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.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
First of all, I really liked this book. If your a fan of the paranormal genre then I think you'll like this one too. It's very mild in sexual content. It has a great plot and I'm looking foward to the other books in this series.
Now to my complaint. Why does Audible release books in random order? Book 2 of this series is not avaliable. This really irritates me. I have noticed this on other series too. For those of us with a touch of OCD books out of order tend to be a problem. I wonder what I have missed in the storyline because I liked the first book so much I will get book 3. UGH!!!!
must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,
I really liked this book. sure the lead female was a little weaker than I first expected but I feel like she had grown by the end of the book. I feel like as I get into the series she is really going to transform. not every lead female starts out of the gate kicking butt, they all got to start somewhere! I certainly wanted more by the time I was done with this one. lots of potential! The crime scenes were pretty descriptive and they talk about the torture of the victims, some may have a hard time with it but I never felt it was way over the top or just for shock value. the mystery and drama of it were done well. I am definitely getting the second one in the series and put the others in my wish list.
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
So, this story is about a homicide detective that can conjure demons. Within the first three chapters the lead character conjures a demon that vows to flay the skin from her bones. So she does what all respectable homicide detectives do; she has sex with it with in minutes of their first meeting. Additionally, the author needs to get a thesaurus so she can look up another adjective other than "f**king" . All of the characters use it constantly in both dialog and prose like it's required. So if you enjoy the work f**k, stories that lack believability, or soft core porn then this is your book. I am so glad I bought this one as a daily deal.
When I ordered this book, I thought I was going to read a book about a strong intelligent female character that kicked butt, with the help of a demon. Instead, I got a weak female character who in real life would not have been the lead detective of a serial killer case because she lacked experience and intelligence. I know that sounds harsh but it is true and the character herself even believes it. Not only is she a novice detective but also a novice demon summoner, but yet she manages to summon a powerful demon lord and solve the case. Although the demon is interesting, he is too much of a cliche. He just so happens to find the character interesting so he doesn't kill her like all the others. Also, he wasn't summoned he just appeared. He then went on to stalk the main character. The plot moves along slowly and throws in graphic details of torture to shock and keep the reader interested. That didn't work for me. I think the author tried really hard, but she wasn't sure if she wanted to write urban fantasy or suspenseful thriller. I can't recommend this book to anyone.
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4
This book took me a little bit to get into. I am not sure what I was expecting but after listening to Diana’s White Trash Zombie I guess I expected a little more snark and humor. But Kara is very different then Angel. As the story when on I started to like Kara. I started enjoying her view on the world and how a summoner sees things. I honestly took me until the end of the book to decided if I like the Demon Lord and the FBI agent in Kara’s life. Let’s say that I really like one when we first met him, then I hated him, then I kinda liked him. The other I didn’t like at all until the end of the book. You will have to read/listen to and see if you can figure out which is which.
The narrator was not my most favorite but she did a pretty good job. I will say that Rhyzkahl’s voice was a little creepy, but he is a Demon Lord. So I guess that is okay.
Even though this was a slow start for me I am very much looking forward to Kara, Ryan & Rhyzkahl’s next adventure.
This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. Listened to via purchase on Audible
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
HE WAS A LOT CUTER WHEN HE WASN'T BEING ALL FBI ISH.
Gentleman, take a look at who is giving this high praises. You will notice they all have female names, as I guess is normal for paranormal fiction. This is chick lit.
A VOICE COLD ENOUGH TO THAW THE ENTIRE CITRUS CROP IN FLORIDA.
I have yet to find something in paranormal that I like. I do like Rowland and the White Trash Zombie books, so I gave this a try. There are glimpses of her above par writing of the other series. I like her main character. The first chapter is real good. Then we go to Cliche Ville. Could there be an older more used cliche then, the local cops don't like the Feds? Is there a cliche older then a story about a female not taken serious, because she is female? I guess there are still females who like this old tired cliche story, for it sells. If she could have continue the book like the first chapter it could have been a great book, but chapter one is as far as it went.
I F##KED HIM, HE F##KED ME, WE F@@KED, OH F@@K!
What is the same is the potty mouth of the main character. Not a problem with me, my dad was a sailor, but it may be enough to bother some others. Also if you go over five minutes and do not hear the word arcane,check your player it as moved on to another story.
The narrator does not help, she reads in a monotone. If the main character is being attacked it is read in the same pace and tone as if she is talking on the phone.
No, the story was not very well written and the reading of this book made it more awkward to listen to.
The idea behind this book was the most interesting aspect of this story, but the least interesting was the character development, they seemed very one dimensional and it was very hard to understand the motivation behind most, if not all characters actions.
This is what made the book least enjoyable, the "unique" way that she decided to do different characters voices was imitated by myself and my friends for cheap laughs and it just kept me from connecting to the book in any way.
No, not unless they changed the story dramatically much like they did to True Blood I could not see anyone watching this.
Say something about yourself!
At first I had a hard time following the story. Seemed I needed more explanation to understand what was going on with the arcane side. As is happens, towards that end when things started getting good. The mystery takes over and I no longer needed to understand. I was to busy trying to figure out "who dune it". Rowland does try to recap at the end. But I am still a bit confused. I almost think this maybe done to have the reader learn with the main character. I will probably listen to this book again for clarification.
I enjoy romance with my supernatural reads. In my opinion this one could have had a lot more. I will probably read the next book as I found the mystery to be quite good. As this book is the first perhaps this will come as the series progresses.
Great narration as well.
Not sure if its worth a credit tho. I like my credits to be well spend with some great romance/paranormal. This book didn't have enough of both. I suggest a bogo or deal of the day.
Home is where my books are.
This is a fantastic read! I enjoyed this first book so much that I went ahead and bought the whole series. It's so well read by Liv Anderson, that I was instantly sucked into the world. It's gritty and dark at times, and several secondary characters die -- but that's to be expected since it deals with demon summoning as a practice of magic. I was riveted from the start!
The series revolves around a female cop who is also a secret student of demon summoning. She's the only one who senses the magic around several crime scenes, and is therefore the only one with any chance of solving the crimes. She goes up against a bad guy summoner who's trying to bring on Armageddon for the usual twisted reasons.
Our hero is not extra tough, nor does she use a handy magic wand. She does use her wits to find out who the psycho is. While occasionally summoning a demon or two to help out, she does this reluctantly since demons are strong and unpredictable and if she loses control of them she's toast.
So yeah, it's dark, but it's also funny at times and it feels fully fleshed out. Some of the demons she summons are nearly mindless beasts, while others are sexy angel like gods. There is a little romance, some sex and a great plot.
While I don't get the negative reviews, and I won't speculate on why they seem so harsh, I will say that the negatives noted seem to be based on the kinds of things that books of this type usually contain. I just wonder what these readers were expecting from a Urban Fantasy about demons.
I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to more books in the series.
P.S. I've noted a troubling trend in reviews where people are using the word "heroin" when they mean "heroine." I don't want to be the spelling police, but come on people -- those are two very different words!
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I was drawn to the demon summoning aspect of this series because of its uniqueness within the Paranormal genre, and I also never miss an installment of Diana Rowland's WHITE TRASH ZOMBIES, so I knew that I'd make my way to KARA GILLIAN eventually. 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.
I have read all of this series and I am a huge fan, I was well chuffed to see that it was now in audio format, the premise is what grabbed me at first a conjurer of demons a cop who does not really relate to everyday life, she prefers the company and challenge of summoning demons.
Gruesome ritualistic murders, an enigmatic FBI agent who does not add up and a very ancient demon you can see from the off set this series is going to be a corker, though I will say it now I am biased.
It's police procedural, mixed with an insidious evil, likeable characters including the manipulative powerful demon that you can't quite trust, it's multi-layered with a convoluted plot that sprinkles clues along the way that takes on to future plots.
Get it if you like your urban fantasy dark and gritty, and a series that just gets better and better with each book.
"Awesomely well written, a great enjoyable read"
Very much so, I enjoy such books and Diana Rowland has a rare gift like few others, only authors like Ann Rice, Chris Fieldwater, especially his new up and coming book Eternally in Love. sensual, sexy and O my why a book, Kim Woods is another great author in the class of Diana Rowland, Truly a great book to listen to.
very much the lady detective Kara and the way she became entwined in the story.
She is a great narrater and has a sensual voice, and carries the story extremely well
Passions of the demon
A great read, I have only recently discovered this authors books and am the process of adding all her novels to over 370 plus audio books in my collection.
"Great story! A strong female cop and sexy demons!"
One of the best stories I have listened too.
Loved the supernatural mixed with a (gruesome) murder mystery. Great concept of demons not being creatures of hell but more like 'aliens' living in another dimension. The plot and characters are very interesting and i will certainly read the next in series. (The narrator ruined it for me which is why I will read the next one!)
Erm, really hate to be negative but the narrator ruined it for me. Not great at differentiating the characters so I found I had to play close attention to which character was talking. She could have changed pitch and used a different accent for the characters...
"Too sleazy but with a glimmer of a story"
I have just listened to the 6th book in the series having been though a period where I have the opportunity to simply keep listening straight through. Interestingly this is a book series that gets better towards the end of the series - some authors start off strong and the story fades but this is the opposite. The series starts off cheesy, each book in the beginning of the series has just enough of a story to persuade me to try the next one. My opinion of the first book:
Too smutty and sleazy: Given the relatively small size of the book too much of it is taken up with erotic scenes where moving the story along would be more entertaining. I just ended up scrubbing through to the next scene - boring! If nothing else this book reveals that men are not nearly shallow enough.
The writing is entertaining, the interplay between the characters is funny, there is good scene description. The irony is that fantasy authors tend to have decent scene description which is good but science fiction authors - where the story takes place in the far future and/or different worlds where scene setting is more important often don't bother. Lazy buggers.
The book is not boring, I know that doesn't sound like much but if you want to invest money/credits on books the last thing you want is a story that simply drags on and on where the writer can not engage the reader. This author does at least that.
The narrator reads slowly and clearly, this is a good thing but I ended up listening to this book at x3 speed. She also manages to give each character enough of a unique voice that story comes alive.
I gave this book two stars over all, it has a glimmer of a kernel of a story to it, which is why I kept going through the series. The last two/three books in the series are worth reading, readers can skip though the first lot of novels without loosing much since you get caught up in each novel anyway.
"Original and wierd!"
I assumed that this was going to be another detective and was in for big surprise!! More like Tolkein on acid. Certainly makes you reassess what is real... Stralings? Great
I was so into the story that I didn't notice her ... this is a good thing
"Very original story"
Yes I would definitely listen to this book again because there was so much in the story I know I'll hear new aspects that were missed the 1st time.
When Kara met The Lord demon
All of them were great but Kara was my favourite
Power has consequences
This book is excellent. It has an unusual twist on the paranormal genre as well as heroes that are flawed. Now that the second book is finally in audio format I'm relishing the thought of my new adventure with Kara.
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