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Secrets of the Demon by Diana Rowland
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Jul 14, 2010

really liked it
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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 Demonic Lord Rhyzkahl and his ultimate motives for desiring a contract with Kara, and the increasingly suspect nature of who and what Agent Ryan Kristoff is. Well, we get some answers in SECRETS OF THE DEMON, though not quite as many as I was hoping for.

In the third installment of the series Kara has just joined the FBI task force responsible for supernatural crimes. The majority of the story in SECRETS OF THE DEMON revolves around a case Kara is investigating involving the usual murder and mayhem and, this time, Golems. It’s not as intriguing as the cases in the previous books, and I did get a little impatient with all the time it took away from Rhyzkahl and his uneasy relationship with Kara. Likewise, I wanted more from Ryan. He and Rhyzkahl get noticeably less page time in this installment. Still, it’s hard to complain when it still blows most other UF’s out of the park.

Overall, the Kara Gillian series continues to be smart and sexy with a refreshing blend of paranormal and police procedural, and SECRETS OF THE DEMON is yet another reason why this series should be on your must read list. Rowland reports that the next two books in the series will be coming soon and she has plans up through book eight! I’m 100% sold on this series so bring more demon summoning goodness.

Sexual Content: a few semi graphic sex scenes
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