Kitty Saves the World
Book 14 in the Kitty Norville series
by Carrie Vaughn
Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
Tantor Media | Aug 4, 2015 | Running time 8 hrs 11 min
Also available in e-book and Mass market paperback from
Tor Books (August 4, 2015) | Print Length: 336 pages
Audiofile provided by Tantor Media for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Following the discoveries made by Cormac in Low Midnight, Kitty and her allies are ready to strike. But when their assassination attempt on the evil vampire Dux Bellorum fails, Kitty finds herself running out of time. The elusive vampire lord has begun his apocalyptic end game, and Kitty still doesn’t know where he will strike.
Meanwhile, pressure mounts in Denver as Kitty and her pack begin to experience the true reach of Dux Bellorum’s cult. Outnumbered and outgunned at every turn, the stakes have never been higher for Kitty. She will have to call on allies both old and new in order to save not just her family and friends but the rest of the world as well. https://tantor.com/kitty-saves-the-world-carrie-vaughn.html
This novel wraps up the Kitty Norville series and does it well. I like that Carrie is ending the series before it gets stale and with the culmination of a great hope for Kitty. There are, I noted, a lot of dei ex machina (plural of deus ex machina) and the return of past characters, as well as nods to at least one popular movie franchise. The first two provide answers to questions about what happened to those characters and help save the day, and the latter provide an amusing and comforting familiarity.
If you have read the series you’ll want to read this and be on edge for what may be horrible, indeed, intolerable losses because of the great danger Dux Bellorum* poses to Kitty’s personal world and the world at large. You’ll learn who Dux Bellorum follows and the origin of the vamps and were-critters. If you haven’t read the series you do not want to start with this book, but you do want to start the series — especially if you enjoy paranormal romance and urban fantasy with more story than sex.
And, if you also prefer “familiar monsters:” vampires who are nearly immortal, who don’t come out in the day and who do not sparkle, and werewolves who have to change on the full moon. Ghosts who can possess humans are about as crazy as the world-building gets.
As always, Kitty Norville is “everywoman” if “everywoman” were a werewolf with a sense of decency and a gentler alpha nature. She is a very likeable character to whom something bad happens and whose life is thrown into chaos. But, she makes the best of it, through her radio program and adventures. Highly recommended series.
* “Dux Bellorum” means “war or battle” commander.
King Arthur, in one of his earliest literary appearances, is described as dux bellorum (“dux of battles”) among the kings of the Romano-Britons in their wars against the Anglo-Saxons. (wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dux) Dux is the origin of the title “Duke.”
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