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

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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 strug
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published June 9th 2011)
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I love Sarah Rees Brennan's writing almost to a fault. I might be an anomaly among her fans because I never read any of her Harry Potter or other fan fiction - I just know her through her blog, which is awesome. Her short stories are absolutely fantastic, and the first book of the trilogy, The Demon's Lexicon, was nothing short of genius.

But then... The second book of the trilogy, The Demon's Covenant, was so-so and I still held out hope for a great finish since many awesome trilogies suffer fro
Vi Vi
Aug 12, 2011 Vi Vi rated it 2 of 5 stars
I've been reading some cookies - but especially the May kind of bothers me. I'm not sure I like how Sin, the only woman of color in this book, is aligned with this kind of Western fantasy of tribal, primal, racialized dancing often associated with African and African diasporic populations. Especially when you consider that the tourist industry pretty much preys upon this, turning black female bodies into commodities to be consumed by foreigners attracted to their hypersexualized and ...more
I loved the first two books and went into this wanting to love it. That didn't happen, though Sarah Brennan's prose is as well-written as ever.

There is one thing about this story I really liked and haven't seen in much YA fiction. It was the way characters understood how people's perceptions of them affected how they acted and thought of themselves. It's been in the other two books, but in Sin's POV, it was more clear because she's such an observant girl, and I really liked that.

I had six main p
April X
Twill be awesome. I don't think twill is a word. But tis okay.


Twas extremely awesome. The story and characters will forever have a place in my heart <3
Kelli Fisher
I was really engrossed in this series from book one, but unfortunately while I adored the narrator of The Demon's Surrender I have to seriously not recommend this title.

The ultimate reason why I wouldn't recommend this book is because it is a colonialist novel that doesn't engage in and critique the subject. As was left off in Covenant, Sin and Mae are competing for leadership of the Goblin Market. Sin, a character of color from a low socio-economic class, has been a part of the Goblin Market al
Morgan F
I'll tell you one reason why this book got 4 stars: Alan. I know y'all like Nick and his rippedness, but Alan is by far the better brother. For instance, he has a soul (even though he doesn't always act like it), he's good-looking and red-headed, and his smart and dangerous. Half the chiz that goes down in this trilogy is because Alan double-crossed someone or made a secret deal. He is just so bad-ass.

So I definitely liked this book being in Sin's perspective, because not only was she an intere
Okay, first of all, if I had been able to give this 2.5 stars, I would have. It's a decent read, but I had some major issues with it. *SPOILERS ALERT*

- I never cared who was going to lead the Goblin Market, so that whole plotline seemed like a distraction for me throughout.

- I'm not sure I like the book being in Sin's POV. On one hand, Sarah Rees Brennan demonstrates her great ability to create characters, because I like Sin a LOT more at the end than I did going into the book. Yet, even with th
June 9th? As in... next month?

*hyperventilates* I WAAAAANT!


Okay... I've been reviewing now for a little less than a year, and what I discovered may not shock you, but there are quite a few prejudices against certain authors out there. I'm not necessarily talking about prejudices against the author's books because of their opinions (OSC, for example, or Brandon Sanderson), but more about the genre they write in... or didn't wr
I uh... I'm torn between 2 and 3 stars. Without giving anything away, here is a brief summary of my grievances:

I love Brennan to a fault, I think, and loved the first two books so hard and expected so so much and... I knew from the moment I found out it was SinPOV that it'd have a different tone, but really. It was too much.

It lacked the charm of the first two, and with a virtually nonexistant NxM romance, a semi-evil and pretty absentee Jamie, and a strange contrived plot line... I'm just... u
*If you haven't picked up SRB's Demon's Lexicon Trilogy, you probably won't understand too much of this review. In my opinion, the spoilers are minimal and not likely to affect your reading experience, but if you prefer not to know anything about the rest of the trilogy before picking up this series, I suggest you skip this review.*

I hate to say it, butThe Demon's Surrenderis my least favorite of all Sarah Rees Brennan's work. Brennan first blew me away withThe Demon's Lexicon,a novel with such
Decent close to the trilogy, if a bit underwhelming. I agree w/ the reviewers who think that Sin as main POV didn't quite work... I like the idea of choosing an until-now-minor character to relate the story, but I don't think Sin's voice ever felt quite as authentic as Mae's or Nick's. In a way, she's supposed to be a cross between them, the toughness and the vulnerability, so I definitely see why she would seem appealing for Brennan to tell the story through, but to me, the toughness creates a ...more
Marie Lu
(Note: I don't rate books I didn't at least like. So if you see a book rated, it means I liked it. :) )

Anyway, the entire Demon's Lexicon trilogy is made of gold. The brotherly bond between Nick and Alan, the relationship (*clutches heart*) between Sin and Alan, the complex tension between Mae and Sin....agh. Too scrumptious. Few people do relationships (of all kinds, romantic, familial, etc) like Sarah Rees Brennan. She will pull your heartstrings at her every whim. She is merciless, which the
This was my favorite book of the series, but not for any objectively good reasons. The plot is just so-so compared to the Demon's Lexicon and it kind of meanders for most of the book. I didn't enjoy the competition between Mae and Sin to be the leader of the Goblin Market because it would bring me into spasms of anger over Mae, a rich white girl who had only known about the Market a few months, could so easily take away the most important thing from Sin's life. Sin's life WAS the Market; she gav ...more
Does this book need any introduction? Really? You've read my blathering about how adamantly I love this series and how much I was looking forward to this--the final book in the trilogy--and how difficult it is for me to accurately convey my love for one Alan Ryves. It had to be in my top three most anticipated novels of the year, and I was pestering my local bookstores shamelessly for weeks before it was due to come out. Two books in, and I already feel as though Sarah Rees Brennan is one of tho ...more
Victoria Schwab
Loved this series.
I seriously cannot wait for this book to come out!
It's been two months, and I still don't know what to say other than, "This book disappointed me." I keep wavering between two and one stars--if I'd come into it cold, it would be a solid two-star book, but I didn't. I came into it with the weight of expectations from The Demon's Lexicon, which I thought was fabulous, and under those it fell utterly, utterly flat.

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Jun 18, 2011 Li rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Li by: I loved the previous book
One-word summary? WOW.

THE DEMON'S SURRENDER was everything I expected and more (and trust me, I had pretty high expectations after The Demon's Covenant).

Sarah Rees Brennan is not afraid of taking her characters to very dark places, which just makes it all the more satisfying when they triumph – a heart-wrenchingly wonderful sort of book. And I was hooked from the very first chapter - my heart was in my mouth so many times and the twisty fast-moving plot (my internal commentary was along the line
Just as she has in the months leading up to the waging war between the Goblin Market and the magicians, Sin will not falter. Even as everyone congregates in London, the home of the Aventurine Circle, and Nick Ryves enters her school; even if she’s the only one left to raise her siblings, she will not fall. After all as the only heir by default, Sin has the Market - or so she thought. Mae, with her quick wit and passable dancing, is now a competitor, and soon-to-be-former Market leader Merris Cro ...more
A satisfying conclusion to a series I've grown to love. Despite my earlier doubts about reading from Sin's point of view, this last installment even turned out to be my favourite.
A series with refreshingly different, diverse and ambivalent characters, full of twist and turns and an ending that is not sugar-coated and sweet, but shows that there is always a price to pay. I love that this series does not only feature romance, but also love between siblings and friends - it is so much more a tale a
Christine (AR)
Final book in the trilogy. Still love how Brennan writes, still love the wry dialogue -- but the plot was all over the place. Confining the POV to Sin meant that in order to wrap up the other storylines -- including Nick's, who is the demon in the title -- Sin had to spend a lot of time in hallways or outside of doors listening in on other people's conversations. Also, the way Brennan so very carefully tried to address all current fandom hot-buttons started to get funny by the end, even though I ...more
A disappointing end to a promising start. I enjoyed the writing, but I felt like there were about 5 too many plot lines that tried to be resolved in too short a space. Switching view points proved to be a risky gamble that didn't pay off - Brennan is no Megan Whelan Turner. I was also, surprisingly disappointed with the nicely tied up ending. Normally I enjoy a good happy ending, but for some reason this felt unearned and too neat. Too bad, but I will look forward to her next project.
C.E. Murphy
My toddler got a longer-than-usual afternoon nap because I was trying desperately to finish reading this before he woke up, and was unwilling to go wake him up and spoil my reading time. Take this as you wish. :)
*This is a review I wrote for Bookbabblers, which can also be seen here.

The Demon’s Surrender was an exciting conclusion to one of my favourite series, and whilst I did love it, I have to say, it was probably my least favourite book in the trilogy (to be fair, the previous two books were absolutely amazing). I was wary about the point of view switch before I started - the main character this time around was Sin, and while I enjoyed getting to know more about the Goblin Market and its people, I d
This book was possibly my most anticipated book of the year. Why's that you ask? Well, let me tell you a day, oh, two years ago, a book landed on my doorstep promising me sword weilding demon slayers, promising me magic and intrigue and you know what I did? I tore through it in one sitting and that book was The Demons Lexicon. I was blown away by how amazingly intricate the plot line was and how distractingly dashingly handsome the two brothers were. Equal in their hotness, but dif ...more
This series gets better with each book, and The Demon's Surrender is no exception. Very few YA novels have characters that captivate me as much as those Brennan has created, and she's really masterful at using the different point of view in each book to show the many facets of those characters. We knew very little about Sin from the previous books, but I really fell in love with her through her narration here. I really appreciate that the two strong female characters are strong in different ways ...more
3.5 Stars

If someone would ask me which my favorite book series is, I would have a really tough time choosing between The Mortal Instruments and The Demon’s Lexicon. But after much thoughtful consideration I would choose the later. The love between the brothers is so unique and special it immediately captivated my heart. And while I enjoyed Sin’s POV (at least most of the time), I still think it wasn’t the best idea to center the third and final book on a previously secondary character.

When I fo
Leanne Bell
Yet 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
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Rowan January
Listen, I'm a big fan of Sarah Rees Brennan's writing. The Demon's Lexicon is one of my favourite young adult books. Choosing to write the book from the tall, dark, dangerous stranger is genius and the twist perfectly foreshadowed. However I was less keen on the The Demons Convenant and I feel like with The Demon's Surrender this trilogy ended with not with a bang but with a whimper.

I have to agree with other readers that Sin's POV did not work, especially for the crucial concluding book of the
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“I want to burn the world because Alan is gone," he said. "I want to destroy everything I see. But you mean something to me. I will not destroy the world, because it has you in it.” 50 likes
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