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Iron Night

(Generation V #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,378 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Underemployed by day. Undead by night.

Underachieving film theory graduate and vampire Fortitude Scott may be waiting tables at a snooty restaurant run by a tyrannical chef who hates him, but the other parts of his life finally seem to be stabilizing. He's learning how to rule the Scott family territory, hanging out more with his shapeshifting friend Suzume Hollis, and ha
Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Roc
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M.L. Brennan
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it, and, yes, I do love it. It would be a little weird and something of a red flag if I gave it *less* than five stars, right?
Mogsy (MMOGC)
UPDATE: Guest post by the author and giveaway on the blog (YES THIS BOOK HAS KITSUNE FOXES WHEEE!)

5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

All right, important things first: Urban Fantasy fans, you NEED to drop everything and check out Generation V by M.L. Brennan. Like, right now! I'll wait. After you read it, you'll be all caught up for Iron Night and then you will understand why I love this book so much, because if ther
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

OMG I am LOVING this series!!!

Iron Night by ML Brennan is the second installment in my newest favorite series. Generation V was released last year and it quickly became one of my favorite reads of the year. Fort and Suzume are such well crafted characters and the world the author produced is absolutely unique. It’s a book that stayed with me long after I was finished reading it and I was very anxious for the second book to release. You could say I had ver
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

Overall rating= 4.5 stars

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: After reading the immensely entertaining Generation V, I was impressed by M. L. Brennan and the direction, which she was taking her series. Iron Night is a book from which I had high expectations as also I rated Generation V quite high in my year-end debut lists. In spite of all my high anticipation, Iron Night managed to overcome all of it and gave me a bunch of surprises along the way.

At the end of Generation
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fantasy Review Barn

I read Generation V, I reviewed Generation V. And for the first time in a long time I just went ahead and jumped right into the sequel. I actually finished it before I wrote the review for the first book, and looking back, should have just tagged the two reviews together. Sequels can go one of two ways. They can take the series into a completely new direction, or they can build on what they are already doing right and continue to fine tune the story as Iron Night does. (Well,
Matt Gilliard
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Urban Fantasy has a bit of a mixed reputation. Many folks see it as an excuse to write erotic detective novels with a cast made up of undead, werewolves, and as many other supernatural beasties as possible. I've never really gotten the appeal of that style novels preferring my urban fantasy to be a more action flick than soap opera. Which puts me firmly in the camp of avoiding any novel with a protagonist that seems to fit that mold. Which basically means vampires as a major part of the cast are ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Wow, I really like this series! Yay for a new good series found! Oh no, there is the despair, what if it turns bad? Nooooooo! Happy thoughts, happy thoughts!

Fort is a bit more kick-ass now than in book 1. His brother had been training him. And I liked to see the growing he did. Become more sure of himself, being able to take charge. But he still has a lot of growing to do.

And we found out why he still is human...but I can't say more about that. Back to the story.

A murderer is loose and Fort want
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Okay, I'm addicted to these characters. Fort is progressing with every experience, his family are complicated to the nth degree, and the newly discovered supernatural elements are exciting.

My favourite character is still Suzume. She's a cunning, strong fox with heart, topped with a potty mouth that elicits smiles or cuts like a blade... Legolas or Santa's little helper, Suzume knows how to call a elf spade a elf spade but with hilarious sci-fi or fantasy references. That Fort and Suzume referenc
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like the first Fortitude Scott novel, Iron Night is a breath of fresh air in an over-saturated genre. This second installment is a bit more enjoyable than the first, mainly because of character growth and a slightly more intriguing plot line. The plot is fast paced and action packed, there is a good dose of humor, and there is a uniqueness to the supernatural's mythos that actually makes me excited to learn more about it. Iron Night also has a good balance of the everyday and the mystical, which ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
There are some familiar elements to this paranormal world, but the spin taken on the setting is definitely a breath of fresh air. Fort the almost vampire has begun to take on a large role in his vampire family business; and is uncovering messes that need to be investigated. This time around we have elves trying to reestablish their dying race...and willing to use any means necessary to reach that goal. Add in his creepy vampire family and his trusty sidekick Suze the fox shifter, and this is one ...more
Just as fun and engaging as the first book. Can't wait for more! ...more
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So good!! I need next book ASAP.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW SUMMARY: Amazing sequel that sees a stronger plot and even greater character development.

MY RATING:5 stars

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Someone or something is killing humans in a particularly gruesome way and it just happened to pick the wrong target - the roommate of Fortitude Scott. Fort, now being brought up to speed on the family business, pursues the killer with vengeance in mind, but he might have stumbled onto something far more dangerous than a common murderer.


PROS: Fortitude is reall
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Favorite Quote: “I refuse to feed into this formal wear fetish you have.”

Fortitude Scott is attempting to handle his transition to full vampire while maintaining his humanity. He has a new job with a psychotic chef who has made it his personal mission to punish Fort for being a vegetarian. He has been working with his brother; learning the family business and bulking up so when he does get beat up, he heals a little faster. He also has
This was a tough book for Fort, he took a lot of hits in it, grew up a bit and grew a bit jaded. I think all of those were good things. But the best was his talk with this mother and why she made him different. I really hope that Fort can keep his humanity and along the way keep finding more people like Lilah and Suzume to help him stay grounded. I'm really excited to see what happens with Suzume after the talk that she had with Fort at the end. ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A few months ago I reviewed the first book in the new(ish) urban fantasy series Generation V. As you can probably surmise from the fact that I’m now reviewing the second entry (and have the third on preorder), I was a huge fan. And this second entry? It’s just as excellent as the first, if not more so.

Things are looking up for Fortitude Scott. He’s made an uneasy peace with his own budding vampirism as well as his family, and has even spent the summer training with his brother Chivalry every mor
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Mon avis en Français

My English review

I was really curious to find Fortitude again after a very good first volume. I must say that the series is really nice to read and we follow an anti-hero who always manages to be in catastrophic situations, all that is mixed with an exciting plot that always keeps us in suspense throughout the story.

Since the end of the first novel, Fort learned a little more about governing the territory of his mother with his brother and soon realizes that he really
Qwill / The Qwillery
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Iron Night is the second novel in the Generation V / Fortitude Scott series by M. L. Brennan. In the first novel, Generation V, we were introduced to Fortitude Scott, a vampire who had not yet begun to transition from human to vampire, who is trying to avoid being a vampire, is a slacker and initially not a character that I really liked. I did like him very much by the end of the first novel. In Iron Night, Fortitude (Fort) is back along with his mom, siblings Prudence and Chivalry, and Suzume ( ...more
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Excellent Read! I LOVE this series!!
Book 2 picks up 4 months after the last, with Fort trying to adapt to the changes in his life. He's training with his brother, Chivalry, trying to gain strength, speed and generally learn how to defend himself better. He's also learning more of what is and will be expected of him in the future....but damn it, he's not giving up his human life, as poor as it is! He has a new job, maybe slightly better than the last; a new and much better roommate, and his frie
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uf
M.L. Brennan's Generation V series quickly made my auto-buy list. I adored the magnificently eff'd up the whole world and mythology, as well as the unconventional hero who has shown fantastic character growth through the first two books.

Over at Stellar Four, I did an interview with Brennan and got to talk about all of my favorite parts from the books, but in going over the ol' review backlog, I see that I never actually wrote a review for this one, so fixing that now.

Note: As always, I'll try to
Molly Mortensen
I liked this book as much as the first and the mystery and plot were even better! The growing friendship between Suzume and Fort was great! I was afraid because Suze is a tough character to pull off because she’s so complicated and unpredictable, but she was even more fun in this book!

Chivalry isn’t in the book much, because he’s spending more time with his dying wife, but we got more Prudence instead. She’s a scary character, a true vampire at heart. I enjoyed watching her relationship with For
Dr susan
I discovered M.L. Brennan and I share an abiding love of War for the Oaks, which may be the oldest urban fantasy on my shelves. Generation V and Iron Night can easily slide into a spot next to Bull's wonderful book.
I did not post status updates because I had a migraine and was too busy reading to bother with funnies.
Iron Night is grimmer than Generation V, as fate seems determined to shove Fort into the vampire niche he has been struggling to avoid. The world building remains enthralling and so
Django Wexler
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Well-crafted characters and great world-building, everything I could ask for in an urban fantasy. I' particularly fond of the take on elves and their mythology, which has echoes of Lords and Ladies. Bring on #3! ...more
Anne - Books of My Heart
I am reading the best stuff lately. I am shocked how much I love this series with little romance and pretty much no sex. But I do! The first words out of my mouth - when will the next book be out? And this one has only been out maybe a week or so. More later,
Fangs for the Fantasy
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having accepted the reality that he is part of the vampire world, Fortitude Scott has made some significant changes to his life. He is now working out seriously several times a week with his older brother, feeding more frequently from his mother, has even found himself a new job and shocker of shockers, a roommate who actually pays his half of the rent on time. Finally, Fortitude has achieved the stability he has longed for but unfortunately for Fort, it's short lived. When he awakes one morning ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Like John McClane, Fortitude Scott is back...with a vengeance. This second installment in M.L. Brennan's American Vampire series levels up exponentially-- in character development, overall plot advancement, and emotional impact.

When Fort's roommate is murdered, Fort is compelled to investigate and bring the murderer to justice. What he uncovers is a much larger conspiracy involving powerful supernatural creatures with a fundamental, long-term agenda.

Fort has come a long way since Book One, much
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book and then I got sick and wasn't up for writing up a review. So I feel like this review might not really get the emotion in it that I like to include in my reviews that stresses how I really felt. I'll tell you this, the first book was on my favorites of 2013 list and this book could easily be on my favorite of 2014 (though I read it in 2013 so it kind of falls in that in-between time).

Fort is awesome. I love male narrators anyway, but Fort is just refreshing. He's normal, he's av
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Fledgling vampire Fortitude Scott is back in the second installment of M.L. Brennan's Generation V series, and this time, his responsibilities are greater, his relationship with his family is put to the test while working with a sister who hasn't exactly been helpful, and romance may, or may not be in the horizon. Oh, I can't wait until the next installment comes out to find out what happens next!

If you are reading this review, it is because you ar
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
If you’re like me and read Generation V, the first of ML Brennan’s fresh new urban fantasy series starring Fortitude Scott and his vampire family, then you were, and are, eagerly awaiting Iron Night. I’m here to tell you that not only is the wait almost over (it’s out Jan. 7th), but Iron Night is just as good as Generation V., and indeed offers up some new surprises. When Iron Night opens, Fort has actually achieved a kind of balance in his life as of late. He’s got a job as a waiter, that while ...more
Kristin Taggart
I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!

(Description nicked from B&

“Underachieving film theory graduate and vampire Fortitude Scott may be waiting tables at a snooty restaurant run by a tyrannical chef who hates him, but the other parts of his life finally seem to be stabilizing. He's learning how to rule the Scott family territory, hanging out more with his shapeshifting friend Suzume Hollis, and has actually found a decent roommate for once.

Until he finds his roommate’s dead
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M.L. Brennan is the author of the Generation V series - GENERATION V, IRON NIGHT, TAINTED BLOOD, and DARK ASCENSION, all published by Roc. Brennan holds an MFA in writing and is employed as an adjunct professor at several New England colleges.

For Brennan's thoughts on writing, publishing, and the world in general, please check out her official webpage at

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