Fury of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Posted August 25, 2016 by Karen in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Fury of the Demon by Diana RowlandFury of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Also by this author: Touch of the Demon
Series: Kara Gillian #6
Also in this series: Touch of the Demon
Published by Penguin on January 7th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, General, Paranormal
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780698143746

Demon summoner Kara Gillian bears the scars of Rhyzkahl’s treachery, but she refuses to let them slow her down. She and the demonic lord Mzatal have not rested in their efforts to recover Idris—Mzatal’s summoner protégé who was kidnapped by enemy lords—but now their search has brought them back to Earth.
With the help of FBI agents Ryan Kristoff and Zack Garner, they begin to track down summoners who are working with Rhyzkahl. However, Kara knows Ryan’s true identity, and questions of loyalty threaten to tear apart this group of allies. When Kara intervenes to help a brilliant young computer expert and his bodyguard after an accidental shooting, she quickly learns that Rhyzkahl’s machinations run deeper than she could have ever imagined. The search for Idris takes on a desperate edge as their enemies increase in number, and Kara realizes that an old homicide case may hold the key to their success—or their doom.
With the very fabric of the universe at stake, Kara must rely on her skills, wit, and luck to save her friends and her world, yet ancient vows will have to be broken if she is to have any hope.
But the price of breaking those vows may be her own blood.
Fury of the Demon is the exciting sixth installment of the Kara Gillian series.

When reading the Kara Gillian series the reader or potential reader needs to get on board of this series not being a paranormal romance. If the reader or potential reader jumps in expecting a ‘romance’ type series like Kate Daniels, The Grim Reaper, or Chicagoland Vampire series they will be disappointed. All the mentioned series have female protagonist and are written in their point of view. That is the only comparison between those series and Kara Gillian.  I adore the series I mentioned  and I have come to admire Rowland and her unique story telling.  Now that you know this series isn’t paranormal romance, you might wonder what it is. I would classify this as sexy urban fantasy, as there might not be romance but there are sexy times in the series and powerful relationships between the characters.

Rowland has shifted her series from urban fantasy police procedural to pure urban fantasy with the last two books. I really like this development as I found Kara not a very good cop.   I really like the series but below are a few things that through me for a loop in this book.

This latest book in the series through me for a loop. I felt that Rowland pulled the rug out from under me in the relationship between Ryan and Kara. Ryan has waited for Kara through numerous books and demon lovers. I finally at the end of book four got Ryan and Kara to admit they loved each other. Yes you can have a love story outside of a ‘romance’ book. Then Ryan has the gall to ask where he and Kara stand, and she goes off on him. How does Kara know if Szerain doesn’t have feelings for her without Ryan. She is determined to see them as totally different people, I think it makes her feel better going forward with Mzatal, her demonic lord lover. I feel cheated by Rowland’s use of Ryan, especially after Kara summons Mzatal to earth. Let’s not rub Ryan’s nose in you sexy romp. Then despite Ryan’s earlier talk, everyone acts like Kara and Ryan never said the I LOVE YOU.

Kara despite being thirty and a cop is very emotionally immature, this is not a condemnation just an observance. I like her as a character but if I was expecting a kick ass heroine I would have been disappointed.

Kara is an addict and her aunt Tessa had her switch one addiction drugs for another, demon summoning. I don’t understand an aunt getting a juvenile kid into summoning demons, even if they aren’t the Judeo/Christian construct. Supposedly this was Tessa’s way of getting Kara off drugs? I’m not buying it. I am to the point where I don’t trust anyone in this series as the author has fiddled with everyone to the point of me as a reader not being able to trust characters. I still don’t see the benefit for humans to summon the demons. Kara despite everything she has been through is still a very naïve character, and really doesn’t learn from her past.

The human bad guy has a muddled past that includes his daughter being abducted, but he then has people abducted. This is a WTH moment

Also, the line ‘I can’t it’s complicated’ as an answer when Kara ask a demon for something. Why does she not get that demons are bound by promises millennia old. Over and over Kara has this same convo in this book. Kara and Zack go over and over territory about demon’s and oaths, and the book gets weighted down with these complex talk. I think one talk about his constraints would have been enough. Zack happens to be one of my most favorite characters. This book was a lot of talk, and obviously a book that is setting up next arc of series, as a ton load of new characters are introduced both bad and good. Kara runs head long into the new danger back on earth.

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