The Immortal Conquistador

The Immortal Conquistador

by Carrie Vaughn

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Overview

From the author of the beloved Kitty Norville werewolf talk-show host series, the last full tale in the series: the vampire origins of Kitty’s famed ally, Rick—and his sudden turn to darkness in the seventeenth century. More than 500 years before his friendship with Kitty, noble Ricardo de Avila met a fate-changing twist, where his morally-complex, blood-soaked existence as an immortal began.

“A must have for Kitty Norville fans, but also an excellent standalone for readers new to Vaughn’s worlds.” —Kelley Armstrong, author of Bitten and Wherever She Goes

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

For over five hundred years, Rick has infuriated the demon world. He has ferociously protected his found-family from marauding vampires, joined forces with a legendary gunslinger, appointed himself the Master of Denver, and called upon a church buried under the Vatican. Of late, Rick has even made a famous friend: everyone’s favorite werewolf talk-show host, Kitty Norville.

Now, whether you are new to Vaughn’s fan-favorite novels, or a longtime reader, you’ll be riveted by the final full-length tale of the series.


About the Kitty Norville series:
Carrie Vaughn’s series, about a werewolf who hosts a talk radio advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged, began with Kitty and the Midnight Hour. The series will end with the The Immortal Conquistador, and the forthcoming collection Kitty’s Mix-Tape. For more about the Kitty Norville books, go to https://carrievaughn.com/kittybooks.html.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

01/13/2020

Vaughn presents a gratifying origin story for Ricardo “Rick” de Avila, vampire Master of Denver and partner to the popular werewolf heroine of her Kitty Norville series. Compelled by the vampire Order of Saint Lazarus of the Shadows in Rome, Rick recounts a series of menacing and melancholy stories from the past 500 years of his life spent striving to be a bad vampire and a good man. In the 16th century, Rick, then the living teenage son of a Spanish nobleman, accompanies Francisco Vázquez de Coronado on his search for gold in Mexico and the American west, where a betrayal leads to Rick’s transformation into a demon. Repulsed by his condition and ignorant of his newfound powers, Rick traverses the desert territory for centuries, encountering the formidable vampire Mistress Catalina of Mexico City, confronting the devilish Carlos de Luz, and meeting with American gunfighter Doc Holliday. Fans will wish that the short vignettes of Rick’s adventures, which take place between books in the Kitty Norville series, received greater development but will nevertheless admire Rick’s clever battle tactics and compassion toward his companions. This fun character study works as a standalone but will hold special appeal for series fans. (Mar.)

From the Publisher

Vaughn presents a gratifying origin story for Ricardo “Rick” de Avila, vampire Master of Denver and partner to the popular werewolf heroine of her Kitty Norville series.”
Publishers Weekly

“The path from conquistador to bartender is filled with battles and death, protection and hope. Vaughn weaves a beautiful tale of a devout man who faces the Devil and wins. VERDICT This fast-paced novella, filled with action and emotion, offers a satisfying entry back into the ‘Kitty Norville’ series.”
Library Journal

The Immortal Conquistador was a captivating read that finally shed some light on one of the most interesting and secretive characters from the Kitty universe. This book is sure to please all the Kitty Norville fans out there!”
—Fantasy Hotlist

“What I love about Vaughn’s writing is that she takes you on a fun adventure and secretly sneaks in layers of complexity to her characters where you find yourself thinking about them for days on end. I can’t wait to see where this series is heading!”
Infinite Text

“A must have for Kitty Norville fans, but also an excellent standalone for readers new to Vaughn’s worlds.”
—Kelley Armstrong, author of Wherever She Goes and Led Astray.

“No surprise to anyone, but Carrie Vaughn can write the sixteenth century up through the Old West as well as it’s been done. And it just feels so good to sneak back into the Kittyverse through the vampire door.”
—Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels and The Only Good Indians.

“Carrie Vaughn’s The Immortal Conquistador is an excellent addition to her Kitty Norville books, and gives us a closer look at one of her most fascinating characters.”
—Stephen Blackmoore, author of the Eric Carter Necromancer series

“I love this story and highly recommend it.”
—Tor.com

“A cool bonus of this [book]—you can read it totally independent of the Kitty Norville series . . . I’m very glad I got it.”
The Irresponsible Reader

“Vaughn has created a rich world full of magic and mayhem that could support thousands of stories. Sign me up for all of them!”
One Book Two

Praise for Carrie Vaughn

For The Bannerless: 2017 Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award

Bannerless is both a fine murder mystery and a multi-layered look at a different kind of society.” —Analog Science Fiction & Fact

“Vaughn skillfully portrays a vastly altered future America that’s almost unrecognizable decades after its total collapse; the ... focus on sustainability and responsibility is unusual, thought-provoking, and very welcome.” —Publishers Weekly

“Amazing and compelling, Vaughn brings her deft characterization and humanity to bear on a post-apocalyptic world that is all too real.” —Tobias S. Buckell, bestselling author of Arctic Rising

For The Wild Dead:

“[STARRED REVIEW] This thrilling postapocalyptic mystery, which demonstrates the author's wide range of style, will please Vaughn's many fans.” —Library Journal

“Structurally, this is a standard police procedural; it’s the environment, the carefully constructed future society, that gives it a unique flavor. Beautifully executed.” —Booklist

The Wild Dead is a highly enjoyable and captivating sophomore entry in the Bannerless series.” —Geeks of Doom

For Kitty Saves the World

“The open nature of Kitty's character and the way Vaughn makes her such a likeable character make this the only urban fantasy world where I want to read every book of the series.” ―The Denver Post

“A great series for fans of the recent werewolf-vampire craze who want to move beyond Stephanie Meyer or Charlaine Harris.” ―The Daily News

Kitty Saves the World is probably my favorite final book in any series that I've read. I highly recommend [it].”—All Things Urban Fantasy

Library Journal

02/01/2020

Vampires are immortal, which means they have witnessed historic events. Kitty Norville's ally Rick is one such vampire. As he arrives in Rome to talk with the Order of Saint Lazarus of the Shadows, a group of vampire monks that reside under the Vatican, Rick's history unfolds. Born Ricardo de Avila, he was a devout follower of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado on his search for gold—but was betrayed. Rick traded his mortality to become a vampire but was a man of God, not even being undead would curtail his belief. He has lived quietly for more than 500 years, except when he must use his power to protect his found family. The path from conquistador to bartender is filled with battles and death, protection and hope. Vaughn weaves a beautiful tale of a devout man who faces the Devil and wins. VERDICT This fast-paced novella, filled with action and emotion, offers a satisfying entry back into the "Kitty Norville" series.—Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616963217
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication date: 03/13/2020
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 319,380
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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