Saturday, March 28, 2009

Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville Series

I received Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville series a while back not knowing what to expect. I put them on my reading list for March and wished for the best. Upon reading them, I realized right away that this was no chick-lit; this was going to be a kick-ass, take no names, urban fantasy series. I absolutely devoured the series and was done with all six before I knew it.

Kitty and the Midnight Hour introduces us to Kitty Norville, a midnight-shift DJ living in Denver who happens to be a werewolf. Dealing with her werewolf pack and who she is, she accidently starts "The Midnight Hour" on her radio show, basically a late-night advice show for anything supernatural. Actions have consequences, and her new radio show does not sit well with the alpha of her pack or the local Denver vampires.

Kitty Goes to Washington is where Kitty must live with the price of celebrity. She gets called to testify in front of congress and in doing so, gets wrapped up in even more problems.

After Washington, Kitty Takes a Holiday in a mountain cabin to write her memoir. Not much writing gets done, instead she has to deal with locals not trusting her and then her assassin "friend" Cormac and their lawyer Ben - who has some problems of his own.

Finally, in Kitty and the Silver Bullet, Kitty's getting some normality in her life, when her mother falls ill. She must return to Denver (where she is not welcomed by her old pack) and try to remain neutral. Things like normality and neutrality don't seem to agree with Kitty and she is caught up not only in a war in her old pack, but also between the city's vampires....and trying to keep her boyfriend safe.

In Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand, Kitty and Ben are now leading the Denver werewolves, keeping peace with the vampires, and decide to get married - Vegas style. The problem with being a famous werewolf is that people know you - and some want you dead.

If only things really stayed in Vegas, maybe Kitty could have returned to a normal life. But a supernatural evil follows Kitty back to Denver in Kitty Raises Hell and truly makes her life miserable. She has to make some incredibly tough choices about whom to trust and live with the outcome of those choices.

Carrie Vaughn has created a fantastic supernatural urban fantasy series based on werewolves, vampires, old magic, and things that go bump in the night. She has created multiple plot-lines that make the individual books satisfying as read-alones, but also keep the series going. I can't wait to find out what happens to all the characters. As far as urban fantasy series, I am putting this at the top of my list along with Jim Butcher's Dresden Files - which while reading the Kitty series, I kept thinking that it would be funny if Kitty fielded a call from some wizard in Chicago named Harry who needed advice on something.

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