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Blood of the Demon

(Kara Gillian #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  9,316 ratings  ·  398 reviews
The serial killer known as the Symbol Man has been dealt with, the demonic lord Rhyzkahl is no longer invading her dreams, and Detective Kara Gillian is doing her best to get her life back to normal after being kind of dead for a while.

Unfortunately, there's little about Kara's life that is ever normal or simple. As a skilled summoner of demons, she's hoping to use her arc
Paperback, 369 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Bantam
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May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I see character development on the rise.

I mean, sure, it's fun and all to come back from the dead, deal with a co-worker's murder/suicide, get courted by one the kings of hell (or whatever PC version you want to call it since demons aren't really evil, they're just morality-challenged), or just try to live your life without having to use the arcane version of Google because the price is just too high.

Or is it?

Despite everything, Kara seems to be hanging on by her fingernails as she explores the
Sheyla ✎
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Is it bad that I root for the Demon on this one?
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 story from this book? Meh.
The overall plot though... that's a different story!

We finally get to know more about everyone (but it's definitely not enough, still). It made me curious about what comes next, so I'm sticking to this series.

Yeah, the main char has her moments of weakness (view spoiler).
Still, it's fun and I like it. Wor
Jen Davis
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Woo-hoo! That was a fun ride.

This second installment of the Kara Gillian series takes things up another notch, with the growth of our title character. What I really like about the way Diana Rowland chose to move Kara’s arc forward is that she didn’t opt to make our heroine more powerful. In most urban fantasies, that’s how things go. The heroine gets more uber-awesome with every book. But here, instead of expanding Kara’s powers, Rowland expands her understanding of the world around her, filling
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoy a good whodunnit murder mystery, and that's precisely what BLOOD OF THE DEMON was, but with a paranormal edge. I'm still not entirely sure what's up with Ryan (although I do have a few guesses), and the Rhyzkahl thing was inevitable, so even though Kara's path is a tad predictable there's still a sizable chunk of unknowns to keep listeners engaged. Liv Anderson is definitely a narrator that I would recommend, especially when paired with Diana Rowland's writing style.
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mike Finn
Engaging Police Procedural mystery amplified by the involvement of the demon realms and a well thought through system of magic.

'Blood Of The Demon' is the second book in Diana Rowland’s series about Kara Gillian, a Police Detective in Beaulac, Louisiana who has a talent for summoning demons. The novels are a mix of police procedural and a magic system involving summoning demons, beings from a parallel plane of existence, spiced a little bit of sexual frisson.

I read the first book. ‘Mark of the D
I enjoyed it quite a bit! But: Kara is quite a noob, pretty boy Ryan is boring and so not an Agent, and the plot reveal was rather weak.

Also, I'm with the demons. Duh.
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we are learning more about Ryan, I mean there are still secrets but I am getting the know the FBI agent a little more. Kara is growing and well let's just say Rhyzkahl. He is just a sexy bad guy. Why not 4 or 5 stars you may ask? Well because of as much as I love these books. They start out slow and can't hold my attention for long. They turn out to be my side book. That is why. I love it but I don't 4 to 5 star love it. That is my deciding facto
Rachel Joy
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am totally falling in love with Ryan, and I really wish that Kara would catch up already.
Rowland is quite skilled in creating her own urban fantasy world in the swamps of southern Louisiana. I particularly enjoy the way she is taking her time with the relationship between Ryan and Kara, because what's the rush, right? We've got lots of time in the books to come to cultivate something truly meaningful and I am taking pleasure in the building up of anticipation and speculation.
I am enjoying this
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn’t like this as much as Mark of the Demon. So much of the story focused on the love triangle. And I hate love triangles. Although the characters are adults, the romance has a childish YA feel. Kara is smart but acts like such a dumbass around men. She does stupid crap like run into the arms of one guy when the other pisses her off. Most of Kara’s thoughts focus on how she feels about the men, and frankly I don’t give a shit. I’d rather know more about the mystery or the world building.

Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I wanted more Rhyzkal and more arcane demon action in general. It dragged a little with all the police procedural and I found it a little confusing when things were revealed. As a matter of fact, I'd say this isn't purely Urban Fantasy, but also Paranormal Mystery. Anyways, the first book was great, I like Kara, and I want to see what happens with Rhyz.
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.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am quite enjoying this series. Lots of police procedural detail, good plot lines and mystery, nice mix of paranormal, good world building and interesting characters. Lets see where book 3 takes us...
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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, Louisi ...more
May 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 "
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When I find a series that I really love, it’s hard not to chew through it. I have to stop myself from devouring the entire thing in just a week or two, so naturally after I finished Mark of the Demon, I went directly to the second book in the series Blood of the Demon.

In this story Kara finds a fellow officer dead from an apparent suicide; but not all is as it appears, his essence is missing. That one mystery starts a slew of other murders and mysteries, all stemming around the mysterious creat
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I really do like this series, but I can't decide if I like the main character, Kara. She's socially awkward, slightly emotionally immature but realistic on many other levels. She lacks confidence and shouldn't. Her debatable love interest, on the other hand, irritates me. It makes absolutely no sense for adults to pretend like they are not interested in someone, especially if you are someone like Ryan who is good looking, smart, and successful. His confliction and inner turmoil concerning the ma ...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
Kara Gillian is a detective by day and she summons daemons by night.

The story begins, when Kara summons a daemon first time after the accident, where she died and come back to life.

The story is interesting and I was intrigued who or what killed the (wo)men.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
they keep getting better second book in and hooked into the series five stars all round
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 definitely different from book 1

Liked. Good plot. Good characters.
Although.....this segment really didn't focus so much in the Lord demon (I'm not going to try spell the name!)

It was more on Kara. And Ryan. And murder. Lots of murder. Good mystery.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good mystery, detective story with a side of hot demonic lord and a FBI agent who is more than he seems.
Happy Reading
Sarah Leenart
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series has really got in it's stride for me now and I loved hearing more about Kara, her world, her growing relationships, both platonic and otherwise. her conflicted feelings were a little irritating at times but she has been practically a recluse forever and is just beginning to enter the world of really interacting with other people. I also really enjoyed the police procedural feel to this one. This was an audio listen for me, which was also an excellent production, well read and I reall ...more
3.5 stars

review to come
Wayne Spiceland
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Another entry, I think, in the "good is the enemy of great," category. Good story, a few nice characters, let down, overall, by the mechanics of the writiing.

The plot seems solid enough, and the author does a particularly nice job integrating the story's paranormal elements with a standard police procedural. The way she combines the sort of events which do occur in our world (murder investigations, romantic triangles) with those which don't lends a note of realism, helping us accept the more out
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