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Mark of the Demon

(Kara Gillian #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  14,021 ratings  ·  831 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Random House Inc (first published January 2009)
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Kara Gillian is summoner of demons. She's also a detective who recently (and fortuitously) transferred to homicide after a three year stint in property crimes. Since she was a rookie, she's been fascinated by a string of unsolved serial murders that were committed in her town, so when a new victim turns up after a prolonged silence, she is THRILLED horrified, but eager to get on the case.

From there things started going
✘✘ 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, li
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of magic noir/occult detective urban fantasy
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Jess R
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
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's ok, but I did't particularly liked it.

This is not my kind of UF. The supernatural part was interesting, however that was such a small area of the book that it barely counts for nothing. The entire book is detective stuff which I really find not interesting at all. I am not into crime books and this was way more that than fantasy.

I am debating whether to give the second installment a chance or not. I really don't want any more of that detective work.
Mar 19, 2011 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
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halloween
Review later.
Erin *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
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
Dec 02, 2009 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
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a stronger UF than I would have guessed from my other impressions. It's very much a police procedural with demon summoning thrown in the mix. I was actually rather surprised that it felt a little bit like a burgeoning romance, too, but there it is! Demon lovers, unite! :)

I was getting the whole Kim Harrison vibe here for a while but I was pleased to see that this is very much its own beast.... or demon. An uber-powerful demon slumming it, a serial murderer, and a mystery. Pretty simple,
May 29, 2009 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
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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
Aug 13, 2015 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
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
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Apr 16, 2014 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
Ohh, potential!

I've seen all sorts of reviews for this series, good and bad (it's no wonder the goodreads rating isn't too high), so I didn't start it off with big expectations.
But, I'm happy to see that it's actually fun and interesting, so yay!

Yeah, the main character isn't the best, but I still like her and I can understand why she reacts the way she does sometimes.

The overall story is engaging and the plot from this book is interesting.
Could it be better? Yes.
Is it worth reading? Definitel
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 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
Jen Davis
Jun 02, 2015 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
Lady Heather
Nov 03, 2012 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!
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This review is also published at

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
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 it would 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 ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
2.5 stars

I first have to say the cover picture is ridiculous. Her neck is about twice as long as a neck should be.

This is a quick read, not a lot of depth here, and it's very linear. I liked the heroine, and the mystery was okay. The characters were good, but the most promising one, the demon from the first few pages, is never seen again, despite what appears to be a set up for him to later appear.

I actually liked FBI man love interest and just had trouble reconciling how he acted he first ti
Jul 06, 2011 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
I reserve the right to revise my last 3 stars. I reread this book and I found that I loved it the second time. I feel there was so much going on that it became interesting. It starts out slow and then begins to pick up the pace. I love that there is some mystery going on in this book.

I love that there is a little love triangle angst, I feel that it gave this book some substance. That became interesting.

the big question that this little bunny has... who the eff is Kristof?

I guess I will, in fac
Actually 4,5 stars!
After the death of her parents Kara Gillian was raised by her aunt. Kara´s 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 s
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jan 30, 2012 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
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
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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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