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The Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy) Hardcover – June 2, 2009
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Nick and his brother, Alan, have been on the run for Nick's entire life - and when they're not running, they're fighting the vicious magicians pursuing their mother and the powerful charm she stole. Magicians who trade lives for power. Who killed their father and left Alan with a permanent limp. And who show up yet again as soon as Nick has started to get comfortable in their new home.
This time, everything's different. A demon marks Alan, and Nick can't rest until he knows his brother is safe. Especially after one of the most powerful magician's circles delivers a warning that leaves Alan more shaken than Nick's ever seen. But the harder Nick tries to protect him, the more he realizes how many secrets Alan's been keeping from him.
No longer able to trust the one person he thought he could count on, Nick sets out to find the truth.
Unfortunately, this truth is more dangerous than most...
THE DEMON'S LEXICON is a dark, fast-paced story filled with equal parts of action and emotion - and incredibly difficult to put down once you've started. The narration, from Nick's point of view, is stark but comes with plenty of biting humor.
All of the characters have more to them than it appears at first glance, and it's easy to believe the vivid world of magicians and the Goblin's Market could truly exist amidst our own. The many twists will keep readers guessing and glued to the page, but ultimately the story rests on Nick and Alan and the intense yet tenuous bond between them. It's this relationship that gives the novel its heart, and raises it above the many other paranormal and urban fantasy offerings hitting the shelves.
Highly recommended to all!
Reviewed by: Lynn Crow
As another reviewer has mentioned, it was refreshing to read a YA novel where romance does not factor heavily. There is lots of love, but it's familial love--brotherly (and sisterly) and devoted. Mae could be considered the love interest, but the touch is fairly light in this regard.
Sarah Rees Brennan has a knack for humor. It's apparent in her blog and her fanfiction. It shone a little less brightly in this book, but it was still present. Nick and Jamie have most of the good lines, and while Mae was spunky and opinionated, I felt a little more could have been done with her. She and her brother crash in on the secret life Nick and older brother Alan try to keep hidden, pleading for help with Jamie's predicament. The relationship between brother and sister is believable, but I wanted just the slightest bit more. The dynamic between Nick and Alan took some getting used to, but as the story goes on, it works well in context.
While the protagonist is undoubtedly Nick, the dark brooding hero who has all this knowledge of swords and demons and evil magicians (Sarah Rees Brennan has attempted to deconstruct this stereotype, and it works well enough, especially as the story goes on), it is Alan who is perhaps the most intriguing throughout. Both Ryves brothers keep secrets, but Alan keeps more than anyone else suspects--even Nick. And when Nick glimpses something Alan's been keeping from him, he becomes obsessed with uncovering it fully.
There are a few twists in the last third of the book or so, and one huge one toward the very end.Read more ›
The characters are clearly drawn and it's easy to like them. The bad guys are depicted as humans with good qualities as well as bad, and the good guys aren't 100% good, either--just like in real life. It's a refreshing change from many fantasy stories in which the characters are cartoonishly depicted as either pure good or pure evil.
The pacing is good, as well. You won't have to read through pages and pages of useless drivel in between the good parts. The book is almost entirely good parts.
In short, this is an excellent story, masterfully told. I eagerly await Ms. Brennan's next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What does it mean to have demons in your life? A lot of complications. Nick and Alan have a sort of business helping clients get rid of demon marks, all the while outrunning the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Sherrill
I love everything Sarah Rees Brennan writes, definitely including this book. Really interesting thoughts about family and what it means to be human.Published 2 months ago by Meghan
Nick and Alan Ryves have been on the run from the magicians for as long as they can remember. The magicians are humans who get their power by sacrificing people so that demons can... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Little-Book-Wyrm
Excellent read and I really enjoyed the twist! Let's just say I wasn't sure how I felt about feeling such a strong connection to the main character at the end! Well done!Published 13 months ago by Kendra Y.
I saw this recommended on tumblr, took a look at the preview and immediately knew I had to buy it. I've been looking for a book about brothers for ages, and it's set in all the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the most complex and brilliant books I've ever read!Published 23 months ago by Sheila I. Smith
just want to start off by saying that this book is the first book in one of my favorite series. Seriously. Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Danielle @ Overflowing Shelf
First book in series is the best. Outstanding relationship between the brothers. The dimension and depth that she has engineered with words I can't even begin to touch.Published on December 13, 2013 by Monica Biancardi