Although, I didn’t find the bulk of the novel as a whole extraordinary in the telling, I did find Sarah Rees Brennan’s “The Demon’s Lexicon” enjoyable.
Alan Ryves has all the heart and soul and is wicked with a gun, and his younger brother, Nick Ryves, has a hard time connecting with anyone or anything except his sword and the demons he calls when he dances. His utter lack of humanity is counterbalanced by Alan’s overabundance of kindness.
At times, their duel natures feel more like two sides of one person, because after some arguing, they usually find the middle ground between them. It’s easy to see why they work so well as a team, and even understand Nick’s frustration when Alan’s actions deviate from their usual team play when it comes to fighting the magicians.
The magicians have stalked them their entire lives for the charm their mother stole, and they want it enough to kill for it. The problem—the charm sustains their crazy mother’s life. Although Nick isn’t overly fond of his mother, Alan is the only person Nick trusts in the world and usually follows Alan’s lead when it comes to Olivia. That is until Nick discovers Alan has been lying to him about more than his motives behind helping Mae Crawford and her brother, Jamie, who is marked by a demon controlled by a magician.
The whys behind Alan’s choices and his lies are obvious in the end, and it is the ending that takes Brennan’s average, but good, story and makes it one of the best I’ve read in a long time. She takes the same old plot device I’ve seen countless times, twists it on its head, and then takes it one step further to a place that no reader could guess.
This is one of those novels that if you’re tempted to stop, you shouldn’t because Brennan saves the best for last. You won’t regret reading every last word.