15 June 2009

Book of the Week (18): "The Demon's Lexicon" by Sarah Rees Brennan

Alan and Nick are brothers, but look nothing alike. The older, fairer, Alan is gentle and caring, a great sniper but fragile because of his damaged leg. Nick is dark within and without – and always ready for a fight. Nick's only loyalty is to his brother; he doesn’t give a toss about their unstable mother after all, she was the one who stole a precious charm from a powerful magician, and now they all have to be on the run...

The worst thing that could happen would be getting marked by a demon - three marks and you become possessed, an empty body occupied by a demon lusting after a warmer lifestyle in the human world. The brothers were doing quite well, hiding out in Exeter, but then one of Alan’s crushes turns up with her thrice-marked brother, begging for help. Although Nick finds Mae attractive, he is totally not interested in helping the two, especially after the distracted Alan gets marked. Nick is furious but figures that as it’s only the first mark, it can be taken care of, but Alan has other plans and Nick’s life is about to go seriously pear-shaped...

A clever and twisty plot mixing fantasy and reality, some witty brotherly banter, flirtatious encounters and a surprise ending makes this novel a fun read. It’s the first of a trilogy, so watch out for more!

Recommended by Noga Applebaum

  • Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog by Ysabeau S. Wilce – a cracking fantasy world, an ongoing adventure, a witty yet desperate heroine and a boy who adores hats make this a unique and utterly unputdownable book.
  • The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison – another mix of reality and fantasy with a mystery in the middle. The nasties here are not demons but fairies, and you don’t want to mess with those.

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