Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Steals the Show (Kitty Norville #10) by Carrie Vaughn
Publisher:
Tor/July 313st, 2012
Urban Fantasy
Kind thanks to Tor for providing a review copy

Kitty has been tapped as the keynote speaker for the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies, taking place in London. The conference brings together scientists, activists, protestors, and supernatural beings from all over the world—and Kitty, Ben, and Cormac are right in the middle of it.

Master vampires from dozens of cities have also gathered in London for a conference of their own. With the help of the Master of London, Kitty gets more of a glimpse into the Long Game—a power struggle among vampires that has been going on for centuries—than she ever has before. In her search for answers, Kitty has the help of some old allies, and meets some new ones, such as Caleb, the alpha werewolf of the British Isles. The conference has also attracted some old enemies, who’ve set their sights on her and her friends.

All the world’s a stage, and Kitty’s just stepped into the spotlight.

REVIEW (No spoilers for this one, but this is #10 in a series)
My favorite werewolf with the unlikely name is going to London to give the keynote address for the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies, and when Kitty, Ben, and Cormac arrive, they meet Ned, the London Master, at his beautiful home. Ned is open and inviting, and doesn’t mind sharing info with Kitty. Of course Kitty takes the opportunity to grill him on his age and quickly figures out who he really is. I’m not going to give it away, because it’s really cool, but you’ll love it, promise. As time ticks down to Kitty’s Keynote speech, and protestors gather, Kitty realizes that things may not be as peaceful as she hoped. Also, it seems that vampires are gathering, seemingly with the motive of ousting Ned from his position as London Master, and war just may be on the horizon.

The Kitty Norville series continues to be one of my favorites, and Kitty Steals the Show is an enlightening, exciting, and rather poignant addition. As Kitty gets to know the delightful Ned, and also gets to check on the newly turned Emma, who Ned has taken under his wing, she also realizes that something is afoot in London, and it could threaten the entire paranatural community. Horrified at the treatment of werewolves at the hands of certain Master vampires, Kitty finds herself a crusader for their independence. I always love hanging out with Kitty, Ben, and Cormac, and it was fun catching up with old friends, and also meeting new ones, including a couple of very mischievous faeries. Kitty has come such a long way since the first book. She’s gone from a victim to a strong, capable, compassionate woman…and kick-ass werewolf. She’s still as nosy as ever, but that’s one of my favorite things about her, and I love how she sometimes finds it hard to reign in her inquisitive nature, even if it might get her in trouble. She and Ben are as solid as ever, and Cormac seems to be softening up just a bit, especially after finding out that Amelia, the ghost that haunts him, has family in England, and meets them for the first time. I admit I might have gotten a little teary with this one at one point, and was sorry to see it end. I’m very much looking forward to what’s next in store for Kitty, and her friends!

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