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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized7 Comments

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 02 Jun 2009
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN:  1416963790
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Place(s) Traveled to: London, England
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: The pipe under the sink was leaking again.
Demon’s Lexicon Series Order
Book 3: Demon’s Surrender

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.

7 Responses to “The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan”

  1. Liz. R

    I can’t tell you how much I love this book :). I definitely laughed out loud, I thought it was absolutely hilarious! I hope you enjoy Covenant just as much (I personally loved it even more than Lexicon).

  2. Tiffany Schmidt

    Gail! We had the exact same reading experience. I picked it up years ago and didn’t read it. Then I read all three in a row this summer. Jamie makes my list of all-time favorite characters. He is hilarious and his and Nick’s friendship dynamic is so sweet and disastrous and wonderful.

  3. April X

    Yay glad you finally got to read it, and liked it 🙂 Love this book like a crazy person lol.

  4. Kat

    I love this series! I just finished the final book, so hope you will check out the sequels as well– they are very nearly as brilliant. I love Jamie, Mae, Alan… even Nick, I just love all of Sarah Rees Brennan’s characters.

  5. Michelle

    I enjoyed this one too but didn’t love it as much as others have. It’s a good one for sure, and I’m sure I’m going to continue the series but I don’t feel that burning need to go from one book immediately into the others as I sometimes do with series fiction.

  6. Eesti

    All of the characters have more to them than it appears at first glance, and it’s easy to believe the vivid world of magicians and the Goblin’s Market could truly exist amidst our own. The many twists will keep readers guessing and glued to the page, but ultimately the story rests on Nick and Alan and the intense yet tenuous bond between them. It’s this relationship that gives the novel its heart, and raises it above the many other paranormal and urban fantasy offerings hitting the shelves.