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Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian #1)

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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
Paperback, 370 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2009)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Question: Why didn't I DNF this book?
Answer: Because I'm an idiot, that's why.

Since this book is pure, undiluted crap I'm not going to waste any time rambling on and on about it. Things to do, places to go and all that. Time to board the Shit List Express.

Crappy Writing, Inc. aka This Ain't No Shakespeare, People.
I have a very high tolerance for curse words, slang, colorful idioms and delightful regional colloquialisms, but even I have my limits.
"Hiya" + "whatcha" + "where y’at" + "yeah, like
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I have to thank my Goodreads friend, Jess R, for encouraging me to read this book. All she said was, Rhyzkahl was like an Anne Stuart hero, and I was there. And I am so glad about it.

Mark of the Demon gave me one heck of a read. Diana Rowland managed to take the concept of demon summoning and write a story that got past my personal hang-ups about that idea. I like that she made it clear that her concept of demons veers from the Christian concept, because I don't know if I could have been down wi
Feb 16, 2012 Krissy rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm sorry, but this book just bores me to tears. My mind wandered constantly while I read it. Those who are impressed with her attention to detail regarding police procedure should read one of the first 8 Anita Blake books, where the police procedure feels genuine but is also ENTERTAINING in an urban fantasy setting. Also, the protagonist Kara Gillian is a loner, so you spend way too much time alone with her thoughts. The only scene that grabbed my attention is right at the beginning, when she m ...more
Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*
Some people go gung-ho over angel UF, my thing is the darker stuff. Reeling from my encounter with the Hollows series, where the books carved a permanent place in my psyche, I itched for more demon themed Urban Fantasy stuff. Not easy to find done well, especially since so much of it is poorly done Paranormal Romance stuff that I have no interest in reading.

Mark of the Demon did scare me with its beginning. Jumps into a sex scene in the very beginning, which usually turns me off, and I worried d
Dec 02, 2009 Felicia rated it really liked it
I have had this on my shelf since the author Tweeted at Comicon she wanted to give me a copy, haha. I got a little burnt out on Urban Fantasy novels though, so I put it on the pile of "things I want to get to when I'm again in the mood for supernatural ladies doing it with demon/vampire/were-men".

First, I love the cover art, classy, thank you! (since half the UF stuff out there is utter awfulness. Even though I read most stuff on my Kindle, it's the principal of the thing.)

The book is quite goo
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Many people seemed to like this one but unfortunately I didn't. About 50 or so pages in childhood sexual abuse is described immediately followed by what was supposed to be a hot sex scene with a demon lord who at first tries to rape Kara using mind control, she calls him on it, he stops but she sleeps with him anyway. This made me extremely uncomfortable and soured the rest of the book for me.

I skimmed until I got to the last 100 pages where, I think, the author had gained more confidence as th
⊱ Irena ⊰
Mark of the Demon has both sides of the coin when it comes to the plot and its characters. As far as I am concerned most of the things that aren't good are explained in the book. Unless you read selectively, that is (you know, when people read about one situation and then conveniently forget it mentioned in another because they won't be able to whine about it otherwise, i.e. the reason why I tend to form my own opinions).

A Beaulac PD Detective Kara Gillian gets a surprise of a lifetime when a D
May 31, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
I can certainly say that Mark of the Demon is a great novel for those who enjoy a suspenseful crime solving mystery. Diana has written a strong heroine with Louisiana Homicide Detective Kara Gillian who is able to summon demons. Even though Kara does have this ability it doesn’t overtake the story. Diana has a great way of balancing everything from how Kara handles her powers, to the way she investigates her latest case about a serial killer named the Symbol Man who carves up bodies in a sort of ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
May 02, 2015 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, audio-2015
I was drawn to the demon summoning aspect of this series because of its uniqueness within the Paranormal genre, and I also never miss an installment of Diana Rowland's WHITE TRASH ZOMBIES, so I knew that I'd make my way to KARA GILLIAN eventually. This story was way more serious than my previous experiences with this author's writing, but it was extra sexy as well which helped to even it out. At this point in time, I'm picking Ryan over Rhyzkahl, although neither has proven themselves yet, there ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing
five stars all round what a great story everything I want in a book and it kept me guessing up until the end will be reading the rest of them if there like this one
Jess the Romanceaholic
It's a strange feeling for me to read a book that's more UF than PNR.. I've always been a Romance Reader -- that is, I typically want a strong romantic storyline in my novels, with a clear "hero" and "heroine", possibly some steam, definite monogamy, and a clear Happily Ever After (HEA)

And yet, despite the fact that this book had none of those save the bit-o-steam, I adored it.

Kara Gillian is definitely one of my new favorite heroines. She's kick-butt awesome (I mean, she is a cop y'all) without
Feb 07, 2010 Marsha rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I am a urban fantasy snob. I have authors I love (Patricia Briggs, Jeniene Frost and Rachel Caine) and those I just like. Lately, I have been restless and unfulfilled. My favorite authors and finalizing their next installments of novels and I have desperately looking for new material. Unfortunately the results have been less than stellar and have left me totally disillusioned. So, I decided to take a chance on Mark of the Demon and boy, was I pleasantly surprised. I loved Ms. Ro ...more
This book started out a little slow for me, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down.

I really liked the fact that Kara is just a regular girl (who's also a summoner, of course) who gets caught up in a crazy situation. Her normalness is one of the reasons you can't help but root for her. She's a cop, but she's not automatically a bad ass. She has to work out to battle the stomach bulge like most everybody else. She has a weakness for chocolate donuts and she doesn't have the best social lif
Mark of the Demon
4 Stars

Alongside her day job as a detective with the Beaulac PD, Kara Gillian is also a demon summoner. Now her two vocations are about to collide when the Symbol Man, a dormant serial killer, returns with a vengeance and marks his victims with demonic symbols. Kara will need to use both her wits and her powers to combat a killer bent on accumulating power.

Excellent amalgamation of of paranormal elements with forensic investigation.

The serial killer plot is well-written with nu
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Jul 11, 2015 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
I’m always on the hunt for an urban fantasy series to love and this one has potential. While I’m not ready to call it love yet, I will say that it had some really good things going for it and I definitely liked it enough to tackle book two in the series.

Our heroine is Kara Gillian. She is a cop who summons demons in her spare time. That doesn’t make her a bad person. Demons aren’t intrinsically evil; they’re just powerful beings from a different dimension. But most people don’t even know they ex
It was a terrific story. I couldn't put it down, I stayed up until 4:00 a.m to finish it and I even had to go downstairs to grab book two and read the back cover even though I knew itwould disturb the dogs. Thank goodness I saw some friends' reviews here and loved the authors new book My Life as A White Trash Zombie (even enough the style of that is completely different, that one is sarcastic and funny with a lot of heart). This cover is completely misleading, a major marketing error. I'd seen t ...more
Feb 24, 2010 Kay rated it it was ok
This was not the book for me.

Although an interesting mix of paranormal and procedural crime fiction - I could not get into Mark of the Demon. There was, literally, not a single character that I actually liked. There was a lot of show-no-tell when it came to the heroine - we had to sit through her telling people that she "gave a shit" about the victims about 30 times... *groan* Not to mention she was dull as hell. Even the hero - who I can usually appreciate in any circumstance - was pretty borin
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Apr 06, 2011 Marcela (BookaholicCat) rated it it was amazing
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Detective Kara Gillian had just been promoted from the Property Crimes Division to the Violent Crimes Division at the Beaulac Police Department in Louisiana. Kara is also a Demon Summoner. She has the ability to open portals from our world to a parallel world where the demons reside. But these demons are not the same as described in religious contexts, these are not evil beings just different from us.
She has been training for years und
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Mark of the Demon’ is the first in Diana Rowland’s Kara Gillian Series. Kara Gillian is a newbie Detective in small town Beaulac, Louisiana. She’s also a skilled summoner of demons who uses her occult skills in her cases. She’s put in charge of a case of recent murders that appear to be the same killer, The Symbol Man, who killed 13 people but hadn’t killed anyone in over 3 years. All of the victims show evidence of being killed for demonic purposes so Kara attempts to summon a demon to assist ...more
Lady Heather
Nov 26, 2012 Lady Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy, murder-mystery, demons & summoners
Recommended to Lady Heather by: WLLK reading list


Really enjoyed the Author's take on Demon's, summoning, and the 'honor' rules between Summoner and Demon.

The characters, writing, and story were fantastic!

RIGHT TO THE VERY END the Author had my full attention.

Can't wait to read the next story in the series!
All Things Urban Fantasy
Dec 19, 2010 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

MARK OF THE DEMON reads like Dexter meets the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison (Dexter's sister Debra reminds me a lot of Kara). That's a dangerously good combination in my opinion. I foolishly read the second book in this series first so I did have a little more information going than I should have, but I still found the mystery gripping, the police investigation authentic, the demon mythology extremely well thought out and creative, and the romanc
Sep 16, 2009 Natasha rated it it was amazing
MARK OF A DEMON is a great Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Mystery? It's fast paced and hard to put down. Diana Rowland really made a great new series with fresh ideas. I took to the protagonist Kara who is a Louisiana Homicide Detective and a demon summoner. I like how she is in both the human world and demon world so you are always busy and on edge. Her first case as detective has her connecting to her past and her new demonic lord Rhyzkahl who is unearthly beautiful and just very deadly.

The case is
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
I've been putting off reading this book ever since Amazon start recommending it to me back when I first got a kindle in the summer of 2011. I wasn't planning to read it, because some of the reviews I'd read on Amazon didn't depict a very nice picture of Kara as a heroine, iirc. I don't want to read about heroines that are tstl, so I decided to pass on it. I kept on deciding to pass on it every time it popped up in my GR recommendations, too. Several groups have this series or the first book as a ...more
Jul 19, 2009 Darcy rated it liked it
I thought that this was a really good book for a start. Kara was an interesting character and I found myself rooting for her. What I really liked about her was her ability to look at her life and accept it, not whine about how she was dealt a bad deal and her choices to deal with them. I also like Tessa, her relationship with Kara. It was funny how they both were hiding what they both really thought about each other, but in the end came clean. Which considering the ending Kara will be grateful f ...more
Rating Clarification. 4.5

Do you all remember when the first CSI series came out about a decade ago?
How we all couldn't get enough of it?
It wasn't that there was no other mystery/crime investigation series but this was something more, different and enticing.
Switch the forensic science in CSI into a demonic summoner and you have Kara Gillian series in front of you!

The only other book in YA genre I think is similar to this is The Body Finder. I enjoyed this book. The chasing, figuring out the ki
I absolutely loved this one. And I was reluctant to pick it up after my last urban fantasy "demon" book was horrible (2 stars). For that matter, the last book I picked up with a Louisiana setting was horrible (1 star), as well. But that's neither here nor there.

Kara is a detective in a small town Louisiana police department. Until recently she was doing property crime, but she just got promoted to homicide. Her first case is the reopening of a serial killer case which had been dormant for the pa
Actually 4,5 stars!
After the death of her parents Kara Gillian was raised by her aunt. Karas family is gifted with the ability of demon summoning and her aunt and Kara herself have inherited this rare power too. So her aunt becomes her mentor and Kara is slowly rising in rank to be able to summon a twelfth level demon which is quasi her demon summonig diploma.
But one night during her summoning something goes awry, not the expected low level demon appears but Rhyzkahl, a demon lord. Nobody can su
This is a review of the audio book.

Yay! I found yet another urban fantasy to love!

Kara Gillian is a summoner and a detective. I loved her down to earth, practical character. Kara is on the hunt for a serial killer The Symbol Man whose attacks have been escalating. She is convinced that he is trying to summon a demon lord to do his bidding, a very bloody and dangerous proposition. This is part urban fantasy, part suspense thriller and was I ever surprised to find out who the villain was!

And oh,
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jan 30, 2012 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it really liked it
Kara Gillian is a police detective in Beaulac, Louisiana and has finally had her big break - she’s moving from property crimes to homicide - and her first case is a doozey - the Symbol Man, a serial killer who has been inactive for years has restarted his killings. And Kara is in charge of solving the case - not bad for her first murder case.

Of course, she has advantages. Not only has she read all the files on the Symbol Man killings, but she also has her own Arcane connections. Kara Gillian is
This is an urban fantasy set in a small town outside New Orleans. It's a crime mystery every bit as much as a fantasy story, and the characters are really interesting and well developed. I enjoyed this book a whole lot and am really excited to read the next in the series. I think this could turn into one of my favorite series. There's a touch of romance, but really not much at all.

The heroine Kara Gillian is a cop by day and demon summoner in her free time. She's just been promoted to detective
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Other Books in the Series

Kara Gillian (9 books)
  • Blood of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #2)
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