The Demon's Lexicon
by Sarah Rees Brennan
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009
Nick and Alan are brothers on the run. They are trying to escape the dark magic that is chasing their mother. She is a former magician of the Obsidian Circle who stole something important when she fled from the leader Black Arthur. Now she is borderline crazy and the boys must protect her as they move from city to city trying to avoid the demonic attacks from the magicians. Life becomes more perilous when tender-hearted Alan befriends Mae and her brother Jamie who has been marked by a demon. The bad guys are catching up and there is nowhere else to run. Nick is willing to do anything to keep his brother safe. But when family secrets start surfacing, Nick isn't too sure if that will be enough anymore.
Any exciting addition to the fantasy genre that is so popular with teens. I highly recommend this to fans of The City of Ashes trilogy by Cassandra Clare. There are only demons and magicians in this one, no fairies or vampires or werewolves, but it is entertaining just the same! Nick was a dark and mysterious character who I alternated hating and loving throughout the book. As always, I look forward to the next book from this new author (which will be the second part of the trilogy next summer).