Friday, 19 August 2011

The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan
(Goodreads profile)
Source: Library
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400

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 struggle to protect the demon brother he loves, she begins to see him in a new light—but she and Mae are locked in a fierce rivalry over who will inherit the leadership of the Goblin Market, and a decisive battle with the Aventurine Circle is looming. Mae’s brother, Jamie, is holed up with the magicians, his loyalties in question. And Nick—well, who knows what a demon might do to save his brother? How far will Nick go to save Alan—and what will it cost them all?

The Demon's Surrender marks the conclusion of an amazing series. I've read all of them just this year and I continue to be blown away by Sarah Rees Brennan's signature plot twists and snark. While this book wasn't my favourite of the trilogy, I did very much enjoy it.

As the summary suggests, the narrator of this novel is Sin Davies, the beautiful and enticing dancer of the Market. I really enjoyed getting Sin's perspective in this book because I really feel like she became a lot more than that to me. She transforms into a real person: a determined girl that cares about her family and her future and has to work hard to get what she wants.

That being said, I did miss some of the moments from the previous two books involving Nick, Alan, Mae and Jamie. Not to say that they aren't present, because they are (some more than others), but Sin isn't really a part of the group that they form and so certain things are left behind.

One of my favourite things about this book is how much Alan there is. Now I know most fans of this series are Team Nick, but me? I like the smart, sneaky reader, Alan, and trust me when I say that he is definitely present in this one!

Just like the previous two novels, Sarah keeps the plot moving with dark, exciting twists and revelations. I've pretty much given up on guessing what's going to happen next because I end up just being surprised every single time.

If you're looking for fast-paced urban fantasty with great characters and hilarious dialogue, look no further. A must-read series!

Cover Comments: I believe my comments for the first book were something along the lines of, "NIIIICK!" so this one is going to have to be, "ALLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!"

Honestly though, I really like it. The colours are bright but still manage to give a fair representation of what's inside.


  1. Great review. I loved getting to know Sin better too, though I also missed Nick. Especially since we won't get to see him, Mae or Jamie again.

    Ooh, and you're an Alan fan! :) I'm still Team Nick ATW, but loved Alan in this one.

    I don't want to comment too much or I'll be totally spoiler-y. But I know what you mean about having to leave Jamie out of this altogether.

    Love that you managed to make this spoiler-free even though I already read it!

  2. Man, I have GOT to get my butt in gear and start this series already! I have the first book, so why have I not read it already?! It's sat in my bookshelf for... well, since last year! This series sound so good and the combination of supernatural elements, fantastic characters (clearly they must be for their names to elicit such long moans about their beauty on the cover art hehe) and great plot has me super intrigued. Great review, Sonia!

  3. Team Nick, all the way ;). But I respect your love for Alan, he was pretty cool too. I agree about missing the Nick/Jamie moments (they were my favourite!), and I felt like maybe Sin wasn't the best choice for the MC, but I did like the book overall. Fab review! :)

  4. Great review! I haven't read this series, but I love urban fantasy, so I should probably look into it.

    Your cover comment cracked me up, by the way. (:

  5. Rachel: Thank you! :) I'm glad I succeeded with the spoiler-free attempts.

    Brodie: Um, yes. You do.

    Those were not MOANS. HMPH. They were dignified fangirl screams!

    Liz: You Team Nick girls (and boys?) are crazy ;) CRAZY. I meeeeeaaaaan... I respect your love for Nick, too. Thanks!

    Jenna: Thanks! I think you'd like the series :)

  6. The Demon's Surrender is the third and final book in the Demon's Lexicon Series. I have been waiting for this book for what feels like forever! I am always a little nervous when a series I love comes to and end.