Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland

VengenceTitleVengeance of the Demon
Author: Diana Rowland
Series:  Kara Gillian Book 7
Publish Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: DAW Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Perspective: First Person

Publisher’s Description: 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.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!).


”You are going to straight up sh*t a cat sideways.”   OR  “Rednecks vs. Demons”

Nervous Nellie says…

Main characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  Kara Gillian is still recovering from the horrendous devastation that happened in the last book when the Mraztur tried to create a permanent gate between worlds. She is attempting to avoid being implicated in Faroche’s murder and keep the people she loves safe. She is also trying to re-establish the bond between herself and Mzatal. Mzatal is trying to keep the plexus in the demon world from blowing apart because if the demon world collapses so does the human world.

Other characters: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Pellini is quite a focal character in this story.  It’s amazing what we learn. The Qzatal are all involved in more manipulation and furthering their own agendas-uh, duh, that’s what they do – they are demons.  Szerain has broken free of Ryan and appears to have left Zach to fade away into nothingness after all Zach had done for Szerain.  Idris figures out his relation with Kara – which I am sure will come into play further along in the next book.  Rhyzkahl (the ass) has lost his ptarl (Zach) and is now nearly powerless.  He is still his devious self, but his stalkerish obsession with Kara is still in the forefront of this mind and the story.  If he could just manipulate her just right… his plans would materialize.

World: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  The contemporary world and the demon world are very well defined.  The places are described with detail and sometimes the pictures are so vivid in my head, it’s just like a movie.  The terminology is a little daunting, but if you’ve read all of the Kara Gillian books, you are more likely to understand — plus if you are stuck, the author provides a nice little index that can help you research this world.  Kara’s arcane power, the potency of the nexus, the stabilization of the plexus that keeps both worlds from being destroyed, are all linked together.  Everything has a meaning and all is wrapped up in mystery and secrets.

Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Another betrayal — this one didn’t hurt me as much as the one a few books back.  Maybe because I’ve reconciled myself to the fact that no one is who they seem to be and no matter how hard I try, I cannot predict the endings to these stories.  There are a few questions answered as more information is released and more information is held back to taunt us.  There is a hugely emotional scene between Mzatal and Kara (yes, I admit I cried for them and the sacrifices that they have to make) that I bookmarked because the writing was so very good. The only thing that is keeping me holding on to this series is the fact that the scene in question is so heart wrenchingly hard to bare that Kara and Mzatal HAVE to be rewarded in the end.  They just HAVE to be!  Zach and Jill’s child is born and she will be a force that the author tends to leave open ended as to whether or not she is good or evil (Yes! Yes!  I remember they are demons! *echoing words from Ivana’s warning*).  Szerain appears to be manipulating Zach, though I’m not sure if it’s voluntary or not.  They could have a plan they hatched out within the last 15 years to do what? I don’t know… foil the evil demons… wait… they are demons.  Crap.  Well, then, Zach could be coerced by Szerain into doing what he does so his family is left in peace?  Do demons even know what peace is? Mzatal and Szerain could be working together to get the Qzatal to abandon their plans. There are endless scenarios and we could play this game all day long. There is more reference to the twelfth demon lord.  Is it Zach’s child? Is it Kara?  Again, game. All day long. The only hint that we may have is, “The twelfth is a radical game changer…”

Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  This was a one-sitting book.  I started it and could not stop even though I kept telling myself ‘only one more chapter’.  Those of you who, like me, need to know about the ending will appreciate that there isn’t EXACTLY a cliffhanger, but the story does end so it may be picked up in the next book.  There are so many schemes on top of plots, with intricate maneuvering running underneath. This series is a series that is really worth reading.  It’ll have you pondering it well after you have finished with the last page and it’ll have you coming back for more because whether you like it or not, you’ll just HAVE TO know!

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No promotional consideration was granted for this review.


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About Nervous Nell Justice

I read, read and then read. I love my life as a reviewer because I get to meet some awesome people who love books too. It's a fantastic world to live in!My favorite genres: Urban Fantasy, Regency Romance, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Thrillers, Paranormal Mysteries, Vampire Romance, Historical, Contemporary or Futuristic Mysteries and Thrillers, Steampunk Fantasy and Mysteries, Police Procedurals and Political Thrillers.

Posted on April 15, 2015, in 5-Great, Nervous Nellie, Review, Urban Fantasy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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