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When Demons Walk (Sianim #3)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  3,597 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Sorceress. Lady. Mistress. Thief. Just call her an overachiever.

To survive, Sham has spent most of her young life stealing from Southwood's nobility. Now, as the city's nobles fall prey to a killer, Sham is called on to help, and must use all of her magical wisdom to send the demon away.
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Ace (first published January 1st 1998)
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Beanbag Love
I can't say I was disappointed in this book, but I think it's much weaker than Briggs's later efforts.

The world is interesting (although this is the third in a trilogy, apparently, it's the only one I've read), but the story itself is uneven. Toward the end the explanation of the magic was complicated and, after reading one segment about three times I decided to trust it would all work out and moved on. That's not to say it's bad, perhaps just a bit technical and convoluted. It led to a very ex...more
Dec 10, 2009 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults
One of the things I enjoy most about the writing style of Patricia Briggs is she takes average females and makes them heriones by their cunning, personality, empathy, self-discovery and shear determination. Briggs is a master at weaving an alternative reality and making you feel like you are there. Sham (Shamera)has entered a life of crime when her island was invaded and taken over by Cybellians. She formerly lived in the palace with her servant parents. However, they were killed and she now is...more
Shamera is a wizard, she has been a thief for the last 12 years protecting and caring for her Master the Wizard Maur, who was blinded and tortured 12 yrs ago when the kingdom was overrun. Her father and mother were murdered then also. Now she is just Sham the thief.

Kerim is Reeve of Southwood. He rules from the palace where Sham used to live. One night while he rides through Purgatory he sees Sham and speaks to her at the docks. By the time she gets home it is to find Maur in a battle for life...more
This gives the impression of being a slight book (slighter than it actually is) from Patricia Briggs early work (1998). It's set in the Sianim universe though with no crossover characters from Steal the Dragon except for the Prophet of Altis (who's mentioned but doesn't appear on the page). It’s slight but it's absorbing, a crossover between fantasy, murder mystery and romance. Sham, sorceress and thief was exiled to Purgatory (the bad part of the bad part of town) when the hated Cybellians inva...more
I love this book; it's not as polished as Brigg's later series (this is the third book in the verse though they all read as standalones) but it's light easy reading.

The story is Sham's. Sham is very self-assured and enjoys her dressing up and shocking people. I liked Kerim's enjoyment of her mischief, there's no great romance or sparks but more a warm playful appreciation of each other, I could see these two getting together amongst a lot of laughter. Their both strong independant people. It wou...more
The 3rd book by Briggs set in this particular world, it's ok. I think I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn't read the 2nd book in the series. This book introduces a completely new set of characters, which would be ok, but it references large-scale events from the previous book...but doesn't really address what had happened from book 2 to book 3. Since book 2's plot pretty much revolved around this event (the gathering of information about an impending war & the identity of the enemy's ar...more
I love you Paticia Briggs.


Everything in this book was awesome. In fact, it was so awesome that it was awesomer (not a real word, I know) than the other books in this series, which are also awesome. I tried to find a picture of what I imagine Sham looks like, but I couldn't find anything that would work, so have some happy minions instead.

Still on my comfort rereading trip this book holds up extremely well on a second reread. You have the mystery, lots of great characters, lovely descriptions of sexy wardrobe ^^, a nicely understated romance and a villain who is so alien that you can eventually feel sorry for it. Not to mention that at least the setting of Purgatory and the Shadow Tides come alive.

We get two more memorable women in this one, other than the heroine, which is better than usual for P. Briggs. Also this is very much...more
A fun fantasy novel about a mage born thief who poses as a flippant mistress to a lord in order to find a disguised demon hidden at court. It is a stand-alone novel in a book series set in the world of Sianim [Masques, Wolsfbane, Steal The Dragon].

When Demons Walk is considered a stand-alone novel however it utilizes an established magic system that may be overwhelming to new readers unfamiliar to the series. For a more rounded and enjoyable experience I would recommend this book be read last...more
So far of Patricia Briggs AU medieval fantasy books that I've read, I'd say this was her weakest. The characters didn't seem to go through much development which is normal for a medieval fantasy because they grow throughout the series, but as far as I can tell these characters aren't getting another book. The previous books in this world, the characters actually seemed to face tough choices that helped them grow instead of just going through the plot as they seemed to in this one. Personally, I...more
It was a good read even though I got distracted. I love the world. I can't wait for more!
reread, still enjoyable
I enjoyed this book. It's another early work by Patricia Briggs, and you can see that the editing isn't perfect, but the characters are interesting and the story is compelling. I was engaged for the entire book. It's the 3rd in the Sianim series, and again it is a stand alone novel set on the same continent as the first 2, but in this case 12 years later in a country that is new to the reader. You get to see that there might be hope for the followers of Altis and magic users co-existing side by...more
L'empreinte du démon est le quatrième tome de la saga Sianim, que j'aime de plus en plus à chaque tome. Vous pouvez retrouvez mes chroniques sur les deux premiers tomes : Masques et L'épreuve du loup. Et celle sur le troisième : Le voleur de dragon. Ce quatrième tome n'a pas échappé à mon amour inconditionnel des romans de Patricia Briggs, et à vrai dire, je suis fière de pouvoir avouer qu'elle est la seule à me faire aimer la pure fantasy. Au dos de ce tome, on trouve un commentaire du qui dit...more
Jun 26, 2008 Paxnirvana rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Briggs fans
I'm very very glad I found Patricia Briggs later in her career -- which means I read this one of hers 5th or 6th.

This is obviously an early work. The core of creativity and future focus on great characters is there, but not yet polished. This book is rough and rambling and has a bit of an identity crisis on what kind of story it wants to be: a gee-whiz magical wonder tale, a revenge tale, a clash of (too hastily devised) cultures, a mild romance. I very much wanted to like it, but in the end, I...more
Dec 03, 2007 Brownbetty rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bored people
Pretty much as expected, a decent read if one doesn't expect too much. The cheesy cover art was redeemed, however, by the main character's delight in the ridiculousness of the costumes she wears. That said, it resembled a vampire novel in the detail given to costume changes, which, while a plot point, were not as interesting to me as they evidently were to the author.


Briggs has never been good at romances, in my opinion. Generally, in her books, two opposite gender characters develop a dec...more
I do enjoy authors who write several different series and each one is unique. Patricia Briggs is one of those authors.
Sham lives in a world where magic exists, but not everyone believes in it. Sham does since she is both a thief and a sorceress. Her land was taken from her people and she is doing what she can to take it back where she can from the nobility.
A killer is running amok and killing the nobility. There seems to be a pattern, but she can't quite see it.
The Reeve of the land asks her...more
Feb 04, 2009 Colleen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
This is a fun romp through fantasy. Briggs built a one-plot, stand-alone book* that should appeal to any woman who has ever spent time with theater people. The main character, Sham, is a thief by trade, a mage by training, and woman who knows how to use her smarts. Sham takes on the world through bold entrances, fabulous costumes, and over-the-top acting. There are laugh-out-loud sections and some odd repetitions which give the book a slightly stop-start feeling. Regardless, I enjoyed it and oft...more
This is the last of all books written and published by Patricia Briggs. I debated the 5th star - but only because I spotted a couple plot twists before they arrived. After so many books anticipating characters is, perhaps, not so bad. The story? Original. The characters? Complex and well defined. The plot? Engrossing and entertaining. A very, very good read. My only unsatisfactory comment? How long must I wait for an addition - to any of the series?
This book was fun. I had not read any of the Sianim novels (they don't need to be read in order) and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There is light romance, but don't pick this one up if that's what you're looking for. The main character is likeable, funny and smart. This is a great pick-me-up easy to read simple fantasy novel- I hope you try it and are as pleasantly surprised as I turned out to be!
Shamera was once the daughter of nobles. When the castle fell, she became known as the boy named Sham. Sham was best known as a thief, but was well versed in magic. One of the best, in fact. When her Master is killed by a demon, she sets out to hunt it down.
Lord Kerin, Reeve of Southwood, turns to Sham for help when the number of murders become too many. At first, Kerin does not believe in magic or demons. However, his aide convinces him to get the help of a mage. When Sham turns out to be a fe...more
Katy Akmal
This book only had one problem - the story went from a climactic, massively engaging battle scene with an interesting implication to an epilogue with some red tape that needed to be tidied away. I felt like I'd been dropped off a cliff. The story overall, however was a suspenseful, mystery with some excellently developed characters and clever interactions.
Good read. This is set in the same fantasy universe as 'Steal the Dragon' but has no real overlap unless you count one letter from the Voice of Aldis. In fact, Aldis [and the Voice:] are given a somewhat different spin here which is a bit jarring if you read the other first.

As much as I enjoyed Steal the Dragon, this is a better book. The hero is noble and determined to do the best by both his people [the conquerors:] and her people [the conquered:]. The heroine is smart, determined and talente...more
Sorceress. Lady. Mistress. Thief. Just call her an overachiever…

When a spate of horrific murders touches the nobles in the town of Southwood, people begin to suspect a demon. Kerim, the town’s new protector, is at a loss to discover the killer. Despite the rumours, he is convinced the murderer is human and hires the help of Shamera, a girl from the slums and a Lady in the old regime, to play his mistress in an attempt to flush out the killer. But Sham was trained as a mage and she is more than c...more
Blodeuedd Finland
This one was fun, light, and made me wish it there were more books. This one is a stand alone. Yes it connects to Dragon, but it takes place years after it. In another part of the world and with other characters.

Sham is a thief who gets asked to help when people are dying left and right. She is also a sorceress and knows a demon is loose. Her country has been taken over by invaders and now she must help them. Tricky. Not to mention I kept hoping she and Kerim would hook up.

She pretends to be a...more
The only thing that bothered me about this book was it seemed a bit predictable at times. I was indeed left guessing at the villain until near the end, but it is a pet peeve for me when I discover who it is before the main characters. Still, that's a personal choice and this was a fairly good read.
I liked this book a lot. However, I found it very easy to put down and not to worry too much about what was happening to the characters. In fact I dropped the book and reread another Patricia Briggs in the interim.
Harold Boettger

A feisty thief/sorceress, a handsome ruler and a vengeful demon. What's not to like. I could hardly put my Kindle down. I read it in one day.
Danan Kay Lievens

once again this author has shown that great books can be written without all the soft porn so prevalent in so many books today.
I really enjoyed this book. I'm a huge fan of the Mercy novels by Briggs, so I decided to branch out. This is apparently the third set in this realm, but I hadn't read the others when I finished this. No problem-- Briggs creates a self-sufficient novel that describes the world in enough detail (but not exhaustively, which is the mark of a novice world-builder) and in a way that isn't intrusive to the flow. I liked the heroine and hero, and found the revelation of the villain to be well thought-o...more
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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a na...more
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