Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review: The Demon's Surrender

Title: The Demon's Surrender
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 14, 2011)
Rating: 8/10
Source: library

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? Find out in this gripping conclusion to the trilogy Scott Westerfeld says is “full of shimmery marvels and bountiful thunder.”

Yowsers. Y'all, I was totally prepared to love this series. I'd read the author's livejournal for a long time and knew she was funny and smart and insane (in an entirely lovely way.) But I remain deeply impressed with this series - the first book was good, and then they only got better and better, which is clearly hard to do. There are so many second-book-syndrome series, or disappointing conclusions, but this series finishes so strong that I was sad to finish it and see the series end.
Each time I've heard who the new point-of-view character would be I thought "Hmm, really? Not so sure about that." But each time I was completely won over and now I am so bummed that the series is over.

I don't want this review to spoil anyone who hasn't picked up this series yet (do ittttttttttttttttttttttttttttt) so I'll keep things vague. But this book ties up ends (not too neatly, in an unrealistic fancy bow, but in a satisfying and realistic way) and manages to make me fall in love with basically every single character, which is pretty darn cool. Absolutely recommended, I often put the series as my pick on the teen wall.

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