PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
NARRATOR: James Langton
LENGTH: 352 pages/9 hours, 49 minutes
SUMMARY: (via audible.com) Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick’s mother stole — a charm that keeps her alive — and they want it badly enough to kill again.
Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon’s mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase…and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is desperate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.
Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians’ Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.
REVIEW: Brennan’s Demon Lexicon trilogy is a gritty foray into the battle between demons and the human magicians who control them. And much like Unspoken, the decent into the magical world is a bit unexpected. Having read the first book in the Lynburn trilogy first, I was anxious to read more of Brennan’s work. Her strength is crafting characters who seem legitimate and then surrounding them with the magical and fantastical. As in my previous review of Unspoken, the initial reference to magic seems to be the product of the overactive imagination of one of the characters. Once readers realize that the magical elements are integral to the story, they are already invested in the characters.
In the beginning of the book, it seems that Nick will be the focus of the story. But by the end, it is difficult to nail down one central character as they all play such significant roles in the story and have such unique characters. Mae is a deceptively intelligent girl who is loyal to and fiercely protective of her brother Jamie. The siblings are attempting to navigate the new-found magical world that has opened up to them with the help of Nick and Alan. Nick is a brash, ruggedly handsome guy with a huge chip on his shoulder and a penchant for danger. Alan is the methodical, unflappable brother who seems to have it all together but may just be hiding the biggest secret of all.
Together, this unlikely group of acquaintances become dependent on one another and Brennan naturally blends their stories together striking a balance between the awkward, new-friend phase and the comfortable, loyal friend familiarity. As readers get farther into the story, the revelations the characters make about themselves and one another are equally surprising to the readers as Brennan is able to keep her story from unraveling right until the very end. The twist to the story is both appalling and mesmerizing causing readers to rethink many of the book’s previous scenes.
Ultimately, one walks away from this series thinking and rethinking scenes. Brennan does a fantastic job of seamlessly melding this fantasy world into ours, leaving readers to think a little differently (and perhaps suspiciously) about that one odd boy in their history class or the weird series of events at the coffee shop. Between The Lynburn Legacy and the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy, without a doubt Team Human has jumped from the “maybe” pile to the “not-to-be-missed” pile. SRB, you dastardly damsel, please don’t stop writing. **love the cover image I found to use in this post**