Tainted Blood is the third book in what quickly became one of my most favorite Urban Fantasy series. The Generation V / American Vampire series by ML Brennan features a compelling hero, an incredible and hilarious almost-heroine and the most unique vampire-based world I have come across in a long while. It is an example of superior UF writing and this latest installment is just as amazing as the first two.
Thanks to his brother being preoccupied with other matters, Fort is expected to step up and take care of supernatural issues that come up in his mother’s territory. In ML’s world, Vampires rule and they decide what supernatural creatures can and cannot do. When a gruesome murder is discovered among the werebears, Fort is sent to investigate on behalf of the Scott household. The thing is, Fort is not as aggressive as his brother and is nowhere near as fear-striking as his sister. Yet he has a job to do. It’s very interesting to watch him try to figure out who he really is, how he fits into his family and how he is to handle the situations thrown at him.
I enjoyed Fort’s growth in this book and am really looking forward to seeing how his decisions from this book play into the next. He is such a layered and wonderful character. A little lost yet full of heart (even though vampires usually aren’t known for that), quite innocent in so many ways yet very intelligent. He is an absolute joy to read.
Speaking of joys to read, Suzume is so awesome! Fort likes-likes her but she still has not made up her mind about him. They are such an amazing team! And her dialogue and some of her actions are so funny! But there is much heart to her too – she’s just not as ready to share it as Fort is.
The story is as complicated and gripping as it always is in this series. There is murder and fighting and plotting to murder and fight…never a dull moment. But there are quite a few sad undertones in this installment too. The world is expanded on a bit as well. We are introduced to some new creatures and we get lessons on the history or some others. ML’s imagination and how she envisions her paranormal beings is so extraordinary. And she translates all that onto the page flawlessly.
Fort has a bit of alone time with his mother and each of his siblings in this book and those moments are definitely noteworthy. Just when you think you know where each member of the family stands when it comes to Fort and to their place in this world, you find out you may be wrong a little bit. You glimpse at sides of Prudence and Chivalry that you didn’t think you would see and Fort’s mother…it’s almost sad to see what she is becoming. I feel the need for tissues coming soon enough in the series…
And one more thing I must ‘say’ about this book… *does happy dance but won’t tell you why*
Overall, Tainted Blood was an exceptional installment for this extraordinary series. If you are a fan of urban fantasy and have yet to read this series, I dare you to try it and not fall in love with Fort, Suze and the world ML has created. And if you already read this series, you will NOT be disappointed in this latest book. It really is urban fantasy written the way it should be: smart, captivating and thoroughly entertaining....more