When Demons Walk (Sianim #3)
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.
Decent beginning with an ending that deserves a better book. In between is a glorified mess that is the hallmark of an early writer - a half-@$&ed "romance", a shoddy mystery, a wandering plot.
This "summer of love" is turning out to be a miserable bust.
Shamara "Sham" is a wizard apprentice thief who makes her living off tweaking the men who tortured her master, Maur. One day, she comes back to his cottage and he is being killed. He whispers the words "Chen Laut".
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
I quite liked this book. Could have been a little more graphic and I would not have minded, but as it is, it's suitable for any age. It's a good fa ...more
sometimes I pick up a book JUST because of who did the cover -- and this Luis Royo cover was no exception. I've now been enjoying Patricia Briggs since 1999
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
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
Consider: A spunky heroine, not classically beautiful but striking, meets a slightly older man in authority. She is a master of magic, he is steeped in reality. She goes undercover as his mistress, wears some stunning clothes, they have adventures together, she wears more ...more
When Demons Walk follows the adventures and missteps of the story's main characters Sham, a mage and thief, and Lord Kerim, the Reeve of Southwood. Hired by Kerim to pose as his mistress, Sham uses her knowledge of magic and skills as a thief to slip in and out of rooms in the Castle as well as the homes of Southwood's upper class to find information about the elusive ...more
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.
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
But then the long drawn out boring mystery took over, and the only interesting parts were the ones when she pretended to be be his mistress. Nevertheless it was ok read. I'm am very very disappointed by the lack of romance only 2! 2 kisses, no mor ...more
I would recommend this book. It's a good read about magic and politics and how to be a good person even in the worst of situations. It is missing a strong connection to the series and the romance feels like an afterthought, but the excellent plot and characterizations make up for that. I have read the rest of the series and will be reviewing it soon.
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Shamera, the daughter of a minor noble, is forced to turn thief when her homeland is invaded and occupied by the Eastern Empire. After years of life on spent in theft and sabotage, her master is killed by supernatural means. To track down the demonic killer that is murdering the natives and the occupants alike, Shamera reluctantly joins forces with the Eastern governor.--Internet Speculative Fiction db (viewed March 31, 2011, http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cg...).
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
Wow. Patricia Briggs has done it again. This story has all the homeyness and personality I have found in her other series. I've fallen in love with Sham and Kerim and am desperately hoping that Briggs will consider another installment.
The only connection any of the books have is the countries involved and the ae'Magi although the Voice of Altis does get a mention in When Demons Walks.
When Demons Walk, does not answer any ...more
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
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