“Kitty Saves The World”, the last Kitty Norville book, reflects my experience of the series as a whole, strong on good guys, albeit sometimes flawed and haunted good guys, but weak on really evil villains who are a terrifying threat to the world.
Still, if you enjoyed the first thirteen books, the lack of palpable evil will neither surprise nor disappoint you.
The book read like a fond farewell, bringing back some of my favourite characters, having Kitty give another great performance on “The Midnight Hour”, showing Kitty and Ben as a strong and loving couple and finally resolving the conflict with Roman so that Kitty can indeed, save the world.
I liked Kitty in this book. She continued to be strong and brave and witty, even when deeply afraid, but she was also willing to lead and to accept her right to take the help offered by her friends.
The resolution with Roman was clever, original and plausible, within the context of the series. It was drama rather than melodrama. I enjoyed it partly because it felt like something that Carrie Vaughn had been carefully leading up to for some time, rather than a “how am I gonna end this so I don’t have to write any more of them?” ending.
It seems to me that Carrie Vaughn has never quite known what to do with the pack that Kitty and Ben lead. She had one book, after Kitty took over, where the pack dynamics were important but mostly, Kitty’s pack have been passive elements in the story. Sadly, this remained true for the final book, although there was a good explanation for it.
I ended the book and the series very glad to have spent time with Kitty and watched her grow from a frightened victim of terrible abuse into a strong and compassionate leader who inspired loyalty and created hope.
I think the final book honored Kitty and her readers by staying true to the spirit of the series and by bringing many story arcs to satisfying conclusions without closing everything off so neatly that it became too “happily ever after”.
I’m sure the Kitty books are over but I have a suspicion that Carrie Vaughn isn’t quite done with Cormac yet. Which is a very fine way to end a series.