I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Series: Kitty Norville #8
Published by Tantor Audio, Tor Books on June 29, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 334 pages
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes
After the last book, Kitty Goes to War probably didn’t have a chance of measuring up. But it came close, it just didn’t quite blow me away like the last one.
Kitty Norville, Alpha werewolf and host of The Midnight Hour, a radio call-in show, is contacted by a friend at the NIH's Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology. Three Army soldiers recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are being held at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. They're killer werewolves--and post traumatic stress has left them unable to control their shape-shifting and unable to interact with people. Kitty agrees to see them, hoping to help by bringing them into her pack.
Meanwhile, Kitty gets sued for libel by CEO Harold Franklin after featuring Speedy Mart--his nationwide chain of 24-hour convenience stores with a reputation for attracting supernatural unpleasantness--on her show.
Very bad weather is on the horizon.
For one – – spoiler if you haven’t read the previous books! – – I thought it was going to be awesome have Cormick back. It so wasn’t 🙁 he’s just not the same – in part because he just got out of prison and that’s really changed him. But more so, I missed Kitty’s interaction with him. I love her with Ben now and I don’t want that to change, but I realize now that what I loved about Cormick was the sexual tension between him and Kitty. Now she’s so worried about him that she’s playing mother hen to him instead. It’s a big change in their relationship dynamic and I need to get used to it. There are some interesting developments where he’s concerned, so things could get seriously interesting with him in the future.
Besides Cormick, though, I think Kitty Goes to War was another hit for me. I just love Kitty’s eternal optimism and determination to help people. This time, she’s trying to help some war vets who were turned into werewolves by another soldier – and it went really well until…. Until it didn’t. Now they’re home and a mess. I loved Kitty’s respect for what they’d been through as soldiers, not just werewolves. I loved that she refuses to give up on them, even when they would give up on themselves. And thanks to Kitty’s House of Horrors, I was constantly on the edge of my seat because who knew where Carrie Vaughn would take it. And she didn’t pull punches again, which was great. Everything isn’t always a happy ending!
But if you know Kitty, she never seems to have just one big problem – in Kitty Goes to War she’s also looking into a series of concerns & incidents at Speedy Marts. It’s something that has cropped up a few times over the series and it was cool to see a little tidbit take center stage in what becomes a pretty serious way.
And I know you’ve got to be tired of me saying it – I just don’t know how else to say that Marguerite Gavin nails the narration. She’s been on my list of top narrators for a while and with Kitty Norville she’s better than anywhere else I’ve seen her. The voices are so spot on and I would probably throw a fit if you told me I had to read it or even worse listen with a different narrator! That would NOT be cool!
So yeah, another great addition to the Kitty Norville series and I’m picking up the next one immediately!!