Generation V (Generation V -1) by M.L. Brennan

Generation V (Generation V #1) by M.L. Brennan

Generation V series, aka American Vampire, aka Fortitude Scott series — by M.L. Brennan.

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy

Series Description or Overview Edit

Lead's Species Edit

  • Vampire

Primary Supe Edit

  • Vampires

What Sets it ApartEdit

  • The hero is more a beta than an alpha. The series has a lot of fresh ideas about vampires. Strong dose of humor.

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • First person narrative told by Fortitude "Fort" Scott. 

Books in Series Edit

Generation V series:

  1. Generation V (2013)
  2. Iron Night (2014)
  3. Tainted Blood (2014)
  4. Dark Ascension (Aug 4, 2015)

Shorts, Novellas, Anthologies and Guides Edit

none yet

Themes Edit

Being an outsider in your own outsider group

World Building Edit

Setting Edit


Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Vampires, faeries, witches, ghouls, shifters, werebears, Kitsune, 

Glossary: Edit

  • Kitsune: kitsune is fox-shifter from Japanese folklore. They are tricksters that often fall under the same umbrella as Coyote and Loki, and like Coyote and Loki, kitsune can be categorically vicious.

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World Edit

Baby vampires are made when Mommy or Daddy vampires create host parents via MASSIVE blood-exchanges, and afterward have the hosts make a baby the old-fashioned way. The blood-exchange fundamentally changes the host parents DNA, so that any offspring have more genetically in common with the vampire than the modified humans. The baby vampire grows (MOSTLY) like a normal human child, until he (or she) “transitions” into full vamphood sometime after physical maturity. ~ Goodreads Reader

Protagonist Edit

✥ Fortitude Scott: not your typical urban fantasy vampire because he's, well, technically not even a full vampire yet. He's still mostly human, a trait which Fort is trying desperately to hold on to in the face of his impending transition. Meanwhile, his full-vampire mother and older siblings look upon him as a constant source of exasperation and embarrassment. Fort is not like other urban fantasy heroes. He's not strong, he doesn't ooze sophistication or finesse like the rest of his vampire brethren in the genre, and he's not particularly fashion-minded either. In fact, he's kind of pathetic, albeit in a very adorable sort of way. The poor guy gets pushed around everywhere—at work by his boss, at home by his hipster roommate, and in his love life by his girlfriend Beth who manages to convince him that their relationship can benefit from her sleeping around with other people. But the nice thing about underdog stories is that they always bounce back. ~ Goodreads Reader

✥ Fortitude Scott is an underachieving, self-pitying vampire-to-be doormat with a wardrobe to match. His life is a litany of the sad and pathetic—crappy job with a shitty boss, cheating girlfriend, freeloading, oversexed slob of a roommate, junkyard-quality car. He was born human but will inevitably transition to full vampirehood. Yet Fort stubbornly wishes to delay the inevitable. Why? He was raised by humans and shares little in common with his aristocratic, sophisticated, amoral blood relatives, pun intended. Fort's family is Dysfunctional—yes, with a capital D. Their relationship with one another is tenuous at best, polite and propelled by tradition, but fraught with underlying tensions, unexpressed emotions and disguised interests. ~ Goodreads reader, Mia

Sidekick Edit

Name: Suzume — What: kitsune (werefox) — Sidekick-to: Fotitude Scott — About: bodyguard, trickster, chaos maker — Book First Seen In: "Generation V"

Characters Chart Edit

Characters What About
"Fort", Fortitude Scott vampire yet to transform protagonist; The youngest brother in a seriously dysfunctional vampire family 
Suzume Hollis kitsune, shape-shifter fox shape shifter; Fort's bodyguard and sidekick; has enough backbone for both of them; smart, a bit selfish, clever and hilarious—and a trickster, chaos follows her;
Jeanine boss mean;
Larry human roommate not only has not paid his share of the rent for the past four months, but is sleeping with Fort's on-again-off-again girlfriend Beth
Beth human girlfriend Fort's on-again-off-again girlfriend; wants an "open" relationship (dating other guys, including his roommate)
Madeline vampire, Fort's mother in charge of the New England area, New York, a good deal of Canada. She's got politicians and various other powerful characters under her thumb and in her thrall families;
Prudence full vampire Fort's sister; no empathy for humans;
Chilvalry full vampire Fort's brother; no empathy for humans;
Luca Old World vampire Madeline invites himm, offers him hospitality: seek prey; he molests a child, preys on other young girls and killing their families; the main antagonist: truly horrible;
Phillip vampire Luca's sone; disgusting;

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Author Edit

M.L. Brennan

Bio: My first novel, Generation V, was published in 2013 from ROC Books, and is a work of urban fantasy. Its sequel, Iron Night, was published January 7, 2014. The third book in the series is Tainted Blood and will be published on November 4, 2014 — and is now available for pre-order! I cut my baby bibliophile teeth on my older brother’s collection of Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert, but it was a chance encounter with Emma Bull’s War For The Oaks as a teenager that led to genre true love. Today, I’ll read everything from Mary Roach’s non-fiction to Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasies, but I’ll still drop everything for vampires and werewolves in the big city. I hold an advanced degree in the humanities, and I am an adjunct professor at several New England colleges. I am currently hard at work on the fourth Fortitude Scott book. ~ About | M. L. Brennan

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Publishing InformationEdit

  • Publisher: Roc
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  • Bk-1—Generation V: Paperback, 312 pages, Pub: May 7th 2013—ISBN 0451418409
  • Bk-2—Iron Night: Paperback, 305 pages, Pub: January 7th 2014—ISBN 0451418417
  • Bk-3—Tainted Blood: Paperback, 306 pages, Pub: Nov 4th 2014—ISBN 0451418425
  • Bk-4—Dark Ascension: Paperback, 320 pages, Pub: Aug 4th 2015—ISBN 0451474120

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE—(2013): Reality Bites. Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him. ~ Goodreads | Generation V (Generation V, #1) by M.L. Brennan

BOOK TWO—Iron Night (2014): 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 has actually found a decent roommate for once. Until he finds his roommate’s dead body. The Scott family cover-up machine swings into gear, but Fort is the only person trying to figure out who (or what) actually killed his friend. His hunt for a murderer leads to a creature that scares even his sociopathic family, and puts them all in deadly peril. Keeping secrets, killing monsters, and still having to make it to work on time? Sometimes being a vampire really sucks. ~ Goodreads | Iron Night (Generation V, #2) by M.L. Brennan

BOOK THREE—Tainted Blood (2014): 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.…  ~ Goodreads | Tainted Blood (Generation V, #3) by M.L. Brennan

BOOK FOUR—Dark Ascension (2015): As the “wickedly clever” (Publishers Weekly) series continues, reluctant, slacker vampire Fortitude Scott learns that nothing is more important than family—or more deadly.... 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. ~ Goodreads | Dark Ascension (Generation V, #4) by M.L. Brennan

First Sentences Edit

  1. Generation V (2013) — I knew the moment that my brother, Chivalry, walked into the coffee shop.
  2. Iron Night (2014) — There are a lot of things wrong with being awake at four in the morning.
  3. Tainted Blood (2014) — The sun was low and weak as I walked with my brother and sister through the Common Burying Ground.
  4. Dark Ascension (2015) —

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Notes Edit

Kitsune: The kitsune have an extremely complicated presentation in Japanese folklore. In some stories they are extremely nefarious, and need to be driven away. In other stories they are creatures who can show surprising loyalty and helpfulness to a person who has shown them kindness. In some stories they are simple pranksters who can be scolded into an apology, and in others they can be extremely dangerous and seductive.

My decision to include the kitsune was a combination of a lot of things – firstly, all of what I loved about their presentation in folklore was something I wanted to try to present in a complicated character. Secondly, I was trying to be mindful of not focusing solely on a European selection of monsters of creatures. Thirdly, it gave me access to a rich and nuanced shapeshifter character without using werewolves – now, I love werewolves, but as a creature they can bring along some baggage. And finally I really liked the idea of a creature that was going to be primarily female and matrilineal. — M.L. Brennan, author ~ An Interview with M.L. Brennan, Author of Generation V | The BiblioSanctum

Vampires: I wanted my vampires to be born, not made, and that was almost a mission statement when I sat down and started designing my vampires. One of the major reasons was that I didn’t want my characters to have those memories of being human before being turned into something else – for “turned” vampires, that transformation always gives them a little bit of a tragic air, because each vampire was essentially victimized at some point in their past – turned from something natural into a predator, but a predator who will always have something in common with her victim. I didn’t want that kind of baggage with my vampires. For Fortitude’s sister, Prudence, for example – she has never been human, and completely lacks the frame of reference that could prompt her to feel empathy for her victims.

This took about two years to completely hash out, and it developed a lot over that time. I had it completely worked out before I sat down to start the book, because this one was so important for me. In a big way, it defined my vampires for me. The process of figuring it out was a very organic one – I did research on predator-prey reproductive balances as well as how parasites reproduce. (There were some pretty gross pictures on the latter.) ~ An Interview with M.L. Brennan, Author of Generation V | The BiblioSanctum

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