Saturday, 20 March 2010
Review: The Demon's Lexicon - Sarah Rees Brennan
Magicians call up demons in exchange for their power. The demons can appear in any shape, show you marvels, promise you anything - until you invite them in and receive their mark.
What happens next?
First you get possessed.
Then you die.
Nick's been on the run his whole life, ever since his mother stole a charm from the most feared magician of them all, and the only person he trusts is his brother Alan. Alan's just been marked by a demon. Only Nick can save him, but to do so he must face the magicians - and kill them. The hunt is on, and Nick's going to discover things he never dreamed were out there...
The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy
The Demon's Lexicon
The Demon's Covenant
The Demon's Surrender
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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!
Source: Recieved for review from publisher Simon & Schuster
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