Review & Giveaway: Kitty in the Underworld by Carrie Vaughn

I love the Kitty Norville series and was so excited to check out the twelfth novel in the series, Kitty in the Underworld! 🙂

Review & Giveaway: Kitty in the Underworld by Carrie VaughnKitty in the Underworld by Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville #12
Published by Tor Forge on July 30th 2013
ISBN: 9780765368683
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


drey’s thoughts:

I loved Kitty when I met her in Kitty and the Midnight Hour. How could I not? She’s a snarky DJ werewolf who stands up to bullies and power-hungry well, everybody. When I read the title of this twelfth installment, I was expecting a visit to the, y’know, underworld. River Styx and all that…

Instead, we have another kidnapping. Only this time, the kidnappers don’t want to poke, prod, or study her. They’d rather Kitty participate in an attempt to attack Roman. Not that she wasn’t already trying to gather allies against Roman’s Long Game, but getting kidnapped and then told she has to participate in this crazy scheme because she’s the Regina Luporum? Absolutely not.

I found Kitty in the Underworld to be slower than prior installments. There’s a lot of who-are-these-people, what-do-they-want self-conversation; followed by lots of blathering blah-blah-blah as they answer. And they’re not even that interesting. As a matter of fact, the most interesting part of Kitty in the Underworld is when Kitty’s ruminating over her materials for her next book – I liked the mythology that she goes over.

There’s not really a lot of plot advancement – someone else tries to go after Roman, someone else doesn’t listen to what Kitty’s trying to say. And at the end of the day, they’ve maybe added a couple of things to their arsenal for the upcoming war. As for character growth, Kitty comes just that little bit closer to maybe agreeing about being the Regina Luporum.

I liked Kitty in the Underworld enough to say this one’s probably going to get picked up by die-hard Kitty fans, but everyone else could just as easily wait till the next book to get plot movement and character growth. This one is just ok, I’m hoping for more (lots more!) from the next one!

drey’s rating: Ok!

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About Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the New York Time Bestselling author of close to twenty novels and over seventy short stories. She’s best known for the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series about a werewolf who hosts a talk radio advice show for supernatural beings — the series currently includes thirteen novels and a collection of short stories — and the superhero novels in the Golden Age saga. She also writes the Harry and Marlowe steampunk short stories about an alternate nineteenth century that makes use of alien technology. She has a masters degree in English lit, graduated from the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop in 1998, and returned to the workshop as Writer in Residence in 2009. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award, various RT Reviewer Choice Awards — winning for Best First Mystery for Kitty and The Midnight Hour — and won the 2011 WSFA Small Press award for best short story for “Amaryllis.”


  1. I don’t believe I have read much in this series so I have no favorite character. Thanks for the review and the giveaway.

  2. I would say Cormac too, but his character has really become a distant side note in the series. Totally watered down. So, I’d go with Kitty.

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