Sunday, 19 June 2011

The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan

Target Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

The Demon's SurrenderYet another last in the series and I'm once again gutted! I love the Demon's Lexicon books and Sarah's writing is fantastic, so I really hope she has other books planned in the near future :-)
Anyway, to start this review off I'll give you the synopsis as shown on goodreads:

"The Goblin Market has always been the centre of Sin's world. She's a dancer and a performer, secure in her place. But now the Market is at war with the magicians, and Sin's place is in danger. Keeping secrets from the market she loves, struggling with a friend who has become a rival, Sin is thrown together with the Ryves brothers, Nick and Alan - whom she's always despised. But Alan has been marked by a magician, to be tortured as the magician pleases, and as Sin watches Alan struggle to protect the demon brother he loves, she begins to see both brothers in a new light. But how far will brother go to save brother - and what will it cost them all?"

Things really heat up in this book (quiet literally on several occasions) and the characters are put through some seriously difficult trials that I wouldn't like to face personally. 
If there's one thing I love about these books it's the authors ability to tackle gritty issues with sensitivity and in a way that keeps the reader engrossed in the book without taking away from the fantasy element.
There are some seriously heartbreaking moments in this book and a few of them nearly reduced me to tears. Yet, having said that, there are other very funny moments that had me nearly on the floor laughing, I especially love any scene with Nick and Mae in it.

The Demon's Surrender continues the plot seamlessly from the previous book as well as the many continuing themes. Mae and Jamie are both marked by Nick, meaning that he has control over them, an issue that affects so many of the characters and their relationships with each other. Having said that, I loved the twists and turns Mae and Nick go through and certain aspects of the plot left me with my heart in my mouth.

Undoubtedly though, the stars of this Novel are Sin and Alan. In this book we see Sin tackle and overcome so many different obstacles including her own feelings for Alan (which is very entertaining at times).
Having said that, even this leads to some heartache and there are some moments regarding Sin and Alan which also had me in tears.  Alan too has to overcome some of his own issues in order to move forward but as usual it never goes smoothly.
As well as dealing with personal relationships there is also the matter of the Goblin Market and watching Sin juggle friendship and rivalry is truly incredible at times, but the end result was probably better than I could have had imagined or dreamed up and I wasn't disappointed by who got to lead the market. (I won't say who)

Ultimately, this is not just a fantasy novel. This is a novel of love, friendship, family and demons (both literal and personal). Can a person who supposedly is not capable of love, actually feel it? And can two very different people find happiness together? These questions and more are answered but I'm not going to spoil it for anyone.  Ultimately, I thought that this was a great end to the trilogy although I would like to know what happens to Mae, Sin, Alan, Nick and Jamie next. But then I feel that about every end to a series!
Anyway, this is a adrenaline fueled, funny, emotional and slightly romantic end to a brilliant and original series. Whatever Sarah goes on to write next I will most definitely be reading :-)


  1. I've not heard of this series before. It sounds really good. Think I'll have to pick the first one up and give it a go.

  2. I thought I recognized the name! I should have remembered :) But then I never got to read the D L

  3. I'd definitely recommend the Demon's Lexicon to both of you. All of the books in this series are incredible and like nothing I've read before. Sarah's a very talented writer :-)

  4. Great review! I just finished this book on Friday and I loved it! Alan is my favorite character and he was everything and more in this one!

    New follower :)


  5. The Demon's Surrender is the third and final book in the Demon's Lexicon Series. I have been waiting for this book for what feels like forever! I am always a little nervous when a series I love comes to and end.


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