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Secrets of the Demon (Kara Gillian #3)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  7,645 Ratings  ·  353 Reviews
Homicide detective Kara Gillian has a special talent: she can sense the "arcane" in our world, and there's quite a bit of it, even in Beaulac, Louisiana. She's also a summoner of demons, and works on a task force that deals with supernatural crimes. Her partners are attractive and smart FBI agents, but they're not summoners, and they're not telling Kara why they are on thi ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Daw Books (first published November 11th 2010)
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Jul 06, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bonnie by: Maja
Yes, I really did just read all 3 books in this series in a row. Yes, they were all amazing. Yes, I am now going absolutely crazy because I have to wait until JANUARY for the next book. I don’t know why I do these things to myself.

As I stated above, ‘Secrets of the Demon’ this is the third installment in the fabulousness called the Kara Gillian series. I would not recommend reading this review if you have not read books 1 and 2. Unless you don’t plan on reading this series, which is the sillies
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

Another amazing book to this series, we have finally reached five stars. It's one of those where the books keep getting better. It's a strange trend in Urban Fantasy with me this year - almost every series, the third really starts blowing me away.

The mystery plot is brilliant - the author certainly has an incredible imagination to be able to come up with so many story lines that are different, have nothing to do with the other books story lines, and are always as interesting as the others. This
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I usually don't do reviews for books that are later-in-the-series BUT I'm going to make a plea to a particular group of readers:

1) If you enjoyed book 1 but didn't think it was the greatest OR
2) If you enjoyed book 1 and 2 but found youself slightly bored


You must continue with the series and try book 3.

Book 3 was so much better than book 1 and 2. I LOVED it. I seriously wasn't even going to continue with the series. I'm pretty hard on series books. I want each book to be a complete book and
Apr 03, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Demon Summoning Has Less Vomiting!
Beaulac, Louisiana homicide detective Kara Gillian is in New Orleans, working a case with the multi-jurisdictional task force she's recently joined with FBI Special Agents Ryan Kristoff and Zachary Garner. The task force deals with white collar and "financial crimes"...also known as crimes having a supernatural or paranormal element. The lead singer of the Goth rock band Ether Madhouse has been receiving threats that a demon is intent on eating her soul during h
4.5 stars, I just love this series. My favorite thing is that Kara is both a real woman and very firmly the hero of these books. She's a regular woman, not a superhero, she's vulnerable, gets her feelings hurt, gets frightened, eats comfort food, has a temper, is just totally real. And she doesn't turn to anyone to solve her problems. So many fantasy books, especially those with hot demons, have the heroine "forced" into letting the demon solve everything for her, and then she gets to be gratefu ...more
Diana Rowland has become one of my most favored authors to read. After reading three consecutive books in a row that kept me hooked throughout each one and all having endings that had me whispering to myself "Oh, sh*t! I need more!" while scrambling to find out about the next book, yeah I'd say this is a most favorite series, bar none.

Secrets of the Demon was made into a page turner from the pace set by the mystery surrounding the case Kara is investigating surrounding several murders. The roman
First of all, YES I like this cover. It's really REALLY good. It doesn't make me embarrassed to pick up this book (even though I read these on ebook so it's irrelevant. But it makes me more proud of the genre for sure).

Anyhoo this was a good book, another fine installment in a really fine series. I do have to say I'm MUCH more interested in what's going on with all the demon intrigue rather than the cop stuff which I read MUCH quicker, but it tied in nicely and HOLY HELL CLIFFHANGER MUCH?!?! Rya
Katie Michaels
Jun 04, 2015 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the ending of this book!

The journey is pretty good too. But I feel like this is one of those stories that builds and builds. It drops great little breadcrumbs along the way. Then… boom! It drops a great old bomb on you at the end that makes you want to toss your real life onto the back-burner, so you can pick up the next installment. If you are thinking about jumping into this series, by the way, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning. You could enjoy this book as a standalone, b
Jun 22, 2010 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best. Installment. Yet.

I can honestly say, this series is more than freshing, and always on my top list. I really enjoyed both "Mark of the Demon" and "Blood of the Demon", but I have to say, I loved "Secrets of the Demon."

If you haven't read the first to novels in this series, then I suggust you do before reading this novel. You'll get quite lost with the characters actions and backgrounds, not to mention to tension between some characters. Even if it was a stand alone novel, I'd recommend you
Wow, loved the ending of this book. Hate having to wait for next one. It's preordered already.
Apr 23, 2011 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 Stars

I put off reading this book because I just wasn’t very interested, but when I finally did pick it up, I devoured it in less than two days. It was fast paced, fun, and exciting - an enjoyable read. Some of the mysteries surrounding Zach and Ryan finally get cleared up, and even though I called the final bombshell long before it dropped, one of the revelations did manage to surprise me. As with the previous books, the answers you get only raise more questions, stringing you along just eno
Boundless Book Reviews
This series just keeps getting better and better!  It’s not only the current mystery Kara and her new FBI task force are rushing to solve to stop more deaths; it has so many twist and turns, you can’t even begin to guess who the bad guys are.  You think you know, but it just blows you away, when they are revealed at the end!  Oh no, that’s not the best part about this series.  It’s the underlying backstory that’s going on with Kara, Ryan, and the Demon Lord.  What is Ryan, and will he and Kara j ...more
Literati Literature Lovers
Police Procedural Lacking as Demon World Expands

3.5 Stars The police procedural aspect of this book was lacking, but the overall book scored as the demon world of Kara Gillian expanded. In this installment the a rock star is in danger, but I could have cared less about the how and the why. I got Kara and her gang as the urban fantasy world expanded. There was a lot of talking about the music business, which for me could have been cut but the urban fantasy was spot on as the nature of demons was
Kara Gillian is a homicide detective who can sense the "Arcane" and summon demons. Each book has a stand alone murder case with paranormal elements. Slightly darker UF than most but it's a believable world and you can't help but feel for Kara. The paranormal isn't a widely known fact so she has grown up keeping her distance from people on the whole due to her 'weirdness'. As each book progresses we get to see more insight into her and the circumstances that make her who she is. I'm full of quest ...more
Sabruhu (leslecturesdesab)
J'adore définitivement cette série!! Je commence la suite au plus plus vite je veux savoir!!!!
Guys that are mid-twenties but act like they are still in their teens are such a fucking turn-off. Yes, I am looking at you, Ryan.
Mar 13, 2013 meltem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I guess I shouldn't have wait this long to continue this series. I didn't care for story or the characters. Lose my interest completely.
Feb 09, 2011 Yui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love and hate this book at the same time. I'm torn between 4 and 2 stars.
You may think, How the heck can I get confuse with 2 or 4 stars?

Huh! If I knew that then I wouldn't be confused now would I?

For the sake of my own sanity, Let's try the column A, column B method.

In A corner is the reason for giving it 4 stars.

* At the top of the list is the 'unknown' reason of the confusion.
How many books can make you feel so conflicted?
It doesn't matter that the reason is unknown but the very fact tha
**Note** First of all, YES, I am reading this out of order thanks to my stupid arsehead library making idiotic choices in what books they ordered first. Second, I think I found another female heroine I can actually grow to enjoy. Kara Gillian is definitely one to watch. She has a funny attitude, while being really good at her job. Unfortunately, however, it appears those around her have some serious secrets they are trying to keep to themselves, and you would think that after 3 books, most of th ...more
Jun 08, 2010 Alisha rated it really liked it
(Review originally published at Book Lovers Inc:)

So, it’s official–this series just keeps getting better and better. Secrets of the Demon continues to build upon the first two books of the Kara Gillian series–Mark of the Demon and Blood of the Demon–following in the same tradition of combining police procedural with paranormal intrigue and a dash of romance.

Though a direct second sequel, this book is can function well enough as a standalone title, no easy task to carry out. Relevant background i
Jan 07, 2011 Kt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcopy

Kara and the rest of her "task force" are given a job to guard a band because they have received demonic threats, or so they claim. Kara doesn't think the threat is real, so imagine her surprise when something does snatch the lead singer off the stage. It isn't a demon, but it reeks of the Arcane. When a string of murders pop up that have that same Arcane reek, she knows she has to get to the bottom of. Meanwhile, Kara is still bound to the Demonic Lord, Rhyzkahl, and she must keep up her end of
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

With each book I read in Diana Rowland’s Kara Gillian Demon Summoner urban fantasy series, I am more and more amazed that it is not one of the BIG NAME series in the genre. It’s got phenomenal world building, a tough yet venerable heroine, a captivating love triangle, and a increasingly compelling metanarrative that just gets juicier with each book.

In the previous two books (see my reviews below) a number of delicious details were dropped about the Demo
Jennifer Lavoie
I love this series! I was disappointed at first that the style of the cover art changed - I thought it was beautiful before - but it doesn't matter. This book was well worth the torturous year-long wait. I don't know if I can hold out for the next one, though!

This book exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. Rhyzkahl had many layers added to him, as did Zack (oh man, Zack...) and Ryan (can he be who I think he is?). Eilahn is a great new addition as well. I liked her a lot, though I was d
Aug 08, 2010 Enjee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. My only complaint is that it was too short. Happily, there are two more coming out...maybe even this year. The bad guy reveal was unexpected, and I am pleased with how Michael ends up. The Ryan reveal was also unexpected. Overall, nice pacing although the plot was a tad too prosaic.
Linda Poitevin
Dec 31, 2013 Linda Poitevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Diana Rowland book...and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I found it interesting to see how another author handled the "police procedural meets the supernatural" approach. Rowland's own police background definitely shines through, adding a wonderful realism to the world she has created. And that ending!!! I will most definitely be adding more of her books to my TBR list. :)
Shari Kay
Aug 14, 2014 Shari Kay marked it as no-thank-you  ·  review of another edition
Decided not to continue with this series. Apparently the (view spoiler). Though definitely an UF and not technically romance...I still have my limits to what I can accept.
Jul 10, 2014 Katyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, uf, demons, ebook
Wow. Just wow. Seriously.

The mysteries remain solid - I'm one of those people who can usually see the reveal coming a mile away, but Rowland keeps me guessing - and the characters... love them.

And the overall story... she just kicked it up a notch, and I'm so excited!
Too much case. Not, enough fantasy, romance or demons....
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Originally posted at

Favorite Quote: “The sight of him took my breath away. Every. Single.Time. Angelic features-the kick butt guardian kind, not the dorky cherub sort...”

Homicide detective Kara Gillian fights crime in Beaulac, LA with some help from the supernatural. Kara has the ability to sense magic and summon demons. This combination of power has brought her to the attention of the very sexy and very dangerous demonic lord, Rhyzkahl. When Rhyzkahl sav
Fiendishly Bookish
Jul 28, 2010 Fiendishly Bookish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: demons
Kara Gillian has come a long way from that initial summoning in Mark of the Demon (#1). That one changed her life forever, brought Rhyzkahl, a powerful demonic lord into her life, as well as a whole new set of supernatural dangers… including getting herself dead…transported to a demon plane and summarily resurrected. … It’s all in a day’s work right? Rigggght. But Rowland always hinted at more.

In Blood of the Demon (#2) Rowland basically whetted our appetite for more by placing Kara in an untena
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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 (10 books)
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“I told him about me being a summoner, and what that entailed. At the end of he simply gave a long sigh. “Why couldn’t you simply be an alcoholic like all the other detectives?”
I grinned. “Demon summoning has less vomiting!”
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