Kitty and the Silver Bullet
Fourth book in the Kitty Norville series
By Carrie Vaughn
Kitty and the Silver Bullet picks up not long after the events of the previous book, Kitty Takes a Holiday. At this point in time Cormac has already spent a bit of time behind bars while Kitty and Ben have begun strengthening their relationship, and thus forming their “pack of two”. Despite the fact that a little bit of time has passed since the events of the previous book, Vaughn does an admirable job of keeping the momentum carried over from KTaH going strong.
Now that Kitty and Ben have established their relationship and Kitty’s show is back on air and as popular as ever it seems like everything is going great for our favorite werewolf. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Kitty’s mother’s health takes a turn for the worst prompting Kitty to ignore her exile from Denver in order to be by her mother’s side. The leaders of her former pack, Carl and Meg, are none too pleased to hear she’s back and are quite ready to rip her apart to say the least, but in actual, they turn out to be the least of Kitty’s problems. Arturo, Denver’s Master Vampire, is losing his control over the vampire population of Denver and war between Arturo and Rick has begun with both scurrying to gather troops for the upcoming battle – and they both want Kitty’s assistance.
Throw in the fact that, despite what they thought, not all of the kinks have been worked out in Ben and Kitty’s relationship. As well as a few biological anomalies previously unknown to Kitty and you have one exciting, action-packed adventure in your hands. Just when you think you know everything there is to know about the complex world that Kitty has found herself in you, along with Kitty, have the wind taken out of your sails and new hurdles are laid down. The fourth novel provided a much wanted and needed look into the vampire’s world, and even then, Vaughn gave the readers and Kitty only a glimpse of what lays beneath the surface. While a werewolf pack is fairly straightforward, we learn that there is a complex and dangerous hierarchy that governs the vampires and the politics of this species is as deadly as their fangs. Certainly by the end we [the readers] have a much better understanding of what makes them tick, yet with this newfound knowledge came a ton of new questions.
Aside from the chance to get a better understanding for the structure of the vampire’s lives in Kitty’s world, I was pleased to see that there was a great deal of character growth in this book, and not just on Kitty’s part either; not even Cormac was exempt from this. The most noticeable growth was seen in Kitty, who we get to see truly do a complete 180 from where we initially saw her in Kitty and the Midnight Hour. Over the course of the series she has grown by leaps and bounds, but in the course of this single book, these changes are all emphasized and come together nicely. Kitty has a great deal of strength, emotionally, physically, and mentally, and steps up into a role she would have never been able to fulfill before.
Ben and Kitty’s relationship, as I mentioned previously, starts off seemingly perfect, but over the course of the novel the flaws in their relationship are soon noticeable. Like any couple, Ben and Kitty have their quirks and hangups which make their relationship strained at times. Rather than ignoring these problems, as they might have done at an earlier point in time, they work through the difficulties while combating multiple enemies on several fronts.
In short, Kitty and the Silver Bullet ties up several loose ends and brings closure to several arcs in the Kitty Norville series while opening up new avenues of possibility at the same time. Now that Carl and Meg are out the picture, Kitty has a werewolf pack to lead and a new level of responsibility and a role of leadership to contend with. She’s gained a home and an extended family with but one can’t help but to wonder what new troubles this might bring. Not to mention, one can hardly picture Mercedes Cook, and other vampires, leaving everything as it is. The only aspect I found disappointing in this novel was the epilogue for the sense of finality it brought to Kitty and Cormac’s possible relationship. While I do like the chemistry between Ben and Kitty I couldn’t help but to feel saddened that Cormac had truly lost his chance for a future with Kitty. I had really been looking forward to Cormac’s release for that very reason.
Joana’s rating: (5 out of 5 stars)