The Demon's Lexicon

The Demon's Lexicon

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Sixteen-year-old Nick and his brother, Alan, are always ready to run. Their father is dead, and their mother is crazy--she screams if Nick gets near her. She's no help in protecting any of them from the deadly magicians who use demons to work their magic. The magicians want a charm that Nick's mother stole--and they want it badly enough to kill. Alan is Nick's partner in demon slaying and the only person he trusts in the world. So things get very scary and very complicated when Nick begins to suspect that everything Alan has told him about their father, their mother, their past, and what they are doing is a complete lie. . . .
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 148.84 x 209.3 x 31.24mm | 426.38g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1416963790
  • 9781416963790
  • 582,306

Review quote

This debut urban fantasy, set in an England where magic is real, the first entry in The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy, starts with a bang. One minute Nick is fixing the sink in the kitchen while his older brother cooks. The next mintues the two are fighting for their lives, Nick with a sword and Alan with a gun, against an unkindness of ravens and a powerful magician. Killing the magician stops the attack, but it is a temporary respite. The two teens are demon slayers, in hiding to protect their ailing mother, an escaped magician. Now that Black Arthur has found them, flight is their only hope; however, before they can flee, a teenage girl asks for their help. Her younger brother has a three-tiered demon mark, a sentence of death, unless it can be removed. Nick's priority is to protect his brother, who has looked after him since their father was killed by demons. But Alan decides to share the demon marks, leaving Nick no choice but to find the magicians responisble. Until then, Mae and Jamie will have to flee and fight beside them.

Nonstop action, nail-biting supsense, clever rapartee, and a knockout secret involving the two brothers will keep readers on the edges of their seats. There is resolution at the end, but it is just the first stage of the battle. More dangerous challenges await these two intrepid fighters in The Demon's Covenant. Fans of the paranormal and the Supernatural television series are going to enjoy the adventures of these demon-fighting brothers, but so will aficionados of sharp writing, complex characters, fast-paced plots, teen angst, and the struggle between good and evil.

----VOYA April 2010
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About Sarah Rees Brennan

Sarah Rees Brennan was born and raised in Ireland. After living briefly in New York and then doing a creative writing MA and library work in Surrey, England, she returned to Dublin, Ireland, to write. This is Sarah's first novel. Visit her website at
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10,093 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (3,469)
3 25% (2,547)
2 8% (851)
1 4% (436)

Our customer reviews

Though I found some of the characters compelling and original, the author's world-building and writing was strained and felt incomplete. The characters were constantly in danger of losing consistency, and some of the twists and turns thus were mildly confusing. However, it was a fun read, with plenty of hilariously snappy dialogue. (detailed review: more
by Angel T.
Don't be decieved by the angsty boy on the cover this is not another teen romance novel. Filled with sword fights, magic, a scret market where dancers can summn demons and a twist that only the most astute of readers will pick up on, the Demon's Lexicon is an action packed young adult novel. The Demon's Lexicon will have you laughing out loud by Sarah Rees Brennan's wit and will have you staying up half the night as this is a book who's actions scenes can not be put down. With all this the Demon's Lexicon is sure to be your next favourite more
by Serena
From the very first line this book captured my attention. I enjoyed it from start to finish! I loved the author's writing style and all of the main characters quick-witted/occasionally snarky conversations. I loved what I feel is a very original story line, and although I could guess the â??big twist' at the end with few helpful hints along the way, it was an awesome read! I felt great compassion for Alan with his complex family and was intrigued by Nick. I loved how their brotherly relationship, as opposed to romantic relationships, was the real focus of the story. Alan loves Nick - and Nick loves Alan (even though he doesn't seem to understand that himself) you can see it through all of their actions. Each brother instinctively acts to protect the other - above all else. Secondary characters Mae and Jamie also love and protect each other through their own demon and magician filled challenges. I am not a personal fan of Mae, but she gets a big *thumbsup* from me for sticking up and helping her little brother, Jamie. Throw in teen angst and thorny families - mix in demons and a dash of magicians - add some edge-of-your-seat action, and you have an excellent book! I highly recommend it!show more
by Scoot
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