- Series: The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy (Book 1)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416963804
- ISBN-13: 978-1416963806
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. Grade 9 Up–In this riveting debut novel, 16-year-old Nick and his older brother, Alan, are accustomed to life on the run. Since their father was murdered, the boys have been forced to slay demons set on them by magicians seeking the powerful charm stolen by the boys' mother. Nick is furious when Alan receives a first-tier demon mark while saving a neighborhood boy. While seeking to remove it, Nick begins to suspect that his brother is lying to him about the reason for the magicians' attempts to kill them and about why their mother screams whenever Nick touches her. Fans of the Supernatural television series will be hooked from the novel's opening lines (The pipe under the sink was leaking again. It wouldn't have been so bad, except that Nick kept his favorite sword under the sink.). Even teens who don't consider themselves genre buffs will appreciate the solid writing, fast-paced plot, and sense of authenticity that Brennan gives to the shadowy world between ordinary, modern-day London and the otherworld of demons and magicians. Though Nick and Alan's story is mostly resolved with Nick discovering the truth behind his father's death and his mother's fear of him, readers will no doubt clamor for the next book in this planned urban fantasy trilogy.–Leah J. Sparks, formerly at Bowie Public Library, MD
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What if the bad-boy hunk in your class was actually a sword-wielding demon slayer? That’s the enticing scenario offered up in Brennan’s debut, and although the results are periodically workmanlike, they will satisfy the legions currently clamoring for this brand of dark fantasy. Nick (the aforementioned hunk) lives with his empty-shell mother and older brother Alan, but they’re constantly on the move as they hunt—and are hunted by—evil magicians and their conjured demons. Their brutal routine is interrupted by the arrival of two teen siblings in need of help, one of whom has been “marked” by a demon for certain death and the other of whom fosters a growing desire for one of the brothers. Though unique, the mythology has some holes and feels needlessly convoluted. That said, Brennan excels when she dwells upon her characters’ more human emotions (desire, loneliness, loyalty), and hits her stride in the final stretch, creating several scenes of unexpected horror and piling on some truly surprising twists. Stick with it, and you’ll be glad you did. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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On to what I liked.
* The dialogue was realistic and entertaining.
* There are some beautiful descriptions.
* Nick was an interesting POV character. Although he could easily be unlikable it was easy to sympathize with him. I could feel his struggles trying to understand people and how to communicate.
* The story is heavily focus on the characters and relationships. (Though the secondary characters weren't as fleshed out. I feel like part of that is because the story was from Nick's view.)
* I loved Alan and I kept fluctuating between feeling hope and betrayal on Nick's behalf.
I first picked up The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan in 2009 when I went to an all Sarah book signing at Books of Wonder. Brennan was extremely funny and made a great case for her book and I had every intention of getting to it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it kept getting pushed to the back burner as other reading obligations came up. Then recently I made the mistake of telling two of my blogger friends Dani of Overflowing Bookshelf and Jen of The Secret Life of a Bibliophile that I hadn't read it yet. It wasn't long after that the book bullying began in earnest. Knowing that resistance was futile I dusted off my copy of Demon's Lexicon and began to read....and didn't stop reading until I hit the final page.
From the opening chapter I was riveted with the world that Brennan had created and couldn't wait to see where the story went. I'll admit that at first I was a little confused on to what was going on as the book starts off with action and doesn't stop. As a reader, you are thrust into this world of magic and are forced to learn all the rules and secrets on the fly. Which is where the characters of Mae and Jaime come in handy as they are the newbies to this seedy magical underbelly of the world and so those in the know (Alan and his brother Nick) get to parse out relevant information to them. So while there was a wee bit of confusion initially its quickly dispelled as you read.
This book was narrated by Nick and I loved getting introduced to this world from his point of view. Which is kind of funny in a way since of all the characters met within this series Nick has the least amount to say. There is no denying those that Nick has a fierce loyalty to his brother Alan and a rough tolerance for Mae and Jaime. Although some of my favorite scenes in the book came from Nick's interactions with Jaime. Nick can be described as a bit of a brute, always playing with knives and whose first instinct is to stab someone with them and worry about getting answers later. So its a good thing that his brother Alan is always nearby to help prevent the death of any innocent (and not so innocent) bystanders that happen to get in Nick's way.
The Demon's Lexicon is also a book that is filled with a lot of humor. It was really hard not to laugh at loud even during some life and death moments as one character or another tossed out some snarky line. Most often from Jamie as he cowered behind something trying to avoid getting stabbed. I also liked the diversity found in this book from Sin who is a person of color to Alan who was dealing with a crippled led to Jaime who is openly gay. All the characters accepted who they were and those around them either accepted or didn't. And while life wasn't always easy for the diverse characters but they accepted who they were and tried not to let the actions of others get to them.
This is a book that I am sad to have waited so long to get to....and at the same time happy that I did. Because if I'd read this book right in 2009 then the wait until the second book, The Demon's Covenant, would have been long and grueling. Whereas all I had to do was run out to the bookstore and I was able to pick up books 2 and 3 and have no wait in between. This is a highly enjoyable series filled with many twists and turns that will leave the reader guessing. All the main plot points raised in Demon's Lexicon are answered by the end of the book. So if a reader doesn't want to move on to book 2 right away they won't be left hanging. Which is something that I appreciate in a book series these days. If you've been waiting to read this book then I suggest that you stop and move it up on your TBR list. Its one that is worthy of your time.
A good night for Nick is going to the Goblin's market and dancing to summon demons. A bad night might involve killing a few magicians. Well...for Nick that might not be such a bad night. Going to school is definitely less of an appeal for him.
Nick Ryves is your typical bad boy. The girls love him, or love to look at him would be more accurate, as he would never be considered ideal boyfriend material. He is the dark, mysterious, silent type. The guys he hangs with either respect or are afraid of him. He is not someone you'd want to face in a fight. His skill at knife throwing is pretty amazing for someone so young. Add to that the fact that he keeps a sword under his sink. Definitely not someone to be messed with.
Someday he figures they won't have to continue running from the magicians, but Nick is not looking to settle down like his brother Alan hopes to. But Alan isn't as perfect as he may seem, the good son and loving brother, picking up the mantle that his father left behind when he died. Alan has been keeping secrets and telling lies. And Nick is determined to find out the truth.
The Demon's Lexicon is a fast-paced, exciting read. The characters are believable and extremely likable and the action will keep you engaged throughout. Once this story gets moving there is no mid-book lull and it all leads up to the very shocking conclusion.
This story about demons and magicians is distinct from other books in this genre. It's a mystery that will keep readers guessing as it slowly unfolds, combined with all the action expected from a book about demons. There is even the start of a love triangle that is to be continued in the next book in the series. This is not an angels and demons tale, nor is it a sweet, heartbreaking tale of love and longing. It's got action, it's got demons, it's got swords...need I say more? This story will appeal to boys and girls as well as young and not-so-young readers.