The Generation V novels


All of the Generation V books are published by Roc, and can be ordered at IndieBound,, Barnes and Noble, or wherever you prefer to purchase your books! Paperback or Kindle.

The Generation V books:

  • Book One: Generation V

He’s a slacker vampire. She’s a shapeshifting fox kitsune. THEY FIGHT CRIME.

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.…


  • Book Two: Iron Night

Iron Night released cover big versionUnderemployed 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.

  • Book Three: Tainted Blood

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.…

  •  Book Four: Dark Ascension

Dark Ascension released Goodreads coverAs 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….

All of the Generation V books are published by Roc, and can be ordered at IndieBound,, Barnes and Noble, or wherever you prefer to purchase your books! Paperback or Kindle.

  1. judith murphy

    I loved the book!!!! It reminds me of the best of Michael Crichton – am I dating myself? Just enough biological realism to keep me completely hooked on the story.

  2. I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed GV. I appreciate the time you took to develop the vampire biology. The use of Japanese mythology was a welcome surprise. It was a pleasure to review your work, and I’m looking forward to GV2!

    • Thank you SO much, Terrance! I’m so delighted that you enjoyed the biology and the Japanese mythology — those were two areas that I really spent a lot of time researching and trying to get right, and it’s wonderful to hear that it worked for you! I really appreciate the time and effort that you put into your review, and I loved that you used the phrase “shmendrick with good intentions” to describe Fort, because that is the way that I really wanted to start him!

  3. REALLY enjoyed this book–the bookshelves are packed these days with supernatural fiction, so it’s hard to find something that stands out and really engages your imagination. The addition of the kitsune was a great new twist, and I loved the quirkiness and playfulness of the fox characters. The story line was unpredictable a must in my mind, because if I know what’s going to happen, what’s the point in reading the book? Really a great novel, can’t wait for more.

    • Hi Emily! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the book, especially the kitsune characters! I loved bringing in a fox shapeshifter — they had a very different energy than werewolves, and I had a lot of fun coming up with Suzume’s pranks and dialogue!

  4. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. I’ll be sure to pick it up as soon as it is out for sale. Thanks for the story!

    • Hi Tony! Thanks so much for picking up Gen V, and I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! Iron Night will be published in January 2014, and I’m already hard at work on Book Three — I really hope that you enjoy them, and I’m so grateful for the support!

  5. Just finished reading Generation V. Love Fort and Suzu! Enjoyed watching Fort mature and realize he isn’t a door mat. Also I was highly amused by Suzu’s antics, while relieved I get to observe from a safe distance and don’t have to worry about her actually rummaging through my house. Very enjoyable, enough twists and turns to keep me guessing and interested, also very engaging characters. I am looking forward to more.

    • Hi Heather! Oh, I’d be terrified to have a friend like Suzume — nothing in the house would be safe! She’ll definitely be back in Iron Night, and I think you’ll also enjoy Fort continue growing up and building self-confidence. Thanks for picking up the book, and thanks for taking the time to comment!

  6. I just finished the book and I’m eager to read the next one! It’s refreshing to read a book without a love triangle, or much romance at all for that matter. I found the book really interesting and I enjoyed learning about the vampire world, especially about the elves and kit sune which I wasn’t very familiar with. I’m usually not a big fantasy fan, but as I won an arc from goodreads I figured I’d give it a chance. I started reading with no expectations and I was thourghly impressed! I’ll definitely be recommending this to my friends 🙂

    • Hi Rebecca! Really glad that you enjoyed the book, especially the way that I presented the elves and the kitsune. The lack of romance has gotten an interestingly mixed reaction — some people really liked it, others were kind of disappointed. But I’m so glad that you liked it, particularly since you aren’t usually a fantasy fan! Thanks for taking a chance on it!

  7. I really really loved Generation V. I absolutely love urban fantasy but it’s been awhile since I found a new series that just blew me away. I like that you used kitsune, they don’t appear very often. I thought your vampire lore was very intriguing. I put off reading the last 10 pages for hours because I didn’t want it to be over. I can’t wait for the next one. Also, my husband claims that I act like Suzume, but I can’t imagine what he means.

  8. Marking the date for Iron Night as we speak. Can’t wait! 😀

  9. I really loved the book. It hooked me after the first few pages! I especially loved the characters, their stories and how the mythology unfolded.
    I’m looking forward to GV2! Only a few more days 😀

  10. Interesting read. Enjoying the character development.
    I’ve just chewed through both books. I’m always looking for fresh
    authors. Pleased to stumble across your work.

    P.s…a double barreled 20, will NOT chamber a 12 guage.
    It might shoot 3″, in addition to the standard 2 3/4″ shell…
    but that’s length vs guage’s diameter. There is the option
    of a slug, rather than loose shot, for maximum effect, at range.

    Kind of a minor quibble, but thought you might want to know.

    Thanks, Ern

  11. I really loved both books. They’re interesting and refreshing! You can see the characters develop and the story is totally awesome. I can’t wait for the 3th book! :))

  12. I have only one thing to say … WRITE FASTER! What a great twist on an old idea … I’m hooked and can’t wait until #3 is released. Thanks

  13. I was looking for a new book series to get into and was pleasantly surprised to find yours so engaging. I loved both books and have burned through them in 2 days. I need more 🙂 You have written a rich narrative that kept me up waaaay past my bedtime, so thank you and please share more of your vision with the world

  14. I’m a 40 something lady with little time on my hands to read a book, and very little patience for bad writing. However, I was completely absorbed into the book by the 1st chapter of Iron Night. I can’t find the words to describe how enthralled I am by your writing and ability to capture my attention and make me want to shout from the rooftops that “THIS IS HOW AN AUTHOR SHOULD WRITE”. You are one of the best authors I’ve read in over a decade. I told my daughter (who is 13 and an up and coming author) about your book. She also is not easily impressed and very critical of books she “tries” to read. This book was a happy surprise for her as well. We are completely captivated by your style of writing and think you are a MASTER at your art. Truly….these words do not convey how I want MORE and won’t ever settle for less again!
    PS: I’ve never went online before looking for an author, or bothered with online feedback for anything. You are the BEST!
    Carrie and Paris Monet

  15. I love all your books, so fabulous and fun! I really hope the Vampires will be ok in the end, I love Fort and Chivalry to death and it would really kill the story for me if Chivalry died. Fort needs a good strong brother in his life, sibling drama keeps things interesting and it also offers a nice warm touch to balance out all the chaos that Fort is dealing with. Please don’t kill off Chivalry. please please please, I’m begging you. The guy needs to stick around and be Fort’s protective older brother. Also, how long until Fort starts getting his new powers? Fangs even? I’m really looking forward to the day he starts getting his fangs, that will be so much fun! heheheh!

  16. I just want to say that I recently started reading Generation V. and it was awesome so far. I couldn’t stop laughing. I rarely pickup Urban Fantasy books these days, especially if they’re about vampires, because a lot of them are disappointing. But Generation V is really awesome. 😀 I can’t stop laughing. I am already apprehensive as to how I will write my review for it when I’m finished because I may not be able to fully convey how I love Fort and Suzume. I will read Iron Night as soon as possible.

    Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

  17. Is there going to be a 4th book?

  18. I love your series!! What’s the name of the 4th book? I want to put it on my wish list! 🙂

  19. Thanks. I’ll be on the lookout for it!!

  20. I’ve read a good number of fiction novels with vampires and other “supes” in between. What I loved about Generation V and all three books presently, is that it’s not sappy and not aggonizingly repetitive. Your world building was enjoyable, the seamless integration of fiction and mocking relations to history and literary works sounded perfectly rational, and not at all that eccentric.

    The iron grip the vampires use to rule over them, the loyalty their blood carries, the fear that they embody. If I could give Prudence my blood for 6 good months I might have done it already in exchange for book 4. From the sound of the title, I’m expecting complete transition if I’m not mistaken. I’m curious with how this shifting dynamics would bring us in book 4. Prudence sounded like a doting sister by book 2 and 3, doing whatever selfishness his brother wanted, but not so much as spoiling him. Chivalry sounded like a complete dick by book 3, sounding more vampire than brother. Madeline for me sounded like a mother who has cancer acting all tough just to get by halfway through book 3.

    The subtle allegiances by the supernatural community to Fort made me think of all the damn possibilities. The Neighbors trying to stabilize themselves in favor of Forrt, the bear’s shift in leadership, the witches and ghouls currying favor when fort needed help. The kitsune’s (not just Suzume) interest in Fort.

    Thanks for the amazing books. I look forward to all your works, especially the continuation of this one, I won’t say conclusion because I don’t want this amazing roller coaster of an experience to end. I picked book1 up a year ago and just read it a week ago, but after finishing it, I couldn’t take not knowing what happens next so I got a copy of Book 2 and 3. Sadly, I only have ebooks right now, but everytime I visit a bookstore I’ll look for your name in the shelves.


    P.S.: if there are errors, blame autocorrect. 🙂

  21. These books are so good movies should be made on each individual one. Really, please make movies out of these books.

  22. I loved “Dark Ascension”!! What’s the title of the 5th book? 🙂 Thank you for such a terrific series!

  23. Loved all four books, can barely wait for future offerings and the appearance of the Uncle.

  24. Like I said before, these books are some of my favorite books of all times. I would really like to have an extension to the series by having them be made into movies. That would be the best thing ever. You should try to do your best to get the movies created. I can already see how popular they will be but they will also make your books popular.

  25. Samantha Longman

    Is there going to be a 5th book
    I really don’t want this series to end.

  26. Hey there I loved your books! About this last one though, I think Fort has just done something very stupid. Idealistic, hippy-throw-flowers-lets-all-be-friends type of idealisim. I don’t think he has fully considered the consequences of what he has just done. Namely, what exactly is he going to do when the trolls under the bridge decide they want a vote too, or the kobolds? If he is going to give vote to some creatures then he is obligated to give it too all of them right? I sure hope he goes to chivalry for help and advice otherwise he might just get himself and his family killed when the other races decide they don’t need vampires anymore.

    • Dear Morgan —

      Exactly. Fort isn’t a pragmatist, and to assume that everything that he did in Dark Ascension is going to work out is incredibly naive and idealistic — like Fort! Morally right doesn’t always mean smart, and that’s been one of the big themes of this series. His actions will have some very serious (and unforeseen) consequences — much like the French Revolution.

      • Not to mention the favor he promised Suzume’s grandmother- that’s gonna rise up and bite him in the ass one day.

  27. Ronni Engelman

    I LOVE the Generation V novels. Will you be writing a new one any time soon? I hope so because these are some of my favorite books.

  28. Ronni Engelman

    I just read the q&a which I guess I should have done first. Any chance maybe you could write short online stories about Fort? I really would hate it if number four was the last one. It’s been happening to a lot of my favorite authors, that the publisher drops them (they did that to Rob Thurman) and beloved characters go away never to be seen again and I DON’T want to see that happen to the Generation V novels. In an industry inundated with fantasy and sci-fi and vampires of all sorts, your books were, and still are, one of the most refreshing and original ones I have seen. And I would hate to see it go before I would get a chance to see how far Fort CAN go.

  29. When is the next book coming out?

  30. Hi, I really love the Generstion V novels and am almost finished Dark Ascension, will there be any more books in this series?

  31. Just got finished with #1; poor Fort- the kid knows how deep in the crapper he is, but refuses to back down.
    That “said”, he’s a hero you can support because he has no intentions of being one, it just worked out that way.
    Looking forward to reading the other four! (Wouldn’t it be a total trip to have Fort work with Harry Dresden!)

  32. Was there a book after Dark Ascension? I thought there was a b d would have loved to see what happened to fort, after forcing democracy.

  33. I’m loving this series and burning through each book like so quick I hardly know what to do with myself. I hope there will be more in the series!

  34. love the series! Is there going to be a 5th book?

    • Dear Jeremy,

      Thanks so much for your comment, and I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed the series!

      Unfortunately Roc currently has no plans to continue the series, so there are no more books in the pipeline after Dark Ascension, and I’m working on other projects. This certainly doesn’t mean that there are never going to be any more Generation V novels — there’s always a chance that another work of mine might get a good audience, and the publisher could be interested in more books. But, at least for now, I’m sorry to say that you won’t see any more of Fort and Suze on the bookshelves.

  35. Hello, I deeply enjoyed all the Generation V novels. I was saddened to hear there would not be any further books for the series. Are there any projects you are working on currently on? I wish you the best 🙂

    • Dear Denis,

      Thanks so much, and I’m delighted that you enjoyed the books! Currently I’m working on a new book that I’m very excited about, but I generally don’t talk about projects until they get into the publication pipeline, just to avoid getting people’s hopes up (publishing is a tough business). But I do have a short story coming out in the Hath No Fury anthology from Ragnarok Press that is supposed to be published in December. It is a stand-alone historical fantasy set during World War I.

      Thanks again, and I hope to have more news for you in the future!

  36. Dear M. L. Brennan,

    I would just like to say I bought all four books and read them in three days. they were so amazing. I was sad to hear that there would be no more books for this series. I feel it is one of the best series I have ever read and hope that someday in the future there will be more. You have become my favorite author now and I cant wait to read more of your work.


    • Dear Sierra —

      Sorry about the delay in my response, but thanks so much for the lovely comment! It’s always so wonderful to hear from fans of Fort and Suze, and it really helps give me that extra umph to get back to hacking away at my Word documents. I do definitely hope that someday I’ll be in the position where I can write the last two books in the series — in the meantime, I’m working on a new series to try to get back into contract. I hope that (with luck and hard work!) it’ll happen, and then you can let me know if the new series is any good. 🙂 Thanks, and have a fantastic new year.


  37. I really hope that theres a follow up to dark ascension. I just reread it, and Im still blown away.

  38. Alexandre A Kristjansson

    I wish you’d write more. I think you’re a wonderful storyteller, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know your characters. 😊

  39. I just re-read the Generation V series and went straight to Amazon to hunt down the next book. But there wasn’t anything there. Which made me curious- are you only trying to publish in the traditional sense (publishing house contract) or have you explored self publishing as an indie author? May I recommend you to check out the 20booksto50k group on Facebook for a hard look at the dynamics of indie publishing versus traditional, and specifically a hybrid author. You may be doing this already with a new series, but if not, it might be a viable option to complete the GEN V series, so that readers (and authors) like me can find out what happens to characters we grow to love.

  40. Justin Gillard

    Is the series concluded after book 4? I certainly would enjoy it continuing.

  41. I have re read your series over and over. Any chance of seeing more of the story continue?

    • Hi Mark! Thanks for the question — I would continue the series if it was picked up by a good publisher, but right now I’m working on other projects and a new series. I will definitely make updates if something changes!

  42. Just finished. Awesome series! Please continue it!!!! Was a fun quick read and thank you for not filling it with smut. Getting pretty hard now to find a decent series that’s not half filled with readable porn.

  43. Awesome! Generation V is definitely my favorite book series. ^_^

  44. I am really enjoying the series. Will you be continuing or moving to a new series, or something else?

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