Blood of the Demon

Blood of the Demon

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BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL, MAN AND DEMON, SHE'S ABOUT TO FACE THE ONE THING SHE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SURVIVE.

Welcome to the world of Kara Gillian, a cop with a gift. Not only does she have the power of "othersight" to see what most people can't even imagine, but she's become the exclusive summoner of a demon lord. Or maybe it's the other way around. The fact is, with two troublesome cases on her docket and a handsome FBI agent under her skin, Kara needs the help of sexy, insatiable Lord Rhyzkahl more than he needs her. Because these two victims, linked by suspicious coincidence, haven't just been murdered. Something has eaten their souls.

It's a case with roots in the arcane, but whose evil has flowered among the rich, powerful, and corrupt in Beaulac, Louisiana. And as the killings continue, Kara soon realizes how much there's still to learn about demons, men, and things that kill in the night--and how little time she has to learn it.
Publisher: 2010
ISBN: 9780553592368
Branch Call Number: FIC FAN

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ScorchingSun
Sep 24, 2014

As in the first novel, the pace can be slow at times and the murder cases themselves are not that interesting. Actually, I found the suspects and evidence too confusing to keep track of.
Somehow and strangely, the endings in both novels made me want to come back for more.

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Mahala
Jun 26, 2012

I throughly enjoyed this book. The world building is creative to show more dimensions that captivates a reader's attention. The characters are flawed and believable with personalities that draw you to them. The suspense and mystery surrounding the arcane murders ignited my curiosity, while the intrigue of corrupt politics and interesting police procedure weave a fast paced adventure that I couldn't help but enjoy. Highly recommend this series to any Urban Fantasy fan.

Clsomers Sep 08, 2011

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 completely real. Watching the investigation unfold is like watching a paranormal Criminal Minds or CSI, except it's the "real" thing, not the flashy TV version, she has to do all of the paperwork and slog through hours of surveillance videos, and go to autopsies and try not to scratch her nose while she has bone dust on her gloves; its not glam! And trying to sneak a peak at the arcane essence of the deceased at a crime scene or explain why a victim should be part of a homicide investigation and not be considered suicide can be pretty challenging when it's based on viewing things no one else can see. Tricky!

I'm not a big fan of love triangles, but I do like this one. For one thing, despite yet another misrepresenting romance novel-looking cover, it does not in any way take over the book, in fact it's a small element compared to Kara's police work. She is very firmly the hero of this story and the men are the supporting elements, something that's nice to see.

So, smart police procedural with an arcane twist. I could have just said that, huh?

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Mahala
Jun 26, 2012

Coarse Language: swearing

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Mahala
Jun 26, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: blood, dead bodies

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Mahala
Jun 26, 2012

Mahala thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Mahala
Jun 26, 2012

the story picks up about a month after the end of the first book. Once again, Kara is faced with the challenge of solving a series of murders that have an arcane signature while piecing together how the victims were all connected. At the same time, Kara is still an emotional reck from the results of the first book. One of which is that she is looking for a way to restore her Aunt Tessa to life. To assist in this Kara summons Rhyzkahl, the Demon lord who is very interested in Kara Lord Rhyzkahl gives Kara the information she needs to help her aunt, but at the same time "asks" her to be become his summoner. To complicate matters even further, FBI agent Ryan Kristoff is back and although his intentions with Kara are unclear which also is causing Kara emotional grief, he makes it abundantly clear that he does not want her dealing with Lord Rhyzkahl. Interestingly, Kara finds out that all the demons seem to know Ryan, and they have a less than positive opinion of him. But in order to solve the murders that are occurring, put a stop to the murderer, and save her own life, Kara needs both help from Ryan and information from Rhyzkahl. Needless to say, this causes tension and sparks to fly between the three characters.

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Mahala
Jun 26, 2012

I grinned and stood. "Damn, I didn't know you could read."
"Yeah, well, it was an audiobook." he replies
"Smartass" I laughed"

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