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Touch of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 5 | [Diana Rowland]

Touch of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 5

Kara Gillian is in some seriously deep trouble. She’s used to summoning supernatural creatures from the demon realm to our world, but now the tables have been turned and she’s the one who’s been summoned. Kara is the prisoner of yet another demonic lord, but she quickly discovers that she’s far more than a mere hostage. Yet waiting for rescue has never been her style, and Kara has no intention of being a pawn in someone else’s game.
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Publisher's Summary

Kara Gillian is in some seriously deep trouble.

She’s used to summoning supernatural creatures from the demon realm to our world, but now the tables have been turned and she’s the one who’s been summoned. Kara is the prisoner of yet another demonic lord, but she quickly discovers that she’s far more than a mere hostage. Yet waiting for rescue has never been her style, and Kara has no intention of being a pawn in someone else’s game.

There’s intrigue to spare as she digs into the origin of the demonic lords and discovers the machinations of humans and demons alike. 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. But treachery runs rampant among all the lords, and she’s going to have to stay sharp in order to keep from being used to further their own agendas. The lords have a secret that dates back to earth’s ancient history, and it could have devastating repercussions for both worlds.

Yet more than anything else, Kara’s abilities as a homicide detective will be put to the test - because this time the murder she has to solve is her own.

©2013 Diana Rowland (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    S. Tucker 07-29-13
    S. Tucker 07-29-13 Member Since 2015

    JackintheBeanstalk

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    "Stunning"
    What did you love best about Touch of the Demon?

    This novel reads like a woodchipper on jet fuel. Battle, betrayal, torture, plot twists, sex, suspense, it's all in here.


    What other book might you compare Touch of the Demon to and why?

    I would only compare this book to the first four in this unique and remarkable series. Readers should start with Mark of the Demon, and walk with Kara Gillian on her fraught path.


    What about Liv Anderson’s performance did you like?

    Pitch perfect performance, not a word or a nuance out of place to interfere with our enjoyment of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    If I had to sum up my reaction to this book, it would be one word: Impressed. It made me want to reread the series from the beginning to track the clues that Ms. Rowland planted and which bloomed into one big gaudy demon jungle in this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand that this series has nine books planned. *Kara Gillian fan swoons*. Brava, Diana Rowland.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna United States 11-06-13
    Deanna United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Unexpected"

    This book was a surprise to me, and I know from browsing other reviews that a lot of people were disappointed by it. However, that disappointment seems to stem from the shift in setting, and less from a change in the ability of the author.

    First, the setting of this book is like a classic fantasy novel, with little to no relation to the settings of the previous novels (urban fantasy vs high fantasy). If you hold extreme dislike for high fantasy, you may not like this book.

    Second, as with most high fantasy novels, there is a lot of world building, which accounts for the length of this novel. It is more than twice the length of the previous books.

    Third, a lot of character development takes place in this book. Characters make choices that have a permanent effect on their place in Kara's life, as well as affecting her behavior and feelings. Many of these changes are negative, and a lot of people appear to dislike the betrayals, newfound friends, etc.

    Fourth, there is only an abstract mystery versus the normal "examine the clues to catch the killer." Everything about the world she is in is a mystery, with no clear resolution to be had.

    Normally, I would not enjoy a book like this. However, the characters are what make the books so awesome for me, and it is why I spent all of my free time enjoying this audiobook. Rowland does not lose her touch with the realistic portrayal of emotional reaction, and she never forgets to question things in the right places or address sticky situations. Despite all of the world building, there is still a lot of time devoted to dialogue, and the plot is never allowed to grow stale or stagnate. I felt what Kara felt, and it is why I loved this book.

    As always, the narrator is excellent. In fact, if I read this book instead of listened to it, I may have had more trouble with the transition from urban to high fantasy. If you're on the fence about this one, I recommend trying it out. You can always return it if it's not for you!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    krop Taylordville, KY, United States 06-29-13
    krop Taylordville, KY, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "a very compeling story and a great reader."
    Where does Touch of the Demon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a well written book but I like to go in order. This was the last book in the series so, going back will be a hassle but I will. Diana, has proven that she can write and create a world different from the belief systems of the masses and make them believable. The characters are firmly steeped in habits that make there characters real. Sometimes I listen and yell at the characters stupidity just to catch myself the instant later by gawkers. Its funny. My first book came out last year and I had a similar lead character. So, yep, I can relate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wholesomeness of the main character even when she curses like a sailor.


    What about Liv Anderson’s performance did you like?

    Anderson's performance well delivered and made the story and characters world believable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sometimes what you believe isn't necessarily the truth they taught you on Sundays.


    Any additional comments?

    Yep. please write another book while I go back and listen through the first books please? I kind 'a know what's coming up next. I'm waiting for the release dates of the earlier books. But overall they are pretty hot books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TlcTerrie 03-26-15
    TlcTerrie 03-26-15

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    "Not my favorite."
    What did you like best about Touch of the Demon? What did you like least?

    Touch of the Demon, continued the Kara Gillian storyline, but this book was sluggish. I was bored with it. If I start a book a have to finish it. This book took weeks to finish. I couldn't stay with it. I would call this a clean up book. An author wants to give more insight to the overall story, but doesn't really have a lot of a plot otherwise. I believe this could have been achieved by adding a couple chapters in one of the other books. For me this book dragged on and on. I like the Kara Gillian series, but I could have done without a whole book to tell me the very little I learned in this book. (This review reflects only this book in this series)


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I don't know if I'll continue the series. Based on the ending of this book the next could be more of the same setting and it's the cop dynamic in Kara that I really like, so I'm not interested in reading more about the demon realm.


    Have you listened to any of Liv Anderson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Liv Anderson gives a wonderful performance.


    Any additional comments?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 07-05-13
    Leesa 07-05-13 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Best one yet!!"

    This is just getting so interesting! I love this series. It is going to be Jan. 2014 before the next one comes out and I hope Audible gets it out soon after. It's going to be a long wait for this story to continue and I can't wait!!! One of the best paranormal series and totally worth the credits and purchase prices.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 03-25-15
    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.

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    "This cake is just a brick of fondant"

    I really don't know what's happening with this series. When I started it, I was hoping it would be another Molly Harper or Darynda Jones. Book 1 & 2 were fast-paced and coherent enough to keep my attention. Book 3 required some of the characters to pull a nefarious 180 personality shift to even make sense. Book 4 was fun, but the storyline was shaky and disjointed.

    Now book 5. I don't even see a plotline here. The story is stuck on a wash cycle where Kara gets hurt physically, metaphysically or emotionally (and often self-inflicted) in a splash gore horror movie kind of way, sleeps, eats, chuckles, 'finds herself' in compromising situations (like getting woken up in the bath), demands attention for having been hurt, has flashbacks of being a 'silly girl', more chuckling and/or sleeping. Makes out with people she barely knows after having professed her love for a man that cares for her in a Tarzan heart Jane kind of way, because she's an adult and that makes it okay.

    The demon plane has almost no human females on it, and (as far as we know) no demonic lord females. These lords are supposed to be super manipulative ancient masterminds locked in an eternal power struggle. So I don't understand why they're bending over backwards to humor the main character. It's like Kara got thrown into an Oscar Meyer factory during an earthquake. And she doesn't even spare a thought about not having a job when she gets back. Or if her friends will get through some of the bad juju that's been going down earth-side without her. Shes becomes barely cognitive enough to dress and feed herself.

    For no reason, Kara makes out with a demonic lord who she KNOWS is sleeping with another person, while Mzatal eavesdrops via potency... Which is awkward... And all around wtf-ish?... Kara is also supposed to be in her late twenties, which means she's almost old enough to be the teenage summoner she's training alongside's mother. And she starts 'innocently noticing' how ripped he is while she's playing Peeping Tom on his workout. That's what did it. I only had four hours and forty minutes left when I had to pull my earplugs out and turn the book off.

    I hate not finishing a book, but I just can't force myself to listen to anymore. I was already just trying to slog through because I am so far against a lot of her life choices, and question a lot of her decisions, but I'm not about to listen to her make out with some kid or string him along.

    And having all your characters chuckle automatically at every glimpse of humor, is like laughing enthusiastically at your own wit in a conversation before anyone's had a chance to process the joke. There's a reason comedic authors almost never allow their characters to react to humor unless its to respond with another joke. Read Terry Pratchett. A book is supposed to be the ultimate straight man. You have to let the audience respond to the humor in their own time.

    I'm probably going to return this book if I can. If you are okay with a woman 'sleeping with whoever she wants when she wants, no matter what that person's relationship status, or age might be', you probably won't be bothered by this book and it will advance the storyline I guess. I'm a sexual curmudgeon; if I know someone is in a relationship, or doesn't know what a gameboy is, I don't touch. If you want to continue the series but don't want your imagined version of Kara to Charlaine Harris out, I'd recommend skipping past this book and just reading some of the spoiler reviews on Goodreads to piece together what happened here.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Hendersonville, NC, United States 01-04-14
    Julia Hendersonville, NC, United States 01-04-14

    I love Fantasy and SciFi novels with action and adventure! Narrators make it or break it with me.

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    "Can't stop Listening"
    If you could sum up Touch of the Demon in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent and addicting! I love this story and the cliff hanger at the end had me instantly pushing the pay button on the next book since I have no tokens left.


    Which character – as performed by Liv Anderson – was your favorite?

    I loved all the characters as they were brought to life with the narrator. Liv Anderson is a wonderful narrator, right up there with Tavia Gilbert.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was and I did. Thank goodness I can multi-task.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara SHERMAN OAKS, CALIFORNIA, United States 08-30-13
    Barbara SHERMAN OAKS, CALIFORNIA, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book for Sci-Fi Readers"
    What made the experience of listening to Touch of the Demon the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did a great job. Her voice is very smooth and believable. Very pleasant to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kara was my favorite character. She is a strong woman who deals well with demon drama.


    What about Liv Anderson’s performance did you like?

    Loved her tone, characters, quality of voice, and interpretation.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I just enjoyed it for leisure.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope more books come out, and I am a little disappointed with the ending love interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynch Kentwood, MI, United States 05-13-14
    Lynch Kentwood, MI, United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "This is a great series!"

    I am so thrilled that I found this series - I really enjoy it and it just keeps getting better with each book. The demon world is so well described I almost feel like I am there, and the story line is fast paced and fun.

    I found the first book of the series during a special sale and decided to give it a shot even though some of the reviews weren't great. I personally do not mind the swearing, or the fact that each book ends with sort of cliff hanger. The main character is strong, rarely whiney, and the sex scenes are not too often or too long.

    The narrator also does a wonderful job. She is clear, has a really nice voice, and terrific annunciation.

    If you haven't already, give this series a shot, but be sure to start with the first book. This is a series you must read in order.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    isabel 12-13-13
    isabel 12-13-13 Member Since 2014

    Audible addict

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    "Series really grows on you"
    What made the experience of listening to Touch of the Demon the most enjoyable?

    Lots of twists and turns in the plot keeps one intrigued.


    Have you listened to any of Liv Anderson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As good as the others!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Awesome Read, mind blowing and sensual."
    Where does Touch of the Demon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Without question 10 out of 10, I rank Diana Rowland among the likes of Ann Rice, John Ringo, Chris Fieldwater, Kim Woods and Mary Stewart.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Touch of the Demon?

    The kidnapping of Kara the detective and the switch from the villain to been a rescuer


    Have you listened to any of Liv Anderson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Liv has an awesome voice and is a great performer


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The torture of Kara, it was unexpected


    Any additional comments?

    Truly an awesome read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel Norton
    Northern Ireland
    7/25/14
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    "great"
    Any additional comments?

    It had an interesting yet a little predictable ending, but overall was really great. I prefer the whole cop/investigator stories like this rather than all demon realm.

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