Kitty Norville, talk show host and werewolf, returns in this sixth installment of her series. Fallout from events in the previous volume, which took place in Las Vegas, is affecting Kitty and the werewolves in Colorado. She is a new leader, and suddenly she finds herself in the position of having to prove her leadership - without resorting to the violent tactics of Denver's previous leader.
The wereleopards she confronted in Las Vegas want their revenge, and they have sent something mysterious and powerful to Denver, something that wreaks fiery destruction. She has no idea what it is, much less how to stop it, and as matters escalate and pack members start dying, Kitty becomes increasingly desperate.
When a mysterious stranger turns up, saying that he has the ability to fight the fiery being, Kitty's friend Rick, the master vampire of Denver, warns her against accepting the man's help. The man is a very old vampire, and his request for free passage in Denver in return for his help is suspicious - and Kitty agrees. But can she continue to refuse his help and risk further death to her friends and packmates? She turns to a group of paranormal investigators for help.
I continue to enjoy this series. Each volume stands alone as a story, but it builds on previous characters and events. This installment introduces a formidable foe, and it is clear that whether or not Kitty wishes to be involved, she has become a player in what the vampires call "the long game" - a game that, because the players are immortal, spans centuries and involves incalculable risks.
I love the members of the paranormal television crew - their skills are sure to be needed in further stories, and I look forward to getting to know them better. I also enjoy watching Kitty grow into her leadership role, taking on responsibilities not because she craves power, but because she wants to protect her people and give them the kind of lives she wished for when she'd first been changed - unwillingly - into a werewolf. The latest volume in this series was recently published, and I'll try to hold out as long as possible before reading it, because I hate playing the waiting game. This is among the best character-driven paranormal series out there, and I highly recommend it.
Books in the Kitty Norville series:
1. Kitty and the Midnight Hour
2. Kitty Goes to Washington
3. Kitty Takes a Holiday
4. Kitty and the Silver Bullet
5. Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
6. Kitty Raises Hell
7. Kitty's House of Horrors
Kitty Raises Hell (#6 in the Kitty Norville series) by Carrie Vaughn (Grand Central Publishing, 2009)
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Best Fantasy Stories: "I especially liked the author’s original telling of a werewolf tale; her ideas are fresh and I was able to understand what was going on in the book even though I had not read the first five books in the series."
Pat's Fantasy Hotlist: "Cool, hip, with more depth than meets the eye, and a genuine heroine you can really root for; there's never a dull moment in Kitty Raises Hell (or any of the other Kitty books!)."
SciFiGuy.ca: "Carrie Vaughn always manages to blend entertaining scenes and story arcs that emphasize her amazing cast of characters in a manner that strengthens the readers’ emotional connection to the story."