- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: DAW (4. Januar 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0756406528
- ISBN-13: 978-0756406523
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,3 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 57.468 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Secrets of the Demon: Demon Novels, Book Three (Kara Gillian, Band 3) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Januar 2011
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"Rowland’s hot streak continues as she gives her fans another big helping of urban fantasy goodness! ... The plot twists are plentiful and the action is hard-edged. Another great entry in this compelling series." —RT Book Reviews
"This is an excellent police procedural urban fantasy that like its two previous arcane forensic investigations stars a terrific lead protagonist... the Bayou heats up with another magical mystery tour that will take readers away from the mundane to the enjoyable world of Diana Rowland." —Midwest Book Review
"The sex definitely sizzles, the characters are engaging, the world is intriguing, and action pulled me right in. Highly recommended!" —Errant Dreams
"Readers of books one and two in Diana Rowland's series will definitely not be disappointed by this third installment. Rowland once again writes the perfect blend of police procedural and paranormal fantasy." —Night Owl Paranormal
"Diana Rowland has built a fascinating and compelling urban fantasy series, with main character Kara as tough as she needs to be yet vulnerable enough to be realistic." —Fresh Fiction
"Phenomenal world building, a tough yet vulnerable heroine, a captivating love triangle, and a increasingly compelling metanarrative that just gets juicier with each book.... Blows most other urban fantasies out of the park." —All Things Urban Fantasy
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line. She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, and has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition. She presently lives in southern Louisiana with her husband and her daughter where she is deeply grateful for the existence of air conditioning. A master of urban fantasy, she’s the author of the Demon series and the White Trash Zombie series. She can be contacted via her website, www.dianarowland.com.
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Wie schon in den Vorgängerbänden MARK OF THE DEMON und BLOOD OF THE DEMON kombiniert Diana Rowland in ihrem Buch "gewöhnliche" Polizeiarbeit mit der Welt des Übernatürlichen und diese Verbindung funktioniert wieder hervorragend. Beiden Aspekten wird im Roman genug Platz eingeräumt, um glaubwürdig zu wirken, und die Details aus Karas Polizeialltag fühlen sich realistisch und gut recherchiert an. Auch die magischen Elemente in SECRETS OF THE DEMON haben mich wieder überzeugt und wir bekommen ein paar neue Infos zu der Parallelwelt der Dämonen.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Sechs Monate sind vergangen, in welchen Kara Gillian einigem trotzen musste. Nicht zuletzt dem Serienmörder, dem "Symbol man", welcher unerbitterlich Menschen abschlachtete, um seine Macht zu mehren. Nun jedoch erweckt ein neuer Fall ihre Aufmerksamkeit, denn die Leadsängerin einer Band, Lida Moran, wird von etwas ähnlichem wie einem Golem angegriffen. Obwohl sie überlebt, geschehen weitere Morde, welche sich mehr und mehr zu einem Netz um die Band und Lidas Familie spinnt. Doch damit nicht genug, denn Kara selbst wird Opfer von Angriffen, welche sich nur mit übernatürlicher Macht erklären lassen. Und auch ihre Partner scheinen nicht diejenigen zu sein, für die sie sich ausgeben. In all dem Trubel muss Kara Gillian sich entscheiden und herausfinden, was wirklich passiert. Und dafür bleibt ihr nur eine einzige Person, die ihr helfen kann: Dämonenlord Rhyzkahl.
"The heavy music pounded through me, making my teeth vibrate and the muscles in my back tense in reaction", so lautet der erste Satz des dritten Romans der Reihe "Die Fälle von Kara Gillian" von Diana Rowland. Harmlos, möchte man annehmen. Doch so harmlos der Beginn erscheint, mit welchem die Autorin die Leser erneut in die Welt von Kara entführt, so voller Wucht schlägt schon nach wenigen Seiten die Bombe ein, welche einen unweigerlich fesselt. Denn Kara Gillian ist nicht zum Spaß unterwegs. Und wie sich herausstellt, scheint sie mit ihrem Verdacht richtig gelegen zu haben, dass jemand der Leadsängerin der Band, Lida, etwas antun will. Doch niemals hätte sie mit etwas gerechnet, dass der Bezeichnung eines Golems gleich kämme.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Wäre die Dämonen Reihe eingestellt worden, wäre ich bitter enttäuscht gewesen. Mittlerweile gehört sie zum Besten, was das Paranormale Fantasygenre zu bieten hat. Kara Gillian ist eine sympathische, beherzte junge Frau; eine Protagonistin, die kompetent ist, ohne perfekt zu sein. Sie darf nicht nur Bösewichte besiegen, sie darf auch wachsen. Die Kara in SECRETS OF THE DEMON ist nicht mehr die Kara aus Mark of the Demon und als Leser man kann die Entwicklungsschritte gut nachvollziehen. Da die Autorin lange Zeit als Polizistin und Pathologie-Assistentin gearbeitet hat, weiß sie wovon sie schreibt und baut ihre Erfahrungen auf vielfältige Art ein. Ähnlich hält es sich mit dem Setting. Rowland schafft es das ländliche Louisianna zum Leben zu erwecken, ohne den Leser mit blumiger Sprache und ausschweifenden Landschaftsbeschreibungen zu erdrücken.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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When the singer is snatched suddenly by something that is definitely not a demon...nor anything else Kara had ever experienced before...the potential publicity stunt takes a dark turn, and any pleasure at rescuing the lead singer is quickly squashed when bodies start turning up surrounded by fields of arcane dissonance that match the one she felt during the singer's abduction, but doesn't match any sort of power with which Kara is familiar. And she can't stop what she doesn't understand.
As the body count rises and the search for answers gets overshadowed by a growing number of tough questions, Kara's job gets infinitely more dangerous. A new wave of power is rising and this time, the thick, oily sense of evil intent is directed at her, and it's the sort of power she's not strong enough to withstand.
I love this series! Kara Gillian is one of my favorite ongoing-series heroines in the genre right now for the very fact that she's so wonderfully normal in all aspects but one: she can summon demons from the demon realm, an alternate universe that brushes against ours. These are not hell and brimstone monsters, either, but different species with various levels of intellect and power that are bound by a strong code of honor. I love the mythos and world building Rowland has created for this series, and I adore the mix of solid police procedural and urban fantasy roller coaster.
But Kara is definitely the driving force of the woman-love I feel for this series. I love that she's got body image issues, isn't a fan of working out (her approaching PT test is enough to give her hives when she thinks about it), and thinks a healthy breakfast is a couple of chocolate donuts and a mug of brew. I think it's fantastic that she's nearly friendless (though that's improving as the series goes along) and hasn't had a relationship with a man last for more than a handful of months...either of the two times she's had a relationship at all. Okay, true, maybe that's not fantastic for her, but for me as a reader, I find her ultimately sympathetic and ever so easy to relate to. She's a little neurotic, a bit insecure - and acknowledges it, and though she's a tenacious bloodhound and a hell of a detective when it comes to solving a case, and would give up her life protecting people she cares about, she's far from a know-it-all and has huge gaps in her understanding of even the forces she is able to manipulate and the magic she can wield. She's an Everywoman of the highest and most well-defined order and I love reading about her.
Diana Rowland deserves a lot of woman-love from me, too. Her ability to blend the mundane and the arcane is stellar, and her gift for dropping taunting little teasers in the overall series plot arc as she slowly but thoroughly embellishes and defines that arc is maddeningly brilliant. She answers some questions in Secrets of the Demon that have been plaguing me since the first book, Mark of the Demon, but still manages to drop more questions into the mix that are just as dastardly. Damn her!
Yet for all that, I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the previous two for a few reasons. There were some aspects of the police procedural plotline that I had some trouble with in this book - and that's a first for me with the series. I just didn't find the idea of some sort of magical construct picking off members of a goth band all that compelling and the time Kara spent following the trail without Ryan and Zach around dragged for me because of it. Well, it did right up until Kara suddenly came under direct fire from an unknown arcane force...the book picked up for me from there. And then rocketed to a very satisfying and plot-twisty conclusion. Still.
I also had, for the first time, a few issues with Kara herself. The just friends/more than friends angst between her and Ryan really got on my nerves in this book, and there was a lot of it - or it felt that way, anyway. It is the one issue that really has the ability to turn Kara into a petulant sixth grader who lacks appeal. Her internal monologue about Ryan and their relationship and her behavior during key moments smacks of a level of immaturity and insecurity that's hard to read by the fifth, sixth, twelfth, and twentieth time I come across it. And though Kara gets points for acknowledging that she's being really immature and insecure, it doesn't alter the fact that I don't like reading about it every time Ryan is a part of a scene. That and a too-healthy dose of hypocrisy really turned me off when a question about a Ryan/Jill hookup popped up. Considering Kara's ongoing relationship with Rhyzkahl I had a big problem with that. I loathe hypocrisy. And I'm none too keen on never-ending love triangles either (um...not that Rhyzkahl is a love match exactly, but...well...you know what I mean). For me, those Kara issues were the most serious of the detractors in this book.
My only other issue wasn't really an issue so much as a curiosity. Kara's language in this book, most notably when she's conversing with her best friend Jill, seemed far more graphic than I remember her being in the first two books. I haven't gone back to check to see if I'm misremembering something, so it's entirely possible I'm off base here, or that the language was an indication of their deepening relationship, but I found it jarring at times. I don't have a problem with coarse language. I use coarse language all the time (don't tell my mother that, though - apparently no age is old enough for the "F" word with that woman). I just found it jarring in relation to what I've come to know about Kara in the previous books.
I gotta say, though, regardless of the issues I had, the ending of this book rocks. There were plot twists I wasn't expecting and answers to questions that had me reeling, and the implication of those answers are mind boggling. The addition of some awesome secondary characters have a ton of potential for juicy development and I'm thrilled to get a chance to see more of them. And as usual, I loved every aspect of every scene and every mention of Rhyzkahl. He's just a whole lotta yum wrapped in an enigmatic, morally questionable, and pleasantly terrifying package.
Secrets of the Demon proved to me that the world Rowland has created and plot she has in mind for it are still expanding in utterly delicious ways. I can't wait for the next installment (their may be frothing at the mouth...just ignore that)!
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Here's my absolute worst problem with this book (and the previous one, for that matter): Kara is sleeping with the guy who slaughtered her grandmother. That's just not normal behavoir, and is completely unconvincing emotionally. Yes, we know that Kara is somewhat emotionally stunted, and yes, we know that by his own lights, Rhyzkahl has done nothing but what his honor demanded -- but, that's not enough. The fact that Kara can understand his motives should, at most, make her able to deal with him cooly. She should not be able to tolerate a sexual relationship (even a loveless one) without at the very least confronting the issue. The fact that her best friend, who is more normal emotionally, condones the relation is even more far-fetched. (And I haven't even brought up the issue of her aunt's feelings, given that it was her *mother* slaughtered..).
Anyway, in my opinion, this issue has absolutely got to be dealt with to bring any believability back to Kara's character.
Setting that aside, the whole issue of keeping the demon world hidden from normal human society is getting harder and harder to believe in, or even to see *why* it is being done. The feds know something arcane is going on, at least enough to assign agents to a 'strange happenings" taskforce. Kara's best friend knows. Half of Kara's local police department knows or suspects. Heck, in this book we find out that random civilians know and exercise powers. It just does not make sense to continue to make heroic efforts to keep the lid on things as Kara & co do here in the denoument. Once the feds are in on it, it will probably be in wikileaks next week anyway.
I also think Rowland is mistaking her 'A' & 'B' plots. The main focus of the book, tracking down a murderer targeting an indie rock band is not very compelling (and the final revelations are forced and unconvincing). Perhaps Rowland's intention is to gradually ramp up the 'B' plot of intrigue in the demon world, but it gets way too little attention here, despite being much more interesting than the crime-fighting.
Finally, as is often the case in Urban Fantasy, the proposed "love triangle" does not work. FBI agent Ryan does not come across as a compelling character at all, and it is hard to see why Kara is so taken with him that she often acts in a completely unprofessional way. The other side of the triangle, Rhyzkahl, works much beter except for the completely un-overlookable ginormous unforgivable deal-killing problem I mentioned above.
So: Confront the "you killed grandma" issue. Forget about "keeping the lid on". Up the demon content, drop the police content (unless Rhyzkahl needs a detective team in the demon realm -- that would be interesting!) and either show why Ryan is interesting, or stop playing him as a romantic possibility, and we might get back to a 4 or 5 star series.
It took me a bit to get into this book, even though this was a quick read for me. The story wasn't slow per se but there were more internal dialog and senseless interactions than I would've liked. Once this book reached the mid-way part, it started to move faster; and was able to hold my attention and interest. The story was interesting and creative, and there was a good amount of mystery to the plot.
For those looking for a police procedural novel, this series is not it. I don't know why the author wrote Kara in as a police officer. She would do better to be a PI; her job is pretty much secondary. Most of the time her precinct scenes felt forced, like the writer included them solely to fill-in some pages.
Rhyzkahl is by far my favorite character and the top reason as to why I keep returning to this series. He is devious and honor bound, and continually keeps me guessing his intentions. I can honestly say, if Lord Rhyzkahl was not in this series, I probably would not continue to read it.
For the Kara and Rhyzkahl fans, this installment is a delicious treat. We don't get as much interaction as I'd like, but the author gives us a glimpse into some sinful scenes.
I recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy fans and look forward to reading the next book Sins of the Demon.
I also recommend:
Hellforged (A Deadtown Novel)
Cheat the Grave (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 5)
Spell Games (Marla Mason, Book 4)
Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, Book 1)
Review: This book picks up a few months after the last book. Kara's life is settling back to a new normal as she deals with her aunt who woke up from a coma slightly changed, dealing with being on an FBI task force with two colleges who are hiding things from her (and one that she's interested in) and with being the Summoner of a Demonic Lord.
The book opens with them staking out a concert in New Orleans as the lead singer had been getting threats that a demon would come and kill her during the last set. Much to Kara's surprise something not human actually does show up and drag the singer off. As Kara and the task force try to figure out who was behind it people start dying at the hand of the same thing.
The beginning of the book really dragged. I didn't really feel the mystery part of the story in book 2, and it was no more interesting in this book. It's somewhat frustrating to have Kara as a police officer, as it really hampers the magical parts of the investigations. Granted she gets first access to the crime scenes, but that could be worked around, especially if she were to quit the police force and go full time with the FBI task force.
The book finally picks up more than half-way through when strange things start happening to Kara. There was one incident in particular that Kara started to look into and then forgot about (in the police station parking lot). Hopefully that comes up again in the next book.
The first two books I didn't feel any chemistry between Kara and Ryan. The only reason I knew he was a love interest was because of Kara's constant angst about it. In this book something finally clicked and Ryan is finally starting to actually feel like a love interest. I still don't like him though. I had made a guess about him while reading book 2 and wasn't surprised to have it confirmed in this book. I did really like what we found out about Ryan's partner, Zach.
I could have use a bit more of Lord Rhyzkahl in the book. The scenes with him were very good. I'm looking forward to learning more about what he's up to in the next book.
I wasn't so fond of Kara's aunt in this book. She seemed to only appear in scenes to tell Kara something cryptic and then wander off. I'd like a return to the aunt from the first book.
While the book started out slow, with a weak story, things picked up toward the end. We got some secrets revealed, while new question have been raised. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Despite murders happening left and right, it felt very slow and like not a whole lot happened right up until page 240 or so. The ending really picked up the pace and was more of what I was looking for, but otherwise the book just kind of sauntered along at a leisurely pace.
Some of the slang/dialog was off, and I think that authors need to be really careful of this. "For the win" never, ever sounds good in a novel, ever. And if Kara doesn't know what make her computer is or how to check her browser history, she's probably not going to be saying something that is so strongly associated with already outdated internet cliches. If you want a good, solid story that withstands the test of time, stay away from things like "for the win" or "fail!".
Also, there was so not enough Rhyzkahl in this one. I love me some demons but he only played a bit part in this one. I keep feeling that Ryan needs to grow a pair, though I'm glad we get some revelations about him.
One thing I do like that this particular author does is expands just a little on background characters like the other police officers so they're more than just a few words. It also gives her more room to develop those characters in the future if she decides to flesh them out, and helps build a more convincing world/community that isn't entirely populated by faceless nobodies.
Despite the general slowness of the book, the ending got exciting again and there was enough new information - and a new character - that will keep me reading when the fourth book comes out.