Just finished reading . . . Kitty Goes to War
Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville series, book 8 ) by Carrie Vaughn
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This ARC was given to me by Tor for review.
Kitty Goes to War is released today, June 29, 2010.
Kitty Norville, Alpha werewolf and host of The Midnight Hour, a radio call-in show, is contacted by a friend at the NIH’s Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology.
Three Army soldiers recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are being held at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. They’re killer werewolves—and post traumatic stress has left them unable to control their shape-shifting and unable to interact with people. Kitty agrees to see them, hoping to help by bringing them into her pack.
Meanwhile, Kitty gets sued for libel by CEO Harold Franklin after featuring Speedy Mart—his nationwide chain of 24-hour convenience stores with a reputation for attracting supernatural unpleasantness—on her show.
Very bad weather is on the horizon.
I seriously think that this is one of the most underrated series in urban fantasy. It’s installments are consistently good, the characters are complex, and the current on-going story arc of the “long game”, an impending struggle among supernaturals for ultimate power, ties the series together nicely.
Kitty’s character growth is my favorite thing about the series, and with Kitty Goes to War, she’s coming into her own as more than just a “reluctant Alpha”. While she questions whether she’s equal to the tasks of protecting her pack while assisting the rogue veterans who need her help, it’s apparent that her confidence has grown with her leadership abilities.
I really like how, unlike a lot of urban fantasy that takes place in a non-specific contemporary setting, this series is firmly entrenched in today’s world, including current events like the war in Afghanistan. It makes the book feel timely, and I love seeing how the supernatural world is interwoven with real events.
There are numerous storylines going on here: the vets, Speedy Mart’s mysterious CEO, Cormac’s release from jail (yay!), and the over-arching “long game”, yet the pacing is never overwhelmed by the need to keep all of them moving forward.
Speaking of Cormac (my favorite character), his re-entry into Kitty’s everyday life (not just occasional prison visits) was handled really well. I was curious to see how it would play out, given her marriage to his cousin Ben, and Kitty’s undeniable chemistry with Cormac. And, while I would have loved to have had things turn out differently for them, the current state of affairs works for the characters and for the story.
I’m really looking forward to seeing where this series goes: for Kitty, as Alpha; for her, Ben and Cormac, as family; and for the supernatural community, as the impending confrontation between vampires Roman and Rick, and the other players in the fight for power.