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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Demon's Lexicon

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (June 2nd 2009—Margaret)

Grade: 4 stars out of 5

Summary: “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.

This is the Demon's Lexicon. Turn the page.”

Review: The Demon’s Lexicon took quite a while to start. For the first half we were introduced to the characters, the basic groundwork—details, names, behaviors. While it was nice—a hint of action or two—I got slightly bored of it. I feared that The Demon’s Lexicon would be all hype and no delivery. The second half, however, killed it and sold me to Sarah as a rising author to an amazing series.

It was within the intricate plotline, the evasiveness, the twists and turns that I have come to believe that SRB is a wonderful story teller. I had no idea what she had in mind, when she laid out the small little details, that flew together so smoothly in the end. I am still quite speechless about how well it was executed! Magnificent!

Characters as well were a bit of a surprise. I imagined a certain type of persona from a glimpse and was shocked at how much depth they each had in the later half. They all have their secrets that could not be told and motives for their actions.

Alan for me was spectacular. He was all twist and turns. I thought I had the perfect idea of what he was, what he wanted, and it turned completely 180.

Nick was also different. In some ways he was more stable as it involved the actual plotline that wowed me with Nick. But I do have to say that his affection and loyalty to his brother, Alan was touching.

Again the action lies in the second half. The first half rather dull but you cannot stop once you pass it.

Overall: Sadistic humor, touching, surprising and exhilarating, The Demon’s Lexicon will astound readers across the world. Bravo to Sarah for an amazing debut.

Cover B-
Not one of my favorites.


  1. I bought this on audiobook today. Excited to listen to it!

  2. I read this today, and absolutely loved it! I'm a Nick fan -- that boy is so cool! I agree about the first half, though I still enjoyed it. The second half rocked!

  3. Can't wait to read mine, but... hmmm... wonder how it would sound listening to it as I work out?
    Thanks, I Heart Monster for giving me something to think about :}.

  4. Great review. I want to read this.

  5. I just finished this book, and more or less agree with your synopsis--I thought the first half was actually okay, as far as fantasy novels go. In any case, it certainly beat the drudgery of, say, the last Harry Potter book. I completely agree with your review of the last half: Where the first half marked it as a decent-enough book, the conclusion, where most debutante authors die off, made it an absolutely excellent read. And your thoughts on the characters are spot on.


  6. I like the other cover of this, with the cute guy on the cover.