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Blood of the Demon (Kara Gillian #2)

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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
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Paperback, 369 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Bantam
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Alisha
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
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Bradley
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
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Sheyla ✎
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Is it bad that I root for the Demon on this one?
Felicia
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
Katie Michaels
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
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Bonnie
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
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, audio-2015
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.
Katie(babs)
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
★ʜɑʋɘɳ★
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.
Bunnycore
The Good, The Bad, The Well

Let's begin..

The Good

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
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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
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İlkim
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Şehir dışına çıkınca bitiremedim ama seri gerçekten iyi gidiyor. Heralde sonraki kitaplarda işler hepten karışmaya başlayacak.
Angie
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Diane
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.
Regina
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.
Gary
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
they keep getting better second book in and hooked into the series five stars all round
Melinda
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...
Lola
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, Lo ...more
Kira
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.

The
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Grace
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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Boundless Book Reviews
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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Inara
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 whats not to like here? Kara struggles with her tattered self-confidence, her traumatic experience and doesnt 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 Im very curiou
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Katherine
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.
Alisa
3.5 stars

review to come
Kitt
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Blood of the Demon is second in the Kara Gillian series and it doesn't disappoint. Detective Kara Gillian is one week back to work at the Beaulac Police Depart after a month leave due to the conclusion of the Symbol Man murders in the first book, Mark of the Demon, when she gets a call from her new sergeant Cory Crawford to go check on fellow detective Brian Roth. Except when she gets there, things turn sour fast leaving Kara shocked and horrified by what she discovers upon arrival. Soon more bo ...more
Shelley
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Cathy
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
Donna
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jessica
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
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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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Kara Gillian (10 books)
  • Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #1)
  • Secrets of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #3)
  • Sins of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #4)
  • Touch of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #5)
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He grinned. “Well, how about: If anyone can make an oversize polyester uniform look hot, it’s you.”
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