Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan

Generation V, Book 4

Synopsis: After a lifetime of avoiding his family, Fort has discovered that working for them isn’t half bad—even if his mother, Madeline, is a terrifying, murderous vampire. His newfound career has given him a purpose and a paycheck and has even helped him get his partner, foxy kitsune Suzume, to agree to be his girlfriend. All in all, things are looking up.

Only, just as Fort is getting comfortable managing a supernatural empire that stretches from New Jersey to Ontario, Madeline’s health starts failing, throwing Fort into the middle of an uncomfortable and dangerous battle for succession. His older sister, Prudence, is determined to take over the territory. But Fort isn’t the only one wary of her sociopathic tendencies, and allies, old and new, are turning to him to keep Prudence from gaining power.

Now, as Fort fights against his impending transition into vampire adulthood, he must also battle to keep Prudence from destroying their mother’s kingdom—before she takes him down with it….

Review: I absolutely love this series and I always look forwards the release of each new volume. So as soon as the announcement of this fourth volume was made, I eagerly awaited the opportunity to read an ARC of Dark Ascension. And what a pleasure to have the chance to get into the story and to find out what M.L. Brennan had reserved for us!

I admit that by starting the novel, I did not expect to see such a turning point in this book. Yes, all the things initiated in the first volumes are finally completed here or at least some answers are given for a fresh new start.

We thus follow Fort, always equal to himself, and of course always accompanied by the beautiful Suzume who is now his girlfriend. It’s always nice to see the two evolving together. While Fort is quite discreet, Suzume does not hesitate to provoke and acts as she wishes. Yes, it’s really a treat to see them growing together. Fort is also very lucky to have her, because many events are going to stand in his way here. Oh yes, it really will not be easy for them. As the summary presents it and as we have seen it in the previous volume, the decline of his mother is not an easy thing for the land and for the creatures living there… Then Fort and his brother and sister will have to handle whatever is happening and it’s really not easy especially when you know the divergent nature of the characters. In addition to all this, we can find a political intrigue and everyone is strangely turning toward Fort instead of Prudence or his brother. You will then understand that everything is very complex and it is impossible for the three to agree and thus to make a decision. Yet the consequences of this failure may well be disastrous.

But that’s not all because Fort will also have to face the effects of his vampire change, increasingly present and that will change him more than he could think. This is really not easy to manage. Yet it was fascinating to see him evolving and changing during the course of history, to accept his fate and to try to move ahead.

M. L. Brennan presents once again a very good novel, many things that we were expecting are here but new ones are also added, opening many possibilities for the future and I’m really curious to see what will happen to our little family.



28 thoughts on “Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan

  1. Wow five stars for the fourth book? That is awesome! I need to buy the first book and check it out, I’ve heard good things about this series, glad it is still going strong for you and you are loving it.

  2. I’ve heard nothing but fabulous things about this series, and it’s precisely the kind of thing I enjoy. I think it’s time to get my act together and finally read it. Hopefully there’s audio, but even if not, I’ll just binge read them all.

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  4. I haven’t heard of this series but have probably heard of the author somewhere. I’m loving the sound of all the character development though, it’s great that they grow as indivduals but also as a couple.

  5. I haven’t read this series but from the reviews it sounds like the plot is really developing fast and in a direction I wouldn’t expect. Also, is that supposed to be Fort on the cover? He is delish!!

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