When Demons WalkBook - 1998
Sham had spent most of her young life as a sorceress and thief, stealing from Southwood's nobility to survive. Now Sham 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...
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Sham, a young thief, survives in a section of the city of Southwood, known as Purgatory. As a child she was apprenticed to the kings sorcerer, Maur. But invaders from non magical Cybellia now rule her city. Sham has hidden in plain sight as a boy since the invasion, but the death of her mentor, Maur, has altered her goals and dreams. She plots revenge against the entity that killed Maur, and is soon recruited to join a court investigation into a serial killer who has been attacking nobles over an 8 month period. While playing to the hilt, her role as the Overlords mistress, she is now a key element in the discovery and removal of a demon, the actual killer. As a heroine, she is feisty, nonconformist, humorous and resourceful. All the characters are reasonably well developed, and enjoyable.
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