Sarah Rees Brennan is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Unspoken and The Demon's Lexicon trilogy. Her most recent book, In Other Lands, was a Hugo Award finalist. Visit her at SarahReesBrennan.com.
Gr 9 Up-The Ryves brothers-charismatic, bookish Alan and brooding heartthrob Nick-are back for the closing volume of Brennan's urban fantasy trilogy. This time the narrative centers on Sin, dancing diva of the Goblin Market, who contends for Market leadership with Mae, a "tourist" (i.e., outsider). Meanwhile, the villainous magicians are torturing Alan in an attempt to gain control over Nick. The Demon's Lexicon (2009) focused on Nick and his complex relationship with Alan; The Demon's Covenant (2010, both S & S) did the same for Mae and her wizard brother, Jamie. Unfortunately, Sin pales in comparison with the previous protagonists. Frankly, she is not an appealing character. Her actions and inner thoughts can often be trite and superficial. In the competition for Goblin Market supremacy, many readers will root for likable Mae over Sin. However, Brennan's skilled plotting and evocative setting win out in the end. Fans of Jonathan Stroud's "Bartimaeus" series (Hyperion) will enjoy the witty dialogue and the fast-paced plot. To appreciate the finely drawn dynamics among Nick, Alan, Mae, and Jamie, teens should read the previous titles before tackling The Demon's Surrender.-Sam Bloom, Groesbeck Branch Library, Cincinnati, OH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.