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

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

Order of Kitty Norville Short Story Collections

1Kitty's Greatest Hits 2011Description / Buy

Order of Golden Age Series

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

Order of Voices of Dragons Series

1Voices of Dragons 2009Description / Buy
2Refuge of Dragons 2017Description / Buy

Order of Bannerless Saga Series

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

Chronological Order of Bannerless Saga Series

1Where Would You Be Now? (Short Story)2018Description / Buy
2Bannerless2017Description / Buy
3The Wild Dead2018Description / Buy

Order of Cormac and Amelia Series

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

Order of Robin Hood Stories Series

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

Order of Carrie Vaughn Standalone Novels

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

Order of Carrie Vaughn Short Stories/Novellas

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

Order of Carrie Vaughn Short Story Collections

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

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

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

1Some of the Best from, 2016 Edition 2017Description / Buy

Order of Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Series

1Fast Ships, Black Sails 2008Description / Buy

Order of Unfettered Series

1Unfettered 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) 2016Description / Buy
2Unfettered III: New Tales By Masters of Fantasy ( With: Megan Lindholm, Tad Williams, Brandon Sanderson, Brian Herbert, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, , Naomi Novik, Kevin J. Anderson, Delilah S. Dawson, Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, , , Lev Grossman, , Shawn Speakman, John Gwynne, , Mark Lawrence, , , Anna Smith Spark, Katherine Arden) 2019Description / Buy

Order of New Cthulhu Series

1New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird ( By: , Cherie Priest, Neil Gaiman, John Shirley, Elizabeth Bear, Charles Stross, Kim Newman, Michael Marshall Smith, China Miéville, , , , , Dale Bailey, John Langan, Tim Pratt, Laird Barron, , , Caitlín R. Kiernan, Sarah Monette, Nathan Ballingrud, , Paul J. McAuley, Nick Mamatas) 2011Description / Buy
2New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird ( With: Brian Hodge, John Shirley, Elizabeth Bear, Charles Stross, , , John Langan, Laird Barron, , , , Caitlín R. Kiernan, Sarah Monette, , , , , , Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Ruthanna Emrys) 2015Description / Buy

Carrie Vaughn Anthologies

1 All Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories2004Description / Buy
2 Spicy Slipstream Stories2008Description / Buy
3 Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name2009Description / Buy
4 Warriors2010Description / Buy
5 Dark and Stormy Knights2010Description / Buy
6 Songs of Love and Death2010Description / Buy
7 Down These Strange Streets2011Description / Buy
8 The Urban Fantasy Anthology2011Description / Buy
9 Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre2011Description / Buy
10 Brave New Love: 15 Dystopian Tales of Desire2012Description / Buy
11 Super Stories of Heroes and Villains2013Description / Buy
12 Dangerous Women2013Description / Buy
13 After the End: Recent Apocalypses2013Description / Buy
14 Rogues2014Description / Buy
15 The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2014 Edition2014Description / Buy
16 The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women2014Description / Buy
17 Colorado State of Mind2016Description / Buy
18 Nevertheless She Persisted2020Description / Buy
19 Some of the Best from 2020 Edition2021Description / 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?

The next book by Carrie Vaughn is Fatal Storm and will be released on November, 3rd 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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