Sins of the Demon (Early Review)

, by Kt Clapsadl

Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland 
Kara Gillian #4

The homicide beat in Louisiana isn't just terrifying, it's demonic. Detective Kara Gillian 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.

Kara has had a lot thrown at her in the past year, but she's learning to cope with it the best that she can, especially the heavy demonic influences, with her ties to the demonic lord, and her demon protector/roommate. Even worse, someone keeps trying to summon her to the demonic realm, a fate she wishes to avoid at all costs. Then things get even trickier when her latest case becomes the first of many mysterious deaths with one thing in common. Kara has reason to hate them all, putting her front and center in suspicion. What the rest of the police force doesn't know is that they deaths are linked by another thing, the Arcane. In between demonic attacks and summoning attempts, she'll have to get to the bottom of things fast before her time runs out.

It really amazes me how much Kara has grown over the books. Granted, it has been a while since I read the first couple of installments, but I remember her as being very closed off from everyone else, and more than a little meek and mild. Now she has her network of close friends that are in on her secret, as well as her close ties to a few demons, and the demonic lord. It is amazing how much stronger she is now that she has learned to trust others, as it in turn helped her gain confidence in herself, not only in her Arcane skills, but also in physical fights as well. It seems all those training sessions with Eilahn are really paying off, and I can only see her getting stronger. I know I wouldn't want to get on her bad side.

As I was preparing to write this, I looked back over my review of Secrets of the Demon.  I had talked about the somewhat love triangle between Kara, Ryan, and Rhyzkahl, and how I was starting to get frustrated with Ryan. It isn't often that I change "sides" in a triangle, but this series seems to be one of those rare cases. What amuses me now is that most of the things that were pushing me away from Ryan had actually gotten a whole lot better in this book. Yet, I still am finding myself more drawn towards Rhyzkahl. Of course he is still very secretive, but I honestly think he cares deeply for Kara, at least as much as he is able to. So for now I think I'm going to have to say I'm on his side, but who knows, maybe that will all change again in the next installment. I'm definitely kept on my toes when it comes to the two of them, and that keeps things rather interesting.

After the way the previous installment ended with a shocking revelation about Ryan, I had been dying to get my hands on Sins of the Demon. I so desperately wanted to know how things were going to change, and get the story behind it all. So, you can imagine my frustration when Ryan didn't even arrive on page until chapter five, and even after finishing the book, we still don't know much more than before. Even worse, Sins of the Demon ended on one heck of a cliffhanger, to the point where the wait for the next installment may just drive me nuts. I have a feeling that there are more than a few shockers in store based on what occurred in the last few pages, but I wouldn't expect anything less. Yet again, Diana Rowland has knocked my socks off with a stellar book that left me positively desperate for more. Trust me, you won't want to miss this!

(Received a copy from the Publisher)


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