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Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland

: Blood of the Demon

Author: Diana Rowland
Series: Kara Gillian Series, book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Bantam
Format: E-book

Warning: This review contains spoilers from book 1, Mark of the Demon *

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.”

Blood of the Demon is the second book in the Kara Gillian Series by Diana Rowland.

Beaulac Police Detective Kara Gillian, is back to work after being on medical leave for a month, due to the aftermath of the events in Mark of the Demon. She is not just recovering physically but emotionally. Her aunt Tessa is still in a vegetative state after missing her essence or soul, and there is little hope she will ever recover.

Kara is investigating a series of suspicious deaths, in which the “essence” of the different persons has been ripped violently from their bodies. 
Kara knows some lower level demons eat the essence of animals, but she had never heard of that been done to humans. Whatever or whoever it’s doing it, it has to be a very strong being.
Agents Ryan Kristoff and Zack Garner are relocated to the new FBI office in Beaulac and are also investigating a case that is crossing paths with Kara’s case.
Kara is at lost with this case. She needs help, and the only source that could help her with the information she requires is Lord Rhyzkahl. But he wants something in return. He wants her to be his summoner in exchange for the information. Kara is not so sure of the implications this will have. She needs to think about it. It’s a great opportunity to learn from him. But she also needs to consider her attraction towards him. She knows he is a Demon Lord and there must be something else he is not telling her.
Kara and Ryan’s relationship starts to develop a little bit, but when he learns Kara has summoned Rhyzkahl again for answers and also learns about Kara and Rhyzkahl’s previous encounter he goes ballistic, hurting Kara’s feelings in the way. Now their friendship is not as it was before; things between them are stained, and on top of all, Kara discovers Ryan has been keeping secrets from her. Making her decisions even more complicated. 

Kara is a great heroine, she is strong, smart, funny and capable. She knows she is not all powerful and when she needs help she asks for it (usually). Furthermore she is willing to do whatever is necessary to protect those she cares for.
I also like that she has flaws and insecurities making her more real and easier to connect with.

Ryan is still a “don’t know” for me. I go from I like him to I don’t like him from page to page. I don’t like that he hides things from Kara. He may have his reasons but I think is selfish of him to want to know everything about Kara while he is not sharing his “real self” with her.

I know I shouldn’t root for the demon but in this case I am. I really like Lord Rhyzkahl. He may be vague with his answers but he cares for Kara, he has proved it in many occasions. It’s also clear he is attracted to Kara, and in his way he has been there for her when she had needed him.
Of course there is more to him, he is a very intricate being, and it’s in his nature as a Lord Demon. But I don’t think (hope) nothing bad will come to Kara from him.

My final thought: Blood of the Demon it’s a fast paced book, with rich and delightful characters. There is sexual tension and sizzling pages. The world is unique and exciting. The plot has nice and well elaborated mystery and police elements. All in all, this book is a great addition to a great series.
In Blood of the Demon Mrs. Rowland created magic with words that would let you begging for more.

As I said in my review of Mark of the Demon this series had become one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series and if you are a lover of this genre you need to pick up this books, like, Now!
This book can be a stand-alone book but I won’t recommend doing that. There is a nice back-story and a great book that you would be missing if you do that. 

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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  1. Fantastic review, I am so happy you are enjoying this series as much as me!!!! The characters are so awesome, Kara has become one of my most favorite UF heroines. LOVE her! Can't wait for you to read the next one, if you haven't already!

  2. Pam, Thank you. Kara has become one of mines too. I like her because she is so "normal".
    I already read Secrets of the Demon and loved it. I can't wait to read Sins of the Demon. Secrets, secrets, secrets... AHHH!!


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