Monday, August 31, 2009

Win Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland


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Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland




I ran out and purchased this book the first day it hit the shelves in June. It easily piqued my interest and kept me turning pages to find out what happened next. To the exclusion of all things, I finished it in one day. If you enjoy urban fantasy, you'll love this urban fantasy suspense thriller. In Mark of the Demon, I got lost in the magic and didn't analyze the writing, dialogue, characters and world building-although all these things are skillfully managed. I loved this book because it took me AWAY from thoughts of writing and just let me enjoy. I had no choice. I was sucked in!

The main character, Kara Gillian, is a witty detective by day, a demon summoner by night. She's worked hard to get where she is and she's good at it, but the character is sympathetically written with vulnerabilities. She isn't the perfect, beautiful heroine doing the job with a tough obnoxious attitude, unrealistically killing multiple baddies three times her size. (I don't like those kinds of characters.) Kara is totally believable as a demon summoner detective with Fraggle Rock as her ring tone.

The story opens with her successfully summoning one of the highest level demons. She's finally getting the break she's been waiting for in the police department: heading the task force for the Symbol Man's serial murder case, and she must learn to handle herself among the men assigned with her, and solve the crime as quickly as possible. But something goes strangely awry during a routine summoning, and Rhyzkahl, an intensely powerful, angelic creature appears. Oops!

The plot is original, and the suspense had me going all the way to the end. The story was perfectly paced, not long winded. Knowledge of police work is evident, and I loved the interactions between Kara and FBI Agent Ryan Kristoff.

Just an all round sexy, exciting, fun read! The sequel, Blood of the Demon, will be out in Spring, 2010, so I'm sure some pressing questions will be answered. I hope.

4.5 Stars, Recommended

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • The giveaway for Monday, September 7th is the debut novel, Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland. There were new books available at the RWA conference, but I didn't have the opportunity to meet the author. This is a great start to a new series and I can't wait for the next installment. Rowland writes like a seasoned professional. It's very difficult to believe this is her first book! Leave a comment below for one entry to win. Link to the giveaway on your blog for another entry to win. As always, I'll use the random number generator to choose the winner. Contest closes at 5pm EST on Mondays. Good luck, everyone!


17 comments:

  1. Sounds interesting, plus I love books that are hard to put down and can be read in one sitting. :)

    +1 I'm posting a link on my sidebar

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

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  2. I've been wanting to read this one. Please enter me :) bacarleton(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Ooo I want it! I posted on my sidebar too!

    http://lorilaws.blogspot.com/

    pureimagination77(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. This sounds like a book I would enjoy alot!I also like a book that grabs you and won't let you go!
    sharpsusie(at)gondtc(dot)com

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  5. please enter me in the giveaway.this book is on my list to read.
    thanks
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  6. Yay! Another one! I'm feeling somewhat giddy at the moment, perhaps because I'm half asleep and only halfway functioning. But I wanna win!
    candace_redinger(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Count me in
    jomullane(at)bluemarble(dot)net

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  8. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
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  9. Enter me please!

    andrearobbins10@yahoo.com

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  10. I'd love to play please! Thanks.

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  11. Ohh! Sounds good! Count me in!:)

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  12. My kind of book! Hope I win!
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  13. I had kind of ignored this book, but your review has changed my mind! It sounds pretty good!!

    +1 link to my sidebar:
    http://sleeplessinneworleans2.blogspot.com/

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  14. Awesome enter me readingislikebreathing@yahoo.com

    I have an award for you as well

    http://thilette.blogspot.com/2009/09/awards_06.html

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  15. Sounds like a great read, please enter me.

    +1 added to sidebar
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    neverendingshelf@gmail.com

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  16. Coming in late here, is it open worldwide? if so then cool I am in. love the cover

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  17. This book is so good, I wish I had one to give away to every participant!

    Congratulations goes to Pattie @

    http://sleeplessinneworleans2.blogspot.com

    I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. Please let me know what you think of it.

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Thanks for the feedback. Be well, and happy reading!

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