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Kitty Goes to War, Carrie Vaughn 02 February 2020

2010 urban fantasy, eighth in the series. Kitty Norville, the late-night DJ who has become the world's most famous werewolf, is still post-traumatic from the events of the last book, but has to face two new problems.

This makes for something of a change of pace: the last few books have dealt with Kitty as a target for external forces, but one of the problems here is simply that she's trying to help some fellow werewolves – Special Forces troops turned by their colleague in Afghanistan, which worked really well until he got killed without having taught them how to live as lycanthropes without his micromanagement – and the other is an attack on the city in which she's less a target and more an acceptable loss. This does mean we end up bouncing back and forth between the plots even though everything's from Kitty's viewpoint, but perhaps because of that this doesn't suffer from the usual problem of one story being much more interesting than the other, and Kitty is rather more active about responding to the problems than she has been in other books.

I did think that many opportunities were missed in the conversations with the soldiers – from parallels in the stresses she and they have undergone, to the idea that someone given a rifle and not told how to use it would probably hurt themselves so why shouldn't lycanthropy be any different? But I'm the sort of reader who thinks about these things.

Things do get a bit easy at times but one must assume that Kitty gains quite a bit of latitude of action from her public persona; and while she may not be much of a werewolf expert, she's the only one anyone has access to.

Not the best of the series but still decent.

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