Review: Low Midnight by Carrie Vaughn

Review: Low Midnight by Carrie VaughnLow Midnight by Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville #13
Published by Tor Forge on December 30th 2014
ISBN: 9780765368690
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 309
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

Cormac, the Kitty Norville series' most popular supporting character, stars in his first solo adventure.

Carrie Vaughn's Low Midnight spins out of the series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty’s most popular supporting character, Cormac Bennett, a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes. In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary…a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty’s world and all who inhabit it. With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward, but also illuminates Cormac’s past and lays the groundwork for Kitty's future.

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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 couldn’t wait to get my grubby mitts on Low Midnight! If you’ve read this series since the beginning (Kitty and the Midnight Hour) then you’ve probably wondered – as I did – about Cormac and what Vaughn had in store for him. He was such a good bad guy, one who had more than a shred of good, one whose certainty could be questioned – and one who could admit he might’ve been wrong about supes in general, and Kitty in particular.

When I first met Cormac, I wanted him to be the reformed, strong right-hand who could help Kitty. Then he brought Ben into her life, and I worried that we’d have one of those “Team Ben” vs. “Team Cormac” triangles (which I hate, by the way). Anyway. It’s taken a while for Cormac to get his well-deserved spotlight, and I was so happy about it! Ok – enough of my blabber.

In Low Midnight Cormac goes on a road trip to the mining town of Manitou Springs to try and get help deciphering a witch’s diary in Kitty’s save-the-world-from-Roman cadre’s possession. Because, long game plus Roman equals almost-certain really-bad-stuff for the rest of the world. In return for the help, he’s asked to investigate a century-old death. He agrees, but certainly doesn’t expect to run into people from his past, who bring up complications he has to address or avoid.

This side quest gives us yet more glimpses into Cormac’s background, but is almost superfluous to the story. More interesting to me was the interactions between Cormac and Amelia, the witch inhabiting his space. Other than that, just about all of Low Midnight is fluffy extra for Cormac fans, with one thing coming up at the end that furthers the main Kitty-vs.-Roman plotline. I’m not complaining, but hardcore plot fans will probably grumble at that. Ok, maybe I’m a little grumbly. We go through the whole book and get just that one little nugget? GIVE ME MORE!!

Yes, I can wait for the next book. Yes, I want it now. Don’t you?

Low Midnight is a must-read for Cormac fans. Kitty fans who want more Kitty storyline can skip this without missing too much.

drey’s rating: Pick it up!

Have you read Low Midnight? What did you think?

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.”