Monday, August 30, 2010

Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn

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've got to say that I'm really enjoying this series. Vaughn has done what is unquestionable hard to do: created a unique character that almost effortlessly distinguishes herself amidst the heroines of urban fantasy/paranormal novels. And that's a lot of competition.

Kitty isn't just another kick ass alpha werewolf - ala Shelly Laurenston - she's taken on this role due to abuse she and others suffered in the past; it gives her a different view about what it means to be pack, to be people not just animals. When you combine that with the interesting day/night job of being a radio DJ to her own paranormal show you get a lot stuff to play with. Additionally Vaughn has gone the extra mile in creating a world that is now starting to show its depth. The good and the extra extra bad are stepping forward and making themselves known, so in recent releases like this one Kitty doesn't just have Harold Franklin to contend with - she has secret uber-powerful vampires who are using their ability to take the long road to make some not so nice changes in the world.

But what made this particular book great was that Cormac was back!! Out of prison and able (mostly) to help Kitty with her various paranormal problems, I'm happy to have one of my favorite people back in action. I do find it a little weird that they at one point had this attraction that got overtaken by Kitty and Ben's relationship - they find it awkward too - but it's just one more element to this intricate world that makes it so appealing because things don't always end up the way you expect and you have to deal with the outcome either way.

(Yes there's this whole interesting plot involving the government and werewolf super soldiers - which was cool and done very well done- but I like Cormac so he was the big plus for me when reading this book)

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up.

Series - 1) Kitty and the Midnight Hour 2) Kitty Goes to Washington 3) Kitty Takes a Holiday 4) Kitty and the Silver Bullet 5) Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand 6) Kitty Raises Hell 7) Kitty's House of Horrors 8) Kitty Goes to War