Carrie Vaughn Books

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Carrie Vaughn was born in 1973 in the US. She studied at the Occidental College and then at the University of Boulder, Colorado where she studied for a degree in English Literature. She settled in Boulder after her university studies. Once she finished university, moreover, Vaughn began to emerge as an author, having her work published in magazines. Vaughn is best known for her science fiction works, and she has written both short stories and novels.

Order of Kitty Norville Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Kitty and the Midnight Hour 2005 Description / Buy
2 Kitty Goes to Washington 2006 Description / Buy
3 Kitty Takes a Holiday 2007 Description / Buy
4 Kitty and the Silver Bullet 2008 Description / Buy
5 Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand 2009 Description / Buy
6 Kitty Raises Hell 2009 Description / Buy
7 Kitty's House of Horrors 2009 Description / Buy
8 Kitty Goes to War 2010 Description / Buy
9 Kitty's Big Trouble 2011 Description / Buy
10 Kitty Steals the Show 2012 Description / Buy
11 Kitty Rocks the House 2013 Description / Buy
12 Kitty in the Underworld 2013 Description / Buy
13 Low Midnight 2014 Description / Buy
14 Kitty Saves the World 2015 Description / Buy
15 Kitty's Mix-Tape 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Kitty Norville Short Story Collections

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1 Kitty's Greatest Hits 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Golden Age Series

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1 After the Golden Age 2011 Description / Buy
2 Dreams of the Golden Age 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Voices of Dragons Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Voices of Dragons 2009 Description / Buy
2 Refuge of Dragons 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Bannerless Saga Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Bannerless 2017 Description / Buy
2 The Wild Dead 2018 Description / Buy
3 Where Would You Be Now? (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Bannerless Saga Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Where Would You Be Now? (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy
2 Bannerless 2017 Description / Buy
3 The Wild Dead 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Cormac and Amelia Series

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1 Dark Divide (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
2 Badlands Witch (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
3 Fatal Storm 2021 Description / Buy
4 Charmed Waters 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Robin Hood Stories Series

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1 The Ghosts of Sherwood (Short Story) 2020 Description / Buy
2 The Heirs of Locksley (Short Story) 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Carrie Vaughn Standalone Novels

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1 Discord's Apple 2010 Description / Buy
2 Steel 2011 Description / Buy
3 Martians Abroad 2017 Description / Buy
4 The Immortal Conquistador 2019 Description / Buy
5 Questland 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Carrie Vaughn Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Best We Can (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
2 That Game We Played During the War (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
3 Sinew and Steel and What They Told (Short Story) 2020 Description / Buy
4 An Easy Job (Short Story) 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Carrie Vaughn Short Story Collections

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1 Straying From the Path 2011 Description / Buy
2 Amaryllis and Other Stories 2016 Description / Buy
3 Real City (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Apocalypse Triptych Anthology Series with Jonathan Maberry, John Joseph Adams, Tananarive Due, Elizabeth Bear, Robin Wasserman, Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, Nancy Kress, Jamie Ford, , Paolo Bacigalupi, Ken Liu, Charlie Jane Anders, Daniel H. Wilson, , Sarah Langan, David Wellington, Mira Grant, Ben H. Winters, Hugh Howey, , Annie Bellet

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1 The End is Nigh 2014 Description / Buy
2 The End is Now 2014 Description / Buy
3 The End Has Come 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Some of the Best from Series with Melissa Marr, Lavie Tidhar, Genevieve Valentine, Aliette de Bodard, Delia Sherman, , Charlie Jane Anders, , , N.K. Jemisin, , Ellen Datlow, Daniel Polansky, , , , , Indrapramit Das, Alix E. Harrow, Margaret Killjoy, , , , Caighlan Smith

# Read Title Published Details
1 Some of the Best from, 2016 Edition 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Series

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1 Fast Ships, Black Sails 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Unfettered Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Unfettered II: New Tales By Masters of Fantasy ( By: Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson, Charlaine Harris, Terry Brooks, Naomi Novik, David Farland, Rachel Caine, Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, , Bradley P. Beaulieu, Michael J. Sullivan, Django Wexler, , Shawn Speakman, Mark Lawrence, Anthony Ryan, Sarah Beth Durst) 2016 Description / Buy
2 Unfettered III: New Tales By Masters of Fantasy 2019 Description / Buy

Order of New Cthulhu Anthology Series

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1 The Recent Weird 2011 Description / Buy
2 More Recent Weird 2015 Description / Buy

Carrie Vaughn Anthologies

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1 All Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories 2004 Description / Buy
2 Asimov's Science Fiction, June 2007 2007 Description / Buy
3 Spicy Slipstream Stories 2008 Description / Buy
4 Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name 2009 Description / Buy
5 Warriors 2010 Description / Buy
6 Dark and Stormy Knights 2010 Description / Buy
7 Songs of Love and Death 2010 Description / Buy
8 Down These Strange Streets 2011 Description / Buy
9 The Urban Fantasy Anthology 2011 Description / Buy
10 Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre 2011 Description / Buy
11 Brave New Love: 15 Dystopian Tales of Desire 2012 Description / Buy
12 Super Stories of Heroes and Villains 2013 Description / Buy
13 Dangerous Women 2013 Description / Buy
14 After the End: Recent Apocalypses 2013 Description / Buy
15 Rogues 2014 Description / Buy
16 The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2014 Edition 2014 Description / Buy
17 The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women 2014 Description / Buy
18 Colorado State of Mind 2016 Description / Buy
19 The Unicorn Anthology 2017 Description / Buy
20 Nevertheless She Persisted 2020 Description / Buy
21 Some of the Best from 2020 Edition 2021 Description / Buy
22 Shapers of Worlds Volume II 2021 Description / Buy
23 Someone in Time: Tales of Time-Crossed Romance 2022 Description / Buy
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Some of her novels also form sizeable series. As well as authoring science fiction and fantasy novels, Vaughn also has written several romances. Indeed, she describes herself as having emerged from the fantasy and science fiction genres only to become widely known as a romance writer. She has won several awards and credits for her fiction writing, the most prestigious of which was probably a nomination for a Hugo Award.

Vaughn’s most famous books are arguably the novels that make up her ‘Kitty Norville‘ series. This series of novels falls within the genre of urban fantasy. Norville is a werewolf, though many people simply believe her to be a regular teenaged girl. Norville hosts a chat show on the local radio, and by discussing issues with various listeners who phone in to the show, she comes to learn about the latest events in the supernatural community.

Her main foe throughout the series is a local religious preacher, who is always attempting to entice members of the supernatural community (including Kitty Norville herself and her werewolf pack) to join his traveling Bible show so that he can ‘save’ them. Norville and her listeners gradually come to realise that this Bible show is not all that it seems. Aside from this series, Vaughn has written several other shorter series of novels including the ‘Golden Age’ series and various standalone novels (for instance ‘Voices of Dragons’ which was published in 2010).


As mentioned above, Vaughn has been nominated for a Hugo Award. The Hugo Awards are given to an author who is deemed to have written the best science fiction or fantasy novel over the past year. They are named after Hugo Gernsback, who was a science fiction magazine editor – his magazines published short stories of the kind that first got Carrie Vaughn known for her writing. Carrie Vaughn has also been mentioned in several roundups of highly prized writing, including in titles such as ‘The Year’s Best Science Fiction’ and ‘The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror’.


In this section, we will delve a little deeper into those of Vaugn’s works that are most highly prized by her fans. Two books under discussion here both come from the Kitty Norville series. The first is named ‘Kitty and the Midnight Hour’ and the second, ‘Kitty Goes to Washington’. They represent the first and second books in the series respectively. The third is from the Voices of Dragons series.

In The Midnight Hour, we are first introduced to Kitty Norville. She is a late night DJ and, somewhat by accident, she starts her own late night talk show (hence the book’s title, ‘The Midnight Hour’). The talk show’s theme is vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings. Norville herself is a werewolf, but she attempts to keep this fact about herself a secret from her listeners, and in fact she wants to discourage her listeners from believing that being a supernatural being such as herself is ‘cool’. Gradually, it emerges that an itinerant preacher is attempting to ‘save’ members of the supernatural community. By talking with some of her listeners, though, Norville begins to suspect that this preacher has a sinister purpose. This plot point is not entirely wrapped up until the second book of the series, though, to which we now turn.

In Kitty Goes to Washington, Norville heads to Washington and gets to know a vampire properly. She was called to the stand in front of the Senate to testify on behalf of supernaturals and finds herself on the wrong side of a Bible-thumping Senator who wants to expose her as a monster.

She also makes various other contacts there, and her relationship with her love interest, Ben, is developed. Norville discovers that the preacher whom she first encountered in the first book of the series is in fact a ‘fae’. The fae lives by feeding off the supernatural community and so he has adopted the guise of a preacher offering to cure them so that he can get close to them. Will Norville be able to defeat the fae and save her community?

Voices of Dragons: This book has some real shades of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but more modernized and with dragons. A delicious combination for sure. Kay Wyatt is a seventeen-year old with an eye for adventure. She knows the laws says she’s not supposed to go rock climbing so close to the border, but she’d rather go on an adventure than worry about some silly rules. She’d rather go rock climbing.

In Kay’s world kids have cellphones and worry about homecoming. They don’t think about that border that separates them from the dragons and the constant dragon drills they go through in case of an attack. World War II sprung the dragons back into the world, but living on the border of Dragon never bothered Kay.

Kay was looking for a thrill when she climbed the mountain, but she got way more than that when she nearly died and was saved by Artegal – a dragon. The rules that Kay grew up with are suddenly shattered and she gained a new friendship in the process. Unfortunately, the friendship between a human and a dragon isn’t wide spread and a war is brewing with Kay and Artegal stuck in the middle. Can their friendship survive? Can it help change the course of war and bring peace?

When Does The Next Carrie Vaughn book come out?

Carrie Vaughn doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Charmed Waters and was released on December, 1st 2021. It is the newest book in the Cormac and Amelia Series.

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  1. The Kitty Norville series is what drew me to Carrie Vaughn and I am honestly surprised this series hasn’t been developed by The CW or something for a series. The ascension of Kitty to alpha of the pack as well as her unique leadership style, that draws on feminist ideals and her ability to stick with them is truly unique and helps separate this book from others in its genre. I think that it is perfect for adaptation and I am dying for the day I read that news online.

    The only non-Kitty book I’ve read is Martians Abroad and I think it continues to the trend of strong feminine characters. If Carrie Vaughn keeps churning out books like this, I think she’s made a fan for life.

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