Title: Bellum Romanum
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville #0.2
In: Urban Enemies (Joseph Nassise)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal fantasy, Urban fantasy, Werewolves
Dates read: 1st November 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Gallery Books
5th sentence, 74th page: The force of Gaius’s rage surprised him.
Roman was once a man called Gaius. Who was turned against his will. But, in his quest to find vengeance, he might go a little bit further than expected.
Thoroughly enjoyed the idea of a villain who is simply seeking revenge on the entire paranormal community because he was forced to join it. No more sinister, intense reason, nothing else going on… he’s basically just cracking the shits because someone turned him against his will, so he may as well burn the whole world down because of it. Talk about a temper tantrum.
Although I didn’t feel sympathy for this villain (as I do tend to do with a lot of villain POVs), I did gain a little understanding into him. And that was kind of nice. After all, the best villains are the ones you can understand, and even imagine yourself becoming… mostly I think that this villain is a bit of a petulant child. And probably just needed to break something. Too bad that someone came along and gave him the means to break the world…
I absolutely love when you can recognise a historical moment woven into a series. Especially when it’s a contemporary, urban fantasy like Kitty Norville. But Pompeii is in this. And I have a slightly intense fascination with this, have had since I was a young child. Which meant I was completely digging the idea that the villain in this caused Pompeii. That that was one of his petulant child moments of destruction… completely brilliant and so much fun!!! Except for the peoples of Pompeii… not so much fun for them.