Wednesday, August 12, 2015

#Review - Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn (Urban Fantasy)

Series: Kitty Norville # 14
Format: E-Galley, 336 pages
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Tor Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

It’s all come down to this, 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.

Kitty Saves the World brings the Kitty Norville series to a final swan song after 10 years. This is the showdown we've between waiting for between Kitty aka Regina Luporum and her allies, verses Roman aka Dux Bellorum and his hoards of powerful vampires, werewolves, and magicians. Plus, there is a yet to be named Caesar who is waiting in the wings for his turn to enter the ring and make things even more challenging for Kitty. Just a bit of warning, please don't skip over Cormac's book, better known as Low Midnight before picking up this book. Believe me when I say that you will be sorry if you do since there is a pretty important discovery in that book that helps Kitty fight Roman. There are a whole lot of things that connect the books in this series. 

While Vaughn has tried to have a beginning and an ending to each book, the underlying story has been Roman, and the Long Game. Without the challenges of the Long Game and Roman, Kitty would NOT have met vampires from around the world who became her allies, and friends. She would not have become friends with Rick, Alette, Anastasia, Tina McCannon, or Odysseus Grant. I do think that the final action sequence could have been a bit longer. Maybe Vaughn could have had Kitty face off against Caesar, who was revealed in all his glory, one final time before things wrapped up. It's been 14 books. Readers need to see Kitty's character growth, and a final resolution between good and evil so we can happily move on and not flip flop back and forth on how we felt about Kitty and Roman's final confrontation. 

Kitty is a character that I like to challenge as a heroine, and not because she's female. I like to see character growth, as I've stated so many times, that it's become second nature. We, as readers, have watched Kitty become a werewolf. We watched her struggle against the awful conditions that she was forced to deal with in her pack. We watched her fall in love with Ben, and later take over the Denver Pack where she has remained. We watched her go from an intern at a dinky radio station, to DJ of a nationally know radio show known as the Midnight Hour which found Kitty asking questions that were silly, and probing at the same time.

We can also debate the merits of whether or not Kitty deserves the moniker of being a Heroine, and not just a thorn in the sides of every paranatural she comes in contact with. After all, there is no I in team, and Kitty's team of Ben, Cormac, Jessi Harden, Amelia, Sun, Tina, and Grant all stood face to face with Roman and his allies and never blinked. I think that the relationships in this series will always be impressive to me, especially between Kitty, Ben, and Cormac. I liked that Tina, Grant, Sun, and Anastasia all made appearances. I do think that when an author says she wants to stop writing a series, then we have to respect her for that decision. 

I believe that it has to be hard to stop writing about something you've put together and do it year after year. I do think that Vaughn has enough material to spin-off Cormac/Amelia to their own trilogy, maybe? Yes, I do realize they already had their own book. So, why not another one? I do think that with the surprise at the end, Vaughn could come back to this series and maybe push it into the future a bit. I read the authors final thoughts, and I was surprised that she had planned for this ending for Kitty for awhile now. I've always wondered how Vaughn was going to pull off a series finale, and was happy to see that things ended up just fine, thank you very much. 

**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) 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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