Secrets of the Demon (Kara Gillian #3) by Diana Rowland
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 complicate things even more, Kara has pledged herself to one of the most powerful of demons—Demon Lord Rhyzkahl—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? Secrets of the Demon is the exciting third installment of the Kara Gillian series.
I think this is rapidly becoming one of my new favorite series. Rowland has another excellent book on her hands with this one. With every book, this series pulls me deeper and deeper. As I’ve mentioned before, she has a fantastic world — it’s well developed, it’s an interesting concept, etc.
One of the things that is becoming increasingly more apparent as the series progresses is her deftness with her plot. I’m definitely enjoying the macros plot of the series, and the arc that is gradually being revealed is paced very well. It’s not distracting from the plot of the individual books, but it’s not something I’m going to forget about either.
I’m normally not sold on “relationship drama” being a good macro plot—it weirs itself thin pretty quickly, and there’s not much to salvage once you give up on drawing out that tension. Kara’s relationship troubles are a different matter however, and I find that I love them. Fair, they’re not the only macro plot to the series, and we’re admittedly dealing with demons and demonic lords here, so I’d expect to up the anty a bit. The secrets and manipulations seem to be very well planned by Rowling. But more importantly, they, so far at least, are true to character.
I also love that every single detail seems to matter. It’s not in such a way that if you skim over something you won’t understand, but Rowland doesn’t bother us with nuisance details that are going to leave us wondering why she deemed that little tidbit important enough to mention. As that’s a particular pet peeve of mine, I appreciate it from the authors I read.
Can’t wait for more!
Posted on June 30, 2014, in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and tagged book reviews, demon lord, demons, diana rowland, fantasy, kara gillian, mark of the demon, paranormal, supernatural, urban fantasy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.