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Touch of the Demon (Kara Gillian #5)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  4,941 Ratings  ·  452 Reviews
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 K
Paperback, 440 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by DAW
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Oct 27, 2012 Felicia rated it it was amazing
I about a left turn at Albuquerque. This is an amaze-balls followup to the last 4 books. The last 4 were really good urban fantasy with procedural stuff, but this book throws that formula into demon-town and is even more interesting for it. I was awestruck at the twists and turns and the, "Oh MAN why didn't I see that before!" So...yeah. If you like the series you gotta read this, and if you haven't read the series start in, because this series is top-notch in the genre. Gritty and d ...more
Jan 09, 2013 Edyta rated it did not like it
Shelves: uf
I realize I’m in the minority on this, but IMO this book was a mess. This installment shifts from urban fantasy to high fantasy. I wouldn’t mind that if it was well done. Instead this book meandered all over the place, abolished previously established rules and introduced a slew of new characters. The first half of the book consists of descriptions, and little else, in the mass world building. I was so bored reading about the way all the different demons look, talk etc. Also about the castles an ...more
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Jan 12, 2013 Christina rated it liked it
I'm conflicted about this one. While I did really enjoy finally getting answers to all the questions from the previous books & learning more about the demon realm & all the arcane mechanics I REALLY missed the cop/investigation/case procedural element from previous installments. Also it felt like there was WAY TOO MUCH downtime & all the characters I had grown attached to barely make a cameo appearance. All that did allow me to relate more to Kara's state of mind because as the reade ...more
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
You mean I stalked one of my favorite author's Facebook page, website and twitter for THIS? To have Rowland pull a Hamilton out of left field and wave goodbye to Kara Gillian and hello to Anita Blake? Oh hell no. Hated seeing another one of my all time favorite characters reduced to spreading her legs and flashing her magic kitty box all around the demon realm. Come on. I'm all for edgy but this is ridiculous. As usual, Rowland shows us a world in vivid, splendid detail(how she got
Aug 11, 2016 Cstillsquare rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
The one was a bit of a disappointment for me. The installment takes a turn toward high fantasy, which bogs down the first half. I also didn't find the mid-point pivot as satisfying as some other readers did. The elements that ultimately drew me into this series--the police procedural, the Kara-Ryan interplay, and a very grounded urban fantasy world--were largely absent. The descriptions, dialogue, and characterization remain wonderful however.

As some readers suggest, this may be a necessary "gam
Mar 13, 2012 T rated it it was amazing
Good lord, someone needs to create a 'text, call, email, tweet, pinch and shake me' app for notifying us salivating fans for the MINUTE this book is released. I do love my sleep, but would cheerfully wake up in the middle of the night to purchase this book.
Douglas Meeks
Sep 28, 2012 Douglas Meeks rated it it was amazing
Touch of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #5)Touch of the Demon by Diana Rowland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Well folk, Kara has stumbled into the worst time of her life in this book, for those that read Sins of the Demon (book #4) of this series and screamed like I did at the horrible cliffhanger ending, this should help a bit.

Kara finds herself betrayed, imprisoned, and used as a pawn in struggles that began long before she was born. For those of you that love angst, pain and torture; you will get your fill, for those (like me) who wa
Jan 10, 2013 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a HUGE fan of this series from the start! I hated the ending of the last book because it left the reader hanging and waiting for more. Maybe the anticipation had me expecting to be blown away and thoroughly in love with book five. I'm very saddened to report that I wasn't!

This book began with me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next. And while there were a few 'oh my God!' moments for me there were also a lot of 'Oh heck NO!' moments!

As a dedicated fan I am invest
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
A copy of Touch of the Demon was provided to me by DAW/Penguin Group (USA) for review purposes. Thank you!

Diana Rowland's Kara Gillian series has been a favorite of mine from the very beginning, but with 'Touch of the Demon' she's truly taken this series to a whole new level and as Kara is so fond of saying, "Shit just got real." ‘Touch of the Demon’ truly mixed things up and allowed this series to remain outstanding for many more installments.

Touch of the Demon picks up
is mee... kissa
Sep 21, 2012 is mee... kissa marked it as to-read
Chapter 1 -


If that's not a freaky cover, I don't know what is.


Sins of the Demon ended in such a cliffhanger! I seriously need to get my hands on this book right now. I was pretty confused with the ending of the previous book. I need information on this Lord and Summoning Chamber! Plus! I want more Rhyzkahl! please give me more Rhyzkahl, I felt thoroughly deprived of him in the previous book =(
Aug 28, 2016 Cheryl marked it as to-read
I just finished Sins of the Demon and, uh, how the hell am I supposed to wait a year for Touch of the Demon? The demons in this series may not be evil, but whoever's making me wait until 2013 for the next book sure is.
Jan 06, 2013 Cristina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Just finished the book had to wait for my pay check. All I have to say is holy fucking shit! the long and grueling task of pining away for the next installment DAMN IT!!!!!!
Jan 24, 2013 Myonlycookie rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Mar 23, 2013 Mara rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy

I'm not sure what other people's reaction is to a book that was highly anticipated. I have different reactions myself: sometime I gobble it down without breathing and sometimes I look at it in wonder and can't even open it.

Sin of the Demon had ended with such a high peak (and a cliff-hanger) that I was leery of reading this one. I pre-ordered it, got it on kindle for New Year, re-ordered the paperback (I love this series) and then went to wait. (Don't ask, I don't know why I do act this way.)

Pamela / SpazP
Jan 01, 2013 Pamela / SpazP rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I spent the first third of this book constantly saying to myself, "OMG I just want to get back to Louisiana!" but I am pretty sure that was intended. Kara goes through so much, and I was good and over with the demon world once a specific demon lord-who-shall-not-be-named-to-avoid-spoilers is done with her. I am SO GLAD his true colors and intentions were revealed because I have always HATED that guy! UGH. But then, another demon lord really rises to the occasion *ahem* and he totally won me over ...more
Wow! This is an awesome book! Crazy ride from the start. Some questions you had are answered and of course more questions pop up. The betrayal in the middle was just horrible I didn't see coming and left me in shock. But once you get over from the shock and close your damn mouth that was hanging open it does make sense if you think about it. This book takes place in the demon realm, but the last two chapters happen back on earth. So there was no cop stuff in this book but I liked that it changed ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Debbie rated it it was ok
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Jan 13, 2013 Pamela rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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Dec 31, 2012 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
With such an thrilling beginning, it will be no surprise to find that the first half of TOUCH OF THE DEMON is a complete game changer for Kara Gillian. Swept away into the demon world, at the mercy of beings whose motives and manipulations she can barely comprehend, Kara is operating outside of everything known and comfortable.

This degree of change was disorienting to read, but I’m glad I stuck through the initial deluge of demon names, magical techniques, and political machinations. TOUCH OF TH
Sep 05, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing
oh my god. I read all four books in three days and I am currently at the point of withdrawal. To put it less subtly, WANT MOAR.

*edit 9/13*
Okay, it took me a very long time to read this book, despite my love of the previous books in the series. Every review talked of the genre shifting to high fantasy, said they missed the policewoman aspect, that this book wasn't as good without Kara being on Earth.


Now, I'll admit that recently I have been reading more fantasy, but I don't
Katie Michaels
Jul 11, 2015 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it
I am struggling with my feelings right now — struggling with what to make of this book, which essentially turns the entire series on its ear. Is it good? Yes. Let me say that first. It is a good book. In fact, it reached me emotionally more than the ones that came before it. It is full of twists and turns and feelings and betrayal. I was on the edge of my seat and had my heart in my throat more than once. Diana Rowland is a gifted author.

But. The main character has been plucked from the world an
Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud
I know this review is a little late, but wanted to start number 6, wish I hadn't now

the Kara Gillian book we're amazing to start, you got a lot of insight onto different demons and their realm and the heirachy in which they are placed, from biggest to littlest, strongest to weakest, I really liked how she was juggling being a cop to being a summoner and the highs and lows of many people, from having stress and no money, (we can all relate to that), but when starting book 5, I was also a little d
Nov 01, 2015 Naoms rated it really liked it
It's as if Diana Rowland has never heard of balance. Lol! The first books in the series were way cop procedural heavy and just when I was like of the series doesn't get more fantasy driven I'm out, she gives me this book which is 100% fantasy! It's as if the author couldn't figure out how to pull a kate Daniels and give us an investigation with lots of magic intertwined. I'm interested to see where this series goes. But, this book lived up to the artsy covers that this series has.

Though, Kara's
Oct 23, 2014 Melliane rated it it was amazing
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My English review

What to say? I was really anxious before starting this novel … Indeed, there are widely different reviews regardless wherever the place where we read them and it is true that between a friend who was completely disappointed and one who completely loved it, I was not sure where my heart was going to swing. It remained for me to read it to know my verdict. And finally I was very surprised by this novel, and in the right way. It’s true, I also understand why som
Jan 11, 2013 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it
Ok, so last we saw demon summoning homicide detective Kara Gillian, she was hanging from a cliff (figuratively) and this book picks up the instant after that ending.

I liked Touch of the Demon (Kara Gillian), it finally answered some questions that have started to pop up in the last few books while opening new doors for Kara, but... I missed the police procedural/arcane murder mystery in the background. Touch of the Demon was more 'fantasyish' with most of the story set in the Demon Realm and som
Apr 02, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it it was amazing
Since this is a series, you can't just pick up Touch of the Demon and start reading. You must start with book one. The last book, Sins of the Demon, was such a cliffhanger, I was ready to explode because she had to know what was going to happen to Kara, the Louisiana police detective and demon summoner who was forced into the demon realm and now stuck there. What happens to Kara in Touch of the Demon will blow your mind away. As I read, my jaw was on the floor the entire time. The cast of charac ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it
I don't usually give bad reviews, and I debated between one and two stars. I finally settled on two, even though I felt more a one because if this was a first book in a series, it would have been okay for me, but for a fifth in a series where I felt I had a grasp on the character and where the book was headed, it just veered in a direction that at best had me wrinkling my nose while I read (very fast)through it.
I'm mainly writing this to remind myself when the next one comes out why I don't wan
Jan 08, 2013 Aira rated it it was ok
I miss the old Cara, no longer urban fantasy but now in the realms of ridiculously tedious, taken a completely different direction like no longer the same series about a cop but a high fantasy about a summoner
Jan 13, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing
This one is the best in the series so far five out of five
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Diana Rowland worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen a lot of weird crap. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can't ro ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Kara Gillian (9 books)
  • Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #1)
  • Blood of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #2)
  • Secrets of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #3)
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  • Legacy of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #8)
  • Rise of the Demon  (Kara Gillian, #9)

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