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Vaughn, Carrie: Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand

Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (2009)
Writer: Carrie Vaughn
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 282

The premise: book five takes Kitty to Vegas, where she not only plans to elope with her mate Ben, but where she also gets to do a live version of her show on television. But the trip isn't anything like she expected: there's a gun convention at the hotel, and some of them know Ben from his bounty-hunting days and don't like Kitty one bit. There's a magician who seems to be the real deal, a Master vampire who's entirely unconcerned with his city, and then there's a suspicious animal show that seems to be made up entirely of lycanthropes, and worse yet, the ring leader has his eye on Kitty, and she's not entirely sure he's friendly.

My Rating

Worth the Cash: while I love this series, I have to admit it would've been difficult to follow up on Kitty and the Silver Bullet without seriously freaking the reader out. Book four had such an emotional resolution that I feel book five is starting a new phase, a new level, and this book feels mostly like set up. It's good, but it's not the best of the series at all, and it feels more like traditional UF than Vaughn's books usually do. That said, Vaughn's still one of the best, and I'm naturally looking forward to the next in the series, which comes out the end of February, because I really, really hope Vaughn doesn't pull back on the punches. I want more emotional grit, and I want the stakes to be raised. This book is fun, but for some reason, I was never worried about any of the characters, and I wanted to be.

The full review, which includes spoilers and the cover commentary, may be found at my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)


Happy Reading! :)
Tags: genre: fantasy, review, xxx author last name: r-z

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