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

When Demons Walk (Sianim, Bk 4)
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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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