In this 4th volume of the Kitty Norville series, Kitty must move back to Denver because her mother is facing cancer treatments and she can’t bear to be away, even if it means her old pack of werewolves might hunt her down and kill her.
This is a return to form for Kitty. She does some radio shows, which have been my favorite parts of these books all along and I missed those scenes from the previous book. She also returns to Denver where she has to face the abusive relationship that she fled from in the first book. This time, though, she is not here to turn tail and run or to submit. She’s here to defend her right to live how she wants.
Kitty finally stands up for herself and I found that the way the character has grown over the last three books there was never any doubt in my mind how things would turn out here. She has changed from the timid and spineless follower she was in the first book and now she is a leader.
Kitty is short and small and will never be the physically strongest person in any given group of adults but she has learned to lead by intelligence and personality and sheer force of will. What made this book so satisfying was looking back at the progression of how Kitty has grown and changed over the course of the previous books.
It’s easy for characters to remain static, especially ones that are in a long running series such as this. The truly great series of books are the ones that see the characters grow and change over the course of the series, much like real people do.
Kitty has grown significantly but so has Carrie Vaughn’s writing. The first books felt awkward, like she was just trying out her newly found skills and wasn’t sure where everything actually fit. By this book everything is smooth, the plotting, the characters, the relationships, and the words themselves are comfortable and fit into place.
Carrie Vaughn has a great cast of characters and I’m interested to see where this series will go from here.