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.
This novel reads like a woodchipper on jet fuel. Battle, betrayal, torture, plot twists, sex, suspense, it's all in here.
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.
Pitch perfect performance, not a word or a nuance out of place to interfere with our enjoyment of the story.
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.
I understand that this series has nine books planned. *Kara Gillian fan swoons*. Brava, Diana Rowland.
Say something about yourself!
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!
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.
The wholesomeness of the main character even when she curses like a sailor.
Anderson's performance well delivered and made the story and characters world believable.
Sometimes what you believe isn't necessarily the truth they taught you on Sundays.
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.
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)
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.
Liv Anderson gives a wonderful performance.
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.
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.
I love Fantasy and SciFi novels with action and adventure! Narrators make it or break it with me.
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.
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.
Yes it was and I did. Thank goodness I can multi-task.
The narrator did a great job. Her voice is very smooth and believable. Very pleasant to listen to.
Kara was my favorite character. She is a strong woman who deals well with demon drama.
Loved her tone, characters, quality of voice, and interpretation.
No, I just enjoyed it for leisure.
I hope more books come out, and I am a little disappointed with the ending love interest.
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.
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.
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.
Lots of twists and turns in the plot keeps one intrigued.
As good as the others!
I loved this book, it kept you on your toes, but also gave you great insight into a fantasy world, it was nice and long and I still did not want it to finish.
The exciting moments that stopped you from wanting to turn it off.
She brings the characters to life
"Awesome Read, mind blowing and sensual."
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.
The kidnapping of Kara the detective and the switch from the villain to been a rescuer
Liv has an awesome voice and is a great performer
The torture of Kara, it was unexpected
Truly an awesome read.
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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