Thursday, 31 July 2014

Steal the Dragon / When Demons Walk - Patricia Briggs

A former slave girl gambles with her freedom to return to the land of her bondage--a world of deadly magic and deception.

My thoughts:
I am slowly going through Brigg's backlist and I am almost done now. This one is part of a series, but at the same time it's a stand alone. It's about a former slave called Rialla, she was a dancer, she ran away. She trained horses and now she has to spy.

When I started the book I thought the next book would be about her too, but now, this is a one deal book. Rialla has to figure out and protect someone who wants to end slavery. It will be dangerous as she has to pretend to be a slave again. She has help (I liked her help). And then in the end they will have figured it all out and everyone has a sort of happy ending. Everyone is happy, it's, something is still growing.

Conclusion:
A really light fantasy, short, quick and enjoyable

Cover
Works, she pretends to be a slave dancer after all

Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published by Ace (first published November 1995)
Sianim #2
Fantasy
Own


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...

My thoughts:
This one was fun, light, and made me wish it there were more books. This one is a stand alone too. 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 mistress (quite good at it),  and she hunts for a demon. We get the understand a bit what has happened and then it ends. Sad sad day. Yes the story ends, no loose threads. But what happens then to everyone? I feel like Briggs needs to finish the UF books I love, and then write another Sianim story too.

Conclusion:
Light fantasy

Cover
She wears something like that so it works

Mass Market Paperback, Reissue, 272 pages
Published by Ace (first published January 1st 1998)
Sianim #3
Fantasy
Own


48 comments:

  1. Too light and too sweet although I like Briggs a tad better than other UF authors. Oh well, let me go and eat some worms outside. Or dark, ugly slugs.

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  2. It's been a while since I've read anything by Briggs. These both sound fun and I'm in the mood for light.

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    1. That they are and I do adore her work

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  3. I wasn't aware of these babies! I love Briggs' work, it's sexy without the sex. I love that. Will check these out, I hope our library has it.

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    1. She has, let's see...4 Sianim, 2 raven, 2 Hurog, that should be it..I think ;)

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  4. I didn't know these existed. See how bad I am. I am glad you are sharing this oldies but goodies.

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    1. BAD YOU! Nah, they are old. Until recently one was not even in print

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  5. I've been meaning to go back through Briggs's backlist since I love her Mercy Thompson books so much, so thanks for reminding me I need to get to these and more!

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  6. I love Patricia Briggs, though the only series I've ever focused on is her Mercy Thompson series. I haven't even ventured into her other werewolf spinoff series, but I think I should check those out and these books in her backlist as well.

    ~Mogsy

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    1. I have tried everything ;D But it took until book 1 of her other were series for me to like it like Mercy

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  7. Although this isn't really my genre, I've had this author on my list for a long time. I've heard so many good things about her.

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  8. This week is beating me up...

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  9. I need to make time to read this author one day.

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  10. I've only read her books from the Mercy Thompson world, but this makes me think I should expand. I don't know why I haven't yet.

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    1. Do read the rest too, they are all fun in different ways, and it shows how she has improved

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  11. Ah this series, I haven't tried these ones but I read the first one and the last one about Aralorn and even if I found book 1 quite not achieved, I loved the last one. I need to read the sianim 2 and 3 now.

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    1. Oh those, yes I liked Masques and then I had to wait to get the other one, and then I read these ;)

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  12. I haven't read anything by Briggs yet even though I have the first 2 Mercy Thompson books. Didn't know she had books before those. Oh well...

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    1. Never? Omg you have to read her. I have enjoyed her works for 6 years now

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  13. Quick byt light fantasy sounds like something that I could enjoy

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  14. I've never read anything by Briggs but I have seen her name a couple of times. Both seem really good reads. Fantasy light as you say. I love fantasy, don't get me wrong, but it often needs a lot of investment in new names and world. I think I need to pick up one of these books.

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    1. It's really light, trust me. Like, oh I do not know ;) But it's light, fun and even has spots of romance

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  15. It always surprises me how many other books she's written. I had always thought it was just Mercy & Alpha and Omega but more keep poplin cup. Good if you're a fan!

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    1. I do have all of her books :) Except her new one *sad*

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  16. I love it that you're going through her backlist. I love all of her older light fantasy but these I haven't actually read yet.

    Loved Hurog duology and the Raven Strike and other one - fav was Hob's Bargain - have you read those yet! If not you need to.

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    1. I have read those :) I think I started with Hob, then raven and moved on to Hurog. I really liked Hurog

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  17. I didn't know Briggs had written so many books. I really like what I've read of hers so I'll have to add these to my ever growing list!

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  18. Light fantasy is nice between heavier reads, thanks for sharing :)

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  19. I need to do the same. I think I own most of her backlist but still have quite a few to make it through.

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    1. It took me a while, I kind of wanted to save some, but now I have finished

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  20. I think I'd like both -- good to hear they're stand alone.

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  21. I have this books since ever, but for some unknown reason I haven't read them. It's time to fix that.

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    1. This summer I read the 3 last so now I am done

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  22. :) You're going through a lot of short stories like me (I have a million lined up to read still).

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  23. I really want to try some of Briggs fantasy too.

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