Kitty Raises Hell (Kitty Norville, Book 6)
by Carrie Vaughn
Review by Steve Sawicki
Grand Central Publishing Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780446199544
Date: 01 March 2009 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
This is the follow up book to Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand, which took place in Las Vegas and saw Kitty getting married, harassed at a supernatural hunters convention, and nearly succumbing to a band of shape shifting demon worshippers. Now back in Denver, Kitty finds that instead of leaving all of her troubles behind, they have followed her home. And, they're bigger, meaner and seemingly unstoppable.
Of course, Kitty has her pack and the help of the master vampire of Denver and she's managed to convince the paranormal investigators from a popular television show to stick around and help out so when a mysterious vampire who just happens to advertise himself as a demon hunter shows up it seems like overkill. Or is it?
Carrie Vaughn keeps the action going strong with this sixth entry in the Kitty Norville series. If anything, Vaughn seems more comfortable with the characters and the protagonist and more willing to let things ride out to their natural conclusion instead of trying to force conclusions. The writing is just as sharp and the action just as frenetic and while Kitty still has doubts about whether or not she should be in the position she has created, they are fewer as befits the experiences she has been through. Adding the paranormal TV crew was an interesting touch that let Vaughn do some exploration of the fine line between belief and tolerance.
This is a fun series and there's no sign that Vaughn plans on ending any time soon, which is just fine for me and her fans. The writing is crisp and the story is downright entertaining. I enjoyed it and look forward to seeing more. I'd have to say that Vaughn is well ahead of the pack in the sub genre of paranormal fantasy.