What Angels Fear : Sebastian St. Cyr

  • by C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by Davina Porter
  • Series: Sebastian St. Cyr
  • 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol found at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man - Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

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Great start to Sebastian St. Cyr series

Would you listen to What Angels Fear again? Why?

Absolutely. The book has an engaging storyline with lots of adventure and a large cast of characters from all classes of Regency England. The plot is cleverly woven around the imminent transfer of government from the mad King George III to his son, the foppish and dissolute Prinny


What other book might you compare What Angels Fear to and why?

This series and Ashley Gardner's Captain Lacey series are my favorites. They both have strong heroes, are set in Regency England, and have involving story lines and characters. Audible doesn't have all the titles in each of these series yet, and I hope the rest will be added as they become available.


Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

Tom, the street urchin, who first picks St. Cyr's pocket and then becomes his eyes and ears during the hunt for the person who murdered Rachel York.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction, but it kept me listening and trying to figure out who killed Miss York. I thought the chase scenes and the hide & seek sequences were well done.


Any additional comments?

I have listened to audiobooks 6, 7, 8, and 9 from this series, and I was so glad that audible released the first book on Christmas Eve - great Christmas present. There are several story lines and characters referred to in books 6 and beyond that originate in the earlier books. Now I'd like to see books 2, 3, 4, and 5 released on audio. There is also a 10th book due out 2015-03-03.

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- Marcheta

Romance novel disguised as a mystery

Would you try another book from C. S. Harris and/or Davina Porter?

I probably will not listen to another C.S. Harris book. Davina Porter is a good reader, even though my American ears sometimes misunderstand an occasional word. This is perhaps due to her British accent, but she does perform in a wide variety of character voices and speech patterns. I may just be missing some of that.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not really. The pace of the novel was rather slow in places. More time was spent on the emotions of the characters than I thought necessary.

I was a little disappointed that the author carries the narrative on the Prince of Wales' attempt to be appointed Regent up the supposed day of the House Of Lords vote on the Regency bill and then stopped. I would have enjoyed a description of the Prince's frustration when George III recovered "in the nick of time" and thwarted the attempt.


Which scene was your favorite?

It is hard to pick one scene. I suppose the confrontation between Lord Hendon and his Daughter Amanda wouold be one. There was some drama in that.


Do you think What Angels Fear needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Since I know it is the first in a series of novels, this question is moot.


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- Harry W. Hennessey Jr.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-24-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books