The Immortal Conquistador by Carrie Vaughn #CarrieVaughn @TachyonPub

Posted March 6, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 10 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


The Immortal Conquistador by Carrie Vaughn #CarrieVaughn   @TachyonPub The Immortal Conquistador by Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville #15
Published by Tachyon Publications on March 13, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 196
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Discover the deadly origins of the noble immortal Rick, ally to bestselling author Carrie Vaughn’s fan-favorite werewolf, Kitty Norville.

Ricardo de Avila would have followed Coronado to the ends of the earth. Instead, Ricardo found the end of his mortal life, and a new one, as a renegade vampire.

For over five hundred years, Ricardo has upset the established order. He has protected his found family from marauding demons, teamed up with a legendary gunslinger, appointed himself the Master of Denver, and called upon a church buried under the Vatican. He has tended bar and fended off evil werewolves.

Life for a vampire is always long, but for Rick, it is never uncomplicated.

It’s been five years since Kitty Saves the World and now we get the story, past and present of her good friend, Rick. I saw The Immortal Conquistador and knew I must read it. I remember not being sure about Rick initially and certainly unsure of other vampires in Kitty’s world.  But Rick always seemed to help Kitty when he could.

Starting at the beginning, when he has just fought with Coronodo’s men in Mexico, we found out how Rick became a vampire.  His faith in God and the Catholic church is very strong and he believed he was a demon, a monster. So he kept to his own code, trying to never hurt others.

The past is interwoven with the present as Rick is in Rome and is telling his past to the Abbott.  The Immortal Conquistador is set right after Kitty Rocks the House, when he is recruited to the Order and will fight with Kitty to save the world.

I really loved this with its rich history of the settlement of North America. Kitty is not in this book, only mentioned.   Rick is not quite like anyone else and I came to love him in Kitty’s world.  There is some great humor here, too.

“See? You have friends. You have had friends for five hundred years. You’re not supposed to have friends! You’re supposed to have servants and thralls! You’re a vampire, and you have the gall to have friends?”

 

About Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. The fourteenth installment, Kitty Saves the World, was released in 2015. Her forthcoming novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, from John Joseph Adams Books. She’s written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 80 short stories. She’s a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop.

An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado.

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Posted March 6, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 10 Comments


10 responses to “The Immortal Conquistador by Carrie Vaughn

    • IKR?!?!? I had to have this when I saw it on Netgalley. It is such a joy. I really enjoyed this whole series and I always liked Rick. Kitty might be a good choice for a Read-along. She was one of the originals for me when I started reading UF. And I still miss TJ! It’s been long enough since I read the series there are plenty of things I don’t remember I’m sure.

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  1. Jen

    Wow! I didn’t realize there are now 15 books in this series. I remember blogging about it years and years ago, but I never ended up reading the series. I’m glad this one worked for you, even after so many years!

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