Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Release date: Out now
Genre: Urban fantasy
Target audience: 14 +
From the author's website:
Nick and Alan are on the run with their mother, who was once the lover of a powerful magician. When she left him, she stole an important charm - and he will stop at nothing to reclaim it. Now Alan has been marked with the sign of death by the magician's demon, and only Nick can save him. But to do so he must face those who he has fled from all his life - the magcians - and kill them. So the hunted becomes the hunter...but in saving his brother, Nick discovers something that will unravel his whole past....
There is something fresh about The Demon's Lexicon as a new urban fantasy novel. I think perhaps because Brennan does not give magic a sparkling and desirable quality. Magicians access magic through demons and in order to do that they commit countless murders. There seemed to be no redeeming actions that could make using magic acceptable and I found this interesting as I often waste time wishing I had a special power.
Having said that, I also found it a difficult book to read at times. The main character Nick was hard to like and so I felt ambivalent as to what happened next in the story. He is emotionally detached from other people and enjoys violence and rage. Alan, Nick's brother, on the other hand is an entirely likeable character and very endearing and so I perservered to the end of the book.
The ending had a fantastic twist which I did not see coming and left me feeling very satisfied with having stuck with the book.
Overall, I liked it. The book is different to other urban fantasy novels and was well written.