Tuesday 1 June 2010

Review: The Demon's Covenant - Sarah Rees Brennan

Mae's life has spun out of control.

She's just learned that her brother Jamie is a magician and Nick, the boy she'd set her heart on, has an even darker secret.

Jamie has been meeting with the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, who is hell-bent on persuading Jamie to join the magicians.  When Mae calls on Nick and Alan to save her brother, the Circle sets in motion a plot to bring Nick down - by convincing his own brother to spring a deadly trap.

With brother set against brother and everyone's loyalties divided, Mae sees a chance to save them all - but it means approaching the mysterious and dangerous Goblin Market alone...

The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy
The Demon's Lexicon
The Demon's Covenant
The Demon's Surrender

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The Demon's Covenant continues the story a few weeks after the ending of The Demon's Lexicon.  Nick and Alan are still on the run from the magicians but Mae and Jamie have returned home to continue their lives as normal.  Mae is very worried when she discovers that the new leader of the Obsidian Circle has been secretly meeting her brother trying to convince him to join the magicians.  The only people she can think of to help her are Alan and Nick so she turns to them for advice.  What she doesn't expect is for the magicians to convince Alan to betray Nick and it seems like she is the only person who can stop it from happening.  She has no choice but to ask for help from the Goblin Market but will they be able to stop Alan in time?

I really enjoyed The Demon's Lexicon which I thought was a fab debut novel but The Demon's Covenant was even better and I can't wait to see what Sarah Rees Brennan has in store for us in the final book of the trilogy.  I've found before that the second book in a series doesn't always match up to the first but that was definitely not the case this time - The Demon's Covenant was everything I loved about The Demon's Lexicon and then some.  I enjoyed hearing the story from Mae's perspective - she has a great voice and is completely different from Nick who was the narrator in the last book.

After the shocking twist at the end of the first book I was on the look out for hints at similar revelations in this book but I still didn't spot most of them coming so I was really kept on my toes again.  I loved Nick in the first book but the more you get to see of him the more I love him and the same goes for Alan, Mae and Jamie too.  It is unusual to read a book where you have such strong feelings for all 4 of the main characters but the way this series is written it is impossible not to like them all.

I love a book that can make me laugh out loud one minute and then have me fearful of what the future holds in the next.  I feel really invested in the story and don't know how I'm going to survive the wait for book 3 to come out.  If you've not already started this series then I'd highly recommend going out and getting a copy of The Demon's Lexicon.  If you have read and enjoyed it then The Demon's Covenant is a must read book!

Source: Recieved for review from publisher Simon & Schuster

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  1. Fantastic review! I am looking forward to this. I like that the book is told from Mae's perspective. I wonder if book three will be from Alan or Jamie's perspective.

  2. I'm so glad this lives up to The Demon's Lexicon as I really enjoyed it. I'm also looking forward to reading Mae's perspective. Great review, Sarah!

  3. @ Christina - I really enjoyed reading from Mae's perspective, she made a very good heroine. I wondered about who will tell the story in the next book. I have a feeling at least some of it will be told by Jamie but wouldn't be surprised if the last book has at least 2 narrators (you'll see what I mean once you've read it!)

    @ So Many Books - I liked The Demon's Lexicon but enjoyed this one even more so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :o)



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