A book was sitting on our review list that intrigued me, but I did not actually pick it up until I had heard the author speak at the recent RT convention. Caitlin Kittredge was on a panel about urban fantasy and as a new author, had some good points to add to the discussion. So, I decided to read her debut novel, Night Life, to see what sort of world she was building.
It was the right decision. Ms. Kittredge has created a unique blend of dark fantasy that is sure to appeal to fans of the genre. Her heroine is hip and edgy, with a backpack full of issues. Some of them have to do with her family, mostly witches, since she has no magic to call. Most of them have to do with the fact that she is Insoli, someone who has been bitten by a werewolf and infected, but not assimilated into a pack. She is a true lone wolf in a city where being pack-less can be deadly. Oh, and did I mention that she is a cop?
Night Life, set in the futuristic ruins of Nocturne City, introduces us to Luna Wilder and then sets the pace with some ritualistic murders. Luna has plenty of suspects, but things are getting freaky in the city, and she is not sure who to trust. Even the police department seems to be at odds. Is the leader of the Redback Clan, Dmitri Sandovsky, the killer or is it Stephen Duncan, the DA’s son?
I enjoyed the pace of this novel, the way that Ms. Kittredge introduces characters and then slowly builds their personalities along in the plot. It makes them more real and believable. I am really looking forward to the next book.