Blood of the Demon (Kara Gillian #2)
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Blood of the Demon (Kara Gillian #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  5,112 ratings  ·  257 reviews

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 troub...more
ebook, 369 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jun 02, 2010 Alisha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of police procedurals with a paranormal twist
Unlike book 1 (Mark of the Demon), I had no doubt in my mind when it came time to assign a rating to this book. It was a solid piece of paranormal detective fiction.

Speaking of which. I give it the classification of "paranormal detective fiction," but I must say, the main mystery of the book is heavier on the "detective" part than the "paranormal" (for the most part, that is). The biggest paranormal element of the book--and the series, for that matter--comes from Kara Gillian's being a demon sum...more
Is it bad that I root for the Demon on this one?
I forgot this series, EEP! I downloaded them all, including the newest one, so I'll be caught up by Monday. REALLY ENJOY THIS! I think there are MANY Urban Fantasy heroines who feel forced, who are just tough because the genre says they need to be tough, and insecure because the genre SAYS they should be. I really like this main character because I believe that she just IS those things. And the demon world she's built is REALLY interesting, I think the lore is well thought-out without getting to...more
The second installation in the Kara Gillian series made me just as excitable as the first. I absolutely love love love this series. Did I mention I love this series? I don’t know WHAT it is about this series but I love absolutely everything about it. This is me, reading this series:

In ‘Blood of the Demon’ Kara is investigating a series of suicides where the individuals essence wasn’t released from their body the way a normal death would; their essence appeared to have been ripped forcibly from t...more
Diana Rowland brings us back into the world of demonology and police mystery with Blood of the Demon, the sequel to her very enjoyable Mark of the Demon featuring Beaulac, Louisiana homicide detective Kara Gillian. Kara has the power to summon demons from another realm to help her on hard to solve supernatural murder cases. Kara is recovering from being on leave after a month. She died and was brought back to life after working a very dangerous case involving a serial killer called the Symbol Ma...more
Autant l'auteure prend son temps dans le 1er volume pour planter le décor, et l'ambiance, ici on rentre tout de suite dans le bain. L'univers est posé, et très bien traité. Rowland réussit à lui donner corps tout en alliant un mélange de lieux communs (absence de grande originalité dans la description des classes de "démons"), et de règles qu'elle tisse habilement avec sa griffe.

Alors que chez d'autres, les personnages sont stéréotypés, figés, et nous surprennent rarement au cours de leurs avent...more
Another case draws Kara Gillian in involving Brian, a narcotics detective, his supposed suicide and his wife. A second murder tells her there is more involved as both cases have their 'essences' consumed. Kara has the gift othersight and the ability to summon demons only a few knows. I liked the UF aspect and how the author knows her stuff without too many plot-holes, but draws more questions with so many things hinted but unanswered. There are definitely more we need to learn about, especially...more
The Kara Gillian series is officially now one of my favorite series!

An exciting plot, a likeable heroine, a demon Lord to die for, a second future love-interest, humor (I loved the umbrella defense scene) so what´s not to like here? Kara struggles with her tattered self-confidence, her traumatic experience and doesn´t always make very wise decisions what makes her a very believable and likeable heroine in my opinion. Her partner special agent Ryan Kristoff has secrets of his own and I´m very cur...more
You know, it just feels like Rowland slacked off on this one. The murder-mystery bit's well sketched out, and I guess the demony bits are still fine, but what rubbed me the wrong way here was characterization.

A lot of the characters turn into two-dimensional plot points. Their behaviours and moods don't seem particularly organic, and sometimes their dialogue looks like this:

Guy: "[Pop culture reference that will be outdated in far less than a decade]"
Girl: internal thought about boys worthy of "...more
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Blood of the Demon, the second book in the Kara Gillian series, follows Kara a Homicide Detective who also happens to be a Demon Summoner. This time around, Kara is still trying to find her Aunt Tessa’s missing “essence” which she “lost” in book one (Mark of the Demon). She is also trying to come to terms with dying & being saved by Demon Lord Rhyzkahl as well as her attraction to him which has been manifesting in her dreams. There is also something arcane going on in the town of Beaulac, Lo...more
Originally reviewed at Erinyes - the Book Furies

I enjoyed Diana Rowland’s first book, Mark of the Demon, and when I had the misfortune to hit three books in a row that were DNF, I thought I’d head back to the stacks and check out her second book for a bit of a cleanser.

Right off the bat, I definitely enjoyed the mystery more in this book than I did in her previous book. While well-formed and clearly thought out in Mark of the Demon, the bad guy was a little too easily identifiable. Unfortunatel...more
I admit, I didn't really remember a lot about the first book, which I read back in 2012 during a "let's try out a few dozen urban fantasy series" binge, other than that I liked it well enough to buy the second and third book right away - and then I kind of forgot about it.

Anyway, now that I was idly flipping through my Kindle collections, looking for my next read, I remembered this was something I'd enjoyed.

I still don't remember the first book in detail but there were enough reminders and expla...more
Oh my god! This book was even better than the first of the series! After the events of the previous book, Kara Gillian is back for another adventure. But this time there are so many things that she has to deal with: too many dead bodies for this small town in Louisiana, the comatose state of her aunt, the weird relationship that she has with the FBI agent, Ryan and the even weirder with the demonic lord, Rhyzkahl. It’s not an easy job to summon the demons!

I think that I understood better Kara in...more
Blood of the Demon is the second book in Rowland's paranormal series starring demon-summoning homicide detective, Kara. With a great crime mystery and a touch of steam ,this book was every bit as good as the first.

This time, unlike her mundane compatriots, Kara can tell that a series of seemingly unrelated suicides have the same arcane signature - some entity is tearing the life force from the bodies and gobbling it down. Along with the crime investigation Kara is desperately trying to get her...more
Great follow up to the first book in the series. I read this book in one sitting, immediately after finishing the first book. I really like the way the author is developing the regular characters in the book. The main love interest, Ryan, came off a little flat in the previous book but Rowland has done a good job of making him an intersting mystery.

I did find the story's main mystery a little easy to figure out especially when you consider her aunt's condition and how it related to the story. I...more
Doing this re-read cause Book #5 comes out shortly. I've dropped it 1 star from my previous read, just cause.

Kara Gillian is a homicide cop in Beaulac Louisiana, who also summons demons from an alternate plane. She has worked hard at learning how to control the arcane.

Her plate is full when 2 murders happen where the souls of the deceased have been ripped out and consumed, not that anyone else can see that.

Kara needs help, but her Aunt is unconscious and in care (her soul was stolen in the firs...more
This series just gets better. All the characters from the last book are back and more people know what Kara does, which is a good thing.

Kara, a violent crime detective, is also a Demon Summoner. Which can be tricky as they are pretty dangerous and sneaky. They always have their own agenda.

Ryan and Zack, FBI agents we met last time, also have their share of Arcane "magic" and are back investigating a crime which of course ends up being connected to various homicides Kara is investigating.

I loved this second book in the series as much as the first, Rowland has an a wonderful touch with her voice for Kara and I can't imagine anyone not loving her. She's smart, a bit sassy workout being at all obnoxious, vulnerable without being weak, just a great heroine. And Rowland's background as a police officer and morgue technician really shows in the work. The way that she seamless integrates the police and CSI work with the paranormal world that she's created is remarkable, it feels comple...more
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This one moved a bit of a slow pace. There were a couple of times where it almost felt like the investigation had been forgotten. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it as much as book 1. There's just so much to be learned and discovered about these characters. Doesn't hurt that Rhyzkahl is sexy as fuck, either.

You know, I'm still completely Team Rhyzkahl, but I really, really want to know wtf is up with Ryan. The demons can't stand his ass. Finally, at the end of this book, Rhyzkahl reveals why. Wtf...more
Blood of the Demon is the second novel in the Kara Gillian series by Diana Rowland and it's one that I've been anticipating since reading Mark of the Demon last year.

Kara Gillian is a newly promoted detective for the Beaulac Police Department in Louisiana and she's just returned to her job after being presumed dead for several weeks. She's still emotionally distraught over the state and well being of her aunt's health plus the fact that the first two cases she lands aren’t typical murders. With...more
3.5 Stars

This second book in Rowland’s Demon series is basically the same as the first with a few key differences. First, the mystery isn’t as easy to figure out. I would consider this a good thing if the suspects weren’t so easy to confuse with one another, thus making the mystery unnecessarily complicated. Secondly, suddenly almost every character either finds out about and accepts the supernatural or has some kind of supernatural gift themselves, which just seems ridiculously unrealistic. Las...more
It has been a long time since I read and enjoyed the first book in this series--my hazy memory tells me I'd dropped it not because I didn't enjoy it, but because I'd heard that Diana Rowland had been dropped by her publisher. With no more books in the pipeline, I forgot about the Kara Gillian series and moved on.

Luckily I noticed someone on Goodreads recently commenting on book 4 or 5 (Felicia Day perhaps?) and how much they continued to enjoy the series.

Enough said. I grabbed book two and am qu...more

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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
In Blood of the Demon, Beaulac homicide detective Kara Gillian is finally able to go back to work after she was technically dead for two weeks after the conclusion of the Symbol Man investigation. Her Aunt Tessa Pazhel remains in an extended care facility after having her essence stolen from her body by the Symbol Man. Kara tries to find answers to how she can get Tessa’s essence to come back to her body before it is too late, including basically destroying Tessa's wards.

Kara also finds herself...more
Erin (Paperback Stash)

Better than the original, and the original is fun. The demon mythology world Rowland created is interesting to follow and easy to be sucked into, the Urban Fantasy is so mixed into police procedural that it’s more of a dual-drama. Blood of the Demons story was clever and twisted, delving into another supernatural creature and as Kara learns about it, we do too.

The mystery element was gigantic as well, since many of the twists and investigative leads made little sense on how they could be intertw...more
Nicola O.
The first two sentence of this book:

The demon was little more than a mist of fog and teeth, barely visible to normal sight. It coiled in slow undulations in the backseat of my Taurus as I drove through the night, the tires of the car humming on the asphalt in low rhythmic counterpoint to the movement of the demon.

Right from the beginning, Rowland makes me smile at the thought of a demon in a Taurus, at the same time that she sets an vividly atmospheric scene. I love the juxtaposition of the fami...more
At the end of book 1, I was eager for Kara to throw caution to the wind and embark on a torrid, long term affair with Rhyzkahl. EAGER FOR IT. Alas, I knew that was a pipe dream and I'd have to content myself with a slow build up with Rhyzkahl and more time spent with Agent Ryan Kristoff. I will say, that Agent Kristoff's character ended up taking a different route than I thought he'd take - one which makes him infinitely more interesting to me - and now I'm very, very curious about him.

Now, Rhyz...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Nice
Rating: NC-17
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Starting to get annoyed.
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Who stealing essence
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Ryan

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
If you are looking for romance, this isn’t the book. And I try to patient. I don’t need romance. So anywho, the mystery is sold and the world building highly interesting. I press on to the next in the series.

For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at:

I am having a lot of fun with this series. The characters are well written and wonderfully developed. The world is interesting and there is decent sexual tension. Oh, and the characters are not cookie cutter. I am mixed as to wishing I had started this series earlier and being thankful I have it to read right now. By the way, the audio is well done.
Boy, did I love that one !
Though on my blog, I mostly review erotica, this is not really erotica, albeit one scene with the hot-but-you-don't-know-for-sure-how-he-feels demon.
The story's got romance elements with the Rhyzkahl and Ryan story, it's got police elements because it's a mystery story with elements of supernatural, well, I think everybody can find what he wants in this story !
I really liked it first book and second, because you feel like you're watching a really good american series...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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