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Review: The Demon’s Surrender

The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan is the third and final book in the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. It was released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

Published by Margaret K. McElderry, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 400 pages.

Goodreads description:

(This is from the UK edition as the US description says very little.)

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?

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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 leader of the Market, Sin is willing to risk her life and fight anyone who is standing in her way to get what she wants most. But when her heart pulls her in a new direction, Sin has to decide whether taking up the reins as leader is worth giving up everything.

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The Demon’s Surrender is the electrifying conclusion to the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. Everything that was left up in the air in the last book will be answered as the story rushes to its exhilarating finish.

In this installment, the story is told from the perspective of Cynthia “Sin” Davies, a dancer for the Goblin Market and one of their best lures and featured attractions. She is beguiling and conniving and knows exactly how to entice.

But Sin’s first priority is to her family and when she is asked to choose between her family and her home the decision is easy.

Even though she had to walk away from the Market she is determined to find her way back, but to do that she must take possession of something that the magicians have. Something that is nearly impossible to get and could cost her not only control of the market, but her life.

The Demon’s Surrender is gripping, fast-paced and tension-filled. The action starts off almost immediately and continues to build, leading up to the explosive showdown at the end. Alliances will be questioned, friendships will be put on the line, and someone very close to Sin may not come out of the battle unscathed.

Sarah Rees Brennan has written a dramatic conclusion to the series. With a number of ways the events could have played out, she did an incredible job of wrapping things up at the end in a way that will satisfy many fans of this series.

Readers will get more insight info a few of the characters they had only met briefly in the earlier books and get pulled into this story filled with secrets, plotting and scheming, and even a love story.

This book and series is a must read for fans who enjoy stories of deadly demons, dark magic, twisty-turny action-packed plots and some seriously kick-a** characters.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

I died a little inside when I found out that this was going to be the last book in the series. I was completely heartbroken. I don’t think I could ever get enough of Nick’s story, or for that matter, Nick himself.

I loved getting a chance to finish the series from Sin’s perspective. She was one of the more exciting characters and I was happy that the author chose her for this final book. Seeing the story through her eyes gives her a lot more dimension than she had in the other books.

I was really surprised to find that Sin was such a likable character, too. I did not expect to like her as much as I did, after having met her in the earlier books. She went from being just the cold-hearted bad girl to a real person who loved her family and who had very real feelings.

And seeing things from Sin’s perspective made me realize just how much I do like her and just how much I really dislike Mae. Mae annoyed me a bit all through the series with how pushy she was, but I did grow to like her because of Nick. But I’m back to disliking her again. She is selfish and doesn’t consider anyone else when she does what she does, although that is what probably makes her perfect for Nick.

My favorite part of this book was how the love story developed – I’m always a sucker for a love story. I was really hoping for something like this to happen, and I’m so glad it did. Especially because Sin had to work to gain someone’s attention, which was probably a first for her, but it made her realize just how in love she really was.

Once again those magicians kept things exciting. After what they did in the last story I couldn’t stand them, and after what they did in this story I would not have been as forgiving of them – any of them – as the characters were. They are just bad news and boy do I wish that the author unleashed the demon’s wrath on them all.

I was absolutely heartbroken when they did that really bad thing and I ended up speed reading the rest of the story just to see how things would turn out. It was one of those times where I couldn’t help but scream, “Nooooo!!” And I was on the edge of my seat for the rest of the book, completely worried about the repercussions. There was just no easy way out of that situation.

This is one of those books that I will have to re-read so that I can absorb some of the finer points, because once that devastating thing happened I couldn’t focus on anything else. And, yes, I’m being cryptic so as not to spoil it, but it was a terrible thing they did and it nearly broke my heart.

I love the way the story ended and there were definitely some tears of happiness and sadness when I turned the last page. But I still think the characters have a lot more story to tell and as a huge fan I am not ready to leave them behind.

I want to talk about the ending, I really, really, really, do, but there’s no way I can without giving it away and that just wouldn’t be fair. But the author wasn’t evil and so I didn’t cry my eyes out when I was done, though I think “glum” and maybe a little “despondent” adequately describe how I feel knowing there won’t be another book.

I really would have loved there to be a fourth book in this series. There are still just so many questions I have about Nick and Alan’s future. And, I think an entire book from Alan’s perspective would have been so awesome. I really want to know how his mind works. Sin may be a liar, but she doesn’t hold a candle to Alan. He’s the master.

Oh, and I really want to know more about Anzu. I don’t want to spoil the book, but there were some definitely interesting developments to his character that make me want to find out more.

Plus, I just missed Nick when I was reading this book. Actually, I missed Nick since the first book in the series. Reading another book from his perspective would have been amazing, especially after what he learned about himself in the first book. I don’t think any fan of this series wouldn’t want more Nick. Okay, so yes, instead of a four book series I’d much rather have this one go for five books. I’m greedy, what can I say.

This is definitely a thrilling, riveting and at times shocking series and one that I plan on keeping on my favorites list. And I will definitely miss Nick, Alan, Mae, Jamie and Sin – and even Anzu.

Favorite passage – it just tells so much about Nick and Alan:

“Can I go to the nurse’s office too?”

Ms. Popplewell looked at him. It obviously took her only one look to decide. “no.”

“I’m traumatized too,” Nick claimed, his voice completely flat.

“He’s a delicate flower,” Alan said under his breath.

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To read an excerpt of Chapter One from the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

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