Series: Kitty Norville #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 1 April 2007
After the traumatic experience of publicly shifting, Kitty has fled to a remote cabin. Her biggest issue is writer’s block until Cormac shows up with a recently bitten Ben. The men had made a pact to kill each other if they got infected but Cormac wants Kitty to help Ben adjust to his new condition. There is also something in the woods that is after them and the local authorities won’t help. This book is darker than previous ones even though romance is pushed to the fore.
Kitty has been on a massive learning curve since book 1 Kitty and the Midnight Hour. To have her evolve once again and this time into an alpha was both interesting and exhausting as it brought about even greater introspection on her behalf. Most of the story concentrates on Kitty, Ben and Cormac as they struggle to redefine their relationships. There has always been something between Kitty and Cormac even if they won’t acknowledge it. In this novel Kitty finds herself becoming closer to Ben as Cormac distances himself. While Ben is fairly passive and needs Kitty to protect him, at least he is willing to acknowledge he needs her. I don’t think Ben needed to go from bad-ass lawyer to a whiny child just to show Kitty’s strength. Ben knew the risks of his ‘hobby’ and if he was really serious about dying then there was nothing stopping him from taking matters into his own hands. Instead he remains passive. Kitty and Ben’s attraction to each other lacked chemistry as all they had in common really was their werewolf status. I guess you could say that Kitty remains unconventional in her conventional relationship – who would have guessed she would be attracted to an upstanding and fairly law-abiding lawyer? One character exits stage left towards the end and I’m still left wondering why.
Intolerance seems to follow Kitty wherever she goes and the locals are not happy about her appearance. She’s accused of killing livestock and the authorities are not sympathetic to her claims of innocence. That coupled with skinned rabbits and other paraphernalia showing up around her cabin adds a realistic touch to the drama. We meet a new species, skin-walkers, which makes Vaughn’s world even richer. I would appreciate a break from the constant doom and gloom (and I imagine Kitty would too).
Given the overall tone of the novels – life is hard and you will keep getting knocked down – I don’t recommend reading them in a short space of time. I read the first four in a row and felt the weight of the world on me. Spread them out so you can savour them instead and you will be able to enjoy this highly unconventional heroine and her world fully.
Others in the series: There are way too many to list now so click on the tag for Kitty Norville or the author Carrie Vaughn to see my other reviews. To see the full series, check out GoodReads.