Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
In this riveting debut novel, 16-year-old Nick and his older brother, Alan, are accustomed to life on the run. Since their father was murdered, the boys have been forced to slay demons set on them by magicians seeking the powerful charm stolen by the boys' mother. Nick is furious when Alan receives a first-tier demon mark while saving a neighborhood boy. While seeking to remove it, Nick begins to suspect that his brother is lying to him about the reason for the magicians' attempts to kill them and about why their mother screams whenever Nick touches her. Fans of the Supernatural television series will be hooked from the novel's opening lines (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.). Even teens who don't consider themselves genre buffs will appreciate the solid writing, fast-paced plot, and sense of authenticity that Brennan gives to the shadowy world between ordinary, modern-day London and the otherworld of demons and magicians. Though Nick and Alan's story is mostly resolved with Nick discovering the truth behind his father's death and his mother's fear of him, readers will no doubt clamor for the next book in this planned urban fantasy trilogy.
According to Wikipedia the definition of urban fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy defined by place; the fantastic narrative has an urban setting. Many urban fantasies are set in contemporary times and contain supernatural elements. However, the stories can take place in historical, modern, or futuristic periods. The prerequisite is that they must be primarily set in a city.
I enjoyed this YA novel. For those who feel sad that Harry Potter has completed his adventure, then you’ll enjoy this beginning book in a trilogy.
This book has no vampires or werewolves, just magicians and demons. It has lots of action and adventure and a little dark humor.
I liked Alan and Nick because they work well as a team and watch out for each other. The writing is well done and the plot is well developed and you’re able to suspend disbelief. I enjoy most urban fantasy and this was a winner. I recommend this book to anyone you likes urban fantasy. This is a good book for boys who are reluctant readers and like adventure and action.
This book was sent to me by the author free of charge for review.