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Surrender Chat

I was exceedingly pleased and excited to get a starred review for The Demon's Surrender from the Bulletin Center for Children's Books. Starred reviews are fancy! And rarer for later books in a series. So, much celebration! And here with spoilers redacted is said fancy review...

The characters have been developed, the battle lines drawn, and the enemies and allies identified, but there are still many surprises, twists, and new alliances to be formed and broken in this final installment of Brennan’s trilogy (The Demon’s Lexicon, 7/09; The Demon’s Covenant, 6/10). The narration in this volume is focalized through Sin, a dancer in the Goblin Market who is set to take over as its leader and continue to protect it from the magicians. The key players work together to perpetrate a dangerous lie that could mean their undoing or their ultimate victory, but no matter the outcome, things are going to get bloody along the way.

Obviously, this is not a book for the uninitiated in Brennan’s world, but as the culmination of a breathlessly suspenseful series punctuated throughout with keen humor and heartbreaking emotional resonance, it’s a stunner. The author manages to turn the impossible into the inevitable at every turn, keeping readers in the same position of nail-biting tension and indecision as the characters. That tension is not as plot-driven as one might expect, however; it’s more focused on the actions of the characters who variously lead with their hearts, their heads, and their bodies, and whose emotional range is hamstrung in maddening ways by history and disposition. Readers can expect to have their mettle tested and their own hearts broken and mended multiple times as they surrender to the force of this final chapter.

Isn't that a gorgeous review? It made me very happy, and seemed to me an excellent way to kick off the announcement that in one hour - 3pm BST / 10am EST / 7am PST on Saturday 20th August - a chat for the the Demon's Surrender is going on here!

The password for the chat is 'zombieboyfriend' and people will be reading the book and talking about it: the chat is expected to run all day so come by whenever you have a moment if you think it might be fun!

I will be there answering all questions, not just about the Lexicon series but about Unspoken and writing and the meaning of life (Warning: Probably you should not listen to me about the meaning of life). I will also be putting up deleted scenes from the Lexicon series, and giving away prizes!

See you there...


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 21st, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
A starred review from the BCCB is seriously great. They know their books.

Congrats on the well-deserved good review!
Aug. 21st, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
Fiiiinally read your book! Very glad for Alan and oh oh Sin and her fragile-brittle confidence where Alan is concerned <3. Nothing more complicated than that to say - probably need to re-read the whole trilogy closer together than a year between books to really pick up on all the stuff I am sure I missed - but it'll be like re-visiting old friends next time around.

Looking forward to seeing what else you're writing. And congrats on this review too!
Aug. 22nd, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
That is indeed a lovely and well-deserved review!

The chat was epic btw, and so much fun! Thanks for chatting with us. (:
Aug. 22nd, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
Hey, I finally finally read Demon's Lexicon! And liked it lots and lots. :-)

Edited at 2011-08-22 10:35 pm (UTC)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the awesome review! (:

I just wanted to say that the Livechat was so much fun (although as my first, very hard to keep up with!) and thank-you so much for doing it!
I was able to participate for a lot of it, but I couldn't stay for the whole chat (damn timezone!), and I wanted to just ask, how many deleted scenes did you share altogether? I want to make certain that I didn't miss any as they were all so incredibly fantastic :D!

Also, I was wondering if it would be alright by you if I shared some quotes from the deleted scenes (obviously with explanation and full credit to you!) elsewhere, for example on my tumblr?

Thank-you again, and I look forward to more chats for future books :D!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Sharing is fine! And there is a full transcript of the chat up on marmalade_fish.

I'm so glad you enjoyed!
Aug. 24th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Fantastic, thank-you :D!

I really really enjoyed it, it was so much fun! I may have been half-dead the next day, but it was more than worth it! Thank-you so much for doing it (:!
Aug. 24th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
Hi Sarah! I just finished re-reading the trilogy and *somehow* ended up to your blog immediately after :). I'm really bummed I couldn't make to the chat but happy for the transcript. Right now I feel I can't in no way express how much I enjoyed and loved your books, how much I felt for the characters, and how I so much would want to read more but at the same time feel completely happy and joyful about the ending and how it was carried out.

Congratulations on the review, it said some things I wanted to say, but much more eloquently than I ever could.

Readers can expect to have their mettle tested and their own hearts broken and mended multiple times as they surrender to the force of this final chapter.
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:42 am (UTC)
hi Sarah! I read the last book and absolutely loved it. Thank you so much! I check your blog pretty much everyday for more stories and thoughts and to hear how the newest (detective! my favorite!) books are coming along :)
Sep. 8th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
Here to say that I was just re-reading your essay on female characters (the one with the digression on Watson) and I still think it's a great piece of litcrit - and I figured I may as well mention one of the things that came to mind when I read it, which was that, although mostly set aboard ship in the early 1800s, Patrick O'Brian's books have a couple of awesome female characters, which proves that even "it's in a male-only society" is not an excuse (because such societies are a lot rarer than some writers might claim if they don't want to write women). :)
Sep. 15th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
i would just like to say i finished your book earlier this week and i loved it
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