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Kitty and the Silver Bullet, Carrie Vaughn 27 October 2019

2008 urban fantasy, fourth in the series. Kitty Norville, the late-night DJ who has become the world's most famous werewolf, returns to Denver to be with her sick mother; which means that all the problems she's been running away from come back to haunt her, with new ones to join them.

So all right, there's vampire politicking and werewolf dominance fights and these bleed into each other; and you can see the rails hauling Kitty towards her destiny as a major player; and Vaughn apparently believes the discredited stuff about wolf pack alphas, or at least she doesn't try to analyse it the way Ilona Andrews did.

But the reason I came back to this series is Kitty's development as a character, and while she shows some of the unwelcome tendency to defer to everyone that's characterised her earlier appearances, she's certainly moving forward, both as a person and as a pack leader.

She'd expressed a great deal of worry that, out of the blue, I'd apparently shacked up with my lawyer. I didn't tell her he'd become a werewolf in the meantime. "I don't know, Mom. Maybe Christmas?"

There are real-world problems as well as supernatural ones, and some of them even blend in interesting ways. As the first book was at pains to point out, abuse is still abuse even if you claim "animal instincts" made you do it.

I only came back to this series because I was reminded of Vaughn's excellent SF short story That Game We Played During the War and thought I'd give these books another try after the disappointment of the previous two; while this is still fairly slight and straightforward it packs an effective punch of story and character.

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