Friday, August 27, 2010

Well I may be slow but I didn't see that coming...

Review: The Demon's Lexicon / The Demon's Covenant
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Page Count: Book 1 – 336, Book 2 - 448
Rating: 4.5/5

Book 1 Description:

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.

My Review:

I just finished the first two books in this trilogy; The Demon’s Lexicon and The Demon’s Covenant. The third book comes out summer 2011 and as of yet does not have a title.

In this world there are mainly three types of people; people with no magic, people who are happy with what magic they have, and magicians that strive to get more and more power by sacrificing people to demons. Creepy and compelling, you’re pulled into the world of the powerless fighting against the powerful.

This series is fast paced and original. Some have said they saw the twists coming but I was totally thrown and loved it, I love being taken by surprise. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen it veered in a totally different direction.

Nick is the narrator in the first book and he’s not very likable at all, but I kind of liked that as well, it was different. He’s mean and cutthroat, every bit the tough guy, but that’s what I’d expect of someone’s who’s been fighting for his life since he was a toddler. It also allowed you to really see the contrast with the other main characters, emphasizing their innocence and softness.

I didn’t love the first book but then the second was awesome and actually made me like the first one better. The second book switches to a different narrator and it made a huge difference to the story. I can’t wait for the last book to find out how this story ends, it’s bound to surprise me I’m sure.

You'll like this series if you liked:

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong, or Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent.

My Rating: 4.5/5

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