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Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville, Book 4) by Carrie Vaughn
Review by Steve Sawicki
Grand Central Publishing Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0446618756
Date: 01 January 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

This is the fourth book in the Kitty series. Kitty is a lycanthrope worked as a DJ and, as a means to manage her condition, one night decided to change directions on her radio show and things took off. Now, Kitty runs a radio show of acclaim where human and supernatural beings call in to talk about their lives. This often creates more problems for Kitty than it solves though.

This time Kitty must return to Denver, the place of her turning, to manage a mother who has fallen ill. She brings her new boyfriend and discovers that she's walked straight into a war between two vampires--one the ruling master of Denver and the other, an outsider come to challenge. Mixed, as well, into all of this is the werewolf pack that spurned her, led by the abusive man that caused Kitty to run away in the beginning. How she'll manage all of this is anyone's guess, and whether she'll survive it or not may determine not only her fate but the fate of many others.

As with all the Kitty books, this one is fairly fast paced, filled with characters who are slightly sarcastic, and continues to explore what a world full of vampires, werewolves and humans might look like. Kitty is resourceful as ever and the situations she finds herself in are ever more complex and troubling. Carrie Vaughn is doing a great job holding all of this together and not letting the series get stale or trapped in dead ends. She's also avoiding all of the cutesy, romantic machinations that so seem to be warping the sub-genre of supernatural fantasy. This is a series about survival and coping in a world where the strong usually win.

This series is a well written addition to the supernatural fantasy genre. Vaughn creates interesting characters and then puts them into interesting situations where the outcome is always in doubt. The writing is clear and fast paced and focused on resolution and setting. Kitty is fun to read about and fascinating to follow. I would recommend this entire series to anyone who was looking to delve into the whole vampire/werewolf/human sub genre of fantasy as well as to anyone who is already a fan but has not read the books. Kitty and the Silver Bullet is a fun read, entertaining and richly developed. Simply put, a joy.

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