Review: Secrets of the Demon (Kara Gillian #3) by Diana Rowland

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: DAW (January 4th 2011)
How I got this book: Bought
Links: Amazon Goodreads

Blurb from Goodreads:

Homicide detective Kara Gillian has a special talent: she can sense the "arcane" in our world, and there’s quite a bit of it, even in Beaulac, Louisiana. She’s also a summoner of demons, and works on a task force that deals with supernatural crimes. Her partners are attractive and smart FBI agents, but they’re not summoners, and they’re not telling Kara why they are on this special force with her.

To make things worse, Kara has pledged herself to one of the most powerful of demons-a Demon Lord-who helped save her partner’s life, but now expects things in return. Meanwhile, she’s trying to solve a string of murders that are somehow tied together by money, sex, rock music and…mud. But how can she concentrate on the case when she’s not even sure who-or what-her partners are?

My rating: 3.5/5 Stars – Could’ve been better, but I liked it overall.
 

 

Review:

I put off reading this book because I just wasn’t very interested, but when I finally did pick it up, I devoured it in less than two days.  It was fast paced, fun, and exciting – an enjoyable read.  Some of the mysteries surrounding Zach and Ryan finally get cleared up, and even though I called the final bombshell long before it dropped, one of the revelations did manage to surprise me.  As with the previous books, the answers you get only raise more questions, stringing you along just enough to make you want to read the next installment.

As always, I sympathize with Kara because she’s a realistic heroine.  She’s got deep seated insecurities and trust issues, but she’s dedicated and doesn’t give up.  Even though she’s angst personified in this book, I still like Kara because I can understand her emotions.  She has enough self-awareness to recognize when she’s acting childish and immature, making her that much more human and relatable.

The plot was pretty good, but the villains seemed cartoonish, coming out of nowhere at the end to reveal their dastardly plans before attempting to eliminate the good guys.  In fact, the whole resolution seems like it was tacked on.  Like in the last book, another supporting character comes to accept the supernatural.  Though I love seeing this person in the loop and on Kara’s side, his okay-ness with the arcane seems unrealistic.

Secrets of the Demon is a quick, fun read that I would definitely recommend if you enjoyed the first two books in the series.  There’s action, interesting developments in the continuing mystery, sexy scenes with Rhyzhahl, and the introduction of a new character who’s going to make Kara’s life even more complicated.  Though the individual story arcs of each book are somewhat forgettable, it’s easy to be drawn in by the characters and the unique blend of urban fantasy and police procedural.  I’m interested to find out more about Zach and Ryan’s backstory, Rhyzhahl’s plans, and Kara’s fate, so I will probably read the next book in the series.

Reading Order:
Mark of the Demon – read my review on Goodreads
Blood of the Demon – read my review on Goodreads
Secrets of the Demon

Also reviewed at:

Fangtastic Books – 5/5
Lurv a la Mode – 5/5
Smexy Books – B
Babbling About Books, and More – B+
All Things Urban Fantasy – 4/5
Wicked Little Pixie – 5/5

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About Lesley

I love big dogs, ravioli, and all things nerdy. Books are my crack.
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