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Kara Gillian is back to earth - another great addition to the series!,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fury Of The Demon (Kara Gillian, Band 6) (Taschenbuch)
Total spoiler alert for the previous books! The books in this series [mostly] have an ending to the given plot, but none of it is a stand-alone novel. They all contribute to a strong and surprising story arc and need to be read in order to make any sense at all. And especially in book 5 things happened that change so much for Kara and friends/foes - and I will have to talk about these in order to review book 6 at all. So if you haven't read the other books of the series yet, I recommend you stop right here and start with "Mark of the Demon".
Synopsis [by Goodreads.com]
Who can Kara Gillian trust?
That’s what she’d like to know. Demon summoner and now a consultant for the FBI, Kara Gillian has spent the past several months in the demon realm training while recovering from the treachery of the demonic lord Rhyzkahl. Yet though the torment and betrayal she suffered at his hands continues to plague her, she’s not about to let that slow her down.
Kara returns to Earth to search for a fellow summoner being held by allies of Rhyzkahl. Aiding in the hunt are Kara’s friends, FBI agents Ryan Kristoff and Zack Garner. However, Kara and Zack know Ryan’s true identity—though he himself does not—and questions of loyalty threaten to tear apart their previously close-knit group. Rhyzkahl’s machinations run deeper than they could have ever imagined, and the search for the missing summoner takes on a desperate edge while dangers from ancient demon oaths loom and enemies increase in power and numbers.
Armed with her skills, wit, and attitude, it is up to Kara to save her friends and her world.
The price of failure will be her soul.
First of all there is so much happening in this book that triggers following events, that it's hard to talk any content at all. But I will try.
As is said in the synopsis, Kara spent a few months at the Demon realm training and being in a relationship with the demon lord Mzatal. So she starts out a person rather different than before: she has a lover [with a real relationship, power inbalance notwithstanding], is fit and trained and knows a lot more about demons, herself and the arcane/summoning, than ever before.
And when she gets to earth and finds her house full of her friends [aka "the Kara posse"] who now live at "Kara's Kompound", she and the reader immediately see that the changes in Kara's life are really immense. She came a long way from being the really lonesome [and therefore needy] and secretive person whith no friends, but a bad past and the family-tradition of summoning demons, to being the center of a group of people and demons that revolve around her.
I liked these changes. I liked her as the loner as well, but the changes and evolutions are very good for the dynamic of the story. And the alterations do not only occur in Kara herself or the different character's relationships to her and each other, but also by the addition of allies, as well as villains [don't fret, the "old" villains "Rhyzkahl and friends" are still there in all their gruesome glory]. They enhance the diversity, make the story ring true. Be it demon or human, the descriptions are characteristic, the now rather vast cast of characters are still easy to distinguish and a demon never ever sounds like a human - one of the pretty awesome achievements in this series. The sames goes for the world-building. Although most of this story takes places on earth, the richly described demon realm of the last installment still made the whole world of this series so much bigger.
What did not change at all, is my total hatred for Ryzkahl and his associates. If possible it get's worse with all Kara and posse find out about the depth of his treachery that goes way back. And everytime I thought I've reached the bottom, another low is discovered. Wow!
So this is what I can tell of the story: while hunting for the kidnapped Idris, Kara and friends find new allies, meet new real evil villains and get to know more and more of the sinister plans of Rhyzkahl and his demon lord/summoner gang. And during all that, Kara not only fights the influence of Rhyzkahls soul-stealing ritual, but has to come to grips with revelations about herself, her aunt, the demon lords in general and her friendships. So yeah, a lot happens and there is nearly no pause for Kara. But what lightens the mood, are the banter, Eilahn's hilarious comments and the ever growing posse's living together at Kara's house. A bit "Walton's"-like.
So overall, Ms. Rowland brought Kara and the fight back to earth, but stays on the general course she got on in book 5, which is a good thing. Kara isn't a cop any more and police procedurals and such do not play a real role any more. Let's face it, Kara now has to find herself a new place. For all the fans of Ryan/Szerain: he plays a bigger and bigger part and I'm pretty sure that he will play a huge role in the next book[s]. Good thing, though: although I have a good idea about one or two mysteries of the past [for example, I guess I know what happened with Elinor and Szerain], I can by no means tell, what else Kara will discover abut herself and the demons, who she will end up with or even if she ends living on earth or in the demon realm. But I'm so eager to find out!