Author: Carrie Vaughn
Plot Type: UF
Kitty Steals the Show (7/2012)
Kitty Rocks the House (3/2013)
"Doctor Kitty Solves All Your Love Problems" (free, on-line origin story, 2001)
"Wild Ride" in Running with the Pack (5/2010)
"Kitty Learns the Ropes" in Full Moon City (3/2010)
Another story thread follows Cormac/Amelia's attempts to revisit Amelia's former life, including a visit to her childhood home and several meetings with her living relatives. Cormac is definitely a supporting character in this London adventure, appearing in just a few scenes.
In this book, Kitty reunites with several characters we (and she) met back in book 2, Kitty Goes to Washington: Alette, the vampire master of Washington, D.C.; Emma, Alette's former human servant who was Turned in book 2 and who now lives in London in the household of that city's vampire master; and Luis, the sexy were-jaguar with whom Kitty had a steamy one-nighter while she was in Washington. (Kitty's reunion with Luis brings out the jealousy in Ben.) And don't forget Dr. Paul Flemming, the mad scientist who kidnapped Kitty in book 2 and forced her to Change on national television. It wouldn't be an international paranormal conference if the crazies didn't turn up right along with the "normal" people.
As usual, Kitty uses words rather than weapons to make her points, although she does get into a few physical brawls along the way. Kitty's goal is to win as many vamps and lycans to the anti-Roman side as possible in an attempt to weaken Roman's forces and postpone his big take-over plan until the good guys can get themselves organized. The scene in which she meets the European vampire masters at a bloody bacchanal and talks her way under their skin is great—a perfect example of Kitty's use of her talk-show confrontational skills to throw her antagonists off balance.
This book is transitional in nature, a next-step in the inevitable march to total war within the supernatural world. Even though this is a dialogue-heavy tale, the plot moves along quickly, and brief action scenes are sprinkled throughout the story. We meet many new characters who will undoubtedly be players in the coming hostilities, and some of them are quite interesting. For me, this book is better than the last one, with a nice mix of familiar and unfamiliar characters and a plot that promises dangerous future adventures for Kitty and her crew.