Jan 17, 2014

Review--Fury of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Who can Kara Gillian trust?

That’s what she’d like to know. Demon summoner and now a consultant for the FBI, Kara Gillian has spent the past several months in the demon realm training while recovering from the treachery of the demonic lord Rhyzkahl. Yet though the torment and betrayal she suffered at his hands continues to plague her, she’s not about to let that slow her down.

Kara returns to Earth to search for a fellow summoner being held by allies of Rhyzkahl. Aiding in the hunt are Kara’s friends, FBI agents Ryan Kristoff and Zack Garner. However, Kara and Zack know Ryan’s true identity—though he himself does not—and questions of loyalty threaten to tear apart their previously close-knit group. Rhyzkahl’s machinations run deeper than they could have ever imagined, and the search for the missing summoner takes on a desperate edge while dangers from ancient demon oaths loom and enemies increase in power and numbers.

Armed with her skills, wit, and attitude, it is up to Kara to save her friends and her world.

The price of failure will be her soul.

WARNING: There will be spoilers from Touch of the Demon

Fury of the Demon is Diana Rowland's latest Kara Gillian novel and it was quite the read. Like nearly 500 pages, but it was still a pretty good read!

I think a lot of what slows me down at times are all the names. Names of demons, realms, spells, Arcane magic things...so many names. I know Diana directs us to use her dictionary on her website but sometimes stopping to try to look up the name and pronunciation can be time consuming and I was eager to see where this novel took us.

Kara has been in the demon world with Mzatal, training. Training to be better in body and mind and Arcane abilities. And the story pretty much leads us right into a battle with Rhyzkahl. And I don't know about you guys, but I am still reeling with his betrayal to Kara from last go around. I mean seriously, that blew my mind. I knew at times Rhyzkahl couldn't be trusted. He was a demon. A demon lord. But he and Kara grew to have some sort of relationship and when he betrayed her it totally shattered my trust in him and pretty much demons in general in this series.

I am left wondering, why does Kara now feel so comfortable with Mzatal. Their relationship has progressed, as we saw anyway. They're lovers, they've bonded and all that jazz, but here I am thinking...can we trust him? I thought I could trust Rhyzkahl but looked how that turned out. So, skeptic me is going to wonder if Mzatal is going to betray us somewhere down the line. Guess I might have to ask Diana if it's okay to trust Mzatal! Really though, I am left to wonder why Kara trusts any demon. Demons are known to be liars when it suits them and be self-serving...but I digress.

Anyway, Kara goes back to Earth and her friends to see many things have changed. Pretty much with just her house. There's also a murderer on the loose, someone who killed a young woman in much the way Symbol Man did. Is it a copycat killer? Or something much more sinister?

Then of course, we still have Rhyzkahl wanting to claim Kara again and finish what he started. Basically destroying what makes her Kara. And naturally a few other problems get linked in and Kara becomes very busy over the next several hundred pages.

Though, it's not all bad. There were some slower moments, but they were coupled with some pretty funny, normal moments. There's a great deal of action in it as well. Plus more delving into the demon Szerain. I think I've finally come to understand the Szerain/Ryan situation a bit more now. Before I only thought I knew what was going on, now things have been cleared up a bit, but there's still a wonder of what will happen with Szerain now?

Overall it was a decent read. I was readily addicted to this series in the beginning. I found it intriguing and different with Kara being a bit unlike the other Urban Fantasy heroines. And I still do enjoy it. Kara has definitely grown over the course of these last six novels and that's always something I want to see as a reader; character growth. I am definitely eager to see how this series will eventually tie up, but in the meantime I am still enjoying the adventures and problems that are thrown Kara's way.

Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars


  1. I haven't read the series and this is the first review I've seen on it. The story looks interesting but I have to agree with you about trying to understand the strange names and vocabulary. When I read books like this, I feel I have to take notes just to keep things straight. Ugh. Thanks for sharing!

    Peace & Love
    Crystal @ YA Society

  2. you're right her trust is strange, I haven't read this one yet but I'm really impatient to do so. thanks for your review!

  3. I only skimmed your review because I read up to book 3 but it seems like the series is still going good.

  4. Yeah, I don't get the whole Mzatal either. Why would Diane put Kara into this position when she has Ryan in the human world. Guess we're expected to have patience and see where this goes. Nice review :)

  5. Oh, I have to catch up in this series soon! :) I love Kara and I'm glad you enjoyed this new installment overall, Jessica. Awesome review.

  6. I haven't heard of this series before, but you reveiw has me intrigued to give it a shot. Even with the issues you had it still sounds like an enjoyable series. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives


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