Touch of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #5)
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Touch of the Demon (Kara Gillian #5)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  3,006 ratings  ·  365 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...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by DAW
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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 Katt rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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
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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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
is mee... kissa
Sep 21, 2012 is mee... kissa marked it as to-read
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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 =(
Feb 22, 2012 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.
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...more
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!!!!!!

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.)

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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
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Pamela / SpazP
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
All Things Urban Fantasy
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...more
Erin Ashley Tanner
I will probably be the only person that gives this book a 1 star review but I have my reasons. To start, the first 100 pages were like a complete waste of time. NOthing really happened! It was maddening to me. So many times I started to put the book down. When Kara finally escaped to Rhyzkahl was when things got interesting. Rhyzkahl is mysterious, enigmatic, mysterious and nefarious. He has all the qualities to be a great anti-hero. Now after having readers get invested in the relationship betw...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! this series. Why do I have to wait SOOOOO long for this book!
Fangs for the Fantasy
It was awesome, go buy it.

Why are you still here? Go go now! Go buy and read it?

Have you read it yet? Then what are you doing here? Get reading! Never mind sleep, read, people, read. What, you haven’t read the previous books? Go read them too!

Ok, now I’m assuming you’ve read it, you’re allowed a brief diversion before reading it a second time.

I can’t even begin to recap this – so much happens and to truly grasp it I’d have to spoil which would be a crime. Kara enters the demon world, finds out s...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Throughout the series there have been hints at a greater arc and here we really see that come into play, enough that I'm going to have to re-read the series. There have been times that I wanted to shake Kara and tell her to knock off the high school romantic angst crap, but it has paid off. Maybe not romance-wise, but story-wise? Aw yeah.

Now, I can't really talk about the fifth book without being more than a bit spoilery about the first four, so you've been warned. If you don't want to be surpri...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
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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...more
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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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