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I finally finished reading this book yesterday and so it's time to review! I reviewed the first book in this trilogy "The Demons Covenent" a few weeks back so that tells you what book one is all about, but this is about book two, so here we go!
The story basically picks up from where it left off in book one, the difference is that this book is from the viewpoint of Mae rather than Nick. This is because in recent weeks her younger brother Jamie has found himself with magical powers and he's being pursued by the Magician Gerald who wants Jamie to join his circle. This is very bad as the Circle's are Demon Circle's that feed off human life.
Mae turns to brothers Alan and Nick (who are the lead characters of the trilogy) to help her save Jamie from the Magicians but it's possibly not the best choice as Gerald also has his sights set on Nick.
About the Author:
Sarah Rees Brennan is in her early 20's and from Ireland. She was discovered on the slush pile by the Nelson Literary Agency but many knew her online as she was considered a 'top fan' of the Harry Potter world as she wrote numerous fanfiction stories under the name of Maya. This earned her a cult following on the social networking site livejournal where she still blogs at:
She has a MA in Creative Writing and apparently is now a resident of Ireland again. The Demons Lexicon was her debut and this is the second novel she's published.
I thought this book was very different to the first. Obviously this is mostly because it's from a different character viewpoint and more of a female lead than two males. Brennan has a great wit about her though which is seen in her blog posts as well as her writing so you can instantly tell it's her 'voice'.
I did like the fact that this novel featured a gay character as it's not one I've seen in many YA books. It also plays into the conflict of the storyline really well as it contributes to the theme of head verses heart.
I do like the character of Mae though, she's quick witted and cares about her brother. She's also feisty as well though and is a strong female lead in a small army of men.
Brennan handles the story very well however, she writes the story easily into the world she's created and she's changed the landscape of England to suit her needs and it does pay off. She makes you believe that you are in a fantasy version of England and there's nothing that seems over the top or too extravagant.
It did take me a while however to get through this book and I'm not sure why that is. It's an easy enough book to get through but maybe it just wasn't the type of book that held my attention for very long. I'm still glad I read it however and am looking forward to seeing how the series wraps up.
Pages: 440 (paperback)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Average customer rating on Amazon: 4.5/5
4 out of 5 DooYoo stars from me. It only looses a star because it took me so long to get through.
Thanks for reading!