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.


Have you read this book? How did you like it?

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Review: Generation V by M. L. Brennan

generation-vGeneration V
by M. L. Brennan
Series: Generation V, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2013
E-book, Purchased
312 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Reality Bites…Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…

“Does a bodyguard really need to know what I’ve thrown out lately?”

She looked surprised. “Of course not.”

“Then why are you looking?”

“Because I’m nosy.”


“So make him pay it.”

I stared. She made it sound so simple, as if I’d just been letting it slide this whole time. “How would you suggest I do that?” I asked.

“Threats of violence have always worked very well for me,” Suzume said, completely serious.

I sighed. “And if threats don’t work?”

“Then use violence.” Suzume gave a smothered little laugh. “Jeez, Fort, you seem to like making things more complicated than they really are.”


  • I haven’t read many vampire books lately. This is a little different take on vampires: for example, it’s not easy to have vampire offspring, but Madeline (Fort’s mother) manages to create three children and each one is different. Fort is her youngest (only in his mid-twenties). Madeline has done things differently with Fort, but she doesn’t tell Fort why he’s different.
  • It’s a fun book to read. Fort is both a fun and funny protagonist. Lots of humor with other characters,too–especially Suzume.
  • Fortitude doesn’t act at all like a vampire. He’s still mostly human, but at some point will complete his change to a full-fledged vampire. He doesn’t want to lose his humanity so he’s trying to stay human as long as possible. He finds being a vegetarian helps stave off his vampire urges a little! His vampire family try to tempt him to eat meat whenever possible.
  • The kitsune are wonderful in this book. Especially Suzume.
  • I like the names of Madeline’s offspring: Prudence, Chivalry and Fortitude!
  • Fort is a wimp in the beginning of the book, but changes a bit by the end of the book partly from Suzume’s help.


  • It’s hard to read about children in danger
  • I don’t like Fort that well at first–especially letting his girlfriend get away with the whole “open relationship” idea even though he doesn’t like it! He’s passive-aggressive about the whole thing. The author does do a good job showing how he begins to changes by the end of the book.
  • I want to know more about the kitsune.


  • I found out about this book from Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn. I’m so glad I did. This is a great start to a new series. I’ve already bought Iron Night the next book in the challenge.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Reading challenges

  • The 2014 New Author Reading Challenge hosted at the Literary Escapism blog.
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