Reviewed by: Margaret
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series.
My favorite thing about the Kara Gillian series is usually the paranormal police procedural elements. This time out though, Kara’s not working a case but trying to keep it from being solved. If the police discover the supernatural connection to the events at the plantation from the end of Fury of the Demon, the results could be disastrous. But keeping her secrets gets Kara charged with murder when evidence of her involvement surfaces. Her legal troubles start to interfere with her real mission: trying to prevent the rogue summoner Katashi and his allies from tampering with the valves that control the flow of magic between realms.
Meanwhile, the demon realm is suffering a series of cataclysms that occupy Lord Mzatal’s time so he’s unable to help Kara. And her FBI partners Zack and Ryan are out of commission after the plantation disaster. Instead she gets some new additions to her team, as well as some unexpected assistance from the other demon lords. I’m loving Bryce and Pellini, but I missed some of her old gang.
The overall series plot doesn’t move forward much in Vengeance of the Demon as Kara spends most of her time chasing after Katashi and trying undo the damage he’s caused. Some big events do occur, along with some bombshell reveals which are fascinating as well as heart breaking. I never saw any of those twists coming! They add some more pieces to the puzzle and reveal that the conspiracy goes much deeper than Kara imagined. But most of the information isn’t immediately helpful. She knows that the demon lords are playing a long game, but doesn’t yet know their ultimate goal.
To make matters worse, by the end of the book she’s not even sure which players are on her side. All that uncertainty does have an upside though, as Kara discovers that she’s strong enough to fight on her own. After all the trauma and identity crises that she’s been through, it’s nice to see her finally get to that place of confidence and strength. I had to smile at Kara’s Stuart Smalley moment when she figures it out.
The Kara Gillian series is one of my favorites that I wish more people talked about. I feel like my mind is blown all over again after every book. However, they are definitely not standalone novels. The plot is fascinating, but also quite complicated with a few new pieces revealed in each book. Even though there’s not a cliffhanger in Vengeance of the Demon, there are still a lot of unanswered questions at the end. I hate having to wait a whole year to learn more.
Sexual content: kissing, references to rape