Kitty's Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The supernatural world keeps getting more complex for Kitty, the werewolf and radio talk show host. In this book she's up against a whole new mythology from the Far East. What I loved about this book was Carrie's intelligent research. My favorite line was magician, Grace Chen's, assertion that China isn't a culture, it's hundreds of cultures. While a lot of fantasy books simplify the world, with clear good and bad, and an elementary taxonomy of supernatural beings, Carrie keeps expanding her world with all the world's mythologies in a way that blows the mind, but doesn't become too chaotic to be sensible. Everything mystical stays hidden in its own niche and interacts with those who have reason to cross its plane.
This book also begins the multi-book story arc of Kitty's declared war against the vampire, Roman, aka Dux Belloram, aka Gaius Albinus. His two thousand years of life experience make him a match for the gods in a fight, and he's used his time to build his army of minions. It'll be up to Kitty to bring him down. Do I believe she can do it? Yes. What'll keep me reading is the burning desire to know how, because logic does not cut in her favor.
At the end of the book, Kitty is invited to an event in London. Carrie Vaughn was here in London last year to do research for the next book. In fact, she even stayed with us. That was a wonderful visit, though she kept apologising for things like being late to meet me at a bookstore (she was with her publisher who were eager to keep her around and I was stuck in a bookstore, no hardship there!) and making expeditions out to sites to just wander around and take pictures. I was very pregnant at the time, so just walking around London was the perfect way to spend the days, and as always, it was lovely to see Carrie again. I look forward to Book 10, because the few tidbits I know about it are very intriguing!
This series begins with Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, Book 1)