Mar 18 2013 4:30pm

First Look: Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Rocks the House (March 26, 2013)

Kitty Rocks the House by Carrie VaughnCarrie Vaughn
Kitty Rocks the House
Tor / March 26, 2013 / $7.99 print & digital

On the heels of Kitty’s return from London, a new werewolf shows up in Denver, one who threatens to split the pack by challenging Kitty’s authority at every turn. The timing could not be worse; Kitty needs all the allies she can muster to go against the ancient vampire, Roman, if she’s to have any hope of defeating his Long Game. But there’s more to this intruder than there seems, and Kitty must uncover the truth, fast. Meanwhile, Cormac pursues an unknown entity wreaking havoc across Denver; and a vampire from the Order of St. Lazaurus tempts Rick with the means to transform his life forever.

Kitty Rocks the House is the eleventh novel in Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville series, and what is most noticeable in this book is the growth in Kitty and her pack of friends. She has matured into her role as co-pack leader with her mate Ben—amazing, considering how outspoken and rule-breaking she is.

Never short on sarcastic remarks or wit, Kitty has finally learned balance, and better yet, to choose her words carefully in her new position. Between Ben’s easygoing nature and the newish position, Kitty has risen to the challenge of diplomat between the weres and the vampires as well.

“The last couple of weeks had been a little crazy, but I didn’t think I had done anything wrong. I tried to remember if I’d done anything the least bit suspicious. I hadn’t even staked out any haunted houses.”

In addition to the pack position, Kitty is still hosting her radio show at KNOB. Though she has toned down most of the talk about the vampires and The Long Game, Kitty still is knee-deep in vampire politics this go around. Roman is still playing the game and Rick (the Master of Denver) has been recruited by someone that everyone thought didn’t exist.

“Even if we can’t find a way to use them,” Nasser said, “they are proof that Roman can be defeated. His followers can be defeated. There are many more like us, who do not with to trade our autonomy for power, to sacrifice ourselves to some arcane war. No matter what great reward was promised to us.”

“What great reward is that?” I asked

“Dominion over humanity.”

But Kitty is only one of the characters who has grown; Cormac has grown as well. Known as the badass bounty hunter, he used to hunt supernatural targets, but two years in jail for manslaughter seems to have settled Cormac a little. Or maybe it is Amelia, the ghostly spirit who shares space in Cormac’s head and co-inhabits his body after being trapped within the prison walls. Amelia and Cormac make quite a team together, odd as it may seem since he was always a loner before.

“Sometimes, I felt as if our territory had been invaded. At the same time, I suspected that Amelia was helping to keep Cormac in line and out of another prison sentence. He had incentive to stay straight now, whereas I wasn't sure he did, before. I was grateful for that.”

Still one of the most inventive and interesting Urban Fantasy series around, Kitty Rocks the House shows us how close we are to figuring out the Long Game and that even the most sarcastic of people know when it's time to let go.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Rocks the House (Kitty Norville #11) before its March 26 release:

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Natasha Carty reviews Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on her website Wicked Little Pixie and lives in Toronto, Canada, with her cat, Seamus.

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