Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Series: Kara Gillian #4
Published on: January 3rd, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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The homicide beat in Louisiana isn't just terrifying, it's demonic. Detective Kara Gilligan of the supernatural task force has the ability to summon demons to her aid, but she herself is pledged to serve a demonic lord. And now, people who've hurt Kara in the past are dropping dead for no apparent reason. To clear her name and save both the demon and human worlds, she's in a race against the clock and in a battle for her life that just may take her to hell and back.
Sins of the Demon perhaps has to atone only for the teeming mass of questions left unanswered as the last chapter calls it a wrap. Certainly the major plot – if it deserves such an honor – a spate of murder cases which owe Kara Gillian their creation, gets resolved. A terrific subplot involving a made-up cat named Fuzzykins, who happens to exist and dislike our protagonist but love her demon roommate, provides plenty laughs and awww moments.
As always the demons in this series are terribly well characterized and giving us only the “tip of the iceberg” concerning this vast demon world is always a good idea. How will it all turn out? Can Kara with good conscious continue to bed a demonic lord? Can Fuzzykins and the species of cats in general be better incorporated into this world of summoners and demons? If I were the author…I’m not but I’m beginning to sound like this one, all crime procedural and such. “Where were you on the night of the twenty-fifth?!” Eh, there’s not enough of that. As far as urban fantasy characters go, Kara Gillian is pretty caught up in her own head, continually debating who to ask what rather than doing it.
Her piddly human sidekicks never seem able to help, even though they’re often there. And compared to the demons, they’re just not as complex. If only the next book were to leave them behind and instead fill out the world we’ve yet heard about secondhand. Surely that is not too much to ask. One has to credit this series anyway for awakening such a need to know just what is on the other side of the summoning circle. Too many settle for a “you know what’s over there because it’s written in this old book” whereas here the saying is “you sort of know what’s over there, it’s sort of what’s written in this old book but sort of not” and it’s this “sort of (k)not” which is so exciting/annoying/mysterious. Also there’s a tentacle-demon-frost-thing on the cover.
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