Fury of the Demon

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On February 2, 2014
Last modified:May 20, 2014


15833153Title:  Fury of the Demon
Author: Diana Rowland
Series: Kara Gillian, book 6
Published:  2014 by DAW
Read: January 18 to 29, 2014
Format: ebook
Genre: Urban fantasy
Trigger warning: Mention of rape and graphic torture

I have enjoyed the series so far. I have enjoyed enough to read the first five books over the course of two months and seeking out a second series by Diana Rowland. However this book disappointed me.

About half way though the book I noticed that I didn’t really want to go back to reading it. I was mostly reading it to get it over with so I could read something else. I found my self reading comics instead. It is not that it is a bad book, it just failed to grab me and suck me in the way the other books did.

Kara’s trust issues are getting a bit old by now. I totally 100 % understand why she has them, but they are getting tiresome to read about because of her constant blowup temper. She blows up and her trust in a friend totally fails her for about 10 minutes while she verbally abuse the friend. When she goes to cool off, sees the error of her ways and apolidice. One or two times that would be fine ok, we get it she is damaged (and with good reason). But five or six times in the course of the book, that is just getting old to me. I hate it when misunderstandings (especially stupid ones) has to be the tension in a romance plot, it is boring and a bit lazy. The people she is having tensions with… it isn’t like there are plenty of real reasons why they should be having troubles.

There is a LOT of sitting around doing trivial stuff in this book. I don’t think we need quite as many scenes of Kara doing mundane tasks while she don’t know what to do. It really slows down the story. To me much of the book felt like filler in between two interesting books. The last book was great! This one, not so much.

Spoiler - on rape
I am not sensitive to rape in fiction as I don’t have any personal experience with it. As most females I think it is a pretty barbaric and horrific thing to do other human beings. I think it has it’s place in fiction. It can make sense to include rape in fiction. Read Jim C. Hines post about writing rape please. But it has to be there for a reason. I can’t stand it when abuse of any kind – especially sexual abuse – is there just to up the ante. In Fury of The Demon a woman is killed, tortured, raped and sodomized. Rowland you already murdered and tortured the poor woman, what purpose does it serve to also rape her. The antagonists were already very unsympathetic, brutal and barbaric. I don’t think it serves any purpose whatsoever let the woman be raped. To me that just seemed gratuities (which is not a word I use lightly) and rather pointless.

Ok what did I like in the book then, I did give it 3 stars after all so I didn’t totally hate it. The world building is still really interesting. There are some lovely friendship scenes and some lovely dialog. The action scenes while chaotic and a bit hard to follow are exciting and the stakes are super high. There were parts of the story where I was glued to the page (like the last 25 %).

Ok lets sum up. A decent part of a great series with some rocky bits and some quite funny and lovely bits as well.

The stats

The author: Female, white, United States
The protagonist: Kara Gillian, straight, white, demon summer, police officer, able-bodied.
Setting: Beaulac, Louisiana, USA, present day

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