The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Demon’s Lexicon
by Sarah Rees Brennan
ISBN-13: 9-781416-963790
Rating: 5 ♥ / 5 ♥

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.


I’ve finally gotten around to writing this review of The Demon’s Lexicon, a book that should have had one of the first reviews on this blog! With The Demon’s Covenant coming out soon, I figured I’d better get a move on and post this sooner rather than later.

I had known of Sarah before her book was released. I was already a huge fan of her writing style and knew that I would just love her first published novel – at least, I hoped I would. The day finally arrived, and I purchased The Demon’s Lexicon immediately. It took me very little time to read it, and I was right; I loved it.

Sarah has such an engaging style of writing. She’s able to write serious and completely hilarious with ease. I was drawn in and taken away by her discriptions and characters. Nick (whose POV we get) and Alan are half-brothers. There father is dead and they – mostly Alan – look after their insane mother. Alan is the serious, warm and loving brother. Nick, the mysterious, handsome, brooding and silent one. Both are kick-ass in their own ways. Before long, Mae and her brother Jamie arrive on the scene, needing the brother’s help. Mae is full of fire and passion, and care for her brother. Jamie is quieter, but brave. There is just so much intrigue to each of them, and the world building that Sarah did is just amazing. Although everything seems like the modern day UK, until the swords, magic, goblin market and demons come into play.

The plot was paced really well. Just when I thought I’d get to a good point to set the book down and, oh I don’t know, eat/sleep/go to work, there was just more. There is also a HUGE revelation at the end of the book, one that the reader begins to guess at but doesn’t really think is true (it can’t be true!). It was completely awesome. Sarah ties up the plot of the first book nicely, but leaves enough loose ties and potential for the release of the second book to seem AGES away (and it was/is!).

I only quote from books in a review rarely, but I felt the need to leave you with one. When I pick up a book in the store, I don’t only read the blurb but the first paragraph – it has to grab me. The first two sentences in The Demon’s Lexicon are made of so much win I was immediately hooked (not that I wasn’t going to read anyway, but it was a plus!):

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.



3 thoughts on “The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

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  2. I haven’t really paid much attention to this book, possibly because I don’t care for the cover. I know, I’m shallow. But it sounds fantastic. Great review!

    • I hear you on being shallow about covers – the better the cover looks, the more chance I’ll pick up the book to see what it’s all about.
      If you have some reading time available, I highly suggest giving TDL a try!

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