“Is there anything in our agreement that says I can’t call you names?”
He crouched and added a few touches to the diagram. A very faint smile curved his mouth. “No.”
My own mouth twitched. “So, hypothetically, if I were to call you an asshole, there’d be no reprisals?”
Touch of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Synopsis: Kara Gillian has been summoned to the demon realm unwillingly by the demon lord Mzatal. He intends to use Kara and keep her away from Rhyzkahl, the demon lord she is sworn to. Kara finds the demon realm beautiful and tragic, and full of secrets she never guessed existed.
Review: My first review of 2013! Wooo hooo! I love the Kara Gillian series. I had high expectations for this book, especially because of the early reviews. I was a bit disappointed. It was the case of over expectation–so all in all, it was still a very good book.
I love the world Rowland has created in Beaulac, LA. However, this book takes us to the demon realm. A whole new world that complements the world building already in place. The descriptions of the settings and scenery of the demon realm were detailed and exquisite. The hierarchy and protocols followed by their residents were also thoroughly described. At times, I felt it was too detailed, and slowed down the book, especially at the beginning.
Plot wise, this book seems like an excellent midpoint to the whole series. It answers a lot of questions and creates new ones. We see Kara’s powers develop expectantly and unexpectedly. Her power growth was not surprising in its content, but more in its intensity. Similar to the character developments. The betrayals dealt to Kara were not restrained; they left her traumatized. We learn a bit more about Szerian/Ryan and how he came to be and how he is what he is. It is an intriguing twist I’m looking forward to being explored.
At times, the book felt like it didn’t go as far as it should have. While Kara’s relationship with one demon lord ripped out my heart (good one Rowland!), Kara’s relationship with a certain demon lord was lukewarm at best. And some of our favorite characters do not show up till much later. The book either could have been shorter, or there could have been more action.
If my review feels lukewarm, it is probably because saying anything more will give away too many spoilers. But overall, this book felt like we are the top of the hill and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Sex: Hot steamy sex scenes
Violence: magical combat and torture to the main character that leaves her traumatized.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Series Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Next Book: Fury of the Demon, release date TBA.