Book Reviews of When Demons Walk (Sianim, Bk 4)

When Demons Walk (Sianim, Bk 4)
When Demons Walk - Sianim, Bk 4
Author: Patricia Briggs
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780441005345
ISBN-10: 0441005349
Publication Date: 6/1/1998
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 162 ratings
Publisher: Ace
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 9
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 talented. His people don't believe in magic - she's a mage and the killer she is hunting is a demon...

Great interplay between the characters - her "mistress" persona is hysterically. As one of the characters observes "She wields her stupidity with precision...". Fast-paced action and well thought magical theories - I really enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 3
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars

Review: This book is part of Briggs "Sianim" series, a collection of 4 books that share a world, but nothing else. Sham grew up in the palace. Her mother was a lady-in-waiting to the Queen, her father was the head Guardsman and she was the apprentice to the King's wizard. The Cybellians invaded, her family was killed and she wound up living in the street. Now something has started killing Cybellian nobles at the castle and she's been recruited to help track down the killer.

This was an all right book, but not up to the standards of other books I've read by her. The characters were wonderful. The main characters, Sham and Kerim were wonderfully developed. I liked Kerim's role as a holy warrior who lost his calling. The plot, on the other hand, was a bit shakier. It began all right, but lost steam partway through. I thought the resolution of the killer to not quite fit with the rest of the book. It came a bit from left field and seemed a bit anti-climatic.

I didn't quite like the interaction between Kerim and Sham - they were posing as lover's in order to give her a legitimate reason to be in the castle. Of course, they start falling in love. I think the romance angle either needed to be better developed or left out entirely. As it was it was half-formed and very unsatisfying.

Overall I'd recommend other of Briggs' books (Mercy Thompson series, Alpha and Omega series, The Hob's Bargain or the Raven Duology) over this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of Briggs earlier books, they come with different covers (the older books). A fun quick read about using magic, with a flirty love affair to boot.
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I wish there were more books in the Sianim series to read. I like this world created by Patricia Briggs.
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Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars

Review: This book is part of Briggs "Sianim" series, a collection of 4 books that share a world, but nothing else. Sham grew up in the palace. Her mother was a lady-in-waiting to the Queen, her father was the head Guardsman and she was the apprentice to the King's wizard. The Cybellians invaded, her family was killed and she wound up living in the street. Now something has started killing Cybellian nobles at the castle and she's been recruited to help track down the killer.

This was an all right book, but not up to the standards of other books I've read by her. The characters were wonderful. The main characters, Sham and Kerim were wonderfully developed. I liked Kerim's role as a holy warrior who lost his calling. The plot, on the other hand, was a bit shakier. It began all right, but lost steam partway through. I thought the resolution of the killer to not quite fit with the rest of the book. It came a bit from left field and seemed a bit anti-climatic.

I didn't quite like the interaction between Kerim and Sham - they were posing as lover's in order to give her a legitimate reason to be in the castle. Of course, they start falling in love. I think the romance angle either needed to be better developed or left out entirely. As it was it was half-formed and very unsatisfying.

Overall I'd recommend other of Briggs' books (Mercy Thompson series, Alpha and Omega series, The Hob's Bargain or the Raven Duology) over this book.
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I was rather put off by the title. However, Briggs spins a GREAT tale. It was nice to really get to know the characters and have an interesting story line. Also nice to have the male character so much more than bad, huge, dark, etc. He actually is a cripple with a sense of humor!
Yup, liked this a lot!
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This series has been increasingly frustrating, as if the author has had progressively less time to dedicate to successive books. When Demons Walk takes place after the invasion that was suggested in the previous book, albeit in another country and with entirely different protagonists.

I agree with one of the previous reviews that noted how the love story between the two main characters (Sham and Kerim) needed a lot more development. I was surprised by how much less captivating it was than the one in Briggs' "Alpha & Omega" books. Even the love story in the beginning of this series was given two books to develop and flower.

In fact, I wanted more character development in general: Kerim's brother and mother seemed completely one-dimensional, Kerim's servant Dickon begins to flesh out just as the story ends, and the story is briefly narrated by Talbot and Elsic yet their characters remain peripheral to the story. I would have preferred the book to have been twice as long, or at least be split into two books the way Masques and Wolfsbane were.
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Great heroine.
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Briggs is a great author. Mooncalled is still my favorite but this was good.
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Sham has spent most of her young life as a soceress and thief, stealing from Southwood's nobility to survive. Now she must face the greatest test of her skills.

A demon killer has struck Southwood, claiming lives. Sham must pose as a noble born mistress and use her magical wisdom to send the demon away.