Sixteen-year-old Nick and his brother, Alan, are always ready to run. Their father is dead, and their mother is crazy—she screams if Nick gets near her. She’s no help in protecting any of them from the deadly magicians who use demons to work their magic. The magicians want a charm that Nick’s mother stole—and they want it badly enough to kill. Alan is Nick’s partner in demon slaying and the only person he trusts in the world. So things get very scary and very complicated when Nick begins to suspect that everything Alan has told him about their father, their mother, their past, and what they are doing is a complete lie. . . .
Sarah Rees Brennan created an intricate and intense world, where magicians control demons for a price, and the power is addictive...only the price is the life of a human being. Sarah's cast of characters were unique individuals, and for the most part I enjoyed them, but all I got from Nick was a lot of anger. While I understood his behavior by the end of the book, getting through the story was difficult for me because of his constant apathy. I did have trouble putting this book down though, the story pulled me in and kept me turning pages. The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat, I loved that I never knew what was going to happen next.