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Synopsis: From Amazon because it is spoiler free and is the first thing people see :D
Nick and his brother Alan are on the run with their mother, who was once the lover of a powerful magician. When she left him, she stole an important charm - and he will stop at nothing to reclaim it. Now Alan has been marked with the sign of death by the magician's demon, and only Nick can save him. But to do so he must face those he has fled from all his life - the magicians - and kill them. So the hunted becomes the hunter...but in saving his brother, Nick discovers something that will unravel his whole past...
OK so I thought after reading about Guardian Angels I would go to the opposite end of the spectrum and read about demons...lol.
Written in 3rd person narrative but has the feeling of a first person narrative as it is mainly focalized from Nick's point of view.
Really interesting and well developed plot. Clever plot teasers are placed throughout the story, although there is a major plot twist it does not come as a complete shock, all the indicators are there for you to pick up on.
Fabulous Gothic imagery entwined with modern appliances/architecture. Very easy to have the movie version playing in your imagination while you read this. The snake imagery at the beginning made me cringe (how I hate snakes!). The description of the shadows brought to mind those in Fallen.
I found it rather a strange coincidence that this book as well as Heavenly both state the evils of alcohol and how due to the lowering of inhibitions it is easier for evil to take hold and consume. The idea of being branded for demon possession is truly frightening, I did find it hard to believe that anyone would be stupid enough to let a demon into their bedroom in the middle of the night. The saying 'nothing is what it seems' kept running through my mind.
The theme of nature versus nurture throughout the plot is similar to that running through Beastly but this takes it to a whole new dimension. The ending was surprisingly touching and tender.
An action packed debut novel for urban fantasy fans. I think Sarah Rees Brennan is one to look out for in the future ;)
Your mother's stolen a charm, you've had to spend your whole life on the run and the only person you can trust is your brother but he's been marked by a pesky demon and you're now forced to face the notorious magicians in order to protect the only family you have but you find out something that will change your life forever.
Now granted, this may not be happening to everyone at this precise moment but it's what's happening to poor Nick Ryves in The Demon's Lexicon written by Sarah Rees Brennan. Nick's adventures in London get him and his brother into a lot of trouble in the magical version of England that Brennan has created but for a debut author she handles her story well and it's a joy to read.
I first found out about this book through her agent's website, (the same agent who represents Jamie Ford, who I also reviewed). Brennan was previously known online as the fanfiction writer Maya who had become known as a "big-name" fan in the Harry Potter series where she wrote a number of her own Potter stories, parodies and essays. Brennan became known for her quirky writing style and sense of humour which transcends into her debut novel.
The Demon's Lexicon is part of a trilogy and so far has had a good reception, her second novel, The Demon's Covenant is currently out as well (which I'm currently reading and will review when finished). The final novel of the series is set for release next year.
Brennan handles the task of a debut author with ease and good humour as demonstrated on her blog. She clearly cares about her characters and it's easy to fall in love with them. Brennan's writing style is easy to read and would be suitable for ages thirteen and over but also a novel that adults can enjoy.
The novel is 322 pages
Retail Price: 6.99
I've found this an elusive book to find, I did see it in WHSmith's when it had been released but you might have more luck on Amazon where I imagine it's cheaper as well.
Brennan's blog: http://sarahtales.livejournal.com
Brennan's url: www.sarahreesbrennan.com
Agent's Link: http://pubrants.blogspot.com - if you look on the right hand side and scroll down far enough till you see Brennan's name you can read her original query letter for the novel.
So if you see this on your travels and like fantasy, then give it a go, you won't be disappointed! And the best thing? Not a vampire in sight!