Kara Gillian, Book 5
Synopsis: Kara Gillian is in some seriously deep trouble.
She’s used to summoning supernatural creatures from the demon realm to our world, but now the tables have been turned and she’s the one who’s been summoned. Kara is the prisoner of yet another demonic lord, but she quickly discovers that she’s far more than a mere hostage. Yet waiting for rescue has never been her style, and Kara has no intention of being a pawn in someone else’s game.
There’s intrigue to spare as she digs into the origin of the demonic lords and discovers the machinations of humans and demons alike. Kara is shocked to discover that she has her own history in the demon realm, and that the ties between her and the demonic lords Rhyzkahl and Szerain go back farther than she could have ever imagined. But treachery runs rampant among all the lords, and she’s going to have to stay sharp in order to keep from being used to further their own agendas. The lords have a secret that dates back to earth’s ancient history, and it could have devastating repercussions for both worlds.
Yet more than anything else, Kara’s abilities as a homicide detective will be put to the test—because this time the murder she has to solve is her own.
Review: What to say? I was really anxious before starting this novel … Indeed, there are widely different reviews regardless wherever the place where we read them and it is true that between a friend who was completely disappointed and one who completely loved it, I was not sure where my heart was going to swing. It remained for me to read it to know my verdict. And finally I was very surprised by this novel, and in the right way. It’s true, I also understand why some have a little more trouble. This book is very different from the others which we have been accustomed to, and I felt that the series took a big turning point in its history this time. But I must say it has completely convinced me for my part. I dare say that this volume is my favorite of the series. All I wanted to know since the first book was revealed in part. Of course there are a lot of events whose we remain totally shocked about. I had to reread certain passages to try to understand what was going on, to try to understand the reactions of certain characters or to see how the situation could change in such a short time. I think we can only be completely surprised by this novel, whether by what is going on or by this new plot that we follow.
Since the end of Volume 4, I could not wait to see what would happen in the demons realm. Who would not? We knew nothing of this place and I really wanted to learn and understand how it was governed. I must say that the explanations and information has exceeded my expectation. We learn so many things here, either about the characters, the world or the past of each person. Kara is in the hands of a Lord who makes her do many things. But despite appearances, the Lord does everything he can to protect his world and hers, and Kara is a threat. At first I was quite disturbed to see that she was not rebelling more compared to what she was going through, it was pretty strange to see her that way, but we understand very well that whatever she might do, nothing will change her state. However she does not remain there doing nothing, and she is waiting patiently for her moment to act and break free of her “chains”. She discovers that she has an affinity with this world she thought she did not know about and a mysterious past is revealed to her gradually throughout the novel. As I also said at the beginning, there are some quite unimaginable events and it’s pretty hard to understand all the actions. Kara is actually quite naive and trusts others rather easily, something that will put her in big trouble. There is an event that particularly shocked me, and we wonder throughout the book what happened, why everything turned this way and what really were the reasons. Our heroine has a pretty amazing effect on each of Lords and we wonder what will happen on the end and what skills she will develop.
There is perhaps one thing that bothered me a bit in the novel. When I started the series, Kara showed enough “suspicion” in relation to people with whom she had a relationship. Or at least it made her think a lot and I feel that she had forget about all that without a reason. And she does not need much. It’s not a lot but it’s true that I’m curious to see what Diana Rowland reserves us later to see what happens then. It was therefore a very good volume and a real surprise.
Omg right! Omg.
*jumps up and down*
I really like this series
I need to read the last book, I’m late with reviews, read it last year lol.
I haven’t read this series, but it sounds really exciting! You definitely piqued my curiosity, Melliane, thanks for reviewing! 😀
yes you should try, the others are very on the investigation part and it’s quite interesting.
Great review Melliane, glad to see you enjoyed it. Strange though that the heroine is growing more naive instead of more suspicous and kick ass. I do look forward to reading this series someday.
yeah, it annoyed me a bit
I love Rowland, but I only read the first 3 books of this series. I loved them so I don’t know why I stopped.
you should definitely continue!
I’ve read Rowland’s White Trash Zombie series, which is awesome, but I didn’t realize she had another series out-I’ll have to check it out 🙂
I have the zombies series but I need to try it.
I love this series, but I’ll admit that I like her White Trash Zombie series more. I was in the middle about this book. I didn’t love it or hate it. I was surprised by this book. I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.
I need to try the other one too. yes this one is different
I’m glad you enjoyed the book as much as you did and that the changes and new direction still made it such a great read for you. I would love to pick-up (some day) her White Trash Zombies and check them out 🙂
yes I liked the way it was done. I need to read the first on the zombies series too.
Glad you fell into the latter group and loved this, I love it when that happens!
Oh another UF for me to look at >.< gosh the list is getting long, I really really need to do some catching up. Glad you really loved this one.
lol right? too many good UF series everywhere.
Yay! Awesome series and I haven’t had the chance to catch up on this series but I’ve read the first 3 or 4! Love it!
Glad you’re enjoying this series! Fab review, Melliane!
I hope you’ll be able to continue soon.
Sometimes a change in a series isn’t always a bad thing, clearly you enjoyed it. Glad you got to learn more about the demons realms too! I was going to say Kara seemed smart for waiting to strike at the right moment, then finished reading the paragraph and definitely changed my mind about her, naivety can definitely get you into trouble. 🙁
no it’s interesting but it’s true that I didn’t expect that.
Don’t you just love it when a book obliterated your expectations through the roof? While I have not heard of this series before, I can see why this book didn’t disappoint a voracious UF/Paranormal reader like you. 😉
yeah it was a really interesting one.
So risky when an author makes a change like that mid series. That’s awesome it was working for you!
yes it was like the genre was really something else. I w as really surprised.
Varied reviews are definitely confusing. It seems with some of the most successful books I find that’s the case, though. I guess it’s all personal taste.
you’re right, well at last if it works for us it’s the principal.
I think I have seen this series around and it seems really appealing still I’m so happy to hear that for you think one was the best till now. I totally understand when you start reading a book that some people loved and others did not but I’m glad it turned out for the best for you. Great review, Melliane 🙂
yes it made me really anxious at first…
I haven’t started this series yet! Oh I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. I find some of her other series sort of uneven and so I wasn’t surprised to see uneven reviews here. However, since you loved it, I have a feeling I will too!
Oh you need to start it! I think you could like it as well.
Yup I heard this series is great too. I don’t know why I’m not reading this yet, the classics…
yeah, I also need to read the last book released and I have the other series but still need to try it.
Do you know I think I started this series, and read like 3 or 4 books…I need to go look them out and figure out what the heck happen. I am delighted despite some questions that this rocked for you.
Sometimes we have like too many series. I hope you’ll go back to it and enjoy it.
I was wondering how this one was. I saw it and wanted to get it but wasn’t sure. I enjoyed one of her books in the past 😀 Great review.
Maybe you can like this series as well if so.
Oh I so need to get to this series. Another one that I think the first book is on my shelf. 🙂 Glad you are loving the series!
I hope you’ll like it if you try it. It’s fun!
A demon summoner who winds up summoned herself is an interesting premise. I don’t like it when a feisty heroine changes and doesn’t fight back. (Might be why some people didn’t like the book) But with all of the new world building I think it would be quite good.
It was my favorite too, D.! I’m in awe of this author – it was a really brave hing to do with her characters!