Take a werewolf named Kitty, make her a late-night radio talk-show host doling out advice for downtrodden and troubled preternaturals, and you have a seriously good urban fantasy series. Of course, I’m talking about Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series—and for fans of the books, and for those who’ve never read them, there’s a new treat coming out next week from Tor Books: Kitty’s Greatest Hits. Want to win a copy? Read on!
THE OFFICIAL BLURB:
Kitty Norville, star of a New York Times bestselling series, is everybody’s favorite werewolf DJ and out-of-the-closet supernatural creature. Over the course of eight books she’s fought evil vampires, were-creatures, and some serious black magic. She’s done it all with a sharp wit and the help of a memorable cast of werewolf hunters, psychics, and if-not-good- then-neutral vampires by her side. Kitty’s Greatest Hits not only gives readers some of Kitty’s further adventures, it offers longtime fans a window into the origins of some of their favorite characters.
This is a lot of fun if you’re already a Kitty fan, and is a good introduction to Vaughn’s clean, clear writing and Kitty’s world if you haven’t tried the series yet. Among the 14 stories here, two are all-new—a short story about what happens to one of Kitty’s radio callers after he hangs up the phone, and “Long Time Waiting,” a novella that finally tells everyone what happened to werewolf hunter Cormac while he was in prison. And because we all want to know more about Cormac, there’s another story about Cormac and Ben going on their first werewolf hunt.
Many of the other stories appeared in now-defunct publications, so all were new to me. One of my favorites is also “Conquistador de la Noche,” the story of how Denver’s master vampire, Rick, came to be one of the undead.
For real Kitty fans, there’s a timeline, as well as Vaughn’s notes on where each story fits and how it came to be. And, as usual, there’s a playlist.
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