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Review: Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan

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Tainted Blood
Author:
M. L. Brennan
Reviewer:
Gikany & Una
Rating: A

What We’re Talking About:

M.L. Brennan has done it again.  This is another well written, gripping, and emotionally charged novel.  Tainted Blood continues the story of Fort, the unlikely hero and reluctant vampire, as he strengthens his role in his family and the supernatural world.

There is so much Gikany and Una want to share about Tainted Blood.  However, to do so would spoil it for readers.  It would also spoil it for those who haven’t read the previous two novels in the American Vampire series.  The novels build on each other as Fort slowly transitions into a full vampire.   Through each novel we not only learn more about vampires, but Fort’s family and the shift in power that is looming in the future.  What makes it so compelling is that Fort is so different from his mother and his siblings.  He is the youngest and was “raised” differently.  Those differences make him completely unlike the rest of his family.

In Tainted Blood, Fort is tasked with discovering who murdered the bear clan’s alpha.  Though it seems as if he is just filling in duties while his brother Chivalry is otherwise engaged, there is so much more at play.  The more that Fort investigates, the more he learns not only about his own family and his transition, but also his future life, and how the other paranormal groups view his family.  As we learn more about this world, we are exposed to more of the politics of the various paranormal groups.  The ramifications for Fort are staggering.  It is really fascinating.

What we love most is the continuing relationship between Fort and Suze.  From the beginnings of their unlikely team in the first novel, to their budding friendship, to the hopes of more continues in Tainted Blood.  Suze is a force of nature.  She is funny, crazy, loyal, determined and all around amazing.  We love her and the contrasts between her and Fort.  Another wonderful addition to the supporting cast is Fort’s new roommate.  It really is hilarious that Fort, the vegetarian vampire, lives with a ghoul.  The topic of communal food was really funny.

If you are a fan of urban fantasy, you really need to pick up this series.  It is a must read.  This character driven series is witty, well written, and gripping.  This is one of our top series and we eagerly await the next novel in the American Vampire series.

Our Rating:  A, Loved It

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About the Book:

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…

Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher:
Roc
Series:
Fortitude Scott/Generation V/American Vampires #3
ISBN: #978-0451418425
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Format(s):
Paperback (320 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley

Purchase Info:
Tainted Blood (Generation V #3)

Reviews in the Series:
Generation V by ML Brennan (Generation V #1)
Iron Night by ML Brennan (Generation V #2)

  • Dana

    I saw that cover and just went…. DEAN WINCHESTER? lol!

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