June 23, 2009
Urban Fantasy Paranormal Romance Romantic Suspense
It should have been just a routine summoning. Kara Gillian has been conjuring
demons for a good while now. One night she is practicing her skills in order to
summon a low level demon and the unexpected and dangerous happens – instead of a
fourth level demon walking through the portal she invoked, Rhyzkahl, a Lord of
Demon appears instead. Knowing full well she is probably going to die, Kara is
unprepared but utterly captivated by the deceptively beautiful demon. One
scorching hot sexual encounter later, Kara is unsure of what just happened or
why he demands that she call him. With his instructions in her mind, Kara heads
into work where she is assigned her first murder case. Having recently been
promoted to investigator, Kara is given the duty of finding and arresting a
serial killer who has been dubbed, ‘The Symbol Man’. The Symbol Man has killed
thirteen people and more are turning up dead. Things in Beaulac, Louisiana are
about to get very interesting.
MARK OF THE DEMON floored me. Completely. I could NOT put this book down
for a single minute. Kara was born into a family of women who practice the
occult and summon demons. She lives alone out in the country so that her
nocturnal activities will not be witnessed by anyone. Enter Special Agent Ryan
Kristoff. Readers are given a hint of romance between these two characters and
then Ms. Rowland throws a huge wrench into the storyline that I did not see
coming. Ryan is an FBI investigator who has been asked to assist on the case
that Kara is working on. To complicate matters further, he also dabbles in the
occult and is small time summoner. With Ryan on her side, and help from
Rhyzkahl in her dreams, Kara is determined to find The Symbol Man – before he
I loved the character of Kara. I found her a mix between princess and tom-boy.
She wasn’t afraid to get dirty but she was still girly enough to worry about how
she looked. Ryan was a top notch FBI agent and his treatment of Kara evolved in
the pages of MARK OF THE DEMON despite the fact that Ryan’s and
Kara’s association starts out a bit shaky. Each officer doesn’t trust the other
but as events unfold, the two grow closer. Their on-the-job connection begins
to turn into something more and I look forward to exploring their relationship
with them in future releases.
For a first release, Diana Rowland’s MARK OF THE DEMON begins
strong and continues to kick-butt the entire book. Action, arcane witchcraft,
demons, and dream travel – I can’t rave about MARK OF THE DEMON enough. Part
urban fantasy, part romantic suspense, MARK OF THE DEMON will grab you, keep you
enthralled, and take every single thing you think you know about this fabulous
book and surprise you completely.
Take a chance on Diana Rowland’s first release, MARK OF THE DEMON.
You will be glad you did – I know I was.
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