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Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
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Nov 12, 2011

really liked it
Read from November 08 to 11, 2011 — I own a copy

4¼ stars - Kara Gillian is a summoner of demons and a detective newly promoted to homicide. A summoning that Kara does goes horribly wrong and, instead of the lower level demon she expected, some unknown super powerful demon, who looks human, comes through instead. And he is pissed. And then, surprisingly, he’s not and ends up not only not killing Kara, but tells her that she can call him to her whenever she wants. In Mark of the Demon, demons aren’t actually evil, they’re very honor bound, but the things they do, especially to defend their honor, may be seen as evil by human standards. However honor bound they are, Kara has no intention of ever summoning him again even though she’s not sure what went wrong in the first place and her Aunt Tessa, also a summoner, flips out when she hears what happened.

Kara’s first case as a homicide detective is that of a serial killer, The Symbol Man, who is murdering people again after years of silence. Kara almost immediately realizes that the arcane is involved in the killings and worries that someone is trying to summon someone they shouldn’t be messing with. A task force is formed and two federal agents and another detective are assigned to work with Kara. One, Ryan Kristoff, initially seems like an arrogant, dismissive ass, but eventually Kara learns to trust him and trusting people is something that she rarely does. I really liked Kara’s character, she dishes it out just as well as her co-workers do and doesn’t take crap, but she’s not over the top and overconfident (far from it, actually) either.

The secondary characters, the coroner, a crime scene tech, the members of Kara’s department and task force all were good additions to the book, though, like with the author’s other book that I’ve read (My Life as a White Trash Zombie), none were focused on too much and we didn’t learn a lot about them, but they added to the story. This was one of my grab-anything-that-looks-interesting buys during Borders’ (booo!) going out of business sale, and I’m glad that I picked it and the other two books in the series up. I really liked this book and the world building Rowland has done with the demons that aren’t your typical demons, and I look forward to reading Blood of the Demon.

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