Series: Kitty Norville #13
Published by Tor on December 30, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kate
Low Midnight spins out of the series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty's most popular supporting character, Cormac Bennett, a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes.
In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary… a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty's world and all who inhabit it.
With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward, but also illuminates Cormac's past and lays the groundwork for Kitty's future.
The book Kitty Norville fans (or maybe just me) have been waiting for, LOW MIDNIGHT tells a story from Cormac’s point of view. If you’re expecting a Kitty story, you’ll be disappointed. Kitty is still present, but this is basically Cormac taking the reins, and having his own adventure.
Cormac’s character has always been a bit of a mystery, and I can’t say that LOW MIDNIGHT answered all of my questions about him. We definitely get more background information on his childhood and past than in any other Kitty Norville book, but it only left me wanting more! Plus, Cormac has changed due to his time in prison. He seems to be taking a little more of the wait and see approach, instead of the let’s go in guns blazing approach. It’s an interesting transition in a character who generally solves problems by killing them. And we can’t overlook the fact that now he has the ghost of a century old woman living in his head - that certainly changed the narrative a bit, giving Cormac abilities he never had before at his disposal, and she was a never ending presence, which was interesting for Cormac, since we tend to think of him as a loner.
Though it wasn’t Kitty solving the puzzle, the mystery was worthy of the series. There were twists within turns covered by misdirection...you get the idea. It was fun figuring out who the bad guy was in the situation, and even surprising when Cormac figured out the identity of his mystery emailer (cliffhanger much?). The action never let up, even with Cormac not being able to carry firearms anymore. He managed to get himself into his share of scrapes, but luckily, he also managed, sometimes with Amelia’s help, to get out of them.
All in all, LOW MIDNIGHT was a fun ride through Kitty’s world without her being involved. It was everything I had hoped for and more, and I hope that Vaughn considers doing more novels from Cormac’s point of view.Series Titles:
- Kitty and the Midnight Hour
- Kitty Goes to Washington
- Kitty Takes a Holiday
- Kitty and the Silver Bullet
- Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand
- Kitty Raises Hell
- Kitty’s House of Horrors - 3/5
- Kitty Goes to War
- Kitty’s Big Trouble - 4/5
- Kitty Steals the Show - 3/5
- Kitty Rocks the House - 4/5
- Kitty In the Underworld - 3/5
- For other books with male narrators, try the Pax Arcana series by James Elliot, or the Nyx Fortuna series by Marlene Perez.