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The Demon's Lexicon (Demon's Lexicon Series #1)

The Demon's Lexicon (Demon's Lexicon Series #1)

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by Sarah Rees Brennan, James Langton (Read by)

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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


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.

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"The Demon's Lexicon is full of shimmery marvels and bountiful thunder."
— Scott Westerfeld
Children's Literature - Jamie Hain
Nick, his brother Alan, and their recluse mother have been on the run from the magicians for years, ever since their father died saving them from those same magicians. Now, Alan has been marked by a demon and the only way to remove it and save Alan is to seek out the very magicians that they have been hiding from for so long. Along the way they meet Mae and Jamie, two fellow teens also hunted by the magicians and the demons that they control. The four friends' journey is full of twists and turns as they travel from a small English village, to the secretive torch lit Goblin Market, to the streets of London, in search of answers. Emotions run high as they struggle to survive in a world where the difference between good and evil is increasingly blurred, intentions are not always pure, and the discovery of dark secrets threaten to tear apart siblings and budding romances as they prepare to face the biggest danger of their life. Action packed fight sequences featuring magic as well as sword and gunplay draw the reader in and the supernatural world full of charms, dancing, and demon summoning keep the reader hooked in this modern urban fantasy. Reviewer: Jamie Hain
Melanie Hundley
Nick and his older brother Alan are demon slayers; they use swords and magic to fight evil and protect their mother, a witch driven mad by magicians. The three of them are constantly on the move as they hunt and are hunted by demons and magicians. Though troubled by his feelings toward his mother, Nick has no doubt about the love and loyalty he feels toward his brother Alan. A brother and sister arrive needing protection from a demon, and Nick and Alan are forced to make difficult and dangerous choices in order to protect them. As they search for the demon attacking the brother and sister, Nick finds out that his beloved brother has been lying to him about their family's past. The circle of magicians closes in on the two sets of siblings, the danger intensifies, and Nick uncovers a secret that could cost them all their lives. Reviewer: Melanie Hundley
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up–In this riveting debut novel, 16-year-old Nick and his older brother, Alan, are accustomed to life on the run. Since their father was murdered, the boys have been forced to slay demons set on them by magicians seeking the powerful charm stolen by the boys’ mother. Nick is furious when Alan receives a “first-tier” demon mark while saving a neighborhood boy. While seeking to remove it, Nick begins to suspect that his brother is lying to him about the reason for the magicians’ attempts to kill them and about why their mother screams whenever Nick touches her. Fans of the Supernatural television series will be hooked from the novel’s opening lines (“The pipe under the sink was leaking again. It wouldn’t have been so bad, except that Nick kept his favorite sword under the sink.”). Even teens who don’t consider themselves genre buffs will appreciate the solid writing, fast-paced plot, and sense of authenticity that Brennan gives to the shadowy world between ordinary, modern-day London and the otherworld of demons and magicians. Though Nick and Alan’s story is mostly resolved with Nick discovering the truth behind his father’s death and his mother’s fear of him, readers will no doubt clamor for the next book in this planned urban fantasy trilogy.–Leah J. Sparks, formerly at Bowie Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
A fresh voice dancing between wicked humor and crepuscular sumptuousness invigorates this urban fantasy. Askew of everyday England there lies a darker world, where power-hungry magicians sacrifice innocents to demons and their victims peddle protection with like ruthlessness. Nick Ryves has spent all of his 16 years therein, perpetually on the run, his father murdered, his mother driven mad, his crippled older brother the only person he can trust. When two desperate teens seek out their aid, he will find the last few certainties of his life stripped away. Nick is an astonishing protagonist: vicious, deadly, callous, nearly feral, all but consumed with rage, yet rendered irresistibly attractive by his mordant wit, his clear-eyed recognition of his flaws and his terrified bafflement at his own fleeting moments of tenderness. Every character hides secrets, every conversation hints at double and triple meanings. From the pitch-perfect opening paragraph to the heartbreaking final pages, the narrative peels back layers of revelation, deftly ratcheting up the tension and horror to a series of shattering climaxes. The conclusion, while utterly satisfying, also leaves room for the story to continue. Delicious. (Fantasy. YA)
VOYA - Bonnie Kunzel
This debut urban fantasy, set in an England where magic is real, the first entry in The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy, starts with a bang. One minute Nick is fixing the sink in the kitchen while his older brother cooks. The next minute the two are fighting for their lives, Nick with a sword and Alan with a gun, against an unkindness of ravens and a powerful magician. Killing the magician stops the attack, but it is a temporary respite. The two teens are demon slayers, in hiding to protect their ailing mother, an escaped magician. Now that Black Arthur has found them, flight is their only hope; however, before they can flee, a teenage girl asks for their help. Her younger brother has a three-tiered demon mark, a sentence of death, unless it can be removed. Nick's priority is to protect his brother, who has looked after him since their father was killed by demons. But Alan decides to share the demon marks, leaving Nick no choice but to find the magicians responsible. Until then, Mae and Jamie will have to flee and fight beside them. Nonstop action, nail-biting suspense, clever repartee, and a knockout secret involving the two brothers will keep readers on the edges of their seats. There is resolution at the end, but it is just the first stage of the battle. More dangerous challenges await these two intrepid fighters in The Demon's Covenant (Forthcoming May, 2010). Fans of the paranormal and the Supernatural television series are going to enjoy the adventures of these demon-fighting brothers, but so will aficionados of sharp writing, complex characters, fast-paced plots, teen angst, and the struggle between good and evil. Reviewer: Bonnie Kunzel

Product Details

Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
Demon's Lexicon Series , #1
Edition description:
Unabridged, 8 CDs, 9 hours
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Sarah Rees Brennan is the author of the critically acclaimed Unspoken. The first book of her Demon’s Lexicon series received three starred reviews and was an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Unspoken and Team Human, a novel cowritten with Justine Larbalestier, were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks and TAYSHAS picks. Visit her at SarahReesBrennan.com.

James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and later as a musician at the Guildhall School in London. He has worked in radio, film and television, also appearing in theater in England and on Broadway. James was born in York, England and now lives in New York City.

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The Demon's Lexicon (Demon's Lexicon Trilogy Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Rosentiq More than 1 year ago
Something wicked this way comes, indeed- Sarah Rees Brennan's debut about two brothers on the run from demon-leashing magicians is wicked in every way: wickedly smart, wickedly sharp, wickedly funny, and wickedly dark. I devoured every page of this book in a single night, and I've read it several times since. Rees Brennan's Ryves brothers are unmistakably unique- and it's hard to choose between Nick, the sword-swinging pragmatic, or Alan, the gun-toting bibliophile- they're both that compelling. And unlike many urban fantasy or specfic novels, Rees Brennan doesn't skip on character development. Mae could be lazily called the love interest, but she's a complete person unto herself, beautifully developed and interesting in her own right aside from any of the boys. This book was a rollicking, frightening, breathlessly delicious adventure and the only thing it left me wanting was the sequel.
ellak More than 1 year ago
A great plot, probably the most surprising ending that I have come upon this year. I loved the complexity of all character relationships - nothing is normal is this book. Awesome read!!!
ALFAgirl More than 1 year ago
"Let's examine the events of the past twenty-four hours in Exeter. Raven's in the kitchen, snakes in the living room, demon marks on you, magicians sending us stupid messages, and at the end of it all you got the boy's telephone number." This Book is an outstanding read that is #1 on my book list! If you like suspense, action-packed, adventurous, & a little bit of romance, you'll find it right here, in The Demon's Lexicon- Book of the Century(to me anyways)! This is a Recommended Read! No, forget that! This is a Must Read! This book is Unforgettable and better than any other book I have ever read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't want to say too much and spoil anything, but wow, Rees Brennan's characters are so vividly alive and complex and interesting that you can't imagine putting The Demon's Lexicon down. It makes you feel like this strange dark world of magicians and demons could be lurking around any corner. Be prepared for some great comic relief as well; trust me it works.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Nick and his brother, Alan, have been on the run for Nick's entire life - and when they're not running, they're fighting the vicious magicians pursuing their mother and the powerful charm she stole. Magicians who trade lives for power. Who killed their father and left Alan with a permanent limp. And who show up yet again as soon as Nick has started to get comfortable in their new home. This time, everything's different. A demon marks Alan, and Nick can't rest until he knows his brother is safe. Especially after one of the most powerful magician's circles delivers a warning that leaves Alan more shaken than Nick's ever seen. But the harder Nick tries to protect him, the more he realizes how many secrets Alan's been keeping from him. No longer able to trust the one person he thought he could count on, Nick sets out to find the truth. Unfortunately, this truth is more dangerous than most... THE DEMON'S LEXICON is a dark, fast-paced story filled with equal parts of action and emotion - and incredibly difficult to put down once you've started. The narration, from Nick's point of view, is stark but comes with plenty of biting humor. All of the characters have more to them than it appears at first glance, and it's easy to believe the vivid world of magicians and the Goblin's Market could truly exist amidst our own. The many twists will keep readers guessing and glued to the page, but ultimately the story rests on Nick and Alan and the intense yet tenuous bond between them. It's this relationship that gives the novel its heart, and raises it above the many other paranormal and urban fantasy offerings hitting the shelves. Highly recommended to all!
Anonymous 11 months ago
I love everything Sarah Rees Brennan writes, definitely including this book. Really interesting thoughts about family and what it means to be human.
vampiregrl123 More than 1 year ago
Nick and Alan Ryves have been on the run from the magicians for as long as they can remember. The magicians are humans who get their power by sacrificing people so that demons can have a host to live inside. It turns out that their mother used to be a magician, an evil one. She has in her possession a charm that the other magicians would kill to get their hands on. Jamie and Mare come to the Ryves’ brothers seeing help. Jamie has a demon’s mark, a sign that marks death to those who bear it. Alan is set on helping the two of them, but Nick warns that it will only put him and Alan in more danger and wants to leave Jamie and Mare to fend for themselves. It isn’t until Alan is marked by a demon as well that he, reluctantly, agrees to help them. I found Nick’s character to be very dark. He has almost no feelings expect towards his brother Alan, and some somewhat lustful desires towards Mare later in the book. He is an absolute bad boy. He is the type to shoot first and ask questions later. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks and has little to no regrets. While I typically fall for more vulnerable characters like Alan, I did find myself intrigued with Nick. Brennan’s fantasy world was well written and imaginative. It wasn’t a copycat like some other fantasy novels can be. The Goblin Market, for instance, was very interesting to me. The details of the different stalls and items one could be there had me wishing that I could transport myself into the novels just to have a few hours to browse. This book was very dark and I can understand why most readers would have a hard time reading a novel like The Demon’s Lexicon. I, however, did find myself happy for something so dark because I have been reading so many “happily ever after’s” lately. While I didn’t absolutely fall in love with this book. I did like it and would someday be interested in reading the other two novels in the series.
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This series is a series for creative minds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. the characters were well written and the plot interesting. i was able to see the plot twist coming but i can with most books these days, it comes from reading so often. if you like books about supernatural teenagers doing dangerous things with an uncaring male lead who kicks ass. then this book is for you. if that is not your cup of tea then you might like it for the action scenes, the character development and growth, or for the philosophical questions posed in this what if scenario. "A 2010 ALA Top Ten Best Book" I approve this book!!!
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If you are ready to read a book you can''t put down, this is it! I loved the characters and enjoyed a few twists that I wasn't expecting, but that made perfect sense once I finished.
angel9121 More than 1 year ago
great book! i want the second one already
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Nick Ryves has a lot of things to worry about. Usually a leaky pipe wouldn't register as even a minor priority. Except that he also keeps his favorite sword under the sink. Dodgy houses and leaky pipes are nothing new for Nick and his brother Alan. After all, who has time for home improvement when you're on the run from evil magicians and the demons who give them power? After years of running across England, the magicians are finally closing in on Nick and Alan in The Demon's Lexicon(2009) by Sarah Rees Brennan. The solution should be simple. The Ryves know exactly what the magicians want. But the stolen charm is also the only thing keeping their mother alive. Nick is furious when Alan decides to help a hapless brother and sister who stumble into their lives. Don't they have enough problems? But Alan is family, and even if Nick doesn't know much about feelings or bonding, he knows family matters. The only problem is that the more Nick learns about his past and the closer they come to the magicians, the more obvious it is that Alan has been lying to him. Nick is determined to stop the magicians and uncover the truth . . . even if it means nothing will ever be the same. Brennan herself has said (on twitter) that she doesn't much like the television series Supernatural. Still, comparisons between it and her debut novel are inevitable because, well, they're really similar. That said, the entire vibe of The Demon's Lexicon is sufficiently different from Supernatural that it won't seem too familiar to fans of the TV show nor will it lack appeal for those who don't appreciate the series. Unsurprisingly, the story is filled to the brim with action and battles and, of course, magic. Happily, and less expected, was the humor that Brennan has added to the story. Nick is ruthless and he doesn't understand other people at all. But he is very funny--as is Alan. The nice thing about the added humor is that it gives both of the Ryves brothers that little extra dimension that makes them feel like real people instead of scary thugs. The writing itself is filled with similar contrasts for added complexity. Aside from being a really fun and exciting book, The Demon's Lexicon is a great book about family and what love really means because, really, it can mean a lot of different things for different people. It's also a book that will have wide appeal because it is widely awesome (and the first part in a trilogy that will continue in The Demon's Talisman). Possible Pairings: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba, Supernatural (television series), The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
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Audreyclair More than 1 year ago
Title: The Demon's Lexicon Author: Sarah Rees Brennan Genre: YA Paranormal Publishing Information: 336 pages; June 2nd, 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Series: The Demon's Lexicon #1 Where I got it: Borders liquidation sale One sentence: Brothers Nick and Alan Ryves have always been on the run from the magicians and the demons who give them their power, until a brother and sister come to the Ryves for help and drag them deeper into a game of cat and mouse and secrets that could change Nick's life. Themes: Fantasy, demons, magicians, magic, siblings, paranormal Main character: 4/5 I'll admit I was not enamored with either Nick or Alan at the outset of the novel, however as often happens, they grew on me. Nick is literally a sociopath, which is so different from anything I've ever read! A foil for Nick, Alan seemed like a pushover for most of the novel; however he definitely appeared in a different light at the end. The brothers' development created well-rounded, fascinating characters that I was emotionally invested in. Secondary characters: 4/5 Brennan excelled at expert characterizations in even the most minor characters. Jamie and Mae were thoroughly written, full of twists, surprises and quirks. I found them to be slightly clingy and dependent in the first half, but again, they came into their own in the second part of the novel. Even Nick and Alan's mom is illustrated perfectly, despite her minimal appearance. Writing style: 3/5 The writing started out slow and awkward, but picked up speed until the second half of the novel was nearly break-neck speed, making it impossible to put down. The action was intense and suspenseful, but was balanced out well with sometimes-over-the-top description. The foreshadowing was basically nonexistent. Plot: 4/5 The world building was astounding- from the demons and magicians and the rules that govern their magic to the Goblin Market. What a treat to read! The plot was interesting and kept me engrossed in the tale of Nick and Alan. And that plot twist! Wow! I never really saw that one coming, but it definitely took the novel to a higher level. Ending: 4.5/5 That plot twist definitely made the ending something to remember. There were so many possibilities and ways that Brennan could have ended the novel, but the myriad of twists and turns revealed more about the characters and made everything all the more richer. Best scene: The end! Positives: Interesting and unique characters, world building, PLOT TWISTS Negatives: Slow introduction, just okay writing style First Line: The pipe under the sink was leaking again. Cover: A little tacky, but definitely intriguing. Verdict: A fun demon read with world-building and twists that take it to the next level. Rating: 7.8 / 10
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danibookworm91 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I just want to start off by saying that this book is the first book in one of my favorite series. Seriously. You do not want to know how many times I have read this book (It's a lot). I first read this book way back in June of 2009 when it was a featured book on PulseIT. I remember reading it in one sitting and staying up way to late for a school night. Every time I go back and read it, it becomes better and better. Let me start off by talking about the characters. I love every single character in this book well except for the bad guys. I'm just gonna go through the characters in this book and just rattle off some of my favorite things about them. Nick Ryves: dark, brooding, sexy and deadly. That basically sums him up in a nutshell. Also, he makes me laugh, a lot. He's got a lot of great one liners. Alan Ryves: Oh Alan. *sigh* Alan is Nick's older brother. He's is geeky, but extremely caring. He has this endearing characteristic. He also is not all he appears to be. Mae Crawford: HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE CHARACTER! I am Team MAE! She has pink hair, is spunky and feisty and will do anything to save her brother. Plus she is just awesome. Jamie Crawford: Mae's little brother. Jamie is also pretty awesome. I should just be on team Crawford, cause I love Jamie too, even though Jamie is gay. Jamie is the most vulnerable character I would say, but he is also pretty funny. Nick and his unlikely friendship is also one of my favorite parts of this book. Sin: You just sort of meet Sin in this book, butt still you learn a bit about her, like she dances at the Goblin Market and is the one who will eventually take it over. And she's also pretty awesome. So that's my take on the characters in this book. Bascially they are all awesome. They are each their own person too. The character in this book come alive off the page. This book series reminds me of a British version of the television show Supernatural. It is just as awesome as well. There is a lot of butt kicking of warlocks and demons and such. And there are two brothers who fight these bad things. Its amazing. So I want to talk about how this book's twist completely left me blindsided. I have to say, this was probably one of the first books I had ever read where I was completely AWESTRUCK by the twist at the end. I had no idea it was coming. First time I read the book I remember sitting there thinking "No, no, no. That cannot be true. That cannot happen." But alas, it did. Bravo to Sarah Rees Brennan for an amazing twist that completely took me by surprise. Literally, I had no clue. However, upon going back and reading the book, you see little hints and little clues that are super obvious once you know the twist. And I love that. Besides being awesome, this book is also really humorous. Sarah Rees Brennan has a great balance of seriousness with humor. Seriously, I giggle a lot when I read this book. But also, there are some really serious parts that are written extremely well. Also, Sarah Rees Brennan is and evil genius. I swear she takes pleasure out of torturing her characters, and this is just the beginning. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. You learn that when things in this series seem good, something bad is gonna happen. And it makes you gasp and kind of freak out and yell with your fist shaking "Curses Sarah Rees Breenan!" Or at least this book does that to me. Basically, this book is just awesome. It's a great first book in a series that really g
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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I am so happy (dances around) that I had a chance to read this book. I loved Nick. His sarcasm had me laughing a lot. The whole plot of this book is great! I loved the whole witches, warlocks and demon fighting. Demon fighting rocks! Nick and his brother Alan kick butt at what they do! The plot is what instantly grabbed me. I enjoyed all the sword fighting, kick butt, demon killing action. Alan is a great older brother who took care of his brother and mother. Nick and Alan both are on the move in order to avoid meeting up with demons who want their mothers charm. Now I love secrets. And the secrets revealed in this book were absolutely yummy! I was shocked to find out but it also made sensed when I thought back in the things in the book. But shocked I was. I felt for them and the secret they were harboring. I can only hope that in the next book they will fight till the very end. My only gripe was the pace of the story. I really wanted just to dive in but it sort of held back a bit. The Demon's Lexicon is dark, adventurous read that had a secret like no other. It held me from the first page and I love it. I can't wait to read the second book!
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