When Demons Walk (Sianim Series #3)

When Demons Walk (Sianim Series #3)

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by Patricia Briggs
     
 

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series (Frost Burned, Night Broken) and the Alpha and Omega novels (Fair Game, Dead Heat)
Sham had spent most of her young life as a sorceress and thief, stealing from Southwood’s nobility to survive. Now she must face the greatest test of her skills…
A killer has struck Southwood

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series (Frost Burned, Night Broken) and the Alpha and Omega novels (Fair Game, Dead Heat)
Sham had spent most of her young life as a sorceress and thief, stealing from Southwood’s nobility to survive. Now she must face the greatest test of her skills…
A killer has struck Southwood, claiming the lives of nobles. Lord Kerim, Reeve of Southwood, turns to Sham for help. Posing as his mistress, she delves behind castle walls to find the killer. But this murderer is no mortal—and Sham must use all of her magical wisdom to send the demon away. Because the city of Southwood has nowhere to hide—and no time to run…

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Patricia Briggs

“I love these books.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“These are fantastic adventures.”—SFRevu

“Outstanding.”—Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction

“An excellent read with plenty of twists and turns…It left me wanting more.”—Kim Harrison, New York Times bestselling author

“Expect to be spellbound.”—Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author

VOYA - Marlyn K. Roberts
Shamera is a wizard--and a thief. A resident of Landsend, a city under Cybellian rule, Shamera has made it her mission to avenge those who crippled and disabled her Master, formerly the King's Mage. However, Shamera's plan is found out by Kerim, the Cybellian ruler, who rescues her from a false arrest and then convinces her to help him find the person responsible for a spate of killings. In order to do this she poses as his mistress, which allows her access to his private rooms without causing suspicion. This is an interesting cross between a murder mystery, romance, and fantasy. Shamera could easily be a tough American private investigator going undercover as a rich man's mistress. Of course, she and Kerim fall in love, and there is the inevitable "other woman" to make her jealous. And, true to the fantasy tradition, the killer is an invisible demon who assumes the identities of his victims. Although the story is extremely predictable, right down to the ending where Shamera discovers that the demon simply wants to "go home" and helps him to get there, it is an enjoyable one. There are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep most readers' interest; the writing is good, and the characters, though stereotypical, are well defined. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441005345
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Series:
Sianim Series, #3
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
127,389
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.73(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Patricia Briggs

“I love these books.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“These are fantastic adventures.”—SFRevu

“Outstanding.”—Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction

“An excellent read with plenty of twists and turns…It left me wanting more.”—Kim Harrison, New York Times bestselling author

“Expect to be spellbound.”—Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author

Meet the Author

Patricia Briggs is the author of the Mercy Thompson series, including Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson, as well as numerous novels featuring the characters Charles Cornick and Anna Latham.

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When Demons Walk (Sianim Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
IYamVixenBooks More than 1 year ago
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 for her help, so she poses as his mistress to help. He is one of those who doesn't believe in magic, so when she tells him it's a demon doing the killing.... Sham is street smart, so she can get the job done. She just has to keep from being tempted to do what she's been doing with her stealing from the rich. This is number 4 in the series, but I didn't feel like I'd missed anything by not reading the first three in the series. But I am now intrigued enough to go looking for them. A very neat mixture of a mystery, fantasy, and a wee bit of romance. Highly recommendable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ignore the awful cover. If you like Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series, you'll love the heroine who makes this a delightful read with laugh out loud humor. The plot is intriguing. Even though I guess early on who was the villain, I did not foresee some of the surprising (in a good way) plot twists. The story is worth every penny. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
haven't read anything from briggs that didn't draw me in instantly. nothing worse for getting stuff done than having a writer like patricia briggs.
clr7483 More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book from Patricia Briggs.
lanaCA More than 1 year ago
Patricia Briggs creates a multi-dimensional heroine. With excellent plotting she ties in personal problems with the murder mystery. The romance is traditional but the hero she creates raises it up a notch. Solid secondary characters. The twists and turns are appropriately placed - the pacing is tight. Good overall read.
Doug_in_Salcha More than 1 year ago
I'm new at writing Reviews (haven't done so since being required to write 'Book Reports' in Elementary School (over 50 years ago now). What can I say? First, the 'action' begins immediately. I've read books that I knew 'would be good' but that I also knew I would have to 'wade through' the first 30 to 50 pages before my interest would 'pick up'. Not so with "When Demons Walk". The action begins almost immediately and continues to rise toward a 'peak' that truly does not 'crest' until the final pages of the book. Patricia Briggs is one of those authors who will appear to you on the shelf and you may be drawn to the cover art initially but you will find yourself returning to a major book store to find other books by the same author. I would like to see a sequel to "When Demons Walk",
-Q- More than 1 year ago
Sham, the female lead of this Patricia Briggs work, is an interesting and well-developed character. Some reviewers considered the outcome predictable - I did not find it that way. The story continued to evolve to higher levels maintaining my interest along the way. Sham starts out as a thief with magical gifts that help her stay undetected as she performs her Robin-hood like thievery. She is retained by the good guy Lord of the Manor to help figure out who is killing people. The villian turns out to be demonic, and Sham, working alongside the Lord of the Manor, with the help of her magical gifts and the training she has received in how to use them, becomes the Miss Marple of Magicland. The story seems trite as I try to write about it, but in reality it is a bit deeper than this, and the character development is well done. As the writer describes the clothing with the soft sleeves and hidden pockets, she paints a very vivid picture of Sham. As she describes the wheel-chair bound leading man, and the magical Runes that have forced him to endure this handicap, she adds a level of hope to others that are stuggling with being wheel-chair bound, I think. At least it seems that way to me. The story is focused on teens, according to the reviews, but I am quite a bit older, and it appeals to me as well. It is a fairly happy story without too much violence or sexual tension, and it makes a good read for adults from 12 to 92, I think. Not a classic for all time, but a great piece of escapism for that rainy afternoon, as the rating chart indicates. If you like her work - and I think it is difficult to not like this writer unless you simply do not like this type of escapism fantasy - then I think you would enjoy her Mercy Thompson series very much.
leila692525 More than 1 year ago
lots of unexpected (and extremely expected) twists...really am liking this series more and more. not as much as MT series but 100% worth reading!
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SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Wonderful
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This is a light read with fun characters, an egaging plot, a good mystery, and a happy ending. The description is not correct; the summary given is for Briggs other work "Steal the Dragon".
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ooglyboogly More than 1 year ago
I personally LOVE the way Patricia Briggs writes her books. I read every book of hers that I can get my hands on and am never disappointed by the end result. I would recommend this series to whomever happened to be inquiring about it. My personal favorites of this series is the first and last, simply because it's the same main character and I like the way she thinks. When Demons Walk come a close second on my list though. I hoped this helped those who are looking for it.
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