The Demon's Surrender (Demon's Lexicon Series #3)

The Demon's Surrender (Demon's Lexicon Series #3)

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by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Loyalty leads to catastrophe in the thrilling and suspenseful conclusion to the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy.

The Goblin Market has always been the center 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. Exiled from the market she loves, Sin

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Loyalty leads to catastrophe in the thrilling and suspenseful conclusion to the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy.

The Goblin Market has always been the center 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. Exiled from the market she loves, Sin is thrown together with Nick and Alan—whom she’s always despised.
Alan has been marked by a magician and can be tortured as the magician pleases. As Sin watches Alan struggle to continue to protect the demon brother he loves, she begins to see him in a new light. When Alan is finally possessed as a punishment for Nick’s disobedience, Sin can only watch helplessly as the boy she has grown to love is destroyed. No one ever comes back from a possession—ever. But no one else has a demon for a brother. How far will Nick go to save Alan? And what will it cost them all?

Editorial Reviews

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"Punctuated throughout with keen humor and heartbreaking emotional resonance, it’s a stunner."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, September 2011, *STAR

"The conclusion to an outstanding urban-fantasy trilogy."—Kirkus Reviews

"Rees Brennan wiles readers with taut plotting and sensual descriptions of both romantic entanglements and deadly swordplay."—Horn Book

"[It] will keep you staying up late to find out what happens."—VOYA

“[Readers] will enjoy the witty dialogue and the fast-paced plot.”—SLJ

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Sin's world is complicated. The Goblin Market, part of an alternative London in this urban fantasy where Sin dances to summon demons, has been its center; but so much is changing. Her mother's death makes her responsible for her two young step-siblings, the older of whom possesses some powerful magic; she and Mae are vying for the leadership of the Market while the evil magicians are fighting to take it over themselves; the enigmatic, inscrutable Ryves brothers, whom she has disliked for so long and who have declared open warfare on the magicians, become central to her survival—and love life. Alan, the older of the two, is being tortured by the magician Gerald for not giving over brother Nick, a coldly calculating demon. Gerald would like to wrestle control of the magicians from Celeste. Mae's brother Jamie is now with the magicians, but who knows where his loyalties lie? Having trouble keeping up? Therein lies the problem with this final entry in the "Demon's Lexicon Trilogy." The multitude of plots and characters lack focus and make the book inaccessible to those who have not read the first two. While Sin is the narrator, this continues to be as much Nick's, Alan's, and Mae's story as hers. Ever the dancer concerned about appearances, she is often on the fringe, observing, and eavesdropping, rather than advancing the plot through her thoughts and actions. She is relaying what is happening without drawing the reader to her persona. However, the last quarter of the book is riveting, as these young people fight for the family members they love. There is betrayal, despair, danger, suspense, romance, snark, and even humor. Despite super-human odds, the ending is quite upbeat, in spite of knowing demons and magicians still surround them. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—The Ryves brothers-charismatic, bookish Alan and brooding heartthrob Nick-are back for the closing volume of Brennan's urban fantasy trilogy. This time the narrative centers on Sin, dancing diva of the Goblin Market, who contends for Market leadership with Mae, a "tourist" (i.e., outsider). Meanwhile, the villainous magicians are torturing Alan in an attempt to gain control over Nick. The Demon's Lexicon (2009) focused on Nick and his complex relationship with Alan; The Demon's Covenant (2010, both S & S) did the same for Mae and her wizard brother, Jamie. Unfortunately, Sin pales in comparison with the previous protagonists. Frankly, she is not an appealing character. Her actions and inner thoughts can often be trite and superficial. In the competition for Goblin Market supremacy, many readers will root for likable Mae over Sin. However, Brennan's skilled plotting and evocative setting win out in the end. Fans of Jonathan Stroud's "Bartimaeus" series (Hyperion) will enjoy the witty dialogue and the fast-paced plot. To appreciate the finely drawn dynamics among Nick, Alan, Mae, and Jamie, teens should read the previous titles before tackling The Demon's Surrender.—Sam Bloom, Groesbeck Branch Library, Cincinnati, OH
Kirkus Reviews

Demons aren't the worst evil stalking a gritty alternative England in the conclusion to an outstanding urban-fantasy trilogy.

Dancer Cynthia "Sin" Davies is a true daughter of the Goblin Market, the motley alliance of folk on the magical fringe. When the Ryves brothers—charming, manipulative Alan and vicious, inscrutable Nick—instigate open warfare with a Circle of murderous magicians, Sin finds herself competing for Market leadership. Sin's complicated background and her current dilemma provide almost too many plot conflicts, as she juggles loyalties to her families, her community, her friends and herself. Unfortunately, half the story is weighed down by romantic dithering before it finally explodes into a relentless rollercoaster of magical intrigue, deception, betrayal, counter-betrayal, violence, tragedy, heartbreak and sacrifice. Against impossible odds, the (more-or-less) heroes manage to pull off an ambiguously upbeat ending. But Sin remains a strangely shallow protagonist, ever the consummate performer and obsessed with appearances. She dances chameleonlike through all the mayhem, observing and reacting, rather than instigating and resolving, as too many pivotal events occur off-page. This odd detachment diminishes the fiercely intimate exploration of family love that gave the first two books their emotional power.

Flashes of quicksilver humor and a tentative Happy-For-Now don't quite overcome the ominous reminder that, when treating with demons, they "always take more than you can afford to pay."(Urban fantasy. 14 & up)

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Demon's Lexicon Series, #3
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5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
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14 - 17 Years

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This book is a truly amazing end to a dynamic series. I am overjoyed that I started the series, and the last book was the finishing touch. I could hug Sarh Rees Brenan.
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Andrea Reino More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I thouht that it was a fantastic finish ti this particular book series. This book has my full reommendation to readers everywhere, as well as the two before it.
Prince_of_Fantasy More than 1 year ago
The ending to this trilogy is full of new mysteries and the ones we've already discovered in the previous two books. Rees Brennnan's prose is poetic and wonderful as always. Blistering action, unlikely love, and the power to change yourself perfectly wrap up the series. Well, you know, among other things along the way. Perfectly paced and an awesome ending that made me cry a little -- the greatness of The Demon's Surrender is seriously almost indescribable. I love the people, the magic, the gripping, I was never, ever pulled out of this novel. Bloodshed and learning love (even a demon or two) -- what a fitting, thrilling "THE END."
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danibookworm91 More than 1 year ago
I was super excited to read the final installment in the Demon's Lexicon series. I couldn't have been more satisfied with the ending of the series. Initially, I was very worried about this book. Like the previous two books in the series, this book is told from the point of view of another character. The first book was told by Nick's point of view and the second from Mae's point of view. The final book is told from Sin's point of view, and this worried me a bit. Sin was more of a secondary character in the first two books so I was a bit worried about how the narration of the central story line would play out. However, I ended up really liking Sin as a narrator and the story played out perfectly. I really liked learning more about Sin and I loved her personality. She was probably one of the best people to tell the conclusion of this story and I really loved learning her back story. I have to say, most of my fears about Sin as the narrator stemmed from the fact that I really wanted Nick and Mae together. I worried that because Sin was the narrator we would get none of the private scenes between those Nick and Mae, but Sarah Rees Brennan handled it well. We still got many private scenes between other characters as well. The plot picked up from where we left after the Demon's Covenant. I was really happy with were Sarah Rees Brennan took the story. I think the twist in this book could really rival the twist from the first book, and that was a huge twist. I knew things were going too well for it too remain so happy, and boy did she deliver a shocking twist. Sarah Rees Brennan was probably the evilest in this book to her characters, but it made the story so great and was done to the benefit of the story, so I can forgive her for her evilness. I was very happy with how all the characters story lines were settled. I really enjoyed seeing whom everyone kind of ended up with and seeing the amazing growth of nearly every character in this book. The characters were put through very difficult times in this books, I really liked watching them growing and becoming stronger because of these difficulties. And I have to say, I was very happy with who ended up with who in the end. It was perfect. The emotions were running high in this final installment of the Demon's Lexicon series. It was another emotional roller coaster. I was happy, I was angry, and I was sad. At parts I was crying. And then there were those scenes that just made me so giddy and happy. They were perfect and I could not have wanted anything else. And my favorite scene was one of the most emotional for me. That scene that Sin overhears between Nick and Mae. My favorite, even if it was very emotional. Trust me you will understand when you read it. I was really happy with how this series concluded. The ending wrapped up the main story line, but did not leave everything wrapped in a perfect package. Instead, things in the ending were still a bit shaking with the characters. The characters and their world still had always to go before everything to be settled perfectly and the ending demonstrates that. I was really happy with where the characters were all heading in the future, even though we do not know if everything they plan for will occur. The ending was very bittersweet for me because it was the last time I'd hear these characters stories. I really liked that the ending did wrap up every little detail and solve every problem, because that is not real.
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