Vengeance of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 7

Vengeance of the DemonAuthor: Diana Rowland
Book Name: Vengeance of the Demon
Series: Kara Gillian
Order: #7
Rating: Really Good
Genre: Fantasy

Blurb:  Demon summoner Kara Gillian is on the wrong side of the law, and there’s evidence to prove it. Too bad the courts don’t accept “fighting demonic forces” as justification for murder and mayhem.

Yet Kara has problems that go way beyond her legal woes. When the enemy demonic lords spur their human accomplices into high gear, master summoner Katashi aggressively pursues their goal to establish a permanent gate between Earth and the demon realm. To hell with the consequences for humanity.

The line between ally and enemy blurs as Kara gathers the remnants of her posse to prevent a devastating demonic incursion, but a shattered trust may cost them the war and put Kara behind bars. With treachery rife, and her loved ones in danger, Kara must call upon the essence of who she truly is in order to rally back from a crushing loss.

And if she can’t, the world is going straight to hell.

Review:  The Kara Gillian series is one that I probably wouldn’t normally enjoy because it is one of those that absolutely drags huge amounts of the story across the series, but the character and story are unique enough that I can overlook that enough to still enjoy them.

Not sure I liked this one quite as much as the other books in this series, though.  This one seems to come really close to falling into a type of book/story that I’m just not fond of, which is the “can never get a break, always something bad happening without any relief” types of books.  This book just skirts that edge, more so than I’ve seen in the other Kara Gillian books.

There seems to be a whole lot more left unresolved and hanging by the end of this book than in past books.  We have no clue how the legal issues are going to get cleared.  The loss of several support characters is left hanging.  Readers are left wondering who’s side other characters are on now.  Kara’s own status with regards to her abilities are also left strongly in the “now how are you going to deal with that” category.  I’m not sure, at the end, that there was actually anything that got resolved in this book.

I definitely still liked the book, but it is going to be hanging on the edge for the next book.  I’m not a fan of a never ending, constantly changing plot so I’m holding out hope that this isn’t going to become that.

 

March Update and Upcoming in April

As of right now, my current book count stands at 112 new and 27 re-reads.  Seems that I am continuing with my theme of re-reading some of my favorites this year.  This month, I re-read one of my all time favorite series, Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of ElantraI probably should have read House War (another favorite) first as that is the series that has the next book out (May5), but I’m sure that is going to be the next on the re-read list.

I’m doing a lot of re-reading because I am STILL struggling to find new authors to read that I love.  Heck, I’d be thrilled with even just one at this point.  Sure, I’ve found a couple of new ones that I like, but I don’t love them and that is getting frustrating.  I have grabbed more new books lately that don’t just jump out and grab me when I read the synopsis on the off chance that something will spark when I read the actual book.  That hasn’t quite worked yet, but I’m still holding out hope.

Something I realized the other day is that I’m not actually writing very many reviews.  While I think it is probably impossible for me to write a review for every single book I read (my current average is about a book and a half a day, so that would be a bit much), I do think I should probably be writing up at least a few more than I currently am.  I didn’t realize how difficult it might be to write up something on a book that isn’t either awesome or awful and since I haven’t found much in the first category and try exceptionally hard to avoid the second, that doesn’t leave me with all that much to write about, so I’m going to work on that for next month.

April 7th brings the new release in the Jane Yellowrock series, Dark Heir.  I’ve got that one on pre-order and cannot wait to get it.  The 7th is also the release day for Diana Rowland‘s latest in the Kara Gillian Series, Vengeance of the Demon.  This one I don’t have on my To Buy list, but I am on the waiting list through the library.  So glad that I know I’ve got some things on my upcoming reading list to really look forward to.