The Demon's Lexicon, Paperback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Nick and his brother 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 he has fled from all his life - the magicians - and kill them.

So the hunted becomes the hunter...but in saving his brother, Nick discovers something that will unravel his whole past...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781847382894



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Love how SRB sneaks in references to legends and myths of various backgrounds. I love how family members can understand one another so well and yet not at all. I fucking love how she slides in this information and later drops these hints that make you think, "Could it be that... No, no way... But maybe..." I admit that it took me a couple chapters to really get into it, but once I was... Do I really have to get up early tomorrow? Maybe just a few more pages...

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I didn't like this book nearly as much as I hoped to. I'm not sure whether to give it two or three stars, because once I got to the last hundred pages, it did pick up, and I loved the last few pages. But it took so much to get there, and I honestly nearly put the book down for good halfway through. All that kept me going was the knowledge that people whose taste I'd tend to trust did really love it -- but, on reflection, I'm not sure I would go back in time two hours to when I made the decision to finish it and say yes, go for it, you'll regret it if you don't. I've already decided, for example, that I won't read the sequel, based on the reviews of it. It just doesn't sound that interesting to me.<br/><br/>Part of the problem was that it felt like I'd read it already. The relationship between Nick and Alan reminded me of a certain other pair of brothers who get involved in deals with demons... In fact, it didn't remind me of Sam and Dean Winchester in themselves, as shown on TV, as much as it reminded me of fanfic of the series. I did believe in the bond between Nick and Alan -- I'm not saying that was badly done -- but I just felt like I'd been there before. That feeling did abate a bit in the last fifty pages or so, though.<br/><br/>I can't say I liked Nick as Nick. It's hard to relate to him -- throughout, I was thinking about the choice of him as the character the narration stuck to (it's third person limited). I couldn't fathom it, since surely Alan would be much easier to sympathise with, and through his love for Nick, we might understand Nick better... But having read the end, of course I understand that decision. It's just difficult to have to wait so long for payoff. In any case, I <I>did</i> find Nick fascinating, and I was sure that there <I>was</I> some plot reason for him being the way he is. A small part of me is a little disappointed it wasn't due to PTSD all along, though.<br/><br/>It's worth noting that Alan is a disabled character, but he's still capable in his own ways and there isn't massive dollops of angst and manpain about what he can't do.<br/><br/>Jamie and Mae... I just didn't really care about them, or the love triangle thing that was going on. Another reason why I will probably not go for the sequel.<br/><br/>The author endears herself to me by saying in the (rather skimpy) interview section that she loves Dar Williams' music (though I wouldn't call it country music). You know how people talk about how whatever music they listen to was life-changing? Dar Williams was that, for me, at the tender age of fourteen, and still is now. But that's neither here nor there.

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