Early Review: Touch of the Demon (Kara Gillian #5) by Diana Rowland

December 27, 2012 Review 8

*This title will be released on December 31, 2012*

Touch of the Demon

(Kara Gillian, #5)
by Diana Rowland
Genre: Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; December 31, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 0756407753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407759


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Sex scenes.


Kara Gillian is in Seriously Deep Trouble.
She’s used to summoning supernatural creatures from the demon realm to our world, but now she’s the one who’s been summoned. Kara is the prisoner of the demonic Lord Mzatal, but quickly discovers that she’s far more than a mere hostage. He has his own plans to use Kara and keep her from Rhyzkahl-the demonic lord she is sworn to serve. However, waiting for rescue has never been Kara’s style, and she has no intention of being a pawn in someone else’s game.

Yet intrigue and treachery run rampant amongst all lords, and Kara is hard pressed to keep her wits about her. Her abilities as a homicide detective are put the the test as she seeks the truth about FBI Agent Ryan Kristoff, Rhyzkahl, and herself. But, the answers she finds only raise more questions. She soon discovers that she has her own history in the demon realm-one that goes back farther than she could have ever imagined. But that history may yet spell her doom as she’s faced with a peril beyond mortal comprehension.

She’s going to need all the strength and tenacity she’s developed as a cop and a summoner, or the hell she endures may well last forever.


With such an thrilling beginning, it will be no surprise to find that the first half of TOUCH OF THE DEMON is a complete game changer for Kara Gillian. Swept away into the demon world, at the mercy of beings whose motives and manipulations she can barely comprehend, Kara is operating outside of everything known and comfortable.

This degree of change was disorienting to read, but I’m glad I stuck through the initial deluge of demon names, magical techniques, and political machinations. TOUCH OF THE DEMON is a pivot point for this series, opening up a long term plot line that builds off of hints from past books.  The first half of the book felt a little slow for me, especially as I anticipated the twist at the story’s halfway point, but that made it no less satisfying when the story changed direction.  Some of the magic still seems vague (and I still can’t tell a syraza from a savik from a reyza, demon-wise) but Kara’s friendships, relationships, and personal growth more than carry the story for me.

Though a slow start kept me from giving 5 bats, this book is both strong Urban Fantasy and a killer mid-series offering.  It’s hard to believe that any book could create as much anticipation as the climactic end of SINS OF THE DEMON, but TOUCH OF THE DEMON opens up a whole new world, mythology, and love life for Kara, leaving me dying for book six.


  1. Mark of the Demon – 4/5
  2. Blood of the Demon – 4/5
  3. Secrets of the Demon – 4/5
  4. Sins of the Demon

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8 Responses to “Early Review: Touch of the Demon (Kara Gillian #5) by Diana Rowland”

  1. fangs for the fantasy

    I cannot wait for the 31st to read this book. The last one ended on a cliff hanger that really caused a sever pout. I intend to buy this book the moment it gets released and I have already told my family that no one is to talk to me until I am finished reading it.

  2. Abigail

    I still haven’t finished the last book. It was a little slow so I put it down and never picked it back up. This one sounds better…should I finish the previous book?

    • Julia

      It sounds like the series has trouble with “slow starts”, but both SINS OF THE DEMON and TOUCH OF THE DEMON both pay off in the end.

  3. Suzie

    I love, love, love this series and can’t wait until it arrives in Asia – which will probably be in 2-4 weeks after it’s out in US. The only thing I’m not sold is Kara and Ryan.

    • Julia

      There’s lots of relationship changes in this book, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you. It’s worth the wait!

  4. Cheryl

    I looove this series and can’t wait to read this latest one. I really like Kara, but I’m a little worried that there’re going to be a lot of changes and she won’t be the Kara we’ve been led to believe she is (though it’s been obvious that there was more to her than we knew because of what Rhyzkahl has said to her.).