Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Demon's Lexicon Review

The Demon's Lexicon
by Sarah Rees Brennan

Nick Ryves and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magicians who are hunting them down to take back a stolen charm. When a brother and sister appear at the Ryveses' door one night, the danger draws even closer. The boy bears a demon's mark, a sign of death that can only be erased by the blood of a magician. When Alan is also marked, Nick is desperate to save him -- desperate enough to chase the very magicians they have hidden from for so long.

Ensnared in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is lying to him about their past. As the magicians close in on his family, Nick uncovers a secret that could destroy them all....

I'd like to begin with a quick disclaimer: When I was about a quarter of the way through the book, I went on Twitter and accidentally read a MAJOR spoiler that completely spoiled the surprise ending for me. Because of this, I didn't enjoy the book as much as I would have. Remember: friends don't let friends spoil books on Twitter.

However...this book was fantastic. The idea was very original and well executed. The writing was excellent and I raced through the pages from the first sentence to the last. The characters were well-rounded and felt completely real. Everyone has their own wants and dreams and agendas. Alan in particular was probably the best-rounded character, though Nick was amazing too. Even though I knew the ending, it still shocked me. This is one of those books where you read it once and then you have to read it again because there's a whole different meaning on things.

Overall: 10/10. Brilliant book and I can't wait to get my hands on The Demon's Covenant very soon!


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Nice review. Sorry the ending was spoiled...this is one book you really don't want that to happen with. I loved it too though, and can't wait to read the sequel. I'm a bit behind on some must read books.