Title: Mark of the Demon
Author: Diana Rowland
Series: Kara Gillian Series, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
“When Homicide Detective Kara Gillian finds traces of arcane power on a body, she quickly realizes that this is no ordinary murder. The serial killer known as the Symbol Man is a nightmare that Beaulac, Louisiana thought had ended three years ago, but now he's back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he is well-versed in demonic lore.
However, Kara is a Summoner of Demons, and may be the only cop on the city's small force who can stop the killer. Able to see and interact with a world most people can't, Kara must draw on her skills as a police officer and master of the arcane to stop the Symbol Man from killing again and possibly summoning something even she can't control.
But with a demonic lord of unearthly beauty and power haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head....”
Detective Kara Gillian had just been promoted from the Property Crimes Division to the Violent Crimes Division at the Beaulac Police Department in Louisiana. 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 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. Demon Lords hate to be summoned, it’s an insult to their honor and when a summoning occurs it usually ends with the summoner being dead. Honor is everything for them. Kara knows this and knows she is going to die, but Rhyzkahl’s fury suddenly starts to abate and he doesn’t kill her, no, he gives her something else, something she haven’t got in a long time, an incredible sexy time.
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. Ok, he is dead look gorgeous, but he is a Demon Lord for god’s sake… but… maybe better to be ravished than being dead.
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. Special Agents Ryan Kristoff and Zack Garner are assigned to assist her with the case.
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. She likes his “visits”, she cannot deny it, but at the same time she is very confused with the situation. She knows he wants something from her, that is the only explanation, but she doesn’t fathom what it is.
Things don’t get easier for Kara, she is trying to solve the case. She needs to prove to everybody that she is a capable Detective, while doing so she is also dealing with Rhyzkahl’s visits and his intentions. Further more she is also dealing with her attraction to Ryan.
I had this book in my TBR list for a long time; I’m not sure why I didn’t read before (what was I thinking?) but I’m very glad I finally succumbed to its magic.
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. He shows little glimpses making me believe that there is more of him we don’t know. Maybe he even cares for Kara a little bit, with him is very difficult to know, but time would tell.
I’m not sure about Ryan. He didn’t do much for me. He wants to know everything about Kara but he doesn’t share anything about him. 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.
My final thought: 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. And if you love this genre you have to add it to your TBR now and please don’t do what I did, don’t wait, read it ASAP.
My Verdict: 5 Paws
Other books in the series
Mark of the Demon
Blood of the Demon
Secrets of the Demon
Sins of the Demon (TBA)
Touch of the Demon (TBA)
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