first book of a trilogy, and it's one I've heard a lot of for a while as being really good. But it was one of those ones I wasn't sure about trying, but figured I'd get to eventually. Then a friend of mine read it and said she thought it was really good so I pushed it up the list, expecting a good read. Sadly, it really wasn't.

The book was predictable from beginning to end. It took me maybe 2 chapters to figure out the 'big secret' that was going to be revealed near the end. It wasn't particularly badly written, but I didn't think much of the characters. They were all pretty flat and generic, nothing about them really standing out to me. The only times I felt there was real life between any of them, was when Nick was arguing with Mae, the girl both brothers fancy (which, really, did they both have to like her?). What I really didn't get, was how Nick didn't figure out something was 'off' so much sooner. It's not like there weren't neon signs along the way. Alan annoyed me a lot. He was ridiculously self sacrificing, too soft, too manipulative. Brother and sister Jamie and Mae weren't a whole lot better.

They went to Nick and Alan looking for help. Jamie had been marked by a demon and they wanted to know how to get rid of it. Nick grudgingly agreed to help only because Alan insisted, which he did mostly because he wanted a date with Mae. Jamie was almost constantly afraid of Nick, which given Nick's behaviour is not surprising, but it was tiring. Mae was constantly switching from snapping at Nick to trying to be kind and helpful to both brothers, whilst protecting her own. Nothing really wrong with her, but again I just didn't feel there was much to her, or any of them.
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Nick and Alan have been on the run for as long as Nick can remember. Their Dad died trying to keep them safe from the magicians who have been chasing after them and their Mum ever since their Mum stole a powerful charm. Since then it has been Alan and Nick who have had to work together to keep their Mum safe. When Jamie and his sister Mae come to them for help because Jamie has been marked by a demon Nick doesn't want to have anything to do with them - as far as he's concerned they have enough of their own problems. It is Alan who convinces him to help them although Nick is furious when Alan ends up marked too.

Nick is very loyal to Alan, who is the only person in the world he can trust, so he is devastated when he finds out Alan has been keeping secrets from him. When he sets out to uncover the truth he ends up finding a lot more than he bargained for - nothing will ever be the same for him again.

I thought this was a great debut from Sarah Rees Brennan - completely different from anything I've read before. I found it interesting that the magicians are shown as evil and that in order to use their magic they have to give human sacrifices to the demons. Nick may not be a perfect hero, he doesn't seem to have any compassion or empathy and the only real emotion we see from him is anger but he does care for his brother and it is obvious he will do anything to keep Alan safe. The other main characters are likeable but I found Nick was definitely my favorite.

The story is a little slow to start but I think this is usually to be expected at the start of a series where the author is introducing their world & the rules. Overall I really enjoyed the story and the twist at the end knocked me sideways - I really didn't see that one coming! I can't wait to see how this is going to play out over the next 2 books, I'm sure Sarah Rees Brennan has some more shock up her sleeves for us!
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Nick and Alan have spent most of their lives on the run from a circle of magicians led by Black Arthur who seeks a charm stolen by their mother. While fending off an attack from Black Arthur's circle they meet Mae and Jamie, a brother and sister with a problem of their own - Jamie has been visited by demons and they have marked him, a mark that will inevitably lead to his death. Alan persuades a reluctant Nick that they have to help but doing so leads Nick to uncover secrets about his own life, secrets that will make him question everything he knows, including his relationship with his own brother.

Nick is a wonderful character - morally ambiguous, the only two emotions he understands are anger and his devotion to his brother. As the secrets spill out, his confusion and sense of betrayal is very real, as is his clear attraction to Mae, a girl who he knows his brother likes but who he knows is attracted to him. Some of the best scenes are those where Nick seeks to manipulate that triangle to his advantage. Alan is more shadowy and although it may have been better to highlight some of his own moral ambiguity highlighted earlier in the plot, his devotion to both his mother and his brother is strongly conveyed as is a ruthless streak.

Mae thankfully rises above the female cliché of being only a love interest and Brennan allows her to recognise what is happening between the brothers while having her fight for her own sibling. She appears to play a bigger role in the sequel and I look forward to seeing her development. Unfortunately Jamie is the biggest weakness in the book. He isn't given a lot to do in his own right and although he is intended to be witty, his lines are self-conscious and deaden scenes instead of lifting them.
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