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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review: Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Title: Mark of the Demon
Author: Diana Rowland
Series: Kara Gillian #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Liv Anderson
Release Date: June 7th, 2013
Length: Novel (386 pages/12.5 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Mark of the Demon is book one in the Kara Gillian series. I've been wanting to try this series out for quite awhile now and finally got around to it! I tend to love Urban Fantasy books with the leading lady as a cop and this one worked fairly well for me.

Kara Gillian is a detective at the Beaulac (Louisiana) police department. She's not only a cop, she also conjures demons in her spare time. When a serial killer dubbed the Symbol Man killer seems to be back after a few years she's put as the lead detective on the investigation. This is where I got slightly annoyed, she's coined the "resident expert" even though she's only read the case files a few weeks prior. It's mentioned enough that it grated on my nerves since anyone that read the files would be just as much of an "expert" as she was. I will say she has more experience than the others even though she's new to homicide because of her conjuring background. Though no one actually knows about that side of her so the premise was fairly weak in that department. Anyway, Kara's finding runes on the bodies that no one else can see, and with the help of a demon lord she accidently conjured as well as an FBI agent on her task force she can hopefully puzzle it out before the killer murders more people.

Mark of the Demon left me feeling slightly rocky on the series just based on this novel. Since it is just the first book though I can see it has a lot of potential and I will read book two just to see where the series goes. Kara's character winds up going through a lot and I was really intrigued on the demon hierarchy. I'm hoping the demons are explained even further in the next installment. All in all, I'd say if you're a fan of Urban Fantasy novels with demons you'd probably enjoy this series, though maybe grab it from the library just in case.



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22 comments:

  1. I know how much you love the urban fantasy genre and this one sounds like it has potential, so I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on the second instalment to make up my mind! :)

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    1. It looks promising :) Hoping I love book two even more!

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  2. This sounds promising and I'll be looking forward to your review for the next book and decide if I could add this series to my TBR ;)

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  3. First books in a UF series can be so hit or miss for me but usually in book two they get me hooked. lol That would have probably had me gritting my teeth a bit with her expert level.

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    1. I'd have to agree, that's generally why I try to stick it through and read book two! But yeah, the resident expert bits drove me a bit batty hahaha

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  4. A premise not fully fleshed out? That's what that "resident expert" thing says to me. Hopefully the series will get better.

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    1. I'm betting/hoping it does get better as the series progresses. I've seen some people that have similar tastes that have enjoyed the later books.

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  5. I like this series, but...the last two have draaaagged

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    1. Good to know, thanks for the heads up!!

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  6. The premise sounds interesting here. Hope the series improves here.

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  7. Hmmm... I do love books that has demons in them. :D

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  8. I'm glad you gave this one a try, I loved this when I read it (5 years ago? 6?) and I loved the second book as well and that's when things start picking up.

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    1. That's great to hear! I'll have to get book two with my next audio credit *happy dance*

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  9. I started out with Diana Rowland with this book, way before White Trash Zombie. I have the most recent book on my iPod, but I haven't listened to it yet. I plan to get to it soon. I hope you enjoy the next book more than this one. I think the series does get stronger in future books.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Thank you!!! I knew I had read one of her books before, it was White Trash Zombie. If this series becomes as strong as I felt the White Trash Zombie book was, then I'll wind up loving them!!

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  10. I always find the first book in urban fantasy series to be rocky and iffy. It takes me until book two to see the author settle and become more confident in their worlds. Great review!

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    1. You're not the only one to say that! I feel like I've had a few UF series start off a bit rocky, but I've gotten lucky in most of them! I'm hoping this one rocks in the next one.

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  11. Oh! I've forgotten about this book. I may have it on my shelf. I think I have it. I wanted to read it when it came out. Yep, I still need to read it. lol. Thanks!

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    1. Oooh I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

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