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Posted February 12, 2014
The second novel in the Generation V series is a fascinating and
The second novel in the Generation V series is a fascinating and action filled urban fantasy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Fortitude Scott’s life finally seems to be stabilizing; he’s learning how to rule the Scott family territory, hanging out more with his shapeshifting friend Suzume Hollis and has finally found a decent roommate for once. Until he finds his roommate’s dead body and the hunt for his killer leads to a creature that terrifies even his sociopathic family and puts them all in deadly peril.
The plot starts off a little on the slow side, but soon takes off and keeps the reader on their toes with lots of suspense and action. The author brings the story to life with vivid images and details that grab the reader’s attention and keeps them engaged to the very last word. The characters are strong and compelling with lots of interesting quirks and personalities that add lots of depth to the story and leave the reader wanting to know more.
There’s not really any romance in the book as it is an urban fantasy, but there is flirting and hinting at a future romance in the making. The relationship between Fort and his friends is interesting and complicated and that seems to fit right into his life. The action is described in vibrant detail that makes it easy for the reader to picture it as it happens.
The author has created an exciting paranormal world with lots of interesting original twists that makes for a refreshing and intriguing read and keeps the reader turning the pages until the very end. The supernatural characters are not only captivating they are quirky and fun while being deadly at the same time keeping things real interesting.
I haven’t read the first book in the series, but I had no trouble following this story, but of course with the hints of the happenings in previous book, I will be reading it soon. And I am looking forward to reading future books in the series to see just where Fort’s life takes him and his friends, especially since I really doubt they can stay out of trouble.
*** Note: This series has also been referred to as the American Vampires series or the Fortitude Scott series. ***
Posted January 21, 2014
Iron Night is the second novel in the Generation V / Fortitude S
Iron Night is the second novel in the Generation V / Fortitude Scott series by M. L. Brennan. In the first novel, Generation V, we were introduced to Fortitude Scott, a vampire who had not yet begun to transition from human to vampire, who is trying to avoid being a vampire, is a slacker and initially not a character that I really liked. I did like him very much by the end of the first novel. In Iron Night, Fortitude (Fort) is back along with his mom, siblings Prudence and Chivalry, and Suzume (a shapeshifter). Since the end of the first novel, Fort has been training with his brother and learning the family business from him not only because he's started his vampiric transformation, but because he is tired of being beat up and has family responsibilities that he is beginning to accept. Fort is not your average vampire and M. L. Brennan's vampire mythology is just as fantastic and different as Fort is.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Iron Night is as much about Fort slowing growing into his vampire side and becoming a better person as it is a story about a mystery set off by the gruesome death of Fort's roommate - a roommate that Fort got along with, liked and who actually paid the rent on time. Fort lives in a low rent area of town, works as a waiter and drives a wreck of a Fiesta. Yes, his family has incredible wealth, but Fort is trying to hang on to his human side. This is one of Fort's charms: despite being in the beginnings of his transition to full vampire he still embraces his human side and while accepting what his family is does not fully give in to them. He does however start to understand that his vampire side gives him certain physical advantages (while scaring him at the same time). Fort is also awkward with women which is incredibly charming. His internal narrative about this is particularly amusing. He's not your usual vampire!
Fort is not the only wonderful character in the series. We get to see a lot more of Prudence in Iron Night. Prudence is the oldest of the Scott siblings, is fully vampiric and is a more or less a sociopath. She's also a terrifically written character who is very, very scary especially when she is being nice. Fort's brother Chivalry is also superbly done. He's somewhat nicer than Prudence but also has no qualms about being a vampire. Both siblings care about Fort in their own unique ways. Madeline Scott (their Mom) is back as well. She's the head of the family and in control of a vast territory. Things supernatural ultimately answer to her. She is very, very frightening.
One of my favorite characters is Suzume. She is a kistune or wolf shifter. She is funny, smart, snarky, and a great person to have at your back both in a fight and just generally. She was a great help to Fort in the first novel and continues to help Fort in Iron Night.
Both novels in the Generation V series present mysteries. In Iron Night, the mystery centers around who killed Fort's roommate and why. Brennan takes mythology, makes it her own and creates a great mystery with some very interesting underpinnings. This mystery kept me guessing.
There is humor, some gore, and action. Iron Night is beautifully written, is deeply engaging and features wonderful world building and exceptional characters. This is an Urban Fantasy series that you absolutely must read and should be on your auto-buy list.
Posted March 7, 2014
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