The sequel to one of my favorite books of last year, The Demon’s Lexicon. There is almost nothing I can say about this which isn’t spoilery for Lexicon, except that it’s excellent, that it’s emotionally intense and sensual but also quite funny, that it’s from Mae’s point of view, and that it addresses the major difficulty of having her as the viewpoint character… though naming that difficulty is spoilery for Lexicon.

I highly recommend Covenant if you liked Lexicon, but I also highly recommend reading the books in order.

Lexicon spoilers but no Covenant spoilers )

On to spoilers for The Demon’s Covenant.

Beware! Beware!

Spoilers lurk here!


Covenant spoilers )

Obviously, I loved this book a lot. Highly recommended even if you’ve always known what love is.

The Demon's Lexicon (Book One)

The Demon's Covenant (The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy) (Book Two)
Fandoms I am considering nominating (click on tags to find what I've written about them before):

New to Yuletide:

George R. R. Martin's "Thousand Worlds" space opera stories.

Lois Duncan's psychic kids boarding school YA Down A Dark Hall.

John Woo's film Red Cliff.

Sarah Rees Brennan's Demon's Lexicon.

Vonda N. McIntyre's post-apocalyptic novel about healing, snakes, and biological engineering, Dreamsnake.

Nominated in previous years:

Peter O'Donnell's comic strip and novels about the woman in my icon, Modesty Blaise.

Anne McCaffrey's Pern.

Sherwood Smith's Inda series.

Ann Maxwell's space opera Fire Dancer.

Is anyone thinking of requesting any of these? What are you all thinking of nominating?
Fandoms I am considering nominating (click on tags to find what I've written about them before):

New to Yuletide:

George R. R. Martin's "Thousand Worlds" space opera stories.

Lois Duncan's psychic kids boarding school YA Down A Dark Hall.

John Woo's film Red Cliff.

Sarah Rees Brennan's Demon's Lexicon.

Vonda N. McIntyre's post-apocalyptic novel about healing, snakes, and biological engineering, Dreamsnake.

Nominated in previous years:

Peter O'Donnell's comic strip and novels about the woman in my icon, Modesty Blaise.

Anne McCaffrey's Pern.

Sherwood Smith's Inda series.

Ann Maxwell's space opera Fire Dancer.

Is anyone thinking of requesting any of these? What are you all thinking of nominating?
This is one of the best and most entertaining fantasies I’ve read all year, with a compelling protagonist and plenty of new twists on old ideas. I highly recommend it. I also highly recommend that you avoid spoilers before reading it. If you click on the Amazon link, I suggest not reading any of the reviews.

Nick and Alan are teenage brothers who’ve been living on the run after demons killed their father and drove their mother insane. Periodically, the demons track them down, Alan kills some of them and Nick kills lots of them, and then they run again.

Nick is good at killing things. He’s not good at understanding other people’s emotions and relationships, or at having feelings himself other than killing rage, a bewildered contempt for most of humanity, sexual impulses, survival instincts, and a deep attachment to his brother that he doesn’t understand. One might expect a character with such a narrow range of emotion to get tiresome with long exposure, but the more I saw of Nick, the more intrigued I became.

This is just as well, because the novel is basically a character study with lots of plot and action, plus well-developed supporting characters. But it’s really all about Nick and how he sees the world, trying to puzzle out social interactions via the rules he thinks he’s deduced. Though he’s normally intelligent, his profound disconnect with emotions and human relationships makes him misunderstand or miss entirely all sorts of moments that the reader understands perfectly. At first this is often funny, but later on it becomes heartbreaking. If this sounds sentimental, keep in mind that I’m talking about a guy who seriously considers killing his own mother in order to save his brother and is baffled by the strength of his brother’s objection to this perfectly reasonable idea.

About all the rest I can say without spoilers is that there’s lots of banter, a fairly light tone for the most part with the darkness running mainly underneath, and a protagonist I wouldn’t want to meet but loved reading about, and haven’t been able to get out of my head since I finished the book.

View on Amazon: The Demon's Lexicon

Beware enormous spoilers both below cut and probably in comments )
This is one of the best and most entertaining fantasies I’ve read all year, with a compelling protagonist and plenty of new twists on old ideas. I highly recommend it. I also highly recommend that you avoid spoilers before reading it. If you click on the Amazon link, I suggest not reading any of the reviews.

Nick and Alan are teenage brothers who’ve been living on the run after demons killed their father and drove their mother insane. Periodically, the demons track them down, Alan kills some of them and Nick kills lots of them, and then they run again.

Nick is good at killing things. He’s not good at understanding other people’s emotions and relationships, or at having feelings himself other than killing rage, a bewildered contempt for most of humanity, sexual impulses, survival instincts, and a deep attachment to his brother that he doesn’t understand. One might expect a character with such a narrow range of emotion to get tiresome with long exposure, but the more I saw of Nick, the more intrigued I became.

This is just as well, because the novel is basically a character study with lots of plot and action, plus well-developed supporting characters. But it’s really all about Nick and how he sees the world, trying to puzzle out social interactions via the rules he thinks he’s deduced. Though he’s normally intelligent, his profound disconnect with emotions and human relationships makes him misunderstand or miss entirely all sorts of moments that the reader understands perfectly. At first this is often funny, but later on it becomes heartbreaking. If this sounds sentimental, keep in mind that I’m talking about a guy who seriously considers killing his own mother in order to save his brother and is baffled by the strength of his brother’s objection to this perfectly reasonable idea.

About all the rest I can say without spoilers is that there’s lots of banter, a fairly light tone for the most part with the darkness running mainly underneath, and a protagonist I wouldn’t want to meet but loved reading about, and haven’t been able to get out of my head since I finished the book.

View on Amazon: The Demon's Lexicon

Beware enormous spoilers both below cut and probably in comments )
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