Release Day Review: Tainted Blood (Generation V #3) by M. L. Brennan

November 4, 2014 Review 1

Release Day Review: Tainted Blood (Generation V #3) by M. L. BrennanTainted Blood by M. L. Brennan
Series: American Vampire #3
Published by Roc on November 4, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Kate
5 Stars

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.…

When I finished with TAINTED BLOOD, all I could think was "Brennan did it again!" TAINTED BLOOD is that spectacular combination of great characters, action, and sexual tension that makes a reader keep flipping the pages, desperate to know what comes next.

One thing I particularly enjoy about Brennan's writing is her ability to write such complex characters. Certain characters manage to be both repulsive and sympathetic, and the dichotomy is done really well. Prudence, for example - I want her to be my bestie on a few occasions, except when I remember that she's kind of a sociopath who has no problems killing anybody who bothers her. Plus, the vampires continue to be different than any other I've read in any urban fantasy, and though sometimes repulsive, they're also fascinating. We continue to be introduced to other characters and creatures in the world, as well, and it's always fun to learn more about the world.

I also love the tension between Suzume and Fort. The romance between the two is anything but typical, and Suzume's pranks are a highlight of the story. Suzume's (and the other kitsune's) antics offer an outright sense of humor, balancing the action and drama from the mystery.

TAINTED BLOOD is an excellent third book in a series, and it only left me eager for more. If Fort's growth throughout books one through three is any indication of the masterful transitions that Brennan can take her characters through, then I can't wait to see where she takes him in book four, scheduled to come out in 2015.

Series Titles:
  1. Generation V - 4/5
  2. Iron Night - 5/5
  3. Tainted Blood
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One Response to “Release Day Review: Tainted Blood (Generation V #3) by M. L. Brennan”

  1. Carmen Fox

    This is a great review, thank you. I hadn’t heard of this before, but the description made it sound like a tale with multidimensional characters and a sock drawer full of plot — so definitely my kind of book. Thanks.