“This is a promising beginning to what seems to be a series--there's a sequel, at least, The Demon's Covenant. It's a YA Urban Fantasy, and first of all I was grateful for what it's not--not the first person account of a teenage girl. Not remotely about vampires. And not set in the United States, for once, but in England. Which is not to say this didn't remind me of other paranormal tales. Many reviewers noted the similarity to the television series Supernatural, with two brothers combating, well, supernatural evil. It also reminded me somewhat of JK Rowling's Harry Potter, perhaps because the acknowledgements mentioned someone involved in that fandom. But I could see some Hermione in Mae, a Harry in Alan, a nicer, kinder Draco in Jamie and well...then there's Nick. It also reminded me too much of Daryl Gregory's Pandemonium, an amazing book with similar themes. Reading that book may be why I guessed what many found an amazing twist at the end before I'd read a couple of dozen pages of The Demon's Lexicon.
Nick is the central character in this novel, and utterly unlikeable for most of the length. It's obviously deliberate and a gutsy move because even though this is told third person, it's told strictly through his point of view throughout. What kept me reading despite the nearly sociopathic protagonist was several things. For one, there's wit and humor throughout the narrative that does make this fun to read. Second, there are hints from the beginning that this is a family sorely tried--enough to gain my sympathies. The father is dead, the mother mad, and the two young men--Nick is sixteen years old and Alan not much older--taking care of themselves and each other. And that is Nick's saving grace--that he does care very much about his brother. Besides which, as I said, I had my suspicions early on about what was up with him, and staying with the story pays off. I also thought that for all that I found derivative in the novel, there was nevertheless a lot that felt very much its own book and some fine world-building. All in all a good, well-paced and entertaining read. I'd certainly be interested in reading the next book.”
“Cassie Clare introduced me to Sarah Rees Brennan(well, actually Asilda, but who cares). She's quite underknown but this series is pretty good. ”Artemis wrote this review Monday, September 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Unexpected... nice to read a completely different storyline, can't wait to see where the story goes next.”Danielle Benich wrote this review Thursday, August 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this book is so good. Nick is a bad ass and he thinks hes human but hes really a demon that was conjured into the son of two magicians so the male magician could rule the world with the power the demon would give him.”Deitrich Pettus II wrote this review Thursday, May 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Two brothers, Alan and Nick have always been on the run from magicians. Their father died, leaving them to protect their mad mother who stole a powerful charm that keeps her alive, but the magicians want it back. After another attack from a group of magicians, the brothers are ready to move on, when the life is changed up and two siblings, Mae and Jamie, show up in their life asking for occult help. Nick cares only for his brother Alan and could care less about anyone else, and isn’t afraid to show Mae and Jamie that. But Alan wants to help the siblings and eventually they find out a mysterious truth about everything they knew and themselves.
I found as I read, that I didn’t read this book because it was a good page-turner. I kept on reading because I thought that this book had to get good somewhere. I personally didn’t think it did. The characters were too cliché, you could guess what they were going to do or say. The magic in this was really obvious, and when I got to the last page, I looked at it, not believing it. Though it wasn’t all that good, there was a lot of potential, but the book just never reached it.”
“The twist towards the end was awesome. Enough to make me give 4 stars. Glad I finished the story as I was thinking about leaving mid way..”sasha wrote this review Thursday, April 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nick has always felt different. He is a 16 year old boy with an older brother who is devoted to him and a head-case Mom who can’t even stand to look at him. Nick was raised in a family that knows magic is real. His Dad was murdered by a magician. That magician was trying to get a charm from his Mom. Nick, his brother, Alan, and their Mom have been on the run ever since. Renting cheap flats and only staying until something magical appears in the vicinity and then they are off and running again. But this time, a sister and brother from Nick’s school appear on the scene and believe Nick and Alan might be able to help with the nightmares and weird mark appearing on Jamie…but helping them gets Alan marked by a demon as well. So it’s a race against time to get the marks removed and not be caught by the Magician that killed Nick’s Dad.
I had tried to read this book a while ago and just couldn’t get into it. However, I picked it up this time and couldn’t put it down. The story moves fast and from the beginning you feel like you aren’t getting the whole story. There are too many holes and convenient excuses. So the reader is looking for clues as to what is going on. The big reveal wasn’t a surprise…I knew it was coming, but what I didn’t know was the how. Lots of surprises pop up in the last third of the book…most I didn’t see coming. Now I want to know where Rees Brennan is going to take it from here.
Because this is part of a trilogy, this first book is a lot of backstory/mythology and world building…and a lot of twists and turns. The world is decidedly dark and full of bad magicians and demons…which makes for wicked fun. Nick is constantly struggling with his feelings/emotions, or lack therein. Alan is a “do-gooder”, but also a very talented liar. A cautionary tale of brotherly love, that grabs and won’t let go.
“I never expected it to be such a good read. I'm not really into paranormal novels, but this one blew my mind. The best part? Humor. The whole trilogy had too many laugh-out-loud moments to count. Seriously, I was giggling every few pages. This woman can write!”Tamta G wrote this review Friday, March 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love the ending.”Jalah wrote this review Thursday, January 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I cannot believe how enthralled I was with this book. Nick and Alan's dynamic drew me in and kept me hooked through all the madness, magic, and mayhem. I'm a sucker for sibling stories, and this one is sitting right at the top of my list. Mae and Jamie's is right beside it. I can't think of anything this book doesn't have--anything that doesn't satisfy when I'm jonesing for demons and siblings, that is.”MAE wrote this review Friday, January 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No