Monday, November 23, 2009

1. The Demon's Lexicon

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: Yes
Status: 2 - ongoing
Genre: Young Adult
Tags: Demons, Magic, Irish Folklore, Twisty

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.

Brennan weaves a world filled with magicians and demons that lead the reader down twisted paths with surprises at every turn. The story has a RPG feel as the characters beginning to assemble and set out on their goal. Her metaphorical language keeps the reader entranced in the world, and the pages turning vigorously. Brennan creates a whole new world beneath our eyes and that can only been seen by those who know how to look. Brennan also draws her Irish heritage into the books by the way she designs spells, symbols, charms and the parameters for the magicians. Which bring a new look feel on old methods to the book.

I fell in love with this story the moment I read the first page. There was action starting from the beginning and didn't stop. The characters were dynamic and I could identify with them which is nice when reading a story. I found the plot unpredictable which left me surpirsed and hungry for more at the end. This is a pleasing factor for me since I can normally predict the outcome or what's going to happen next. Brennan kept me on my toes and I felt starved when I wasn't reading, which made the ending satisfying. I'm most excited for the sequel coming out spring 2010. I can't wait to read more about Nick's adventures.

Story: 10/10
Characters: 8/10
Setting: 9/10
Language: 10/10
Overall: 9/10 A

~ Kitty

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