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Kitty in the Underworld

(Kitty Norville #12)

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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  3,676 ratings  ·  309 reviews
As Denver adjusts to a new master vampire, Kitty gets word of an intruder in the Denver werewolf pack’s territory, and she investigates the challenge to her authority. She follows the scent of the lycanthrope through the mountains where she is lured into a trap, tranquilized, and captured. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a defunct silver mine: the perfect cage for ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Tor Books
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Cstillsquare
Aug 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I've hung on with this series for a while now, but this one is it for me.

Kitty in the Underworld is boring. Seriously, seriously, boring. A solid third of the book has no dialogue (followed by inane dialogue with crazy people), and Kitty's inner thoughts on Regina Luporum are not enough to sustain my interest. To huge detriment, her trusty cadre of sidekicks aren't in 98% of the book. Ben, when he does appear, is still his awesome lawyerly husband self. Cormac is still Cormelia. Plot-wise, almos
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Spiderorchid
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
This series needs to end or to shift focus.

I still liked this book, it's not bad. But in comparison to the earlier novels, it's boring.

In my opinion, there are two problems:
1) The story arc about the Long Game has been going on for a long time (this is vol. 12) and really needs to be resolved.
2) The main character, Kitty, is no longer interesting. Don't get me wrong, she's a good character, but there is no suspense. She's developed as a person, her career is as good as it can be, she's in a stab
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Bradley
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This series is a consistently light read designed only for light amusement... assuming that preparing to war against an ancient vampire in our modern world, setting up allies between other vampires and werewolves and magicians to fight this war is a "light read".

Well, to be honest, it is. This is a UF dealing with social masked social issues, sometimes even coming back to Kitty's radio talk show, but more often of late it's all about killing Roman.

This particular novel takes a weird dark turn, g
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Cathy
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kitty is kidnapped and spends most of the book talking to herself. The rest of the time she talks to a bunch of totally unbelievable characters. Not much plot, suspense or action. I was mildly bored throughout most of it. I skimmed a lot in the middle. If story telling is your thing and a lot of of mythology lessons, this might be for you. If I wasn't dead set on reading the next book in the series, I would have thrown this against the wall. Hard.

I hope that Vaughn has not permanently lost the p
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Melindeeloo
1.5 stars or a little less. I very nearly DNF'd Kitty in the Underworld, and I did a large portion of the book at 3x speed in audio, just to get through it. Not only did not alot happen until the end, I was thouroughly irritated with Kitty for much of the book. Initially, I kept going because, when I asked if I needed to read this, I was told something happens at the end that carries forward into next book. I haven't read that book yet, but at this point nothing that happened seems that signific ...more
Zeenat
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Summary: Dux Bellarum, Roman, has hurt a friend, and Kitty is worried about what they can do to stop them. When there are unknown weres in her and Ben's territory, Kitty goes to check it out. She is kidnapped, but can't stay angry for long because they know how to stop Roman. Will they succeed?

Review: I am a champion for the Kitty books. I think Carrie Vaughn is a superb writer. But this book was just a big letdown.

I like her characters. Kitty continues to grow and in this book she starts to see
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Jeff
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
For the very reasons that I loved the last book in this series, I left this book with a feeling of 'meh'.

Many of these urban fantasy series have a big overarching story line and a big bad that must be defeated. I admit to usually not really not enjoying these series' when they do focus on the big bad, preferring the more self-contained or, dare I say it, mundane, adventures.

Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville series definitely has a big bad. However, I find that it is when Ms. Vaughn focuses on this
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Kaje Harper
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoy this series and will continue to read it, but this one felt like an extended episode without much movement or development in either overarching plot or characters. It could have been trimmed a lot, and made part of a book with other things happening. I still like Kitty, though, and will look forward to her next, hopefully less isolated and static, adventure.
Craig
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit of a let down for the Kitty series. The titular underworld is an abandoned silver mine in which she's imprisoned, not a mythological afterlife location. Kitty escapes from her kidnappers, but then, apparently suffering from a form of Stockholm syndrome or somesuch, joins up and does what they wanted her to do all along. The long game arc isn't advanced much at all, and the familiar supporting cast members appear only briefly or not at all. The kidnappers didn't seem to be too well ...more
Yodamom
It all started with a lion, a were, a witch and an ancient vampire.

Kitty gets herself were napped and discovers her captures are a rag tag group of delusional cultists. Or are they ? They drug her, cage her, treat her like a wild creature keeping her away from her pack and her life. She only wants to run. Stories keep her interested. The stories they share are muddled, but perhaps hold some hope ? Does she risk it all or does she run while the running is good?

I really enjoyed this edition to the
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Jeffrey Grant
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I’m not sure exactly what it was about this book, but it didn’t grab me as much as the others have.

I think it’s because Kitty seemed to act uncharacteristically passive and illogically here. I mean, she’s always been non-confrontational; it’s a defining characteristic, but up till now she hasn’t acted willfully stupid in most cases I can remember. Specific gripes are in the spoiler, and unfortunately they make up most of the review:

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Margo - my business is in ashes but now I have time to read
Book provided to reviewer in exchange for a fair review.

Summary – 3.5 stars
Kitty in the Underworld by Carrie Vaughn continues the storyline of Kitty the werewolf's fight against uber villain Dux Bellorum, also known as Roman. This time Kitty is kidnapped by a group who plan to use her in their own fight against Dux Bellorum, and held captive in an abandoned silver mine. It's somewhat reminiscent of Kitty's House of Horrors only the supporting cast is neither as sympathetic nor as much fun to hat
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Kristin
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Writing: 4
Story: 2
Satisfaction: 3

I was a little disappointed by this book. A little more light is shed on who Roman is and his backstory but other than that, not a lot happens. Usually Vaughn is great at writing strong side characters but everyone introduced in this book came across really flat to me.

Ben goes away on a short business trip and Kitty catches wind of some kind of were-animal in her territory. She goes tracking to find out who's come uninvited into Denver but is kidnapped and finds
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Christine
This installment is much better than the last one. The plot flows better; there is a sense of peril, the Long Game story arc moves along. It even makes me not get upset about the seemingly step back with Hardin.
In a fantasy novel about a werewolf that is peppered with humor, Vaughn also raises some moral questions (timely considering what has been in the news this week) questions about what to when confronted by evil. Additionally the use of the avatars is well thought out. Considering the prev
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Linda
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was a novella trying very hard to be a full novel but not succeeding. There simply wasn't enough to this story to stretch it out as much as it was. Little was accomplished, little revealed.

I'm still invested in the outcome of this series, but this book was a disappointment.

Nan
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
There are only two more books left in Kitty's story: the Cormac novel, and the finale. It's time. I've loved these books since the beginning, but even I can see that it's time to wrap things up. I'll be sad when Kitty's story ends, but not as sad as I would be if it kept going.
Benjamin Thomas
As other reviewers have mentioned, this series is starting to get a little long-in-the-tooth. The last couple of books seem to have slowed the pace of the over-arching story arc that has been slowly building so I was glad to see a bit different approach on this one. Unfortunately, this time around, the action was mostly non-existent, in favor of a lot of internal dialog from Kitty, due to her situation. It was an interesting concept but it did tend to drag quite a bit throughout.

Still, I am look
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)


Wow, I’m not quite sure where to start with what I want to say…. I love Kitty Norville. She’s always been a fresh change in a sea where the paranormal series blend together as they always have the same thing to say. The books in this series are always original in plot and there is usually an interconnected storyline or bad guy that drives them forward. That being said, I may just be done reading it.

I’ll try to explain why. Kitty lost the spark for me. In the past few books we haven’t gotten
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Shelley
**I received this book for free from Tor Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

Kitty in the Underworld is the Twelfth installment in the Kitty Norville series. When last we left Kitty and the gang, Rick had decided to go on a walkabout leaving Denver to a new Master. Kitty and her allies are still trying to find a way to stop Roman from uniting his forces in an effort to take
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julia
May 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Kitty
Not one of her better books. I think this whole concept would have been better as a short story or at the most as the beginning of a novel to set up the second part. The base idea of the story was good. Kitty gets kidnapped by other supernaturals to play a role in a plot to kill Roman and bring an end to the Long Game. However, the story just felt dragged out and the mythological tales, while interesting, almost felt like filler. The we need to get the book to a minimum length sort of thing.

Ove
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Darcy
I liked this one, but it was missing something. Of course Kitty gets in trouble, that is what happens to her, but this time she is taken away from her everything she knows, she spends most of the book with her captors. This is what I think is missing, Ben, Cormac, and the pack. They have become such a big part of what Kitty does that it seems weird to not have them around but for bit parts.

I did like all the new things that Kitty learned about Roman and the long game. I’m not sure if any of it w
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Carolyn F.
Audiobook

I swear I read this book before. Unless I'm psychic and can now predict plot lines as I read. I'll go with the second.

Awhile back I remember friends on Goodreads saying after this major change that some of their books were missing. I am diligent about listing books I read so this would not have fallen through the cracks. I wonder what other books are missing!!!

Anyway the story is good even though I already knew it. A reviewer had mentioned that it was more a short story although it's ov
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Michaela
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
For start I have to say I love love love Kitty Norville series! Read all 13 books in the row, could not put it down.
Brilliant writing.
However this last book, Kitty in the Underworld seemed fairly weak in comparison to previous 12 books.
Not as good as the others.
But still will carry on reading this series, can't wait for next book!
Dichotomy Girl
This series has kept up it's level of averageness pretty consistency. It's not bad enough to make me stop, but not really good enough for me to be excited about it.
chucklesthescot
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: shifters, uf-pnr, fiction
This was the first book in the series that I wasn't greatly keen on. What works for me with Kitty is the group dynamic with Ben, Cormac, Rick, The Pack, the team at the radio show and their various allies, and this book was lacking in that department. It was pretty much a Kitty solo outing but that in itself wasn't the issue with the book.

Kitty gets some bad news about a lost ally and hears that Roman is looking for another magic relic to help his campaign. She is already trying to find a way to
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Liv
Dec 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
To say that I was disappointed with this particular Kitty Norville installment would be an understatement.

I never thought that I'd say this about a Kitty novel, but honestly, it was absurdly BORING!!!

After the last book in the series, which I thought was only worthy of a "meh" rating, I wasn't actually actively looking for the next Kitty book. I happened to see this at the library so I borrowed it, thinking that may be there'd be more going on in Kitty's life.

But no, I was sorely mistaken. It w
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Hobart
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
I'm a little surprised at my rating for this one -- not that Vaughn's not more than capable of writing a four or five-star book -- but based on my reactions while reading which were definitely not favorable. But my reactions were strong enough -- based on the claustrophobic note frequently struck here, and how much I cared about what Kitty was doing/going through -- that I knew Vaughn had delivered. Hadn't necessarily written the book I wanted/expected, but she got the job done very effectively. ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

KITTY IN THE UNDERWORLD was a hard book for me to write about since I didn’t know exactly how I felt about it at the end. There were issues with its pacing and lack of moving forward yet I still felt very positive about this series moving forward. What keeps me coming back are the complex yet down to earth characters and interesting, thought provoking ideas that come about throughout the series. My main issues is that I am struggling with the momentum o
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Patrick St-Denis
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Time was, Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville book sequence was one of the best urban fantasy series on the market. Nearly as enjoyable as Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. I loved the fact that Vaughn takes her characters and storylines along unexpected paths, keeping this series fresh and very entertaining. And while the early books were more episodic in style and tone, in the middle installments the author continued to unveil various hints and offered lots of glimpses of a much bigger and more ambitiou ...more
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Carrie Vaughn is the author more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories. She's best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. In 2018, she won the Philip K. Dick Award for Bannerless, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery. Next up for her: two collections connected to the ...more

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