Review: What Angels Fear

Title: What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr #1) Image

Author: C.S. Harris

Rating: ★★★1/2

Provided Synopsis: In London, 1811, a young woman is brutally raped and murdered, her body left on the altar steps of an ancient church. The prime suspect: Sebastian St. Cyr, a brilliant young nobleman still haunted by his experiences in the Napoleonic Wars.

Now he is running for his life, desperate to catch the killer and prove his innocence. Moving from Mayfair’s glittering ballrooms to St. Giles’s fetid back alleys, Sebastian is assisted by a band of unlikely allies and pursued by a Machiavellian powerbroker with ties to the Prince Regent himself.

What Angels Fear seamlessly weaves an intimate knowledge of the period with a multi-layered and compelling story, and is the first of a series of novels featuring these characters.

Review: This is such a difficult book for me to discuss! Due to my bad habit of reading a series out of order (I have previously read books 7 and 8) I am already familiar with these characters and could have a much different opinion on the first book in the series than what new readers might have. So I suppose this review should be read with that knowledge in mind.

For me, being able to travel back to Sebastian’s origin story was a treat. The author has created such wonderful characters to illustrate her stories and to see how all of them have come together along with being given a foundation so that I might gauge character growth was fantastic. Because I am a reader that loves to see character growth in a series.

As for the mystery, I have once again been provided with the most attractive aspect of this series. Harris always manages to give her readers a complex mystery! And as of so far I have always been kept guessing the identity of the villain, which is everything I want from a mystery book. In comparison with the two mysteries I have encountered from the latter books in the series this one was not as glorious, but it was still very good and it makes me excited as a reader to know that the author gets better and better at creating a mystery as the series goes on. If you are interested in historical mysteries then this is the perfect series for you.

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