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When Gods Die by C. S. Harris
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When Gods Die

by C. S. Harris

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Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries (2)

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When Gods Die
4 Stars

When the Prince Regent is discovered with the body of a dead marchioness in his arms, Sebastian St. Cyr is lured into the investigation as the young woman is wearing a unique necklace that was thought lost at sea with his mother. As the case progresses and the body count rises, Sebastian uncovers a deadly conspiracy that may just bring down the monarchy...

An excellent sequel.

Harris once again demonstrates her skill at merging fact and fiction. She manages to capture the pervading atmosphere of social discontent, anger and violence of the Regency period exceedingly well, and this adds an extra layer of tension to the story. The historical research is top-notch and the people and events mentioned in the book are fascinating. (Thank you Wikipedia for providing even more background and detail when necessary).

The plot of When Gods Die is slightly more complex than in the first book with two seemingly unconnected mysteries unfolding in parallel: Why was the marchioness killed - was it personal jealousy or political machinations? Is Sebastian’s mother still alive and how is she connected to the marchioness’s death? While answers are ultimately provided, they raise new questions and conflicts that will hopefully be the focus in future installments.

The romance is still the weakest aspect of the series. Kat and Sebastian have little to no chemistry and it is is difficult to care about a heroine who lies so consistently and so well.

All in all, this series is highly entertaining and I’m eager to see where Sebastian’s investigations take him next. ( )
1 vote Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
The young wife of an aging marquis is found murdered in the arms of the Prince Regent. Around her neck lies a necklace said to have been worn by Druid priestesses-that is, until it was lost at sea with its last owner, Sebastian St. Cyr's mother. Now Sebastian is lured into a dangerous investigation of the marchioness's death-and his mother's uncertain fate.

This was a fast paced story with many interesting twists and surprises throughout. I liked the time period of the early 1800s in England which showed quite a contrast between the wealthy nobility and the poor common people. Sebastian and his lady friend Kat were very likeable. At times, the number of characters and their titles could be a bit confusing. Overall, I enjoyed this and plan to read more by this author. ( )
  gaylebutz | Mar 2, 2018 |
I like Sebastian's lifestyle and his values. His relationship with the gritty surgeon and the young tiger, Tom, and of course the on going romance with Kat. The beginning seemed extremely complex to me. I really struggled with Harris's initial outlay of the key families...finally resorting to making a chart of who was related to whom. By mid-book it started to flow a little better...but it would help greatly if the author would include this in the front of the books. The character of Sebastian St. Cyr is a very complex one...bloodthirsty when confronting his enemies but caring about those that he loves. Excellent series for those of us that love a good mystery as well as history. ( )
  Carol420 | Mar 1, 2018 |
The young wife of an aging marquis is found murdered in the arms of the Prince Regent. Around her neck lies a necklace said to have been worn by Druid priestesses-that is, until it was lost at sea with its last owner, Sebastian St. Cyr's mother. Now Sebastian is lured into a dangerous investigation of the marchioness's death-and his mother's uncertain fate.
As he edges closer to the truth-and one murder follows another-he confronts a conspiracy that imperils those nearest him and threatens to bring down the monarchy.

I have been hooked on this series after reading the first book. This second book was outstanding also. I found the characters intriguing, the plot fast-paced and enjoyed the history. There are many twists and turns with a very surprising ending. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and I would highly recommend this series to those who love English history. ( )
  EadieB | Feb 28, 2018 |
This series has a good, solid 3.5... Harris researches well, the plots twist, but are not torturous or ridiculous. I'm using Sebastian & co as escapes during school, as the books CAN be put down (so not a distraction), but are engaging enough. ( )
  kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
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The young wife of an aging marquis is found murdered in the arms of the Prince Regent. Around her neck lies a necklace said to have been worn by Druid priestesses-that is, until it was lost at sea with its last owner, Sebastian St. Cyr's mother. Now Sebastian is lured into a dangerous investigation of the marchioness's death-and his mother's uncertain fate.

As he edges closer to the truth-and one murder follows another-he confronts a conspiracy that imperils those nearest him and threatens to bring down the monarchy.

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"Brighton, England, 1811. The beautiful wife of an aging Marquis is found dead in the arms of the Prince Regent. Draped around her neck lies an ancient necklace with mythic origins - and mysterious ties to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. Haunted by his past, Sebastian investigates both the Marchioness's death and his own possible connection to it - and discovers a complex pattern of lies and subterfuge. With the aid of his lover, Kat Boleyn, and a former street urchin now under his protection, Sebastian edges closer to the killer. And when one murder follows another, he confronts a conspiracy that threatens his own identity...and imperils the monarchy itself."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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