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Product Details

  • Series: Kara Gillian (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756407753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407759
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A nifty combination of police procedural and urban fantasy."
(Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

"Mark of the Demon crosses police procedure with weird magic. Diana Rowland's background makes her an expert in the former, and her writing convinces me she's also an expert in the latter in this fast-paced story that ends with a bang." 
(Carrie Vaughn, New York Times bestselling author of Kitty Raises Hell)

"Rowland’s world of arcane magic and demons is fresh and original...[and her] characters are well-developed and distinct.... Dark, fast-paced, and gripping."
(SciFiChick)

"With each new chapter in this mesmerizing UF series, the gifted Rowland constructs her world and adds depth to her characters, all while giving readers clues to the over-arching plotline."
(RT Book Reviews)

"Diana Rowland has built a fascinating and compelling urban fantasy series, with main character Kara as tough as she needs to be yet vulnerable enough to be realistic."
(Fresh Fiction)

"Yet again, Diana Rowland has knocked my socks off with a stellar book that left me positively desperate for more."
(A Book Obsession)

"The sex definitely sizzles, the characters are engaging, the world is intriguing, and action pulled me right in. Highly recommended!"
(Errant Dreams)

"Rowland once again writes the perfect blend of police procedural and paranormal fantasy."
(Night Owl Paranormal)

"Phenomenal world building, a tough yet vulnerable heroine, a captivating love triangle, and a increasingly compelling metanarrative that just gets juicier with each book.... Blows most other urban fantasies out of the park."
(All Things Urban Fantasy)

"A nifty combination of police procedural and urban fantasy." —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Rising star Rowland kicks it into a whole new gear with this outstanding story that is heartbreaking, terrifying and utterly thrilling!" —RT Book Reviews (top pick, GOLD)

"Touch of the Demon is hands down the darkest, grittiest installment yet, and it was absolutely fantastic...I can’t wait to see where Diana Rowland takes us next on this brilliant endeavor!" —Sweet Tidbits

"Diana Rowland knows what Urban Fantasy readers want and she delivers every time!" —Night Owl Reviews

About the Author

Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line. She has 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 more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, and has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition. She presently lives in southern Louisiana with her husband and her daughter where she is deeply grateful for the existence of air conditioning. A master of urban fantasy, she’s the author of the Demon series and the White Trash Zombie series. She can be contacted via her website, www.dianarowland.com.

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Can't say much without a spoiler alert!
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Action and intrigue, fun characters and interesting plot twists!
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I also felt like this book went on far too long.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Douglas C. Meeks TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 31, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well folks, Kara has stumbled into the worst time of her life in this book, for those that read Sins of the Demon (book #4) of this series and screamed like I did at the horrible cliffhanger ending, this should help a bit.

Kara finds herself betrayed, imprisoned, and used as a pawn in struggles that began long before she was born. For those of you that love angst, pain and torture; you will get your fill, for those (like me) who want revenge, uh, justice, you will get that in ways you never expected (I mean it, you NEVER expected). Let us not forget the bit of passion and near erotic nature of previous novels, yep, that is here also, what's not to love?

You should be forewarned that this book is going to be more of a standalone novel in comparison to the previous books and I suppose it was needed to keep the series from becoming stale. The changes here will breathe fresh air into an already exceptional series for several more novels. The myriad plots and subplots that Ms Rowland throws out throughout the book keep you guessing and also provide enough action for her to do some new world building and fill in some history of this new world without boring the reader.

Additionally, revelations concerning instances of Kara's own recent history previously hidden will be revealed. This is a well crafted novel that serves the purpose of soothing readers that were less than happy about the ending of Sins of the Demon (book #4) and taking the series off in new directions while holding the same level of excellent writing exhibited in previous novels.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jeronimo on January 4, 2013
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A couple years ago I found a book called Mark of the Demon. I enjoyed it immensely, thought it was a fresh entry in the urban fantasy landscape. The second and third books in the series increased my enjoyment, and the fourth had a cliffhanger that left me right on the edge of my seat. The second this was on sale, I got my hot little hands on it and started reading, ripping through it in a few days.

And...it's okay.

If you're just joining us, Kara Gillian, Louisiana cop and demon summoner, has been summoned to the demon realm, some kind of alternate dimension with lots of really cool Guillermo Del Toro style creatures. The Demonic Lords, humanoids who rule over this place, have some kind of really complicated plan for her. Intrigue and betrayal play out against a very dramatic epic fantasy background, and a lot of questions from the previous books are answered, with some new ones raised.

All told, I actually don't have many complaints. No spoilers, but there was a major twist in a major relationship that I had seen coming for a while but still enjoyed. Basically, Kara is betrayed by someone she really trusted, and it's actually kind of alarming when you realize what his plan was the whole time. What makes it very interesting, though, is that once the former ally becomes a villain, you get the feeling he's got reasons and motivations you haven't explored yet, and that he himself is still kind of conflicted, even though he's terrible. In a genre filled with cackling baddies who basically exist as straw men for an author's personal issues, this makes a refreshing change.

The story drags a bit because we've got to see about a million different types of demons.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on January 29, 2013
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**spoiler alert** Surprisingly disappointed. What was previously a guilty pleasure turned into an eye glossing, think I'll skip this section, stick a fork in my eye groanfest.

I was disappointed mostly by Gillian herself. Her character began to annoy me and I don't remember that from past books. Her maturity level dropped considerably and I really don't understand why she's such a demon magnet. She's never been described as being more than average and her affinity for eating donuts and inability to run great distances has left her lacking in the physical stealthiness, she has never been a 'kick ass' heroine. Her snarkiness in this book seems forced and borders on annoying. Now she has the responsibility of saving the human and demon world, smh. She was a lot more likable when she was flawed and had self esteem issues.

I think that the switch from one supernatural mystery per book to a whole book dedicated to the overall back story with an element of high fantasy is a bit much. I enjoyed the pacing of the previous books mixing pieced out back story with current story. Plus the Gillian/Mzatal hook up was flat. I don't see him as a long term viable love interest. The whole situation was unsatisfying from beginning to end. No good sexual tension and her continually referring to hims as 'boss' must made it that much more Meh.

All in all, I'm quite depressed about how much I didn't like this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Bryan on August 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow.

I haven't seen a series make so much progress in a while.

This book truly took my breath away, I was simply unable to put it down.

Though the previous book ended in a cliff-hanger, it was well-worth the tension and wait to unfold the events of this one.
Here - we finally get to experience the demon world, as well as the truth behind many running mysteries.

We are also introduced to the other lords, as well as a prominent new character, whom for the sake of trying not to ruining anything, I will simply state as the 'Boss' man. He and Kara have a fairly interesting relationship, one in which she learns a great deal more of the arcane, as well as on a more personal level. Though I wasn't entirely sure of Kara's branching relationships, she seems to not be very able to stick to one, I was still in absolute adoration of our Bossman. Together, with an additional cast of characters, it's up to them to right some wrongs.

But before all that, Kara does get a big betrayal, one that I can't say I wasn't entirely not expecting - but it was far more brutal than I thought it would be. A certain character whom I had previously actually grew fond of, ended up being a severe a**-wipe. There is no redemption I can think of for this character anymore, but like Kara, I did feel a severe disappointment. Not in the author, the author did a great job with really hitting home with the betrayal, but with the character itself.

The book is also nice and long, none of which is remotely tedious to go through. We get descriptions of the beauty of the demon world, as well as it's scars, and more hints of the origin of things. The Grove for one thing left me veryyy curious, as well as the mentions of the race that left long ago...
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