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The Demon's Surrender

(The Demon's Lexicon #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,221 ratings  ·  401 reviews
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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Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
May 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Marie Lu
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
(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
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
K. F.
Sep 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it
*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, but The Demon's Surrender is my least favorite of all Sarah Rees Brennan's work. Brennan first blew me away with The Demon's Lexicon, a novel with s
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Afifah Liyana
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
What appeals me so much about this trilogy is the family love..i love the connection between the demon and his brother..i think the author portrays this so well in a way that i so love that i can’t help but recommend it..the magic’s dark and all and it’s not a good world but the brothers’ relationship makes it a better place has all the feels but the third installment didn’t wow me quite as much as the second, that’s why i’m giving it 4 stars..but it’s definitely worth a read..thank ...more
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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“You're right," Nick said, his voice utterly emotionless. “This isn't like fighting Alan. He's human and weak and broken, all the things you said. And Alan would have cheated by now. He would have won.”

actual rating: 3.5

This was a pretty satisfying conclusion to the series, but I think that the whole series overall probably would have been better if she had done multiple POVs for each book. The first two books were more straightforward, but with this one especially everyone seemed to be constan
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. :)
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I seriously cannot wait for this book to come out!
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
With the head of the Goblin Market rapidly losing the ability to lead, they are more at risk than ever from the magicians. The Market has always been home to Sin Davies. As their best and most alluring dancer, she couldn’t imagine walking away.

But when the magicians attack, nearly burning her home to the ground, she is asked to make a choice. Give up someone she loves and stay, or walk away from her home, her life, her future.

Now, with only one chance left to go back home and to become the new l
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out 5 Stars

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 se
*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
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-release
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
Miss Clark
3.5 stars

"Love always costs more than you can afford to pay," he said. "And it's always worth the price."

First off, this was a book that I had far too much time to think about in the year between Covenant and this one. I had too many things that I expected and hoped to see. I had anticipated far more emotional payoff for the four main characters. I wanted recognition of their connection to each other. Most of all, I had hoped for just a bit more Nick and Alan. But that was not what we ended up w
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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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