BLOOD OF THE DEMON
No sophomore slump for Rowland here. Once again she produces a police procedural with demonic flair. Beaulac police detective and demon summoner Kara Gillian makes a most welcome return in the second installment of this intricate series. As a heroine, Kara has become more intriguing, her relationships increasingly complex and interesting. Rowland is an author who is definitely on the rise.
With her beloved Aunt Tessa in a coma and missing her "essence," Kara is determined to find a cure. During the symbol man case, she accidentally summoned the demon lord Rhyzkahl who, for reasons of his own, did not kill her. Now Rhyzkahl wants her to summon him again.
On the police front, Kara discovers a fellow officer who has supposedly committed suicide, but she can see that his essence has been eaten away. Finding out who or what has done this launches a case filled with politics and murder. When it turns out that Kara's case has a link to his own, FBI agent Ryan Kristoff returns. Ryan is not happy that Kara is turning to Rhyzkahl for information, but with her options limited and the danger increasing, Kara doesn't have much of a choice. (BANTAM, Mar., 369 pp., $7.99)