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The Demon's Covenant

(The Demon's Lexicon #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  4,895 ratings  ·  502 reviews
Mae Crawford's always thought of herself as in control, but in the last few weeks her life has changed. Her younger brother, Jamie, suddenly has magical powers, and she's even more unsettled when she realizes that Gerald, the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, is trying to persuade Jamie to join the magicians. Even worse? Jamie hasn't told Mae a thing about any of it. Mae ...more
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry
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I made it!


Sorry, but I’ve always wanted to find one of those pics to accompany my review. Isn’t he cute? You totally want to forget he could attack you and high five him, don’t you?

Honestly, I really don’t know exactly what happened here. I was so excited to read The Demon’s Covenant after finishing The Demon’s Lexicon, but somehow I had a hard time getting through it. The beginning drew me in immediately, but then there was this looong, dragging middle part that almost made me give up. I’m glad
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Final Verdict First:

I would’ve liked this book much more if I didn’t go into it with expectations that didn’t end up being met.

The Full Review:

I read The Demon’s Lexicon almost a year ago, and although I’ve forgotten the details, what I do remember is really enjoying it. I especially loved Sarah’s characterization, the love between both sets of siblings, and the ending. I liked it enough that The Demon’s Covenant was one of my most anticipated releases of 2010.

A few months ago, there were severa
A couple of days ago a package arrived in my mailbox that made it most difficult to go to work that day. I didn't end up calling in sick (I do have a modicum of will power) but it was touch and go there for a few minutes. A few deep breaths and reminding myself I could snuggle up with it later got me out the door. You see, I've been wanting to get my greedy hands on this particular book in the worst way for lo these many months and then suddenly--there it was all blue and fiery and taunting me w ...more
Sequel to The Demon’s Lexicon. More demons, more magicians, more shenanigans, definitely more brothers.

I am further impressed by the underlying cleverness and sharpness of this series. We all – by which I mean sneering hipster book reviewers with more than two brain cells to rub together – can explain at great length why Twilight and its young adult paranormal spawn are terrible for their intended audience because they portray creepy or frankly abusive male behavior as sexy or romantic. (Just do
This was freaking awesome! I loved the first book, the Demon's Lexicon and wasn't all too happy at first when I found out that the second book, The Demon's Covenant would be told from Mae's POV, but as it turned out, I loved it even more.

Mae is the girl Alan and Nick helped in the first book when her baby brother Jamie got marked by a demon and they came to the Ryves brothers for help. I'm trying to keep this spoiler-free, at least the first part of my review, so I won't go into detail.

Just like
emily t
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it


based on enjoyment alone this would probably be a 4.5-5 star but admittedly there are many flaws I noticed even in my blind fangirl haze of book love. mae's pov is interesting solely for getting an outside perspective on nick, but the book loses thematic focus. I'm really trying not to dislike mae bc she's one of the only girls in the series, but I don't get what her character is supposed to be about at
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was really tremendously fun, interesting, surprising, &c. I liked it quite a bit more than The Demon's Lexicon, I think - fewer segments of awkward writing, and I prefer Mae as the POV. Twisty, unpredictable, satisfying plot and some wonderful, likable, non-standard characters, too. Not a five star book because there were some overly foreshadowed bits, the magic systems occasionally seem a bit handwavey, and it just didn't have the weight for me that five star books do - but man, this w ...more
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2010
Original Review HERE

Warning: this review contains spoilers for the FIRST BOOK because I can’t review the second without spoiling the first one. The spoiler completely ruins the experience of reading the first book and if you haven’t yet but still plan to read The Demon’s Lexicon I urge you to avert your eyes NOW. You have been warned!

It was only a few days ago that I talked about how 2010 has been a great reading year for me. The Demon’s Covenant is another addition to an already incredible line
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Sarah's first book The Demon's Lexicon will go down in history as one of the greatest young adult urban fantasy books to ever hit the shelves. I was mesmorised and compelled with how she structured this magical story into something that seemed to come to life on the pages. She managed to create a world within the world we all know, create characters that you can root for regardless of their motives. For me, when an author has an exceptionally amazing debut novel, the second book in the series al ...more
Morgan F
The Demon's Covenant, the second book in a trilogy, takes place a few weeks after the events that occurred in The Demon's Lexicon. It follows Mae, only a secondary character in the first one, who now has to deal with the fact that her brother, Jamie, has magical powers and is being recruited from magicians everywhere, including the deadly Obsidian circle, now run by Gerald. Mae once again enlists the help of of brothers Nick and Alan, who are entangled in their fair share of dangerous magical de ...more
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I went into this without reading any reviews, so a very fresh blank slate and the lingering memory of my love for The Demon’s Lexicon. The Demon’s Covenant? Even better.

But how is this possible? Could it be because the writing has grown exponentially? That humour is subtlety interlaced perfectly? That the characterization is mind blowing? The plot was oh-my-god amazing? The climax that will rival the one from DL (that is saying something!)? And the make out scenes (oh man, the make out scenes!)
Feb 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I read this book sooner, I enjoyed this a lot. I even laughed out loud a few times. Maybe I have an odd sense of humor but quotes like this one crack me up.

"Mae’s first impulse was to die of shame, but she realized after a hot, stomach-clenching moment that this was probably impractical."

Seriously. XD

Mae's voice is interesting, she's smart, funny and I want to know where the hell she buys those awesome shirt of hers. Can't say I liked this slightly more slutty side of her (she got more li
I was less pleased by this book than by its prequel. I thought it was more polished in some ways, but it didn't give me that visceral, heart-pounding, tingling excitement that I get from books that I really like (and that The Demon's Lexicon gave me).

Part of that is due to the ending, which isn't quite a cliffhanger, but which very much has a feeling of unfinished business about it. And I feel like a stereotypical pre-teen boy for even mentioning this, but there is way too much kissing in this b
Sequel to the excellent The Demon's Lexicon. It took me nearly six months to crack it open, because I was so terrified that I wouldn't like it.

FEAR NOT. review tbc.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone on the planet.
Recommended to Elevetha by: Miss Clark
4.5 stars.

I am just so happy.

So happy.

I pretty much knew I would love this series. I did. But I had no idea what I was in store for.


And I think that's a good thing. It means that expectations were met-and exceeded. I think it's pretty crazy that I was kinda spoiled for a few things(Thanks, sister!) and yet still was completely enamored by everything that was going on. This is, hands down, the best brother/sibling book I have ever in my life read. EVER. And, it must be said, I cried at ever
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
“The covenant is binding. There is no escape.”

Danger is closing in all around Mae. In one corner the magicians lie in wait, biding their time until Jamie is inducted into their circle-whether he wants to be or not. Alan, secretive as ever, considers a disastrous bargain with a demon, knowing full well the ramifications of his actions. Meanwhile, Mae can’t help but be lured in by the seductive pull of the Goblin Market, But Mae is not a magician. She's just an ordinary girl thrown into a maddenin
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, fantasy, ya
I'm just going to go ahead and say it: Sarah Rees Brennan is frickin' brilliant. An evil genius to be sure who has managed to infuse her books with such wit and candor that I find myself wholly ruined for anything else. I don't know how the woman does it but she has managed to blow my mind. Yet again. After naming The Demon's Lexicon as my Favorite YA Fantasy of 2009, I began the endless wait for the release of The Demon's Covenant, not quite sure where Ms. Brennan would take me next, but fully ...more
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 14 and up
The Demon's Lexicon was told from the Nick's point of view; Nick and his older brother Alan had spent their lives on the run from the magicians who had killed their father. When Mae and her younger brother Jamie come to Alan for help with the demon's mark on Jamie, Nick is reluctant to get involved. The only thing he cares about is protecting Alan.

The Demon's Covenant switches to Mae's point of view, and takes place several weeks after the end of The Demon's Lexicon. Mae discovers that Jamie is
Janet Jin
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
I was ok with the Demon's Lexicon. Not particularly in love because none of the characters felt enticing or real to me, but I do enjoy SRB's writing and wit and was willing to give Covenant a try. It definitely didn't win me over much. The plot seems more intricate and the characters slightly more richly portrayed than the first novel, but I hated the narrative.

Mae is someone that the author tries so hard to make admirable, appealing, and original that she ends up coming across as contrived, se
Aug 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, magic
In Demon’s Lexicon, I don’t fall to Mae right away. Yes, she’s pretty and brave and all those kind of things, but I found her a bit annoying. Sorry, Mae!

But well... in Demon’s Covenant, I think I have to change my opinion about her. She’s still reckless, a bit stupid, and sometimes act fool, but I also see her loyal, leadership side. The way she tries to treat Alan like a normal guy, and continuously protect her brother Jamie. She’s not a spoiled child trying to play bad anymore, but in Demon’s
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, young-adult
Sarah Rees Brennan's sequel to The Demon's Lexicon is seriously good. I have to admit that I had a hard time with The Demon's Lexicon and here's why: Lexicon is written in third person singular and it follows the movements of Nick Ryves. Nick is so cold, so unemotional, and I had a really difficult time connecting with him or even really caring about him. By the time I got to the end of the book I had realized that my reaction to Nick was really just evidence of Ms. Brennan's brilliance. And I ...more
Once again, I shall not even pretend to be the least objective about Sarah Rees Brennan's work. I was hard pressed not to squeal like a shameless fangirl when copies of the French edition of book 1 came in at the agency I used to work at. I think my colleagues noticed my enthusiasm nevertheless, perhaps the frantic hugging of the book tipped them off, or maybe they're just particularly receptive. Who knows?

The first title of the Demons trilogy, written from Nick's point of view was a pure treat.
Jun 30, 2010 rated it liked it
This book didn’t work nearly as well as the first one in the series. The number one reason why was that this is told from the point of view of Mae – one of the secondary characters from Demon’s Lexicon. I felt wishy-washy about her before and that didn’t really change now. The strength of the first book was Nick . He (he’s a demon in a human body) is interesting. Mae – not so much.

The first 2/3rd of the book dragged for me with not much happening. There are also a number of coincidences that I f
Jennifer Wardrip
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A month ago, Mae thought she was happy with a normal life. Then she and her brother, Jamie, stumbled into the lives of Nick and Alan Ryves, and she discovered a world of magic she can't forget. She longs to return to the charms and dancing of the Goblin Market even as she tries to adjust to coming back home.

Unfortunately for Mae, there's a darker side to the magic, where demons lurk and magicians offer the lives of others to gain power. One of the most r
Wendy Palmer
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, fiction, ya
I put off reading the first book in this trilogy because I thought I would like it and didn't want to be disappointed, but then I ended up adoring it. Then I rushed out to get the second one but avoided actually reading it for ages because I feared it wouldn't be as good as the first. But as soon as I finally picked it up, the trepidation of being disappointed faded away.

The plot doesn't hold together quite as well as the first [actually, this is unfair; it holds together perfectly well as long
Sarah Rosenberger

Ok, I have a lot of issues with this series. It's overly wordy, but also strangely under-explained - several scenes had me wondering 'wait, wtf just happened?' and I'm still not 100% clear that I can explain the premise, although that could be because I've forgotten a lot of what happened in the first book. Instead of talking naturally, three of the main characters just drop sarcastic one-liner after sarcastic one-liner, which gets really tiresome, really fast.

But even as I was rolling my eye
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing, fast paced read. I picked the book up on Sunday and finished it in one day. Yes it is that good! The story of Mae, Jamie and the Ryves brothers continues essentially one month after the end of the Demon's Lexicon. I can't say too much because I don't want to give anything away. This story while clearly a transition book still has a great story to tell. There are times I wanted to scream at some of the of the characters wondering how they make the choices they do. Then there ...more
This book had me bewitched and most enthusiastically bewildered: it made me me howl with laughter even as it broke my heart in the most satisfying of ways while I waited for the plot to give me up its secrets (and boy, were they satisfying too). It's also a book that understands itself very well: well-paced, witty, lyrical snark with a heart of gold, a fantastic plot and glorious characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed the developments in the characters and their interactions with each other and their
Wendy Darling
I liked this one better than the first...mostly because you aren't stuck in Nick's head with all his relentless negativity and darkness the whole time. I still find the mythology a little confusing and I wasn't a fan of Mae playing kissy face with three--count 'em, THREE--boys, but I was sufficiently entertained enough that I'll be interested to see where the story goes next. I really want to love this series, but so far it's not really grabbing me in any compelling way.
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing

THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. I completely fell in love with the story, the characters... and whereas I hated Nick before I am completely in love with him now!!! I don't know how Sarah Rees Brennan got this good. I can't wait for book three!!!!!

...WHATT??? I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL JUNE FOURTEENTH???? NOOO!!!! *hyperventilates*
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Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog,, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.

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