*This is a review I wrote for Bookbabblers, which can also be seen here.
The Demon's Surrender (The Demon's Lexicon #3)by Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books
Released: June 9th 2011
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 she loves, struggling with a friend who has become a rival, Sin is thrown together with the Ryves brothers, Nick and Alan - whom she's always despised. But Alan has been marked by a magician, to be tortured as the magician pleases, and as Sin watches Alan struggle to protect the demon brother he loves, she begins to see both brothers in a new light. But how far will brother go to save brother - and what will it cost them all? (from Goodreads)
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 didn’t feel as connected to her as I had with previous main characters, Nick and Mae, because we had only caught a few glimpses of her before, so she seemed more distanced and detached. Things were a bit harder to understand because of this as Sin wasn’t privy to the kind of information the rest of the characters were, and so the reader could sometimes be left a little confused. Also, I felt because Sin was from such a different world to the other characters (from the mysterious Goblin Market), she didn’t interact with them as much as I expected, so we lost quite a lot of the playful conversations and funny banter that was in the previous two books. I found this happened especially with Alan and Nick, and Nick and Jamie’s friendship – there were hardly any of their usual witty conversations, and I felt Jamie didn’t have to chance to show his brilliant sense of humour.
That being said, I still really enjoyed this book. The plot was more twisted than ever, and the Ryves brothers were back and badder than before. I really liked Alan in this book (though Nick will forever be my favourite Ryves brother – he’s so hilarious) and think we got to see a little more of how his mind worked, and why he was so secretive all the time. I also liked the build-up of his relationship with Sin, and I thought they worked very well together (though he seemed to get over Mae rather quickly). It also meant that Nick and Mae could finally work on their relationship, which I was ecstatic about seeing as they were my favourite pairing in the series (though the amount explored was limited due to the fact they were no longer the focussing characters, which was a shame). I also liked reading about Sin’s opinions on everyone, especially her rival Mae, because it helped give a completely different viewpoint on the characters, which I found very interesting. But, by far, the best part of this book (apart from the wonderful characters) was the dialogue. Sarah Rees Brennan has an amazing way with words, and some of the conversations between the characters have just stuck in my head, especially ones between the two brothers, and Nick and Mae. These books have always been about the bonds between brothers, and between friends, and I think Brennan does a remarkable job of presenting these bonds in the books, along with the incredible lengths people will go to protect those they care about (even semi-emotionless characters like Nick, whose fiercely loyalty to his brother made him determined never to give up).
The ending surprised me; it wasn’t necessarily a twist but I didn’t expect what the whole plan with the magicians entailed. I was quite shocked, but I think it was a fitting end and I loved the final chapter because it wrapped everything up so well (though the whole thing with Seb - !). In conclusion, The Demon’s Surrender was a great novel, and whilst not my favourite of The Demon’s Lexicon series, it was a thrilling final instalment, and I would definitely recommend the series to any young adult readers looking for an electrifying read.