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Tainted Blood: A Generation V Book Novel 3 Mass Market Paperback – 1 April 2016
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In the third Generation V novel, Fortitude Scott proves that working with family can be deadly . . .
Former film student Fortitude Scott is finally gainfully employed. Unfortunately, said employment happens to be with a group of sociopathic vampires-his family. And as much as Fort is loath to get too deep into the family business, when his brother, Chivalry, is temporarily unable to run the territory, it's up to Fort to keep things under control.
So when the leader of a powerful faction of shifters turns up murdered, Fort finds himself tracking down a killer while navigating dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges, and hidden agendas. Even with the help of his foxy kitsune sidekick, Suzume, he'll need to pull out all the stops to hunt for the paranormal assassin.
But as he calls on fairies, witches, and ghouls for help, he discovers that the problem is much bigger than a single dead werebear. The supernatural community is preparing for a massive shift in power within the Scott family leadership-and Fort has landed right in the middle of the gathering storm . . .
Praise for the Generation V Novels 'A funny, refreshing urban fantasy tale . . . Geek-inspired humor and unexpectedly sympathetic characters (particularly the deadly Madeline) help make this a novel worth reading.'Publishers Weekly
'Engrossing and endearingly quirky, with a creative and original vampire mythos, it's a treat for any urban fantasy lover!'New York Timesbestselling author Karen Chance
'Full of vivid characters and terrific world building . . . A fun, fast-paced romp of a story that kept me glued to the pages to the very last word. Loved it! Bravo, M. L. Brennan, bravo!' National bestselling author Devon Monk
'A strong debut with a lot of heart, with an interesting take on the vampire mythos...unexpectedly awesome.' SF Signal
'A quirky, humorous new urban fantasy series . . . rife with mystery, suspense, and a cast of eccentric characters that will have you laughing and rolling your eyes at their antics. A clever mix of dark humor and seriousness.' Smexy Books
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- Publisher : ROC; 1st edition (1 April 2016)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451418425
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451418425
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 2.54 x 17.78 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 747,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It has unique world building and vividly interesting characters that grow and feel real. I love Fortitude, who is the embodiment of his name - I love ll the Scott 'children's' names. His relationship and conflicting feelings for his family are so well done.
The expanding world of other creatures is fascinating and the politics of it grow to what is sure to be an explosive conclusion.
I so wish there were more than just 4 books in the series - it's one of the best urban fantasies I've read - and I've been reading the genre from before it was even estblished.
M.L. Brennan is an amazing writer. Couldn't recommend this highly enough.
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Do I love this series or what! Let me count the ways in which I love it. Well, firstly, I seem to have gobbled up the first three books in fairly short order, secondly, it's got two very likable leads - one of which is a very cool Kitsune, thirdly, it's fast paced, action packed and pretty funny, fourthly it brings something a little new to what could be deemed as a genre that is becoming a bit jaded, fifthly - what the hell, do you need any more, really - a Kitsune people!!
(Note: obligatory spoiler statement - I do try and avoid spoilers but it you're new to this series it's probably best not to start reading here! So, for the record `I told you so!'). The series revolves primarily around a young, not-yet-grown-into-his-teeth vampire called Fortitude Scott and his family, it's set in our world but populated with supernatural types that most of us regular folks are thankfully oblivious to - at this point we've only been introduced to a number of these supes and this installment focuses on the werebears. At the start of the story the Head of the local were pack is murdered and the Scotts are called in to investigate! Fort has to step up to take on the task as he's currently covering the role for his brother who is somewhat distracted. I may have mentioned this but the Scott's come across a little like the Mob of the fantasy underworld. They, ahem, offer `protection' to the others and closely regulate their territory to prevent action that draws too much attention to their kind!
Now, I'm not going to go specifically into the plot here - you have your basic investigation taking place and the usual drama that follows Fort and Suzume around as huge critters chase them around the woods! The storyline is fast paced and compelling as ever but more importantly than that (to me at least) is the underlying shift in balance that seems to be taking place between the Scotts and the rest of the supernaturals together with the change in the family dynamic. Clearly, things are going to come to a head and in this installment you can feel the tension not only within the family, where there will clearly be a struggle for dominance as certain events transpire, but also in the community where lines in the dirt are already being drawn.
Let's face it, some of the supernaturals who fall under the Scott's control aren't happy with their lot and with a change looking imminent they're keen to set out their stalls early. Fort is young, he isn't set in his ways and he's clearly willing to listen and, more than that, sympathise with people who feel they have an axe to grind. It's going to be very interesting to read No.4 in the series. There is definitely the potential for so many things, in so many ways, to just blow up and become either completely unmanageable or to cause a major rift!
What I particularly like about this series is the way the author is introducing us to things at the same pace as Fort. It's like we're all learning about his world with him and I think this is so clever to be honest. Importantly, she establishes a link with the reader and Fort (and Suzume) really early on and then she builds with each installment providing another little piece of his world. On reflection, it's easy now to look back at Fort's early impressions of his family and think that he's perhaps an unreliable narrator when it comes to his family - but this is based more on the fact that Fort has been largely brought up in the care of regular humans, he hasn't spent much time with his vampire family and consequently he's only just learning about them and about the boundaries - just like us! Fort is definitely a character who will grow on you without a doubt. Suzume - won't grow on you - it won't be necessary for any growing-on at all, you'll simply read her and love her immediately. She's just fun, confident, cool, cocky - what can I say - she's an excellent work of fiction!
Anyway, that's it for me. If you like urban fantasy and you're looking for a new series give Generation V a shot.
3.5 stars out of 5.
About my reviews: I try to review every book I read, including those that I don't end up enjoying. The reviews are not scholarly, but just indicate my reaction as a reader, reading being my addiction. I am miserly with 5-star reviews; 4 stars means I liked a book very much; 3 stars means I liked it; 2 stars means I didn't like it (though often the 2-star books are very popular with other readers and/or are by authors whose other work I've loved).
In Iron Night Fortitude Scott began his transition to full vampire and started working in the family business – ruling over New England’s supernatural community. Now, with both his brother Chivalry and sister Prudence temporarily unavailable, he’s taking an even bigger role. The Scotts are asked to investigate the murder of the alpha of the werebears, who are less than enthused that the youngest Scott is the one that’s sent. Over the course of the investigation, Fort makes some new allies and learns that his is far from the only dysfunctional supernatural family in town.
I really like the way Brennan is building on the mythology in each successive book. Fort learns several new things about the supernatural world in this one, mostly dealing with marriage and succession within the different species. He also starts to be conscious of supernatural politics for the first time. Fort’s mother is fading and the other groups are looking to him to be their voice within the new regime, though no one knows for certain who the next leader might be. Fort also expresses a lot of opinions about real world politics, which shows how human he still is compared to his siblings, but also makes his world feel more familiar.
I also really love seeing what new creatures Brennan adds to the world in each book. Tainted Blood introduces the werebears, and provides additional insight about the witches, the kitsune and the ghouls. And of course, it adds to the truly unique vampire mythos that makes this series so special. There’s also a sea creature that looks like the love child of Lord Voldemort and Ursula the Sea Witch!
I really only have a few minor complaints about Tainted Blood. I solved the mystery before Fort did and I’m never sure if I should be proud of myself or annoyed with the author when that happens. I also think I may have found the Most Ridiculous Character Name Ever (I briefly considered creating a trophy) with the witch Valentine Sassoon. I kept trying to read it as Vidal and the image the name conjures in my mind is absolutely nothing like the character is described. I actually liked Valentine, though, and I think he’s going to show up again in the series.
This book opens with a funeral, and though it ends in a much happier place, I felt a little melancholy throughout. Much of what Fort learns about his family and his species is tragic. And some of the implications that aren’t addressed have me worried. Suzume, as always, is the bright spot in all that darkness, though even she seems a little more subdued than usual. But she has one particular prank, or maybe it’s more of a running gag, that injects some much needed silliness throughout the book.
This series is not one that blows me away its action scenes, though Tainted Blood does have its moments, but one that makes me think. It left me wondering what everything that Fort learned about supernatural couples might mean for his relationship with Suzume, what everything he learned about vampires might mean for his future and what his siblings might do if they found themselves in charge. I can’t wait for the next book to find out if any of my theories are right!