Friday, January 13, 2012

Review : Sins of the Demon (Kara Gillian #4) - Diana Rowland

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.

I always find it difficult to start a review for a book that I have mixed feelings about. I'm unsure of what I want to discuss first and I don't always know what to say when someone asks me if I enjoyed it.

I think I did. Mostly. Sort of. 

I'm not sorry that I read it, but I'm not eager to initiate conversations about it with my book reading buddies either. So I guess that it ultimately falls into the "it was okay" category.

It was easy to transition myself back into the world that Rowland has created. It's a world of crime-solving mysteries, demons, summoners, oaths and bindings. It's well written and easy to understand, with a bold, foul-mouthed heroine that I enjoy.

But while I do like Kara, she isn't quite entertaining enough to carry the series on her own. I always find myself more fascinated by the secondary characters, including the demons that she has the ability to summon. But as with the previous installment, their appearances are scarce.

Rhyzkahl fans will be disappointed to learn that he makes one brief appearance. Ryan fans may be a bit more satisfied, but I found the interactions between him and Kara to be somewhat dull and occasionally awkward. This caused their emotional outbursts at the story's conclusion to become an eye-rolling moment for me.

The mystery that unfolds has some intrigiung aspects, such as the questions surrounding the victims' causes of death and the tragic ways that they were connected to Kara's past. But by the time the guilty party was uncovered and plans were made to apprehend him (or her), I had already begun to lose interest.

The giant cliff hanger ending has ensured that I will snatch up the next installment on its release day. But I suppose that's what it's designed to do....isn't it?


prangon @ smutty dirty B said...

I like the Kara Gillian series, I haven't had the chance to read the third one yet. I know what you mean by being fascinated by the secondary characters, always happens to me when reading about ONE character in a series.

Alice said...

Doesn't sound like my kind of boo, but thanks for the review.

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