Review: Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland

vengeance of the demonReviewed by Jen

Ugh. I am growing more and more disheartened by the direction this series is going in.  These books started as police procedurals with paranormal elements. Our heroine was a cop who also summoned demons. She was relatable. She liked donuts. She hated exercise. She was kind of lonely, with a sort of kooky aunt and mentor as her only family. Over the course of the first few books, she found her niche as a homicide detective. She made a few friends and fell in love. And then, really, what the hell happened?

The past few books –and this book especially– have taken us to an unrecognizable place. I don’t even know who Kara is any more. Diana Rowland keeps changing the game. Then she changes it again. Then she changes it again.  The Rhyzkahl betrayal was shocking. Not that he was her knight in shining armor, but the depths of that betrayal can’t be overstated. Then, I was heartbroken when we lost the possibility of an HEA with Ryan. But Rowland changed the game again and gave us Mzatal. Now, she changes things again.

She puts people and plans in Kara’s life and then systematically blows them up one at a time.  Have a friends-with-benefits demon lord? Boom! Turn that into a plan for her ritual sacrifice. Have promising almost-human boyfriend? Boom! He never really existed. A job at the PD? Boom! A new boyfriend? Boom! Family? Boom! Friends? Boom! Magic? Boom!

I’m just tired. This book blows up some of the last fragile, soft places that Kara has to land. And I am tired of it. I get working in one sharp turn in a series, but it seems like all that is left in this series are turns. And as the old circle moves out, new people work their way into the “posse.” And I don’t want new people, but the old people are ruined and that’s not ok. IT’S NOT OK TO RUIN EVERYONE.

The book moves the series arc forward in as much as we see the bad guys are advancing their evil plans to make a direct gateway from the demon realm to earth.  And more bad things happen to Kara. And we lose more people from the circle of trust.  Oh and Jill’s baby is born –not much a surprise there, what with a baby on the cover and all.

I’m just dangerously close to no longer giving a shit. Which is sad because 1) I was so very invested in the beginning and 2) there are only two books left in the series. But when it’s over, who will be left standing with Kara? Anyone? Will I care?

I just don’t know.

I realize this may be the worst review ever, but I am just really disappointed, y’all. I don’t know what else to say.

Click to purchase: Amazon

Vengeance of the Demon
by Diana Rowland
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: DAW


  1. I was disappointed by this book, too. I’m going to wait on reviews for the next one before I buy. 🙁

    • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

      I just don’t understand! I loved them so much at the beginning of the series.

    • Love your reviews. When I get iffy about a series, I’ll check with you to see if I need to wait on tiptoes for the next book, or just move on to mooning over favorite authors!
      Side question: Have you ever reviewed Marjorie M. Liu? Her Hunter Kiss series is one of the smartest reads that I’ve come across in ages, and I was hoping you could dig up the dirt on when the latest is coming out!
      Thank you for your art with reviews!

      • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

        Wow! Thank you. I have only read one Liu book… Within the Flames, which I liked. It was part of her Dirk & Steele series.

        As for the Hunter’s Kiss series, according to Smart Bitches which featured her in a podcast last year, Labyrinth of Stars was the last book in the series. Here’s the link:

        It looks like she has been throwing herself into her comics. Her latest, Monstress, is out in November. On her blog, she says, “Besides Monstress, I’ve got four new projects that I’m finishing up this summer, all of which I can’t talk about yet but that are deeply exciting to me. I’m also working on a new novel, which feels so good. I love writing prose. I’ve been so busy writing comics, I had forgotten just how much I enjoy crafting dense thick sentences, and making worlds from words. That’s my first love. I don’t want to get so distracted I forget that.”

        Hope that helps!

  2. This also summed up my reaction to the Anita Blake series about 12-15 books ago!

    • EXACTLY! How about the Sookie Stackhouse series towards the end? Some authors just get a little mental sometimes, I guess!

    • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

      I had a hard time letting go of the Anita Blake series, as I liked it so much in the beginning. But when Anita started having sex with a teenager who had to do his homework before they got their freak-on, I had to finally cut the cord.

      I just got bored with the Sookie books. I couldn’t even make myself read the last one.

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