Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan

Generation V, Book 3

Synopsis: 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.…

Review: Generation V is a series that I love and I was, as always, very impatient for this new volume. How not to fall under the spell of this anti-hero and Suze, this fun fox? They are both awesome and I had a great pleasure to follow them once again.

Fort has to manage the territory of his mother, especially since that the Chivalry’s wife is dead. But now a new story falls on him and not the least … In fact, the leader of a bear clan is found murdered and it is up to our young vampire and his acolyte Suze to find the person responsible. His sister Prudence would tell you that taking a random person and make an example would suffice but it is not how Fortitude works. Oh no, because he is determined to find the culprit whatever it might cost. However, this case is much more complicated than expected, evidences all revolve around a single person, but is it a trap? I admit that I was curious to see who the culprit of the story was, because, like our hero, it’s actually quite difficult for us to really know who the killer is. All names will pass through our head, changing and eventually I think that the author has perfectly managed to lead us by the nose. But I can tell you that in any case I really enjoyed this resolution and the reason behind this.

But it’s not just that because the decline of their mother is felt throughout the community and clans are all trying to organize themselves to see what would be most profitable for them thereafter. Surprisingly, a number of them are already turning to Fort, trying to feel the ground to see what can happen. But I confess that although I hope that Madeline will stay there much longer, I’m curious to see what will happen next as well. Even Chivalry is not really involved in the story, we also have the opportunity to see him several times, as well as Prudence elsewhere. After what had happened in the previous novel with his sister, I was eager to see how the two would behave and it is true that like Fort, I was surprised to see how the young woman cares for him. But it is true that Prudence is a very complex character, and it is very difficult to understand or predict how she will react to situations.

Anything else? Oh yes because Fort evolves much in this novel, especially since the beginning of his transformation. We see the changes here and it’s true that I was surprised to see what it would produce on his character. We feel bad with him, we feel guilty and we remain impressed by his new faculties. But in addition to this, we also have Suze. Ah I love this fox! She’s great and her actions and conversations are always humorous. Since the end of the previous book, I was curious to see how the “relationship” between the two would evolve and I must say that I was conquered by all!

So yes, I can tell you that once again I had a great time with this new story and I can only recommend you to try the series if you’re looking for an original and different vampires story. You will fall in love with Fort, Suze and his family and you will not want to let them go! I’m really excited to read more adventures with our heroes now (as always!).




26 thoughts on “Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan

  1. YEEEESSSS!!! I was waiting on pins and needles for your review of this. So glad you enjoyed it! I did too, I’m just absolutely in love with this series. Iron Night is still probably my favorite book so far, but this one was no slouch. Seems the series is just on the up and up, and I’m so happy Brennan’s writing more.

  2. Oooo I so love an anti-hero Melliane!!! I think I’m going to be a fan of Fort (and Suze too!). I’ve heard great things about this series, it’s on my “I hope I get to this soon” list. That list is unfortunately way too long 🙁 I’m missing out on so many good books!

  3. Yes! It doesn’t sound predictable, which any that does that I NEED to read, I hate predictability, and even if you do suspect one person, but the author makes you second guess yourself, then they’ve done their job. And yay for good character development in Fort! 🙂

  4. I love antiheroes! I so need to read these books. I like that it has a good mystery too! There’s something to be said for complex characters that are unpredictable. Changes in an antihero? I hope he doesn’t get morals.

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