Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan

Published: June 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 387
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads

The Goblin Market has always been the center of Sin’s world. But now the Market is at war with the magicians, and Sin’s place is in danger. Thrown out of the Market she loves, Sin is thrown together with brothers Nick and Alan—whom she’s always despised. 

Alan has been marked by a magician and is being tortured so that the magicians can get to Nick. As Sin watches Alan struggle to protect the demon brother he loves, she begins to see him in a new light—but she and Mae are locked in a fierce rivalry over who will inherit the leadership of the Goblin Market, and a decisive battle with the Aventurine Circle is looming. Mae’s brother, Jamie, is holed up with the magicians, his loyalties in question. And Nick—well, who knows what a demon might do to save his brother? How far will Nick go to save Alan—and what will it cost them all?


I feel like I have so much to say about this title.  First of all, I LOVED The Demon's Lexicon trilogy and I don't feel that enough praise has been given to Sarah Rees Brennan for writing such a fantastic series.  If you love The Mortal Instruments and Red Glove series, you will enjoy this series as well.  Not to mention of course, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Holly Black are pretty good friends and tend to like similar themes.  

The first title is The Demon's Lexicon and I do suggest you start off with this.  Don't just jump into book #2 or 3, you will be confused.  If you have already finished The Demon's Lexicon and The Demon's Covenant, then you will know that Alan, Nick's brother is on the cover of The Demon's Surrender.  Ironically, the narrator is Sin.  Each book is written from the perspective of one of the characters.  I find this technique worked well in the story, giving each character more identity and different points of view.  I didn't feel like there was one particular hero or villain.  Instead I began to understand how each character had his/her own insecurities and strengths both internally and those perceived by their peers.  

Ms. Brennan weaves an intricate tale of deceit in the Demon's Surrender.  Several times I was left thinking - WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!  She does an excellent job of keeping the reader entertained and gobsmacking us with scenarios you just didn't expect to happen.  Overall, I thought this was an excellent trilogy and more readers need to rave about it.  Great work Sarah!  

I just wanted to say as well that Ms. Brennan goes on my Awesome Authors list as being personable, positive and interactive with her reading audience.  I love seeing authors who respond to both our compliments and our criticisms.  Other great responders have been Jonathan Maberry, Lauren Kate and Lauren Oliver!  

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