Kitty Raises Hell by Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville #6
Published on: March 1st, 2009
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Sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas.
Kitty and Ben flee The City That Never Sleeps, thinking they were finished with the dangers there, but the sadistic cult of lycanthropes and their vampire priestess have laid a curse on Kitty in revenge for her disrupting their rituals. Starting at the next full moon, danger and destruction the form of fire strikes Kitty and the pack of werewolves she's sworn to protect.
Kitty Raises Hell gives one the idea from both the cover and the genre that it belongs to, Urban Fantasy, that speculation and debates about the existence of the paranormal will take a backseat to snarling in-your-face wolves and similarly attitudinal chicks.
The reality, however, generously gifts one instead with a central protagonist, Kitty, a confirmed werewolf, who isn’t sure if she believes ghosts exist, in other words, a skeptic of that which she has not yet seen with her own eyes.
Therefore, although throughout this book Kitty’s life is endangered, the conflict that seems to be staged repeatedly and refreshingly enough, across all subplots and additional character relations , is belief versus reason.
This makes the book much more talky than one would expect, for instance, note the wolf form chapters, which are italicized and shifty in their treatment of perspective. While one would expect the donning of the wolf half would require shedding of blood, limbs, etc., etc. instead, being in the wolf’s mind, one is treated to emotions.
I am undoubtedly rambling. This handling of Urban Fantasy is in no way unique to Kitty Raises Hell. Perhaps my best defense is the feeling that the way the plot gears up primes one for paying attention to these issues: see the paranormal TV crew who comes on down to film in Denver or Kitty’s radio show itself, The Midnight Hour (I am a sucker for fictional programs of all kinds).
With the repeated acknowledgment of public media – both somehow more communal than the Internet – one is encouraged to view and listen to an ongoing discussion that has not yet been determined.
One of the more unique vectors in play in this universe is the pretty remarkable acceptance of the paranormals that have come out, vampires and werewolves. Plenty of other books with paranormals in play take it as an opportunity to have the government react to them whereas here politics seems incredibly indifferent to any non-human existence and vice versa.
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