Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Series: Kara Gillian #2
Published on: February 23rd 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.
Blood of the Demon does justice to the sinful precedent its prequel set. The simple formula of detective Gillian complains about the heat, tweaks the A/C, is put on the case, summons a demon, and sings the praises of her private driveway and house which is o-so-lucky to have a basement remains utterly delightful.
The cake comes with icing too, like the mythology of a whole other world whose denizens prize their honor above all else and consider being brought over here a trip to the museum. O, the stars in a demon’s eyes, aglow as if they were a small child’s! What curiosity is this? A traffic light? A series of traffic lights? As of yet, that trope has not gotten old, just cuter and cuter, which is pretty admirable because these demons, especially the higher levels as we are oft reminded, come winged, fanged, twelve feet in height, and even more in diameter.
Gillian’s character type, a lone wolf in search of a pack (and unwilling to admit it), cleverly allows us to accept rather disturbing courses of action that she takes. Like from the standpoint of an outside observer, a looker-on, one should be disturbed that she has taken up an alliance with these alternative beings, even if she insists again and again that their morality is of the grey variety and these demons are nowhere near the Biblical Demon that we all know and hate.
I particularly enjoy how the people who find out what she is doing actually buy this defense. But it’s all love when it comes to Gillian. She works for the force and keeps the general public safe. Demon summonings should be permitted for these two reasons alone, and heck, why not because these other beings are intriguing? Here’s hoping there’s more to learn in the next book (and another overly complicated murder case to play second fiddle too)!
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