Blood of the Demon (Kara Gillian Series #2)

Blood of the Demon (Kara Gillian Series #2)

by Diana Rowland

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Overview

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL, MAN AND DEMON, SHE’S ABOUT TO FACE THE ONE THING SHE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SURVIVE.
 
Welcome to the world of Kara Gillian, a cop with a gift. Not only does she have the power of “othersight” to see what most people can’t even imagine, but she’s become the exclusive summoner of a demon lord. Or maybe it’s the other way around. The fact is, with two troublesome cases on her docket and a handsome FBI agent under her skin, Kara needs the help of sexy, insatiable Lord Rhyzkahl more than he needs her. Because these two victims, linked by suspicious coincidence, haven’t just been murdered. Something has eaten their souls.

It’s a case with roots in the arcane, but whose evil has flowered among the rich, powerful, and corrupt in Beaulac, Louisiana. And as the killings continue, Kara soon realizes how much there’s still to learn about demons, men, and things that kill in the night—and how little time she has to learn it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553592368
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2010
Series: Kara Gillian Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 352,548
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.92(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon Line. She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime-scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she’s seen more than her share of what humans can do to one another and themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her police academy class, earned a black belt in hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can’t Rollerblade to save her life. She lives with her husband and daughter in south Louisiana.

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Chapter One



The demon was little more than a mist of fog and teeth, barely visible to normal sight. It coiled in slow undulations in the backseat of my Taurus as I drove through the night, the tires of the car humming on the asphalt in low rhythmic counterpoint to the movement of the demon. The nearly full moon draped my surroundings in silver and shadow, making even this deserted highway running through a rank swamp look beautiful. There were no other headlights along this stretch of road, but this was little surprise since there were no houses or businesses out here—nothing but swamp, marsh, and the occasional patch of dry ground that pretended to be woods.

I could hear the demon murmuring softly to itself in hunger, and I stilled it with a nudge of pressure on the arcane bindings. It would feed soon enough, but I needed it to complete the agreed-upon task first. I’d dealt with this type of demon many times before and knew that the creatures were far less useful after a feed—preferring to coil in sated comfort rather than hunt.

I continued to drive until I felt the change in the demon—a sudden tension as if it had perked up its nonexistent ears. I pulled over to the side of the highway, then walked around to the other side of the car and opened the back door. It felt a bit absurd to cart a demon around in the backseat of my car, but I couldn’t exactly perform a summoning out in the middle of the swamp. I was limited to summoning demons in the prepared diagram in my basement.

Murmuring again, the demon slid out in eager anticipation of a hunt. The demon was an ilius—a third-level demon, about as intelligent as a dog but a thousand times better at tracking. It was little more than a shifting fog, visible in my othersight as a coil of smoke with teeth that flashed and disappeared like a teeming mass of vaporous piranhas. Without othersight—a sense beyond the senses that revealed more than the mundane world most people were able to see—it was essentially invisible, except for the deep feeling of unease it left in those it touched.

I opened the paper bag and pulled out the baseball cap, allowing the ilius to twine around it and fill itself with the scent, the feel of the one I sought. “Seek,” I said, and reinforced the spoken command with mental pressure. The demon shimmered in my othersight, then sped away across the grass and through the trees like an arcane zephyr.

I let my breath out as soon as it was gone, then leaned back against the car to wait for the demon’s return. That it would find the missing hunter I had no doubt. Whether that hunter was alive or dead would decide my next move. I only hoped the demon wouldn’t take very long. Even at four in the morning, the south Louisiana heat in July was oppressive, and out here in the middle of the swamp, the humidity was easily near a hundred percent. Sweat beaded on my face and neck and I wiped it away with a sleeve, hoping I wasn’t wiping away too much of the mosquito repellent that I’d doused myself in. Hundreds of the little bloodsuckers hummed around me, but so far the repellent was keeping them at bay. At least the ilius didn’t have to worry about mosquitoes.

There were twelve levels of demon that could be summoned by those with the ability to open a portal between this world and the demon realm. The higher the level of demon, the more powerful—and the more difficult to summon. But I’d had no need for a high-level demon for this. This summoning had been more for practice, to get my feet wet again, than anything else—though finding the idiot who’d decided to go hunting in the swamp by himself was an added benefit. But this was the first demon I’d summoned in a couple of months, and I’d needed the reassurance that I still knew what I was doing.

White-blond hair like a river of silk cascaded over me as he bent to kiss me. “Do you miss my touch yet, dear one?” His ancient eyes were alight with crystalline amusement.

I looked up at him, narrow-eyed. “Yes and no.”

He laughed and took me by the hand to lead me to a white marble balcony that overlooked a shining blue sea. “Is it such a difficult question?”

I watched the demons in flight above the water. “I miss your presence, but you also kinda scare the crap out of me, y’know?”

He stood behind me, sliding his arms about me in loose embrace. “I would never harm you, Kara. Summon me. You will be safe.”

I leaned my head back against him as his embrace turned into a slow caress. He nuzzled my neck, sending goose bumps racing over my skin. “But your idea of ‘safe’ might not be the same as mine,” I said, groaning as his teeth gently nipped at my earlobe.

“I will allow none to harm you, Kara,” the demonic lord murmured. “Summon me. You need what I can give you.”

I shuddered as if to throw off a chill, still unsettled by the remnants of last night’s dream. That’s all it had been—a dream. Nothing more.

Gooseflesh rose on my arms despite the warmth of the night. I wished I could really be that certain.

There was another type of demon above those twelve levels: the demonic lords. It was considered pretty much impossible to summon a demonic lord. Or rather, with enough power and preparation it was technically possible to summon one, but surviving the experience was another matter entirely. Yet I’d accidentally summoned Rhyzkahl, one of the highest of the demonic lords, and I’d even survived the experience.

In a manner of speaking.

Rhyzkahl had created a link to me after I’d unintentionally summoned him, and for a time he had come to me in dream-sendings, so vivid and real that it was impossible to tell whether I was awake or asleep. Plus, elements of these sendings could intrude into the waking world, as evidenced by one instance where he healed an injury I’d received when I was awake. But those had stopped after he’d saved my life. I’d had dreams of him since, but they never felt as visceral as the sendings.

I knew I should be pleased and relieved that the link had apparently been severed. But I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. Or him. It didn’t help that many of the dreams were filled with scorching erotic content—with me as an eager participant. I woke from them shuddering with a combination of pleasure and need—feelings that quickly shifted to confusion and uncertainty. Was he sending these dreams in order to remind me of what we’d shared and what he could offer? Or were the dreams merely messages from my screwed-up psyche, reminding me that I had no boyfriend, no sex life, and no prospects?

Either way, I could do without the reminders.

I felt the demon’s return before I saw it. I pushed off the car and straightened as it swirled around me, illusory teeth grazing me. I suppressed a shiver. “Show,” I commanded as I closed my eyes. Images flickered behind my eyelids, hazy and difficult to follow, but along with the images came scent and sound and a sense of distance, as if I’d walked the demon’s path. I could have done without the scent. The hunter was quite dead, face bloated and swollen, and the rank stench of decomposition surrounded him. I had no idea how he’d died—whether from drowning or injury—but the important thing was that I knew the body was in this area.

I opened my eyes, then held the door open for the ilius. It swirled around me again and I could feel its rising hunger. It had completed its task and wanted to be fed. I tightened my mental grip on the arcane bindings, even as sweat prickled under my arms. “Not here. Soon.”

The demon flashed red in my othersight, then slid into the backseat again. I got into the driver’s seat as quickly as I could. I’d never heard of an ilius feeding on a human, but there was a lot I didn’t know about demons. I didn’t care to find out what would happen if it got hungry enough. Fortunately, the place I was headed was only a short distance down the highway. Once again I pulled the car over and released the demon. “Follow,” I commanded, then set off at a light jog down a well-worn path, grateful for the moon that lit my way. I could feel the demon following me and had to shake the unnerving sensation that it was chasing me. A few hundred yards later I stopped at the edge of a bayou. I turned back to the ilius and held the image of a nutria in my mind—a large ratlike creature with nasty yellow teeth. Nutria were an invasive species that had quickly overrun south Louisiana and did terrible damage to marshlands—so much so that nutria-eradication programs had been created.

I had my own nutria-eradication program right here. “Feed,” I said, continuing to hold the image in my mind and sending the mental emphasis that it was to feed only on the nutria.

It zoomed past me so quickly that I nearly lost my balance, and before I could even blink I heard an animal shriek; it was quickly silenced. I looked away from the sight of the demon winding itself around one of the creatures. I’d seen an ilius feed before. There was no blood or rending of flesh, or anything graphic and grotesque. To anyone without arcane ability, it merely looked as if the nutria seized up and convulsed, dying for no apparent reason. But othersight would show that the ilius was gently and painlessly slaying the creature with a near-surgical jab of arcane power, then drawing out and consuming its life force—or essence.

The demon dropped the empty husk of the nutria and dove on another. I kept my eyes fixed on the moon above the trees, ignoring the imagined mental screams of the ratlike creatures. After about half a dozen nutria, the demon slowly coiled its way back across the water to sleepily wind around me like a cat preparing to settle in for a nap. A demonic, life-eating, piranha-toothed, misty cat.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
Beaulac, Louisiana police detective Kara Gillian fears for the life of her beloved Aunt Tessa who remains comatose as the cop's othersight showed her a part of her "essence" has vanished. Having once before summoned demon Lord Rhyzkahl (see the Mark of the Demon) and survived the mystical calling, she considers doing it again to ask for his help with her aunt. Rhyzkahl has reasons for wanting the mortal to summon him again. Kara realizes the suicide of police officer Brian Roth who apparently murdered his wife was caused by the arcane as her oversight sees evidence that something dined on his essence. She vows to learn what committed this atrocity, but her inquiry leads to FBI agent Ryan Kristoff who does not want her to ask Rhyzkahl for help. The second Gillian police procedural Bayou fantasy is a great thriller that grips the audience the moment the heroine stops at Roth's house to wake him up and never slows down as she works the case of the essence eater. Kara holds the arcane investigation together while her convoluted relationships with the demon and the fed enhance the strong saga in which forensics takes quite a paranormal twist. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast, fun, steamy, and emotional. Love this series!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
When I find a series that I really love, it’s hard not to chew through it. I have to stop myself from devouring the entire thing in just a week or two, so naturally after I finished Mark of the Demon, I went directly to the second book in the series Blood of the Demon. In this story Kara finds a fellow officer dead from an apparent suicide; but not all is as it appears, his essence is missing. That one mystery starts a slew of other murders and mysteries, all stemming around the mysterious creature that is somehow draining essence from their victims. Once again Kara teams up with her FBI agent Ryan, who she is so completely attracted to. I was screaming at the story, KISS him already! UGGG. I am really hopping those two get it together! Kara’s life is never that simple, her Aunt is still in a coma, and her essence is in the void. Kara seeks help once again from Lord Rhyzkahl; but the demon lord has his own agenda, and wants Kara for his own! Blood of the Demon was full of heartbreak, mystery, and action. Kara is one of those characters that get under your skin, and you can do nothing but love her. I want her to succeed in everything she does, and I want her to find her happiness, and yes, I want that happiness to be with Ryan! LOL....Sara
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you think about life and death.
ShelleyJax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Blood of the Demon, Beaulac homicide detective Kara Gillian is finally able to go back to work after she was technically dead for two weeks after the conclusion of the Symbol Man investigation. Her Aunt Tessa Pazhel remains in an extended care facility after having her essence stolen from her body by the Symbol Man. Kara tries to find answers to how she can get Tessa¿s essence to come back to her body before it is too late, including basically destroying Tessa's wards. Kara also finds herself engaged in an investigation into an apparent suicide by one of her own fellow officers, and escalates its way through the wealthy Beulac community. Call it Louisiana Politics as usual if you like; bribery, corruption, sex with your own daughter in law, blackmail, and murder to protect your own neck. Where a judge can call the police and demand that an officer be removed from an investigation in order to slow it down, or stall it altogether. Kara is learning more about her ability as a summoner, or one who has the ability to open portals between the mundane world and the demon realm. She is actually growing stronger the more she learns about herself. She can now summon demons without having to wait for the full moon. She even discovers that Tessa has a boyfriend much to her chagrin. The villain this time around: A Soul (Essence) eating human who doesn't kill as many people as the Symbol Man. Yes loyal readers, we do get a bundle of scenes with Lord Rhyzkahl in them, and we also learn more about Special Agent Ryan Kristoff, but not enough to explain how he came about his abilities or why he is being called an oath breaker by a twelfth level demon. Zach also has become something of a mystery with his ability to show up at a moment¿s notice when Ryan is in trouble, and somehow knowing what Ryan is, but refusing to say anything to Kara. Crime Scene Technician Jill Faciane who has become Kara¿s best friend over the course of the last two books, also makes an appearance. I like Jill, and love the interaction between her and Kara. Jill steps fully into Kara¿s world when she comes face to face with a demon at her aunt¿s home. She doesn¿t even blink an eye. I also like the fact that Cory Crawford has been promoted and is now Kara¿s boss. He is starting to understand what Kara can do, and supports her fully. This book is definitely not a let down from Mark of the Demon. Kara is still being pursued by people who want to kill her. She still maintains her rugged determination, and snarky attitude, along with the attitude that she will do whatever it takes to solve her cases, including making more enemies. In the end, Kara and Rhyzkahl agree to terms where she becomes his summoner, and she agrees to call upon him at least once during a moon cycle for 3 years. (Full Moon) She also gets his mark on her left forearm to prove that she belongs to him and is under his protection as well, something that Ryan isn¿t too thrilled to see. But, as far as Ryan and Kara's romance goes; it's a non starter. I like this book because there¿s no carryover story into the next release. You can ALMOST read this book as a solo book, but I wouldn¿t recommend it. Read Mark of the Demon first before entering into this story, and then follow it with Secrets of the Demon. The story ends on a happy note and not a head shaking what the hell just happened moment. Of course, having already read the next book in the series, I am definitely looking forward to the fourth book, Sins of the Demon (January 2012).
debbieaheaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Rowland's urban fantasy novel, Kara Gillian is a cop with a secret gift. Not only does she possess "othersight" and can see what others can't, but she is also a summoner. She summons a demon lord to help her with two unsolved cases. She works side-by-side with a sexy FBI agent but these cases can't be solved by him or her without help because they weren't just murdered, their souls were stolen. a case with roots in the arcane, the case is also deeply rooted among the rich, powerful and corrupt in Beaulac, Louisiana. As the killings continue, Kara realizes she has a lot to learn about humans, demons, and all things that kill in darkness. A riveting, suspenseful combination of police procedural and urban fantasy.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summoner/Detective Kara Gillian returns in Blood of the Demon, or, playing off the common nickname for the book's predecessor, Mark of the Demon, CSI: Demonology 2. This time around, Kara investigates the strange murder of a rich and powerful member of her southern Louisiana town. The trophy wife is the obvious suspect, but, once Kara discovers that the victim's essence was ripped out, the arcane come into play. The mystery unfolds in exciting, action-paced twists that thicken with each page. As the body count rises and more victims have their essences ripped out, Kara must get to the bottom of the crime while juggling a growing relationship with her partner and the continued attention of a sexy demon lord.Even better than Mark of the Demon, Diana Rowland spins a wonderful and exciting tale. Rowland's writing abilities have certainly sharpened since her previous novel, as has her ability to overcome some of the small issues in the Mark of the Demon. The summoning world becomes more strongly developed, and the characters' relationships and personalities grow. I particularly liked Kara because -even more than other female characters out there, and more-so than in the previous novel -I felt like I could relate to her somewhat. She felt like a realistic character rather than the perfect butt-kicking heroine or angsty character who was always complaining about something. Kara exhibited a wide range of real, believable emotions that made her a multi-dimensional character.Kara's relationship to the sexy demon lord Rhyzkahl also progresses (and I was concerned that this wouldn't happen for the sake of keeping mystery for no real reason). I would have liked to have seen a stronger focus on it though and hoped for answers to all the questions surrounding Rhyzkahl -but at least the steamy romance scenes helped make up for it!A noticeable improvement from the previous novel, Blood of the Demon is perfect for fans of paranormal romance and police procedural. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
wenj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kara Gillian¿s life has settled down now that the dust has cleared from her recent disappearance. After a month long leave she¿s back at work and trying hard to cope without her Aunt Tessa. But, she soon discovers the body of her coworker and fellow officer dead of apparent suicide which unleashes a fresh wave of arcane horrors.Only she can see the mysterious rending of his essence, or life force, from his body leaving her to question if in fact he wasn¿t murdered. Soon other bodies begin piling up with their essences ripped away just as unnaturally from their bodies, each escalating in its grotesque violence. Unable to fathom what creature could be capable of consuming essences Kara is once again in need of help only a demon can provide.But, it¿s not only the odd murders have her thoughts buzzing. It would appear her aunt applied a thick layer of the deadly wards to protect her library where she keeps all of her books on the arcane, a room where Kara is certain the answers to how to return her aunt¿s missing essence as well as clues to what could be doing this new round of killings. Unable to open the wards, she invokes the help of a reyza demon, but when the wards come down all hell begins breaking loose in the city as mysterious creatures begin showing up seemingly stalking her, or is it Agent Ryan Kristoff htat's being stalked?Anxiously looking for answers she seeks the council of Lord Rhyzkahl who comes with his own price-be his personal summoner. In this second novel in the Kara Gillian--Demon Summoner series by Diana Rowland, we are once again catapulted into the world of the arcane. But, it¿s not the overly supernatural world of other series. This one pulses with the mundane reality as we know it with a slight tinge of the paranormal, where demons are able to summoned to offer aid and knowledge by those proficient at shaping and controlling essence. Though demon is contextually synonymous with Hell, these creatures aren¿t evil¿exactly. But, neither are they good. They are restrained by a strict honor system, but in this novel we are shown how flexible that system is by Kehlirik, a reyza demon Kara has summoned in the past. While he doesn¿t exactly betray her, he also doesn¿t take it upon himself to mention a dangerous mushy portal in the library she has asked him to un-ward, a portal that would give him honor and prestige in his own realm. It was something of an eye opening experience, both to her and the reader, to finally see the mercenary aloofness of a demon we were beginning to consider an ally and friend and it leaves you to consider the creatures that are being dealt with. While not exactly brimming in good will towards them, I still really enjoyed the addition of the lesser demons in this book. It added another layer to the story by portraying demons in a less hellish light that was both interesting and refreshing leaving me hoping for even more summonings in the next installment to learn more about them.The character progression is once again superb in this novel. With lot of emotional snags causing chaos within the characters lives. It gives the sense of believability to them as if the characters could literally step from the pages. While the angst of Kara¿s relationship with Ryan is still ongoing and ambiguous in nature it adds yet more suspense to an already suspenseful detective mystery. But, to Kara and the reader, he still carries a big question mark over his head. We are given few clues to what he is or why he is known in the demon realm, but we definitely know that he is more then he appears. Something hinted at by Rhyzkahl on more then one occasion. But, along with these stalwart characters, we are introduced to more of the people surrounding Kara, people she didn¿t even realize she could count as friends. Jill returns this time to discover Kara¿s secret and Zack also brings some surprises of his own. All are instantly likable and three dimensional without having to be truly indoctrinated into who the
Shrike58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Call this "Mark of the Demon 1.5," as much of the story is about mopping up the issues from the first book while our heroine Kara Gillian decides whether she is going to accept the risks that come with dealing with a demon lord. Apart from that Rowland plays a strong hand in terms of developing Kara's internal life. Less well developed is the slew of murders that a killer or killer is leaving in their wake, as I'm not sure that those responsible are well integrated into the plot until too late in the game. My response was basically "them!?"
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This second book in Rowland¿s Demon series is basically the same as the first with a few key differences. First, the mystery isn¿t isn¿t as easy to figure out. I would consider this a good thing if the suspects weren¿t so easy to confuse with one another, thus making the mystery unnecessarily complicated. Secondly, suddenly almost every character either finds out about and accepts the supernatural or has some kind of supernatural gift themselves, which just seems ridiculously unrealistic. Lastly, romance is a stronger subplot in this book. I normally wouldn¿t mind this, but the main character¿s obliviousness, insecurity, and impulsive, flaky actions in the romance department do not endear her to me. Despite these weak points, Blood of the Demon is still enjoyable, about on the same level as the first book. It¿s an entertaining, unique blend of crime fiction and fantasy with compelling characters and more realism than one would expect. Rowland leaves some mysteries unexplained, making the reader want to find out more. The third book has yet to be released, and, while I can¿t quite care enough to be impatient, I¿ll probably still read it when I get the chance.
FantasyDreamer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Blood of the Demon is the second novel in the Kara Gillian series by Diana Rowland and it's one that I've been anticipating since reading Mark of the Demon last year.Kara Gillian is a newly promoted detective for the Beaulac Police Department in Louisiana and she's just returned to her job after being presumed dead for several weeks. She's still emotionally distraught over the state and well being of her aunt's health plus the fact that the first two cases she lands aren¿t typical murders. With her "othersight," a unique ability to see the energy flow of the arcane, she sees the victims have had their essence ripped from them, violently. With each killing the brutality of the murders keep getting worse. Kara's is on her own and at a loss because she's clueless to what preternatural being could be stealing the victims' essence. Kara reaches out to the sensuous, sexy demonic Lord Rhyzkahl for the answers but he wants something in return, he wants her to be his personal summoner. You see, Kara has the ability to summon beings from another plane that have been called demons for centuries for want of a better name. Ryan, a ruggedly handsome, FBI agent and a close friend of Kara's, who she wishes more often than not was much more, is angered when he finds out Kara is summoning Rhyzkahl for answers. A tension develops between the two resulting in a strain friendship.Ryan and Rhyzkahl are both enigmatic and Kara is drawn to them both. I find Ryan to be the dependable, make you feel safe and secure kind of guy, while I see Rhyzkahl as more of the elusive bad boy type. Kara is tough, strong, and independent but she also has a softer side, one that is lonely and wants to feel wanted as a desirable woman. The romantic tension between Kara and Ryan escalates while the relationship with Kara and Rhyzkahl is still sizzling. Kara has definitely landed herself in a complicated love triangle.Blood of the Demon has met and surpassed all of my expectations for this novel. The world building is creative and ever growing to show more dimensions that captivates a reader's attention. The suspense and mystery surrounding the arcane murders ignited my curiosity to a higher level with every page I turned, while the intrigue of decadent politics and the seedy rich of Louisiana add a licentious feel to the story. The characters are flawed and believable with personalities that draw you to them. I find myself yet again eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. I highly recommend this series to any Urban Fantasy fan out there; I seriously doubt any of you will be disappointed.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am so happy that I recently discovered this series. The Kara Gillian series is about a police detective who can also summon demons and see and manipulate the arcane. In the first installment we got to know Kara (a realistic, down to earth, all around likeable character) and her world. We also met her demon summoner Aunt Tessa, a demon lord named Rhyzkahl, and the uber sexy and endearing FBI agent Ryan.In "Blood of the Demon", bodies are starting to turn up in which the bodies's souls or essences have been stolen. Kara is one of the few people who can actually see the missing souls and thereby can tell that fact alone links the murders. Again the actual mystery is so interesting and entertaining I don't want to spoil the details or give anything away. Take my word that the plot is well paced and fully developed. There are plenty of surprises and excitement to intrigue any urban fantasy or paranormal fan. Rhyzkahl is still ready and willing to offer Kara affection and attention but she hesitates to call on him due to his powers. Now he is asking her to be his summoner, a link Kara isn't sure she is prepared for.Romance to me is a secondary part of any novel I read. I want the mysteries and the kick butt action. I want to learn about supernatural worlds and the creatures that inhabit them. That said, the romance (or would be romance) between Kara and Ryan is a highlight of this series. I love her, I love him. They work together so well because they are friends first. The author has done an excellent job of naturally bringing the two together. This isn't a love at first sight plot device at all. The tension between them crackles. They are obviously into each other but they both skirt the issue, neither willing to risk their friendship. Still I love every scene and every interaction. I want them together but I dread the moment we lose this chemistry.So far I really enjoy the fact that each case has been completely resolved by the time the last page is read but yet there are plenty of ongoing storylines to keep the reader waiting for more. I have the third book at my bedside and I can't wait to read it and be caught up on the series. I have to say that this has earned a place on my pre-order 'must have' list.
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I don't have much to say other than you should definitely buy this whole series. The author's style of writing is fluid and the characters are layered. Every time I get a new Rowland book I know I'm in for a treat.
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TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
I discovered the Kara Gillian series by Diana Rowland about 3 years ago and I was hooked! When I finally picked up book two I was so excited to finally read it. Unfortunately it's taken me 9 months to sit down and write my review but thankfully I've got a good memory. This second book in the series was even better than the first one which I absolutely loved. In this one we become more familiar with Kara, her demon summoning abilities and the characters of FBI agent Ryan and demon Lord Rhyzkahl and this is one of the few instances where I really like the idea of a love triangle happening in a book. What I love most about this series is that while they are paranormal/urban fantasy novels they also great mysteries as well. Since the author herself has a police officer and a police detective I think her experiences as well as her training has been a real asset to her writing Kara's series so well because the crime and detective elements are well detailed and thought out. I really enjoyed the plot of this book in the series and while I enjoyed the first book in the series a lot I thought that the author really hit her stride and I felt that this one flowed much better than the first. The characters were written very well and even though I still don't really get Rhyzkhal's character I do like his brooding nature and I really hope to get to know him better as the series goes on. I also really want to see where the story line with Ryan goes because there was a pretty big cliffhanger when it came to him at the end of the book. There was lots of action, violence, gore, mystery and a hell of a lot of sexual tension in this one and I loved how well thought out the mystery element was because I honestly had no clue where it was going and I love when an author can keep guessing. Overall, I loved this book and am glad to see that Kara is still just as smart, funny, strong and kickass as she was in the first book and that she has a growing support system of people who know more about her gift. The story was well thought out, fast paced and had it's share of lighter moments to offset the killings. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series and hope to read them soon. I would highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a good paranormal/urban fantasy detective series with demons, murder and a love triangle.
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The second book in the Kara Gillian series continues where the first left off. Kara Gillian is a police detective with a difference; she can summon demons. However, that's not the most complicated facet of her life. Diana Rowland (the author) tends to focus on the relationships between her characters, as well as the developing storyline. So we have a murder mystery with a lot of police procedure reminiscent of an episode of CSI, but we also have a set of competing (and sometimes conflicting) relationships between Kara and the various other people in her world. The main character (Kara) is very sympathetic. At once tough and vulnerable, she moves through her professional and personal lives with self-deprecating humor and occasionally poignant insight. My only 'complaint' about this novel is its pacing. The "A-ha" moment seems too late, and the subsequent wrap-up too hurried. If you're the sort who loves an action-oriented thriller, this may not be the book for you. But if you enjoy stories about people, their quirks, and how they overcome them -- and a healthy dose of wry humor,then this should be an enjoyable read.
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