Low Midnight by Carrie Vaughn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow – what a fantastic book in the Kitty universe! After being inundated by the bad decisions (or decisions I disagree with) that Kitty makes at every turn, it was refreshing to climb into Cormac’s head for a bit of a break. He’s relatively simple in his ideology and it was really great to get a deeper dive into what drives him.
Cormac is a man who is essentially possessed by the spirit of a powerful magician. What may have started as a relationship of convenience (she saved him and he helped her escape) is now an active partnership. These two have definitely won the prize for most complicated relationship ever. On top of that, Cormac is growing in skill as they spend more and more time “together” which has changed him for the better (I think). While he may have started out in this world as a hunter and then love interest for Kitty, he is now an integral part of this universe.
The larger story here is about Cormac and Amelia on their adventure out of Denver. At the end of the previous book, Kitty posted the coded book of shadows she “inherited” on an anonymous website – a sort of crowd sourcing exercise. Cormac’s been screening the replies and identified one that seemed viable and worth a look. Unfortunately for Amelia, it happens to be in the town where her life took a tragic turn. These two are both forced to face their past in ways they did not expect. It was a really good story overall.
My favorite parts were probably watching Cormac handle the responses to the online posting. The twist ending here was one of the most fantastic I’ve read in a while and had my jaw dropping. Cormac is still one of my favorite misunderstood characters and I hope we get more (unless this series ends pretty catastrophically).
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