Low Midnight by Carrie Vaughn #COYER Review

August 13, 2015 Reviews 7

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.

Low Midnight by Carrie Vaughn #COYER ReviewLow Midnight by Carrie Vaughn
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Series: Kitty Norville #13
Published by Tantor Audio, Tor Books on Deccember 30, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 309
Length: 6 hours 51 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher

Low Midnight spins out of the series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty's most popular supporting character, Cormac Bennett, a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes.

In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary… a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty's world and all who inhabit it.

With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward, but also illuminates Cormac's past and lays the groundwork for Kitty's future.

So I went into Low Midnight with serious reservations. I mean, I’m addicted to Kitty AND I’ve only JUST gotten comfortable with the new Cormac. So a whole book from his point of view made me really nervous. One chapter in I knew I had nothing to worry about – I loved it!

There are two main reasons I think I enjoyed Low Midnight so much – first of all – it was great really seeing first hand EXACTLY what’s going on with Cormac and Amelia. It’s an interesting relationship and it was super cool seeing how much of an influence Amelia really has. And she’s a neat character, so I’m really glad to actually know her.

The second reason I loved Low Midnight – getting to see Kitty and Ben through Cormac’s eyes. I’m so used to seeing everything through Kitty’s view point, so to get an outside look at her was cool. Especially because it’s easy to forget how settled she and Ben really have gotten because of all the other shit going on in their lives. But with Cormac’s view, suddenly I see this very settled, happy, almost normal couple. It was weird, but it was a moment that makes you smile, especially with the series coming to a close with the next book.

But – you knew there was a but since it’s not 5 stars right? – but it’s the penultimate book and didn’t have quite the same intensity I’d expect at this point. There were some great moments – particularly at the end – but as a whole the book didn’t feel like it mattered that much to the main story… Or the Long Game. I thought that this book would bring us a revalation on who’s pulling Roman’s strings. But it didn’t. And I’m disappointed that we’re going into the final book without that reveal yet. I feel like that was info that should have tortured me for at least a little longer than one book. *shrugs* guess we’ll see.

And soon, because as I write this I’ve already begun Kitty Saves the Worldand I’m enjoying it (and as I publish it, I’ve finished it!). And as always, I continue to enjoy Marguerite Gavin’s narration. I know I’m a broken record, but I have to acknowledge that I don’t know if I would have enjoyed this series nearly as much without her bringing these characters to life.

I’m sad that I’m almost at the end, but also really excited to see how Carrie Vaughn is going to wrap this series up!

4 stars Pretty Great
Low Midnight was ALMOST everything I wanted from the penultimate book in the series! Click To Tweet Follow on Bloglovin


About Carrie Vaughn

Vaughn was born into a military family and has lived all over the U.S. She received a BA from Occidental College, after which she went on to work too many jobs to count until she went back to school to receive her MA from University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently lives in Boulder, CO.


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7 Responses to “Low Midnight by Carrie Vaughn #COYER Review”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Ooh, I didn’t know there was a book from Cormac’s POV. I’m glad you’re still loving the series, Berls. I’m happy that this was a satisfying installment overall – even if it wasn’t what you’d expect at this point in the series. I really might listen to the rest of the books…I do like Ms. Gavin! πŸ˜‰

    I have a question for you though…do you feel like audio books don’t stick in your head as well as a book you read? Like little details maybe are easier to recall? I’m just wondering if it’s just me. I didn’t write my review of Ever After right after finishing it and while I remember how I felt about the book and bigger details about it, I feel like little details are gone….
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    • Berls

      I’m glad you like Marguerite Gavin, she’s a favorite of mine. πŸ™‚ Hmmm I think it depends on how into the book I was. If I was focused I remember the details from audio books better than print – I can recall the words I heard vividly. But if I was distracted, it’s a whole different scenario.

    • Berls

      I really enjoyed the perspective change and I think that made me give it a higher rating than I would have were it just the story itself. Because for the penultimate book, it didn’t have much happening!

  2. Ramona

    Eh, I guess it happens with many series. The passion becomes tame by the end of it. That’s when a really great plot and a fast pace can make all the difference πŸ™‚
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