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.
Iron Night, the second book in the American Vampire series by M.L. Brennan picks up more or less where the last book left off.
Fortitude Scott is still not quite a vampire, at least not on par with his sister Prudence, or his mother Madeline, fearsome matriarch of their family, but he’s a great deal less human than he was before, a fact that weighs on his mind as he tries to balance training with his brother Chivalry with a job as a waiter, and handling the rest of his family. That is, until he comes home to find his roommate dead in their apartment.
That’s when things begin to go sideways. Something, or someone, has dared to murder a human in Madeline Scott’s territory, and Forth and Suzume have to find out who it is before word gets out that the Scott clan might be vulnerable, thus speeding up a power struggle that is coming as Madeline grows older.
Fort and Suzume Hollis, kitsune, friend, and someone who generally confuses Fort, are on the case. But so is Matt McMahon, once the partner of Fort’s foster father, now a private investigator, and dangerously close to knowing too much about Fort’s family, a fact that could get him killed.
This book builds on the foundation of the previous one, expanding both the world, including new supernatural creatures and their political machinations, as well as Fort’s own transformation as he tries to balance his increasingly powerful vampiric impulses, and the responsibilities that his mother is placing on his shoulders. It all comes together wonderfully, and there are a number of interesting plot points that set up a promising continuation to this series.