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I Belong

Review: Absolution by Susannah Sandlin

Title: Absolution

Author: Susannah Sandlin

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Penton Legacy (Book 2)

Publication Date: October 9, 2012

Format: Paperback, 307 Pages

ISBN-10: 1612183581 (Montlake Romance)

ISBN-13: 978-1612183589 (Montlake Romance)

Reviewed by: Kristie


With the vampire world on the brink of civil war over the scarcity of untainted human blood, battle lines are being drawn between the once peaceful vampire and human enclave of Penton, Alabama, and the powerful Vampire Tribunal. Mirren Kincaid once served the tribunal as their most creative and ruthless executioner—a time when he was known as the Slayer. But when assigned a killing he found questionable, Mirren abandoned the tribunal’s political machinations and disappeared—only to resurface two centuries later as the protector and second-in-command of Penton. Now the tribunal wants him back on their side.

To break their rogue agent, they capture Glory Cummings, the descendant of a shaman, and send her to restore Mirren’s bloodthirsty nature. But instead of a monster, Glory sees a man burdened by the weight of his past. Could her magic touch—meant by the tribunal to bring out a violent killer—actually help Mirren break his bonds and discover the love he doesn’t believe he deserves?

Quick & Dirty: Dark and intense sequel set in a fascinating world with remarkable characters.

Opening Sentence: Business was hopping at the Circle K convenience mart in Roswell, Georgia, a few generic suburbs north of Atlanta.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The second novel in the Penton Legacy series continues with another dark and intense installment. Absolution begins with uber-bad guy Matthias plotting to destroy the town of Penton and the vampires within it. Vampires are having a hard time surviving after humans were inoculated for a disease that makes their blood bad for vampires to drink. Matthias is jealous of Penton, its’ leader and the fact that his son would rather live with that horrible group than him. Penton is a safe haven (of sorts) for a group of vampires that are lead by Aiden. Aiden also has a group of unvaccinated humans that they take care of and can safely feed from without any worry of perishing from bad blood.

One mystery that was left unanswered at the end of Redemption was where did Mirren go? He disappeared pretty quickly after the terrible events of the first book without telling anyone where he was going. It doesn’t take long to figure out what happened. Mirren was kidnapped by Matthias. Matthias takes this as a stroke of luck in his quest to destroy Penton. He hopes to return the great Enforcer to the Vampire Council by starving Mirren until his bloodthirsty ways return and he is once again the great killing machine he once was. Matthias also gains another pawn in Glory. He kidnaps her after realizing that she has some kind of magical/mystical powers that will aid him. But Glory doesn’t fall for his crap so he tries to feed her to a hungry Mirren and things don’t go as Matthias hoped.

Once back in Penton, Mirren, Aiden and crew have a better idea of who is after their destruction. They know Glory is a part of that plan (whether as Matthias’s pawn or victim) and just like Matthias they want to know what she can do. After being thrust into this world, Glory doesn’t know who to trust but she feels that she can trust Mirren, since he showed her kindness in a moment of weakness. She is also attracted to that huge hunk of man and it really doesn’t take long for her to act on it.

The sexual attraction between Mirren and Glory is turbulent. I enjoyed their interactions with each other as they both were a little to pig-headed to let the other get away, more-so Glory than Mirren. Mirren may not have felt that he deserved her but I did. I felt really bad for Glory from the very beginning. She was taken from a horrible situation with terrible things done to her and thrust into a world she knows nothing about. She easily could have gone insane but she didn’t, she decided to fight.

Absolution jumps around to many different points of view including people from the city of Penton to the bad guys. The story has many dark themes with drug use and physical abuse. The story also has quite a bit of action and a bit of mystery that helps propel the story along. It also helped that I really wanted to know Mirren’s story.

As a bridge between Redemption and Omega, Absolution‘s ending doesn’t look so good for those in Penton. I was left a little depressed for those people but I hope that in the next book their troubles will be over and can’t wait to read how this series will end. I will definitely be picking up a copy of Omega.

Notable Scene:

As she talked, Glory pulled on what she thought was her link to Mirren, concentrating to gather her focus. She visualized everything in the room but didn’t unleash her full power. It built inside her while she talked about going downstairs. It grew as she recounted Matthias’s plans to give her to Mirren to kill. Her powers coalesced around her when she described Mirren’s raw, bloody wrists where they’d been tied with the silver-laced rope, when she described how thin he was, and how hungry she realized he was because of his eyes.

Then she unleashed her powers with a shudder that bowed her spine. She visualized everything around her moving, spinning, breaking apart—with Lorenzo and Thomas at their center.

Both men shouted and ducked into defensive postures, but Glory held her concentration, opening her eyes to slam the heavy wooden dresser on top of Lorenzo, then propel the whole thing hard against the wall, with him underneath. Thomas was already on the ground clutching an arm bent at the elbow—going the wrong direction. Papers, glass, lamps,  video camera, spotlight, umbrella—all of it flew in a circle like one of those big tornadoes Glory had seen on the TV news.

Penton Legacy:

1. Redemption

2. Absolution

3. Omega

FTC Advisory: Susannah Sandlin/Suzanne Johnson graciously provided me with a copy of Absolution. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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