Touch of the Demon by Diana Rowland

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.

5

mellianefini

41 thoughts on “Touch of the Demon by Diana Rowland

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 🙁

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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