Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian #1) by Diana Rowland

RowlandMarkoftheDemonI’m home sick this week so you guys are reaping the reward in the shape of an extra post (or two, if I continue to feel well enough to sit at the computer but not well enough to do my work).

Released: June 23, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 370
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN-13: 978-0-553-59235-1

This is Diana Rowland‘s debut novel and Mark of the Demon does not disappoint. It’s an awesome blend of police drama and supernatural story and it moves along really quickly. I was done with it long before I was ready to stop reading, probably because I read it all in one sitting, it was that good. (Plus, being sick means that I have a lot more time to laze around and read since it’s all part of the recuperative process.)

Mark of the Demon is about a small town Louisiana cop named Kara Gillian who’s also a summoner of demons. Things go awry in one summoning and instead of the demon she’s expecting, Kara gets Rhyzkahl, who’s a lot more than any one person can handle. At the same time, she’s also trying to find a serial killer who seems to be using the arcane.

The story really captures the reader’s attention and the author’s world building is fantastic. I’d never have guessed that this was her first novel because it’s so tightly written and has the perfect pace. There’s also a lot of humour and she seems to have really captured what it is to be a police officer, likely because she was a cop herself. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who loves urban fantasy and good mysteries.

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