March 19, 2010
The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
by Sarah Rees Brennan
“The pipe under the sink was leaking again. It wouldn’t have been so bad, except that Nick kept his favorite sword under the sink.”
Author Sarah Rees Brennan loses no time in plunging readers into the world of Nick and his older brother, Alan. From their rundown home to the demon attack while Alan is fixing dinner, it is “been there, done that” for the brothers who have been on the run from demons and the magicians who summon them since their father died.
Things go from bad to worse when two kids from school show up in the middle of the attack. How do you explain a dead guy in the middle of the kitchen and a swirl of attacking ravens? Not to mention Mum — black-haired, wild-eyed and terrified of her youngest son who has no clue why his mother hates him.
But clues start to come together as Nick finds a hidden photo and figures out that his brother is lying to him. Before Nick can unravel the lie, he has to find a way to save his brother’s life after Alan is marked by a demon.
Tween boy readers will love Nick and his sword. Slice first. Think later. And maybe work in a worry or two about why you aren’t as emotional as those around you.
Tween girls will love Nick and his sword — what’s not to love about a good-looking bad boy who, in spite of everything, fights to save Alan and, because they matter to him, the two kids from school.
Action abounds but there is plenty to think about too as readers question the age-old battle of good vs evil, what it is to be human, and just what it means to have a soul.
A well-written addition to the genres of fantasy and the paranormal. This book stands a good chance of holding even a reluctant reader from beginning to end.
This is the first in a trilogy and I am looking forward to book #2, The Demon’s Covenant.