Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#Review - Kitty in the Underworld by Carrie Vaughn (Urban Fantasy)

Series: Kitty Norville # 12
Published by: Tor Books
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Format: Paperback, 305 pages 
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

As Denver adjusts to a new master vampire, Kitty gets word of an intruder in the Denver werewolf pack’s territory, and she investigates the challenge to her authority. She follows the scent of the lycanthrope through the mountains where she is lured into a trap, tranquilized, and captured. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a defunct silver mine: the perfect cage for a werewolf. Her captors are a mysterious cult seeking to induct Kitty into their ranks in a ritual they hope will put an end to Dux Bellorum. Though skeptical of their power, even Kitty finds herself struggling to resist joining their cause. Whatever she decides, they expect Kitty to join them in their plot . . . willingly or otherwise. 

Kitty in the Underworld is the Twelfth installment in the Kitty Norville series. When last we left Kitty and the gang, Rick had decided to go on a walkabout leaving Denver to a new Master. Kitty and her allies are still trying to find a way to stop Roman from uniting his forces in an effort to take over the world. Kitty found herself challenged for Pack Alpha and learned that she's been lacking in her stewardship. This time, Kitty has an entirely different challenge ahead of her. A challenge that might give her insights on how she can stop Roman once and for-all.

After being notified of yet another strange wolf in the Denver werewolf pack’s territory, Kitty without Ben, investigates. She and a fellow wolf follow the scent where she is lured into a trap, tranquilized, and captured. Kitty finds herself kidnapped by a blend of supernaturals who hate Roman, Dux Bellorum, just as much as she does. They claim they need Regina Luporum to join them. The only problem is that Kitty doesn't agree with the label attached to her, and thinks the group is on the delusional side. Especially since an ally of Kitty's has already lost his life to Roman's machinations.

Have you ever finished a book and wondered what the point of the story was? Yeah, well that's me right now. I realize the series is coming to an end with the final book releasing August 2015. There are certain parts of this story that could play an important part in the final battle with Roman. However, the appearance of a group of cult like supernaturals including a werewolf, were-lion, vampire, and magician really doesn't make any sense unless they plan on being by Kitty's side at the end. 

Kitty is still interrogating everyone she meets and is still no closer to defeating her arch nemesis. She is still thinking like someone who hasn't already faced Roman several times and lived. She takes leave of her senses more often then not. She finds a way to escape, and changes her mind. She trusts too easily, and often times that trust is misguided and things go horribly wrong. 

Even though Cormac's Low Midnight story is up next, I might just skip over it and jump into the finale instead. We shall see. Like I said, there's not a whole lot that moves this story any further to its conclusion. 

**I received this book for free from Tor Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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