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The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan
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Sep 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: urban-fantasy, young-adult
Read in July, 2011

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 Cromwell has set a dangerous contest before them to determine who will inherit the Market. Complicating matters further, Alan remains mysterious as ever, Jamie has to remarkable power joined the Aventurine Circle, and deceptive loyalties among both the Ryves brothers and the Crawford siblings abound. How will usually unruffled Sin make headway in a battle so wrapped up in the confusing yet loyal relationship between brothers Nick and Alan and the increasingly deeper involvement of Mae and Jamie? It will take all her cool cunning, lithe maneuvering, and help from friends in unexpected places to unravel that mystery and save the Market and those she loves from the magician’s clutches.

The third and final installment in the Demon’s Lexicon series was both happily more and different than I expected. As should come as no surprise, Sin, who has always disliked Alan and now loathes Nick actually has a sympathetic and nuanced point-of-view that made me love her, Alan dislike aside. She’s confident in her ability to dazzle and seduce to a fault yet she remains brashly unapologetic through situations that would bring most people down or at least provoke the beginnings of self-doubt or embarrassment. No, Sin stands boldly and fiercely against anyone or anything thing between her and her goals and for that she’s earned my ardent admiration. Of course those witty, charming, and unexpected scenes between her and love-of-my-book-life Alan don’t hurt her cause either. How Sarah Rees Brennan does it, I don’t know. Complex, messy, and true-to-life, Nick and May’s exchanges are just as golden. I’m still fondly going over my favorite, giddy-inducing scenes. The character I really missed was Jamie. I wanted more of the funny, lighthearted Jamie I fell in love with and it’s completely understandable why he’s not his old self. The sacrifices he made by joining the magicians are very high. I wouldn’t be honest in my admittance of missing Jamie if I didn’t mention how much I missed the absence of one of the Ryves’ brothers in the last half. It is for these subjective reasons why The Demon’s Surrender will not be my favorite book of the trilogy. Beyond those lamented characters I was also left wondering if the uneasy compromise for the demon’s surrender was worth the steep price. Quibbles aside The Demon’s Surrender is thrilling, suspenseful, witty, and full of that shining chemistry between the characters I’ve come to expect. I wait with bated breath for whatever comes next from Sarah Rees Brennan.
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message 1: by Chachic (new) - added it

Chachic You've made me curious why one of the Ryves brothers isn't in the last half of the book. Hmm...

Holly I know! I'm such a tease but it needed to be said. :)

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