Meanwhile, she's trying to solve a string of murders that are somehow tied together by money, sex, rock music and But how can she concentrate on the case when she's not even sure who—or what—her partners are? Secrets of the Demon is the exciting third installment of the Kara Gillian series. Louisiana homicide detective Kara Gillian is doing her best to cope with everything that's happened to her over the past year, all while s continuing to hone her skills as a demon summoner. But lately she's beginning to wonder if there's a little too much demon in her world.
She has a demon for a roommate, the demonic lord Rhyzkahl is still interested in her for reasons she can't fathom, and now someone in the demon realm is trying to summon her. And there's no way that can end well. Meanwhile, people who've hurt Kara in the past are dropping dead. Kara is desperate to find the reasons for the deaths to clear her own name, but when she realizes there's an arcane pattern to the deaths, she knows that both the human and the demon worlds may be at risk unless she finds out who's behind it all.
She's in a race against the clock and in a battle for her life that just may take her to hell and back. Sins of the Demon is the exciting fourth installment of the Kara Gillian series. Kara Gillian is in some seriously deep trouble. Kara is shocked to discover that she has her own history in the demon realm, and that the ties between her and the demonic lords Rhyzkahl and Szerain go back farther than she could have ever imagined. Who can Kara Gillian trust?
Demon summoner and now a consultant for the FBI, Kara Gillian has spent the past several months in the demon realm training while recovering from the treachery of the demonic lord Rhyzkahl. Kara returns to Earth to search for a fellow summoner being held by allies of Rhyzkahl.
Armed with her skills, wit, and attitude, it is up to Kara to save her friends and her world. Demon summoner Kara Gillian is on the wrong side of the law, and there's evidence to prove it. Too bad the courts don't accept "fighting demonic forces" as justification for murder and mayhem. Yet Kara has problems that go way beyond her legal woes. When the enemy demonic lords spur their human accomplices into high gear, master summoner Katashi aggressively pursues their goal to establish a permanent gate between Earth and the demon realm.
To hell with the consequences for humanity. The line between ally and enemy blurs as Kara gathers the remnants of her posse to prevent a devastating demonic incursion, but a shattered trust may cost them the war and put Kara behind bars. With treachery rife, and her loved ones in danger, Kara must call upon the essence of who she truly is in order to rally back from a crushing loss. Her Aunt Tessa, who is a bit of a mystical eccentric, wants her niece to practice so she can become knowledgeable and grow her powers.
But she also wants Kara to recognize her limits. Tessa has had the misfortune to have met Rhyzkhal in the past and that event is connected to the Symbol Man case in ways Kara could have never expected. Time is running out for Kara because there is a countdown in regards to what the Symbol Man has planned. This is the first time Kara is in charge of a homicide case, so she has everyone looking at her to solve it. He treats Kara with disdain at first. This is one great mystery and Diana Rowland is a very welcomed author to the publishing world.
She has you guessing who the killer is till the very end and I had no clue who the Symbol Man until the last few pages. There are twists and turns and great chemistry between Gillian and Ryan. As for Rhyzkahl and what he has planned for Kara, that is still up in the air and left open ended. Mark of the Demon is one book that is not to be missed. View all 3 comments. This story was way more serious than my previous experiences with this author's writing, but it was extra sexy as well which helped to even it out.
At this point in time, I'm picking Ryan over Rhyzkahl, although neither has proven themselves yet, therefore things could go either way on the romance front. I liked Liv Anderson's narration, and have already purchased the second audiobook. Aug 13, Gary rated it it was amazing. Mar 01, Jess the Romanceaholic rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've always been a Romance Reader -- that is, I typically want a strong romantic storyline in my novels, with a clear "hero" and "heroine", possibly some steam, definite monogamy, and a clear Happily Ever After HEA And yet, despite the fact that this book had none of those save the bit-o-steam, I adored it.
Kara Gillian is definitely one of my new favorite heroines. She's kick-butt awesome I mean, she is a cop y'all without being all Xena-Warrior-Princess.. She's able to hold her own with the Good Ol' Boys she works with, but still shows just the right amount of vulnerability -- emotional and physical -- to keep her real without making her a pathetically delicate little flower always in need of saving.
I'm getting flashbacks to my Twilight days: I'm actually about a third of the way through the next one, Blood of the Demon.. I typically try not to start a series until there are at least three or four books in already out because I'm not a very patient person. A Solid 5 Stars. View all 6 comments. Feb 07, Marsha rated it it was amazing. I have to admit, I am a urban fantasy snob. Lately, I have been restless and unfulfilled. My favorite authors and finalizing their next installments of novels and I have desperately looking for new material.
Unfortunately the results have been less than stellar and have left me totally disillusioned. So, I decided to take a chance on Mark of the Demon and boy, was I pleasantly surprised. Ro I have to admit, I am a urban fantasy snob. Rowland's writing style and the quirkiness of the main character, Kara Gillian. It was refreshing to see that the Gillian was not only strong but embraced her vulnerabilities as well.
For once in a very long time I did not know who the killer was until the very last minute and was totally shocked and surprised. I waited to order the second book, Blood of the Demon, until I knew for sure that I was going to like the book.
Now, I cannot wait to get my hands on it! I needed a good read and boy, did you supply it and then some. May 31, Catherine rated it really liked it Shelves: This book started out a little slow for me, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. I really liked the fact that Kara is just a regular girl who's also a summoner, of course who gets caught up in a crazy situation.
Her normalness is one of the reasons you can't help but root for her.
The serial killer plot is well-written with numerous twists and turns and several red-herrings cleverly woven into the story line. When her aunt taught her this art, it helped her to get her life on track, and to find a sense of purpose, something she could feel confident about. This review is also published at http: Homicide detective Kara Gillian has a special talent: Other books in the series.
She's a cop, but she's not automatically a bad ass. She has to work out to battle the stomach bulge like most everybody else. She has a weakness for chocolate donuts and she doesn't have the best social lif This book started out a little slow for me, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. She has a weakness for chocolate donuts and she doesn't have the best social life. She's just doing her best to catch criminals while trying to be fair.
I found the demon lord, Rhyzkahl, to be an interesting character. I liked that the author made him dangerous and kept him dangerous. The author reminds us right alongside Kara that he'll make you regret it if you try to use him. He's not human and he lives by a whole different set of rules. He kind of reminded me of Raphael in Angels' Blood. He's not some one to toy with. I'm interested in seeing more of him in the next book. He won some cool points for what he did for Kara at the end of the book. I liked all the time spent on describing the different levels of demons and the difficulty summoning them.
I appreciated that those facts seemed to get as much attention as the police facts. I found the explanation of the origins to be interesting. They're not demons in the sense of heaven and hell. They're from another world entirely. The sex scene in the beginning didn't really seem to fit with the rest of the story. It was kind of jarring. Kara seemed like an intelligent girl, but her actions didn't really fit with what I learned of her personality.
She's scared for her life with good reason but suddenly that doesn't matter because she's turned on and ready to do it? It didn't seem like a very smooth transition from in mortal peril to hot sex. I thought the police stuff was very well done. I, of course, speak from the position of no personal knowledge of that sort of thing, but it seemed authentic. The crime scene and autopsy descriptions were interesting. I feared that I might become bored by the surplus of details about it, but the author kept me engaged.
The one thing that I found really odd about the investigation had to do with the man who had a connection to the victims of the Symbol Man. Shouldn't she as a well trained cop have considered him a suspect long before she did? I liked that I didn't guess who the Symbol Man was. I enjoyed being surprised by it right alongside Kara. I found her relationship with Agent Ryan Kristoff a little odd.
I didn't find him very interesting or compelling, but I thought it was really weird that Kara was totally fine with him basically turning into her roommate. You don't know this guy from Adam, why are you so accepting of him? Because I found him bland and a little irritating I hope that she doesn't get involved with him. I guess I'll find out as I read more of the series. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author and thought this was a great start to a new series.
View all 10 comments. Jan 27, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: Now her two vocations are about to collide when the Symbol Man, a dormant serial killer, returns with a vengeance and marks his victims with demonic symbols. Kara will need to use both her wits and her powers to combat a killer bent on accumulating power. Excellent amalgamation of of paranormal elements with forensic investigation. The serial killer plot is well-written with nu Mark of the Demon 4 Stars Alongside her day job as a detective with the Beaulac PD, Kara Gillian is also a demon summoner.
The serial killer plot is well-written with numerous twists and turns and several red-herrings cleverly woven into the story line. The story builds slowly but surely, and the climax is fast-paced and exciting. Kara is an engaging heroine. Socially awkward and professionally insecure, Kara nonetheless stands her ground with her chauvinistic male colleagues and works diligently toward solving the crimes. She does have one or two TSTL moments but that is not unexpected given her lack of experience.
As someone who really dislikes love triangles, I sincerely hope that they do not develop in this direction.
This is not something that typically bothers me when it is used effectively and in appropriate context, but here is is simply out of place and jarring. Her tone and inflection are decent and her voices are quite distinct although there is a decided lack of Southern accent, which is a pity as the story is set in Louisiana. In sum, a promising beginning to the series and it will be interesting to see what happens next. Really enjoyed the Author's take on Demon's, summoning, and the 'honor' rules between Summoner and Demon.
The characters, writing, and story were fantastic! Can't wait to read the next story in the series! Jan 06, Marcela BookaholicCat rated it it was amazing. This review is also published at http: Kara is also a Demon Summoner. She has the ability to open portals from our world to a parallel world where the demons reside.
But these demons are not the same as described in religious contexts, these are not evil beings just different from us. She has been training for years und This review is also published at http: She has been training for years under the tutelage of her aunt Tessa, who is also a Summoner. The ability to control the Arcane and Summon demons is inherited. Kara has been summoning unassisted by her aunt for a short period of time, and when trying to summon a lesser demon something goes very wrong and what comes through her portal is not a lesser demon but the most dangerous of all, a Demon Lord called Rhyzkahl.
Honor is everything for them. Rhyzkahl returns to his plane of existence leaving a very confused Kara. She cannot understand what just happened, the attraction she felt for him was something she had never experience before. The serial killer Symbol Man has returned after a hiatus of three years. Bodies are been found tortured and marked with the sigil he has used on his previous victims. Kara is surprised and very glad when her Capitan assigned her the case.
She knows these murders have something to do with the arcane and with the summoning of demons, now she needs to solve the case. FBI gets involved in the case and a task force is formed. Kara feels attracted to Ryan almost from the beginning making everything even more complicated.
During Rhyzkahl summoning he created link with Kara and now he is visiting her in her dreams, making them very vivid and realistic. Further more she is also dealing with her attraction to Ryan. I love Kara, she is a very real woman with the insecurities that go with the gender description and all. But at the same time she is a badass heroine.
She loves being a summoner but it has its negative points, she is afraid to get close to people because of their reactions to her ability, making her a loner in dire need of friendship. Rhyzkahl is a powerful demon-sex on a stick combo with his own agenda. But he is more complex than what we can imagine.
Maybe he even cares for Kara a little bit, with him is very difficult to know, but time would tell. And he has too many secrets for comfort. I want to see how Mrs. Rawland is going to develop him in future books. In my opinion he needs to be more alluring to be able to compete with Rhyzkahl. Mark of the Demon is an amazing book. I loved the characters, the world, the dialogues, in general I really loved everything about it. Mark of the Demon literally had me glued to its pages for hours until I finished it. This series had become one of my favorites Urban Fantasy Series.
View all 7 comments. Jun 02, Jen Davis rated it really liked it. Our heroine is Kara Gillian. She is a cop who summons demons in her spare time. Anyway, Kara has just been promoted to a homicide detective and the first case she lands is one she has been studying for years. A serial killer, known as the Symbol Man, has started killing again for the first time after a three year break. Now, she can get a closer look to determine whether magic plays a part in the horrific crimes.
Sure enough, it does. The story follows Kara as she works to unravel who the killer is and why he is torturing and killing his victims the way he does. In the meantime, she is dealing with the other members of a newly formed task force —and curious FBI agent Ryan Kristoff. Plus, her summoning activities are catching up with her in a big way. You see, what should have been a summoning for a lower level demon ended with a demon lord in her basement.
Rhyzkahl is terrifying —and beautiful. And for some incomprehensible reasons, Kara has sex with him, making a big mess, even bigger. So there is a killer carving up homeless people. There is an FBI agent nosing into her secrets. And there is an insanely powerful demon haunting her dreams and getting her off.
No one can say this book is boring. What they can say is that other than her bizarre lapse in judgement in sleeping with Rhyzkahl, our heroine is smart and tough and generally pretty likeable. The mystery is actually quite good. I was intrigued by Ryan, despite his inauspicious introduction. But Rhyzkahl… I had mixed feelings, especially when it came to the sex. But the sexy times between him and Kara felt off.
The fact that there was some sex in the book does give me hope, though, that there will be romance in later installments. That one thing aside, I thought the book was well done. The word-building is interesting and easy to understand. The plot moves along nicely, and the pacing picks up once all of the players are established.
I like Kara and I am interested in what will happen with her next. Jul 02, Cathy rated it really liked it Shelves: It was a terrific story. I couldn't put it down, I stayed up until 4: Thank goodness I saw some friends' reviews here and loved the authors new book My Life as A White Trash Zombie even enough the style of that is completely different, that one is sarcastic and funny with a lot of heart. This cover is completely misleading, a major marketing error. I'd seen It was a terrific story.
I'd seen the book at the library several times and passed it over because I thought it was a paranormal romance. I almost missed out on something really terrific.
So it's not a romance at all, it's really a paranormal police procedural. If you like CSI or cop dramas, you'll like this. I really enjoyed the combination of watching Kara unravel the case and how the paranormal elements were explained and woven into the story.
The real world and imagined world were seamlessly intertwined and it worked beautifully. I never once rolled my eyes or questioned the logic or had one snarky comment, that rarely happens! The only thing that stood out to me was the sexy scene at the beginning, which was really out of place for Kara's character as it was explained, but I understand because it was necessary to set the dynamic between her and the demon.
I liked the way the story was revealed in layers, both with the case and with the characters. It was a real page turner, constantly kept my interest peaked. As for the case, there were hints but the reveal was actually a surprise, another rarity for me. There were several surprises and there are also things that were not revealed yet, like why was Ryan so strong when he knocked down the door and what did Rhyzkahl mean about him? My only content complaint was that there should have been more people of color, especially among the cops.
Or maybe I'm wrong, Rowland is from the south, maybe where she lives somehow there isn't the mixed population I've come to expect from a post-Katrina town, but from what I've read most places are pretty integrated so having all of the characters except one be white seemed odd to me. Obviously a minor point, I'm just sensitive to it lately.
Anyway, it was great, just the kind of book I really like. I do actually have to go to sleep now, but I will be starting book two tomorrow. And a big thank you goes out to the librarian who found it in the back for me when it didn't show up on the reserve cart like it was supposed to before the holiday weekend, I'd be so sad if I had to wait two more days to read the next book!
Apr 04, Kelly H. Maybedog rated it liked it Shelves: Her neck is about twice as long as a neck should be. This is a quick read, not a lot of depth here, and it's very linear. I liked the heroine, and the mystery was okay. The characters were good, but the most promising one, the demon from the first few pages, is never seen again, despite what appears to be a set up for him to later appear. I actually liked FBI man love interest and just had trouble reconciling how he acted he first ti 2. I actually liked FBI man love interest and just had trouble reconciling how he acted he first time they met with every other time.
I mentally decided he'd had a very bad day.
I think the demon lord was mostly well done, especially as the plot progressed. I also think the book improved in quality as it went on, and the last couple of chapters had me glued to the pages. I had a couple issues with how conveniently everything worked out, especially how much responsibility was heaped on a new detective. No police force would ever put a new detective as the primary on a resurfaced serial killer, not even if she'd written a dissertation on the subject.
She would be on the team but never the primary. The fact that this is in the book is funny considering the author used to be a detective herself. But my biggest problem was the big sex scene. He said he wouldn't force her, but he would still like to have sex with her.
She knew he was very bad, but she said yes because even though the end result was the same, she now had a choice. Clearly this author knows nothing about rape. I don't care how hot the guy is, and how little violence there is, if a woman is being forced and struggling, then is finally let go, she's not going to immediately jump into bed with the guy. This is an archaic and offensive notion, and it pisses me off. Despite this, I did like the story and will probably read the next book, which probably makes me as evil as the rapist.
Kara Gillian is a newbie Detective in small town Beaulac, Louisiana. All of the victims show evidence of being killed for demonic purposes so Kara attempts to summon a demon to assist her but ends up summoning something else: I am SO glad that I decided to read this series. Then I discovered urban fantasy and realized I loved that as well. Well this series combined by two favorites. This had demons, crazy serial killers, hot cops, crazy CSI shit, and a demonic lord to boot… right up my alley. View all 12 comments.
Dec 13, Bunnycore rated it really liked it Shelves: I reserve the right to revise my last 3 stars. I reread this book and I found that I loved it the second time. I feel there was so much going on that it became interesting. It starts out slow and then begins to pick up the pace. I love that there is some mystery going on in this book.
I love that there is a little love triangle angst, I feel that it gave this book some substance. I guess I will, in fac I reserve the right to revise my last 3 stars. I guess I will, in fact, be readin the second book because why? I have to know! It was really a good start. I loved this new world and I'm happy the story contains a lot of mystery. Definitely I'll be reading the next ones. Feb 10, Inara rated it it was amazing Shelves: After the death of her parents Kara Gillian was raised by her aunt.
Karas family is gifted with the ability of demon summoning and her aunt and Kara herself have inherited this rare power too. So her aunt becomes her mentor and Kara is slowly rising in rank to be able to summon a twelfth level demon which is quasi her demon summonig diploma.
But one night during her summoning something goes awry, not the expected low level demon appears but Rhyzkahl, a demon lord. Nobody can su Actually 4,5 stars! Nobody can summon a demon lord and survive this experience and so Kara prepares to die. But to her big surprise the devastingly beautiful and utterly tempting demon lord seduces her — he even gives her the choice to say no.
Bus this is something that can have a number of advantages for Kara and a lot of disadvantages. In fact, politics is always a dangerous game, whether it is played between humans or demons. So ,Kara always finds herself into various problems, which never seem to end from her life. As the killings in the area continue to take place, Kara soon realizes that she has a lot more to learn about men, demons and things that kill mainly in the night. But she has to learn quickly, in order to be able to find solutions and figure out the murders. Moreover, she has to have the help of her mentor.
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