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This book was a surprise to me, and I know from browsing other reviews that a lot of people were disappointed by it. However, that disappointment seems to stem from the shift in setting, and less from a change in the ability of the author.
First, the setting of this book is like a classic fantasy novel, with little to no relation to the settings of the previous novels (urban fantasy vs high fantasy). If you hold extreme dislike for high fantasy, you may not like this book.
Second, as with most high fantasy novels, there is a lot of world building, which accounts for the length of this novel. It is more than twice the length of the previous books.
Third, a lot of character development takes place in this book. Characters make choices that have a permanent effect on their place in Kara's life, as well as affecting her behavior and feelings. Many of these changes are negative, and a lot of people appear to dislike the betrayals, newfound friends, etc.
Fourth, there is only an abstract mystery versus the normal "examine the clues to catch the killer." Everything about the world she is in is a mystery, with no clear resolution to be had.
Normally, I would not enjoy a book like this. However, the characters are what make the books so awesome for me, and it is why I spent all of my free time enjoying this audiobook. Rowland does not lose her touch with the realistic portrayal of emotional reaction, and she never forgets to question things in the right places or address sticky situations. Despite all of the world building, there is still a lot of time devoted to dialogue, and the plot is never allowed to grow stale or stagnate. I felt what Kara felt, and it is why I loved this book.
As always, the narrator is excellent. In fact, if I read this book instead of listened to it, I may have had more trouble with the transition from urban to high fantasy. If you're on the fence about this one, I recommend trying it out. You can always return it if it's not for you!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Touch of the Demon?
This novel reads like a woodchipper on jet fuel. Battle, betrayal, torture, plot twists, sex, suspense, it's all in here.
What other book might you compare Touch of the Demon to and why?
I would only compare this book to the first four in this unique and remarkable series. Readers should start with Mark of the Demon, and walk with Kara Gillian on her fraught path.
What about Liv Anderson’s performance did you like?
Pitch perfect performance, not a word or a nuance out of place to interfere with our enjoyment of the story.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
If I had to sum up my reaction to this book, it would be one word: Impressed. It made me want to reread the series from the beginning to track the clues that Ms. Rowland planted and which bloomed into one big gaudy demon jungle in this one.
Any additional comments?
I understand that this series has nine books planned. *Kara Gillian fan swoons*. Brava, Diana Rowland.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you've just finished book 4 you will almost certainly be downloading this to see what happens next. If you haven't read book 4 go back and read the series in order !
For me the series really changes gear at this point, and changes from 10 hour books with a detective trying to solve crimes to 20 hour books with much more inter realm activity and the demonic lords suddenly becoming centre stage as our heroine has to work out who she can and cant trust as she tries to get back home. I thought this was a stunning book and one I will almost certainly return to in the future once I have finished the series .
I found this almost impossible to put down and got through the 20 hours in only 3 days which is almost unheard of for me. its a full 10 out of 10.
OK if the overall plot is a little predictable, there are certainly twists I didn't see coming and I just loved it
Liv Anderson is great as the narrator and gets more or less everything spot on
If you could sum up Touch of the Demon in three words, what would they be?
I loved this book, it kept you on your toes, but also gave you great insight into a fantasy world, it was nice and long and I still did not want it to finish.
What did you like best about this story?
The exciting moments that stopped you from wanting to turn it off.
What does Liv Anderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
She brings the characters to life
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?