Fantasy Book Review: Kitty in the Underworld

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Kitty in the Underworld by Carrie Vaughn

As Denver adjusts to a new master vampire, Kitty gets word of an intruder in the Denver werewolf pack’s territory, and she investigates the challenge to her authority. She follows the scent of the lycanthrope through the mountains where she is lured into a trap, tranquilized, and captured. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a defunct silver mine: the perfect cage for a werewolf. Her captors are a mysterious cult seeking to induct Kitty into their ranks in a ritual they hope will put an end to Dux Bellorum. Though skeptical of their power, even Kitty finds herself struggling to resist joining their cause. Whatever she decides, they expect Kitty to join them in their plot . . . willingly or otherwise.

Kitty’s latest adventure is her kidnapping by a strange cabal who seek to take down Dux Bellorum. Even though some of the group acts a bit crazy and the others pretend to be incarnations of long dead people, Kitty decides that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” At least for the time being.

This is the 12th installment in the Kitty Norville series. Kitty in the Underworld is decidedly more dark and dramatic than the previous novels. It’s not as fast-paced as the others in the series, instead most of the story focuses on Kitty’s kidnapping and mental anguish. Though there is a climactic, exciting final showdown. This urban fantasy series is one I often recommend. Amidst a popular genre, Carrie Vaughn’s werewolf stands out as one of my favorites.