Review: Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Title: Mark of the Demon
Author: Diane Rowland
Series: Kara Gillian, #1
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: June 23, 2009
Pages: 370

Cop and conjurer of demons, she's a woman in danger of losing control—to a power that could kill....

Why me? Why now? That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives—and souls—of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he’s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.

Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head...

I hear about the Kara Gillian Series a lot for the Urban Fantasy Readers and I just had to jump into it. I was too damn curious not to. And I am glad I did because MARK OF THE DEMON was absolutely amazing!

Kara is a normal girl, who is a detective and oh, also she is a demon summoner, which seems pretty cool, right? Well until she summons one of the powerful demons into existence. Kara accidentally summons the demon lord, Rhyzkahl. He is ruthless and dangerous and you do not want to piss him off.

Kara is pretty cool and loves her work and what she does. She's not very confident in the relationship department. She's totally into Ryan Kristoff who is working on the case of the 'Symbol Man' with her. And Ryan is totally cool I will be enjoying more of their relationship and seeing where that goes

Now, let's move on to Rhyzkahl. Sometimes in Urban Fantasy I want a change. I absolutely love that Rhyzkahl is ruthless and dangerous. The don't mess with me type. Rhyzkahl does have a fascination with Kara and I would like to learn more about that as the story continues, but I do like him in general. This is seriously one hot demon lord.

I loved MARK OF THE DEMON. I will definitely be continuing on with it and hopefully each book in the series will get better and better. I can't wait for more Kara and her summoning adventures!


  1. Oh I just love this cover, and the story sounds perfect! I love demons, especially the all powerful got sexy ones! ;) going to check if this is on my TBR, if not… *le click* :D

  2. He definitely is sexy. I’m looking forward to see how this series turns out. Hopefully a keeper. =)

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I’m not in love with this series, but I do like it and I’m curious to see what happens in book 6. Hope you enjoy the next one too ;-)

  4. Oh, yea. I like it as far as a first in the series goes. Hope I enjoy all of them too!

  5. Great review. Never heard of this. Thinking I need to check it out for the hot Demon Lord. Just starting getting back into Urban Fantasy lately and need some good ones. Been out of the loop in this genre too long. Love the cover.

  6. Haha! That’s exactly what I did. I check it out for the Demon Lord. I”m not a huge fan of the detective work in UF or any book really, so that’s my least favorite, but I love the spin on this series with the demon summoning and hot demon lords. =)

  7. ooo this has been on my TBR list for a while…your review makes me want to read it now though lol…Awesome review!

  8. I hope you do end up reading it!