Review: Iron Night by M. L. Brennan

Iron Night
Iron Night


Iron Night
by M. L. Brennan
Series: Generation V, Book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2014
E-book, Purchased
307 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: Underachieving film theory graduate and vampire Fortitude Scott may be waiting tables at a snooty restaurant run by a tyrannical chef who hates him, but the other parts of his life finally seem to be stabilizing. He’s learning how to rule the Scott family territory, hanging out more with his shapeshifting friend Suzume Hollis, and has actually found a decent roommate for once.

Until he finds his roommate’s dead body.

The Scott family cover-up machine swings into gear, but Fort is the only person trying to figure out who (or what) actually killed his friend. His hunt for a murderer leads to a creature that scares even his sociopathic family, and puts them all in deadly peril.

Keeping secrets, killing monsters, and still having to make it to work on time? Sometimes being a vampire really sucks.

“With how you were reacting to that glamour, I’ll have to keep an eye on you. Otherwise the next time I see you, you’ll probably have a Doctor Who tramp stamp.”

For one awkward second, I realized that the only way Suzume could possibly look hotter to me was if she had a tattoo of the TARDIS on the middle of her lower back. I was profoundly grateful in that moment that the kitsune were unable to read minds.


“When this whole thing is over, I never want to talk about elf genealogy again. The last few days have been like some nightmare biology lesson. Like Attack of Mendel’s Beans set in the Appalachian mountains, crossed with a PBS special on Egyptian pharaohs.”


  • This is a fun, new urban fantasy series. I read this second book soon after reading the first book.
  • Again, I like Fortitude a lot. His inner dialogue is very funny. He’s growing more like a vampire which disturbs him. He finds it ever harder to hold on to his humanity and human friends.
  • He’s also learning the “family business” from his brother Chivalry. And Fort learns a few things from his mother about her plans for his life and why she treated him differently than his siblings.
  • Suzume continues to be a great character. I love her snarky humor. I’d like to read more about the kitsune.
  • All the TV and movies mentioned fits well since Fort is a former film student.
  • We learn more about Fort’s family and thus, vampires. Also more about the supernatural community.
  • The vampires in this world are not very nice. I like the ways these vampires are different from other books I’ve read about vampires.
  • This book doesn’t focus so much on the mystery, but on the characters and moving them along on their journey.


  •  I’m not sure if this series is known as the American Vampire series or Generation V series. The books carry both titles sometimes.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m liking this urban fantasy series so much and looking forward to the next book.
  • I’m so glad book 3 in this series–Tainted–comes out in November 2014.


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Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

8 thoughts on “Review: Iron Night by M. L. Brennan”

  1. Glad you liked this one, Jan! I’ve been hearing really good things about this series, and I always like to try UF narrated by a man. I really like it when UF includes non-Western supes like Kitsune, and Suzume sounds like a riot! Guess I’d better start in on this series before November. 🙂


  2. I am piiiiining for book three. I want, I want, I want.

    And the series name confuses me too. I think they’ve started calling them the Generation V novels now. But also hear the author just refer them to the “Fortitude Scott novels”.


    1. I’m very excited to read the next book. Things seem to happen at a fast pace in these books.

      I’m not sure why they keep using different names to talk about the series. Not very good branding.


  3. Let’s start the petition to get this series called ANYTHING but Generation V, which sounds like a bad WB teen drama. I like American Vampire just fine, but Fortitude Scott works just as well.


    1. You’re right, Nathan! I’d like them to pick one name and stick with it, but Generation V is my least favorite, too.


  4. Me too on the series name! I like the sound of either but on the cover it says A GenrationV novel, so they need to make up their minds. So glad you love this as much as I do. I agree his inner dialogue is great!


    1. They’re not doing very good for their brand with all the series name confusion! This series is one of my favorites of the year.


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