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Reader Review: When I bought this book I was unsure as to whether I would enjoy it or not. This book surprised me in more ways then one. While it in romance, I was happy to find it is not really a romance. It has sexual tension and may by like two sexual situations; that's it. I quickly bought the second book in this series and have reread them several times since.
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 thirteen 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...
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|Title of eBook: Mark of the Demon||Series: Kara Gillian, , #1|
|Release Date: 06-23-2009|
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|Publisher: Bantam Books||Store Sales Rank: 12558|
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Mark of the Demon
I could hear the intruder breaking into my house.
Unfortunately, it was in the same instant that the demon appeared before me.
The sound of shattering glass upstairs disrupted my focus for only a fraction of a second, but it was enough for the arcane portal to shift from my control and leap away from me like an untethered water hose. I made a frantic grasp at the portal, cold sweat breaking out under my arms as I struggled to wrench the power back into place. My heart slammed in my chest as I fought the uncontrolled energy, seizing each strand to bind and anchor it. My technique was raw and inelegant, but I didn't give a crap. I was only interested in surviving, not in how pretty it looked.
It felt like an eternity, but it was merely several frenzied seconds before I had the wildly fluctuating potencies settled and calmed. I cautiously loosened my hold as I took several deep, ragged breaths, struggling to slow the mad galloping of my pulse. That had been far too close for my peace of mind. If that loss of focus had come just a few -seconds earlier, I most likely would have been ripped apart—either by the maelstrom of the arcane portal I'd opened in the basement of my house or by the claws of the demon I'd just summoned through that portal.
I exhaled a shuddering breath, finally releasing my hold on the portal as I looked with no small amount of triumph at the massive demon on one knee before me, his head lowered and his wings tucked along his back. He had remained utterly still throughout my battle with the portal, and I silently thanked whatever powers existed that I had already sealed the terms with him before losing control. I could feel a grin spread across ...
Title: Mark of the Demon
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Number of Comments: 6 Rating(s) 6 Review(s)
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More than expected
May 24, 2010
Reviewer: A reader from Statesboro, GA US
When I bought this book I was unsure as to whether I would enjoy it or not. This book surprised me in more ways then one. While it in romance, I was happy to find it is not really a romance. It has sexual tension and may by like two sexual situations; that's it. I quickly bought the second book in this series and have reread them several times since.
Buy This Book Right Now.
April 9, 2010
Reviewer: A reader from Mayfield, US
This book is so good I was recommending it to friends on my favorite social networking site by the time I was on page 61. Seriously. I finished it about and hour ago and I've already purchased the second in this series, Blood of the Demon. Diana Rowland is excessively talented. Readers will feel as if they are right there in the story. Kara is a great female lead, interesting and likable. The plot is very well done and readers will be guessing until the last reveal. I was seriously impressed! Buy this book. It is absolutely worth your time and money.
A good read!
December 6, 2009
Reviewer: A reader from Statesboro, GA US
I love reading all sorts of different types of books. This was a very fun book to read. She has a great plot and believable characters that will suck you into this story. I had a hard time putting this one down! I can't wait to read more from her and hope she continues this series.
Colour me impressed (4.5 stars)
September 8, 2009
Reviewer: A reader from England
Well I'm impressed. I have to say this first off: this is NOT Paranormal Romance and you will find no romance here, there's a little bit of sex at the start and sexual tension but that's it. This book is Urban Fantasy. There's greater importance given to character development and plot. Indeed, the heart of this book is Kara's personal growth and the development of her friendship with Ryan.
Kara Gillian is a police officer that has just recently been promoted to Detective. She's a rather meek woman with a lot of insecurities and no social life to speak of -- she also finds herself thrown in at the deep end when her superior puts her in charge of a homicide case. An infamous ritualistic serial killer with a trail long gone cold has started leaving victims again; dubbed the 'Symbol Man' by the press. Kara has always had a special interest in this case and can hardly believe her luck when she's allocated this as her first homicide. On top of this she's assigned a special task force from the FBI: Agent Ryan Kristoff among them whose expertise lies in ritualistic killings. While Kara is grateful for the help, to her chagrin Ryan is somewhat disagreeable. Kara is also a summoner... someone who has the ability to summon demons. All these plot threads are nicely woven together and I thought Rowland did a superb job of a writing a well constructed mystery. I found Kara difficult to like at first, but around half way through I was captivated and admired her inner strength. I loved Agent Ryan Kristoff who was both a realistic male character and humourous to boot. His camaraderie and friendship with Kara was one of the best things about the book. It's hinted that certain characters possibly have more to them than even they realise. I look forward to finding out more. I'm guessing that future books will contain different stand alone cases to solve, and it will be the characters and demonic stuff that will be the overarching threads that tie the books together.
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