Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland

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(Kara Gillian, #4)
  Urban Fantasy


The homicide beat in Louisiana isn't just terrifying, it's demonic. Detective Kara Gilligan of the supernatural task force has the ability to summon demons to her aid, but she herself is pledged to serve a demonic lord. And now, people who've hurt Kara in the past are dropping dead for no apparent reason. To clear her name and save both the demon and human worlds, she's in a race against the clock and in a battle for her life that just may take her to hell and back.


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Sins of the Demon is the fourth novel in an Urban Fantasy series that combines police procedurals with other realms, demon summoning with crime mysteries.

In this sequel Kara is still trying to figure out the mystery of Ryan while fighting alongside him trying to save her tail from being summoned. Creepy. The summoner has become the summoned, and she’s determined to avoid being sucked into the demon realm while silencing a serial killer’s spree in our realm. Meanwhile she has a new demon bodyguard who provides plenty of chuckles amidst the action; seriously, Eilahn is nifty. The story was excellent, the beginning murders so strange and disjointed that it’s impossible to put down.

For the love that is all bookish, it eludes me why the author thinks ending with a massive, TV show style cliffhanger like she did is ever okay. It doesn’t leave me on the edge, dying to see what happens next, it leaves me annoyed. Frustrated. Confused. With that, “oh no, she did NOT just go there!” facial twitch.

Characterization? Sensational. I really loved Eilahn, she’s fun, especially when she gets a new pet. The books already held genuine humor; she raises the bar to makes the laughs even more genuine. Ryan is present but seems distance, on the back burner somehow, hard to explain. I think the author is carrying on the mystery of him a bit too long. I do have a character pout – why is there only one scene with Rhyzkhal? ONE, lasting under three pages? Please.

Every sequel in this series seems to have a sudden, shocking moment that no one can see coming. It pops out of the blue, leaving me sitting there shocked. Cliffhangers are Diana Rowland’s weakness, surprising twists her strength. She doesn’t need to rely on the cheesy gimmicks of the massive cliffhanger that seems to cut off mid-chapter. Her story stands strongly enough on its own, and the series has established enough of a fan base, where this isn’t really needed anymore.

Definitely holds your attention, there’s a few shockers, the suspense holds firm, and everything is just continuously leading to an unknown mystery.


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