Series or Stand Alone: Kara Gillian series, book two
Release Date: February 2010
Author Site: http://www.dianarowland.com/
My Rating: 5/5
BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL, MAN AND DEMON, SHE’S ABOUT TO FACE THE ONE THING SHE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SURVIVE.
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.
So MARK OF THE DEMON was pretty awesome (check out my review here). But BLOOD OF THE DEMON was even better! The crime novel aspect of this installment is pretty damn inventive. It seems the rich and powerful are the ones being hunted down and they aren’t just being killed either. Their souls are being ripped away and eaten by something that only Kara Gillian can find.
I can’t tell you how much fun Kara is. She’s such a down to earth character that happens to be very kick-ass at the same time. She’s tough and independent but has her insecurities. Her flaws are one of the most appealing things about her personality. And basically she’s just funny as hell! As for the other characters, they stand out very well on their own. The apparent love triangle between Kara, Rhyzkahl and Ryan is deliciously intriguing and I can’t wait for more of it. I definitely feel for her, she’s being pulled in two different directions from two appealing guys that have very different things to offer.
I enjoyed the fact that some additional characters were being pulled into the “loop” of things. And by that I mean, (without spoiling anything) I liked the fact that more people are becoming privy to Kara’s summoning powers and to the demon world itself. It’s definitely nice to know that Kara isn’t entirely on her own…
Bottom line: I NEED book three! I saw it comes out in January and frankly that’s just too damn long for me. This has quickly become a must-read series for me and I highly recommend you jump on the Kara Gillian bandwagon if you haven’t already. The great news about BLOOD OF THE DEMON is that it can be read as a stand-alone novel. I’m a stickler for series and absolutely need like to read things in order. However, if you find yourself wanting to skip MARK OF THE DEMON, which I can’t see why you would, I would say you can definitely do that and still be totally caught up with everything in BLOOD OF THE DEMON. So no excuses for you…go out and read some Diana Rowland goodness!