July 25, 2011
The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan
Sin, short for Cynthia, is the best dancer in the Market, second only to her mother. But in the Market, rhythm and grace aren’t nearly as important as luck because when a dancer’s luck runs out, there is always a demon to contend with and no one can fight off a demon.
Fortunately, Sin has a demon fighting by her side. She isn’t sure juts how far she trusts Nick Reyves but she’s known him her whole life and, until they discovered that the boy next door was actually a demon, he was her favorite dance partner.
Yet Sin and Nick find themselves at odds when he supports her friend and arch rival in the contest over who will next rule the Market. Sin just doesn’t understand how Mae, an outsider, can truly understand what is best for a world she didn’t even know about two years earlier.
Although you can understand this book well enough without reading the two that proceed it (The Demon’s Lexicon and The Demon’s Covenant), you’ll be missing out if you don’t go back and read them as well. Dark humor and spot on characterization combine in a compelling creative urban fantasy that is dark and gritty and real in spite of the demons and necromancers that roam modern London.
Character relationships play enough of a role to satisfy female readers while boys will be pulled in by the sword play, strategy and action. The humor is smart and sassy and the books are true YA — adults will love them even if they don’t love all the mischief the teen characters manage to get into.
A must read for urban fantasy fans. And I certainly hope that with this trilogy tied up, Brennan has another project already in the works.