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The Immortal Conquistador by Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville #15
Published by Tachyon Publications on March 13, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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?”
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