A demonically good read

Have you ever read the first book in a series and loved it to bits? Only to then be a little bit disappointed with the second book?

Well, no worries about that with The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan.

This time ’round, we got to see Nick through the eyes of another character, Mae. And boy, did Nick really capture me. Which is no mean feat considering we already learned his Deep Dark Sekrit in the first book, The Demon’s Lexicon, and he uh, kinda shouldn’t because– Ooops. Sorry. I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who haven’t read the first installment, so I’ll keep it vague.

Something I can discuss without letting the proverbial cat out of the bag, is the banter between the characters. And, even knowing all about Nick from the first book, the boy-girl tension between him and Mae just made me go all marshmallow-soft and gooey inside. (I wasn’t the only one. DD was captivated by Nick, too.) Plus Ms Brennan’s everyday descriptions were so superb I wanted to copy them down to refer to them for posterity. Instead, I’ll just wait till the trilogy is complete, and buy the series.

Here’s a sample of that banter I was talking about:

“Sometimes when you pull knives on people, they get this impression that you’re going to hurt them, and then they’re completely terrified. Crazy, I know!”

“Okay,” said Nick. He turned to Jamie and popped his left wrist sheath again. “Look.”

Jamie backed up. “Which part of ‘completely terrified’ did you translate as ‘show us your knives, Nick’? Don’t show me your knives, Nick. I have no interest in your knives.”

Nick rolled his eyes. “This is a quillon dagger. That’s a knife with a sword handle. I like it because it has a good grip for stabbing.”

“Why do you say these things?” Jamie inquired piteously. “Is it to make me sad?”

“I didn’t have you cornered,” Nick went on. “You could’ve run. And this dagger doesn’t have an even weight distribution; it’s rubbish for throwing. If I had any intention of hurting you, I’d have used a knife I could throw.”

Jamie blinked. “I will remember those words always. I may try to forget them, but I sense that I won’t be able to.”

[…] “Come on. I’ll drive you to my place and teach you how to throw knives.”

“What!” said Jamie. “Why?”

“Because I am a sweet and caring individual who is truly concerned about your welfare,” Nick drawled. “You coming?”

Can’t wait for the next installment *VBG*

And here’s my reading list for June:

  • Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
  • The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
  • Emergency At Inglewood by Alison Roberts
  • The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne
  • The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel
  • Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
  • Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
  • My Lord & Spymaster by Joanna Bourne
  • Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
  • Crashed by Robin Wasserman
  • Death’s Sweet Embrace by Tracey O’Hara
  • Bedded By Arrangement by Natalie Anderson
  • The Surgeon’s Meant-To-Be-Bride by Amy Andrews
  • Coming Home For Christmas by Meredith Webber
  • The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks



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