Cop and conjurer of demons, she's a woman in danger of losing control - to a power that could kill....
"Why me? Why now?" That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives - and souls - of 13 people? And should she?
The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he's back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore. Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head.
©2009 Diana Rowland (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Nicely executed urban fantasy. Solid characters with a real plot that is engaging, sexy and unpredictable in the most interesting way
Most comparable to Faith Hunter and Patricia Briggs at their best. The creation of a believable world populated by demons and people with her mature views on good and evil make for an entertaining and thoughtful read or listen Liv Anderson did a great job.
Liv does a very professional job of narration with this project. Her voice is pleasing and warm with a range that makes the characters distinct.
It's noteworthy that while the first in a series this book reads as a complete book with no cliff hangers or sinister underlying plots to presage the next book. I will read the next book because the characters and storyline are engaging and I want to see how they develop.
50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.
I seem to have picked quite a few mediocre books lately. Not so bad that I want my time back, but not good enough that I want to continue with the series. This is a decent fantasy novel and the romance was not cookie cutter so that is good.
Ready for a side order of demon with your next cop story? Pick up this one for a rollicking ride through a summoner's New Orleans world of cops & murder. Losing sleep never felt so good. Gimme the next book. Pleeeeeeaaasse!
Did I just stumble upon a new urban fantasy series to add to my favorites? The jury is still out, given that this is only the first book, but what a start! The story is well paced and the magic system is interesting and seemed well thought out.
Mark of the Demon focuses on Kara Gillian, a newly promoted homicide detective who also happens to be a demon summoner. The result is a nice combination of mystery and urban fantasy. I liked the direction Ms. Rowland took with the demon mythology. It is not really clear why people summon, but then, everyone needs a hobby, right?
An interesting twist with this book is that it has some pretty hot scenes, but it is not particularly romancey. SWEET! It is like getting a gift even though there is no occasion. In this case, the gift is well written sexy times without the relationship angst that typically comes with them.
Without a doubt, the focus of the book is the murder mystery. People are dying, Kara is a detective...you do the math. The resolution was very well paced, with Rowland feeding you bits and hints, but not really handing it to you from the beginning. The investigation was very procedural, yet it incorporated the UF elements nicely.
I don't what took me so long to finally read this one, but I am ever so glad that I did. I just hope the rest of the series holds up to the promise of this one.
Yes! The mentally stultifying overuse of sh*t and f**k by all of the characters as exclamation, commentary, adjective, adverb, noun and verb resulted in a poverty of nuanced expression that made it difficult to proceed through the predictable story. I won't be reading the rest of this very average series.
More subtlety, less profanity and less predictability. The elements of the climax were obvious and completely foreseeable as soon as they were introduced into the story line. No surprises here. Furthermore, it was just odd that cursing at an unlikeable older woman was the event that allowed the protagonist (a police detective, no less) to feel like a "warrior woman" for the first time. She spent the climax being helpless.
The protagonist. Ms. Anderson's male characterizations had an odd buzzing rasp that was difficult to listen to.
Unfortunately, yes, in the Twilight genre but bloodier.
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