… the werewolf named “Kitty”? She’s the main character in Kitty Goes to War* by Carrie Vaughn. Even on a good day, Kitty has her hands full with her talk-radio show, her pack, her husband, and the rest of her family and friends. Now she’s being sued by Speedy Mart for doing a show on strange events at their stores. Plus, the military wants to talk with her about werewolves, specifically werewolves who were in combat in Afghanistan. A Special Forces team was changed by their leader, but when he was killed, some members couldn’t cope without an alpha. The remains of the team are brought back to Colorado, and Kitty has to determine whether they can be reintegrated into society. She can’t turn her back on these wolves, leaving them to a court martial that could lock them behind silver walls and bars forever. However, her alternative is to risk letting them loose among humans – trained killers who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and have the strength, speed, and regeneration of a werewolf. Can she help them? Will they let her try?
Kitty Goes to War is a great addition to this fast-paced, smart-alecky series. It touches on some of the problems faced by any soldier who returns home, with a bit of a twist. The humor, magic, and action are tempered by real-world problems for an excellent modern-day fantasy.
* The previous books in the series are Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty Goes to Washington, Kitty Takes a Holiday, Kitty and the Silver Bullet, Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand, Kitty Raises Hell, and Kitty’s House of Horrors. The next book in this series is Kitty’s Big Trouble.
Reviewed by Fran (staff)