The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Sixteen-year-old Nick and his brother, Alan, are always ready to run. Their father is dead, and their mother is crazy—she screams if Nick gets near her. She’s no help in protecting any of them from the deadly magicians who use demons to work their magic. The magicians want a charm that Nick’s mother stole—and they want it badly enough to kill. Alan is Nick’s partner in demon slaying and the only person he trusts in the world. So things get very scary and very complicated when Nick begins to suspect that everything Alan has told him about their father, their mother, their past, and what they are doing is a complete lie. . . .

About Sarah Rees Brennan

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Sarah Rees Brennan was born and raised in Ireland by the sea, where her teachers valiantly tried to make her fluent in Irish (she wants you to know it’s not called Gaelic), but she chose to read books under her desk in class instead. After living briefly in New York and doing a creative writing MA and library work in Surrey, England, she has returned to Dublin, Ireland, to write. Her Irish is still woeful, but she feels the books under the desk were worth it. Visit her online at
Published May 15, 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 337 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sarah Rees Brenan's The Demon's Lexicon is an extraordinary first novel in a new series that introduces readers to an engaging twist in the latest rage of paranormal books.

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The Bookbag

With loyalties divided, Mae knows she has to do something to save everyone, Jamie from Gerald, Nick from the Circle and Alan from doing something Mae knows he'll regret.

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The Bookbag

I am not part of this book's target audience nor am I very keen on character studies, but that I still found The Demon's Lexicon entertaining is definitely saying something for the skill of the author.

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of The Demon's Lexicon


In the first group are Alan and Nick, their crazy mother who screams if Nick comes near her and an entire Goblin Market support-network of magician haters.

Jun 17 2009 | Read Full Review of The Demon's Lexicon

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About the only things Nick really cares about are his brother Alan, who has been his main caretaker since their father’s death --- and killing demons.Demons --- and the dangerous, powerful magicians who control them --- try to infiltrate Nick and Alan’s defenses on a regular basis.

Jun 02 2009 | Read Full Review of The Demon's Lexicon

The Trades

The Demon's Lexicon is the story of two brothers, Nick and Alan, who slay demons.

Oct 29 2009 | Read Full Review of The Demon's Lexicon

I can't remember — much of anything — but I remember finding those books.

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