Kitty Goes to Washington
by Carrie Vaughn
Review by Steve Sawicki
Warner Books Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 0446616427
Date: 01 July, 2006 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
This is the second book from Vaughn showcasing her protagonist Kitty Norville, popular late night radio show host and occasional werewolf. The first book detailed Kitty's rise to fame as the only talk show host to focus on the supernatural, accepting calls from vampires, werewolves and wannabes. When the show goes national, Kitty ends up in hot water with her own werewolf pack, the local vampire group and a couple of local odd balls. This time Kitty finds herself invited to Washington DC to testify in front of a Senate hearing on the supernatural. When she arrives she's invited to stay with the local vampire mistress, meets a group of local werefolks, gets involved in some intrigue involving a Senator, a scientist and a rogue vampire and ends up on national television as an unwilling participant in a scientific study.
The book is written somewhat tongue in cheek with Kitty cracking wise at almost every opportunity. Like the first book, Kitty is, at first, an unwilling participant in what is going on, preferring to stay out of any trouble and just live her life. When she's backed into a corner, however, she digs in, starts figuring things out and begins to take action.
It's hard to create anything new in this particular genre and Vaughn certainly sticks to some well established roles and tropes in the new worlds of urban fantasy supernatural romance. But you can't expect every writer to be re-inventing the wheel and a lot of times you just want them to prove that they're capable of using what's been laid out before them in a capable and entertaining way. Vaughn certainly does that by providing interesting and enjoyable characters, keeping things moving by confronting her protagonists with multiple situations that need resolving and throwing in enough intrigue to keep the reader guessing as to who is doing what to whom and for what reason. This is a fast read, an enjoyable read and begins to better establish Kitty Norville as a character worth following.