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Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Review | 60 comments

Absolution by Susannah Sandlin

by Susannah Sandlin
Series: The Penton Legacy #2
Publisher: Montlake
Publication date: October 9, 2012
Genre: Adult/Paranormal Romance/Vampire
Source: author
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon

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?

I absolutely love this action packed, swoon worthy paranormal romance series. Sandlin captured my attention from page one and held it to the last page. As I closed the book and caught my breath I immediately wanted the next book. Absolution features vampire Mirren Kincaid and Glory Cumming’s story. While this could easily work as a standalone, I recommend reading them in order to meet all the characters in the town of Penton, Alabama.

The tale picks up almost immediately where Redemption ended. Mirren Kincaid is a master vampire, known as “the Slayer” due to his previous carnage for the Vampire Tribunal. After a killing he felt wrong about he left that life and is now second in command in Penton. The tribunal has decided they want him back and are determined to have him. They capture Glory Cumming planning to use her to break him. They lock her in his cage after starving him. Glory prepares to die, but instead finds there is more to this man then his thirst. The tale that unfolds is action packed, filled with sexual tension and a romance I found myself rooting for.

I really liked Mirren from the onset of the Penton Legacy series and was delighted to get to know the man behind the tough guy exterior. He is a killer, but with it comes a price and no one is harder on him then the man himself. Dressed in black and rippling with muscle he is completely swoon worthy and it was delightful to watch him fall for Glory. Glory has had a rough life. Descended from a shaman she has abilities she is unable to control. She is fiercely independent, and not at all afraid of Mirren. I loved the interactions between the two of them and how headstrong she was. The romance was cute, edgy, and downright hot. These two quickly get in over their heads and it was so much fun to watch it unfold. We get to see other townsfolk, and learned more about Will and his partner. I am seriously hoping his romance is the next to develop. *hint* There were plenty of evil villains to hate and the tension they created had me turning the pages.

Sandlin’s world is unique and I love the small setting of Penton, Alabama. A vaccine used to stop a virus has made anyone whose had it poison to vampires. This had caused a blood shortage for the vampire world as unvaccinated humans are scarce. Aiden Murphy has built the town of Penton, offering hope to lost, downtrodden humans and vampires. Here they live side by side. They are all bonded to Murphy and in exchange for blood they work together to build a haven. Vampires around the world are looking to the success/failure of Penton. Some members of the tribunal feel threatened by them and will stop at nothing to see Murphy and his town destroyed. Sandlin delivers a plot that is fast paced, with tons of action packed, kick-ass scenes that had my heart racing. She does this while weaving the stories of the townsfolk into the tale bringing it to life. She blurs the lines of reality for me and I get completely lost in the story. The characters are fully developed and we even see growth in them. I cannot wait to go back to Penton.

I highly recommend Absolution to fans of paranormal romance, swoon worthy vampires and action packed suspenseful reads. Omega the next book in the Penton Legacy will be released in February 5, 2013. Look for my review.

I gave this novel 5 coffee cups out of 5.

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Interesting tid-bit:
Susannah Sandlin is a pen name for Suzanne Johnson author of the fantastic urban fantasy series Sentinels of New Orleans. You can see my review of Royal Street here and look for my review of book two River Road in early November.

See my review of Redemption (Penton Legacy #1)

Giveaway Time!!!
Sandlin has graciously agreed to giveaway
signed copies of Redemption and Absolution
to one luck follower!
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  1. Absolution is in the mail, on it’s way to me. Yeah! Really liked Redemption. Sounds like Absolution is even better.

  2. I haven’t heard of this series but I’m always looking for new vampire books, so I’ll have to look into it as well. Once October is over I have a feeling my to-buy/borrow list is going to be outrageous, lol.

  3. lol, you had me at swoon worthy vamps! this is definitely my kind of story. Thanks!

  4. I’m a huge fan of paranormal romances and vampires, so this sounds like a win/win!! I’d love to read this series, thanks!!

  5. Right!?! Did you see the cover of book three on the blog’s facebook page…YUM!

  6. Could the guy on the cover be any more swoon worthy? LOL

  7. This is the kind of vampire books I love to read!
    Kick Butt Scenes, Action + A hot guy!! ~swoon~ I’m in! Lol!

  8. well then you better drop by daily..cause wait till ya see what’s coming up..hehehe!

  9. Hhaha don’t apologize. I love finding new stuff :)

  10. Tash..I am sorry :( Just call me “the Book Pusher” I cannot help it..i am just reading awesome stuff this month!

  11. Kimba
    I need to stay away from you site. I’m adding to my to be read list left and right after reading your reviews including this one. I’m sucker for paranormal :D

  12. Great review…i will pick this for my next reading

  13. I am loving it and cannot wait for book three!

  14. this series is awesome, would love to hear your thoughts if you read them

  15. sounds quite interesting.. im finding so many awesome books

  16. O.o these are so good, would love to hear your thoughts if you try them :)

  17. Absolution recently caught my eye and I am really interested in reading it. Looks like another new take on the vampy universe. Thank you for sharing with us.

  18. I so loved the Slayer and hope you enjoy it too!!

  19. I like the idea of it being in the south with vampires. It reminds me of Anne Rice! Looking forward to starting this series!
    Thanks so much!

  20. Me too and thanks Sandy I am trying to bring it!

  21. You’re reading, reviewing, and giving away some really great books! I do love the cover for this one!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  22. The cover alone makes this one a winner.

  23. hehehe..just call me the book pusher, homework..then shopping for books ;)

  24. Where do you keep finding these new paranormal romances and Urban fantasy books? :O I always try to find them, but never come across good ones. It seems like you were a huge fan of this book, Kim. It makes me want to go find this book right away. It’s too bad that I have too much homework. :(
    Anyways, fab review, Kim! :)

  25. No, I didn’t realize it isn’t a page and while you can like it..rafflecopter cannot handle it..thanks i removed it :)

  26. I don’t know if rafflecopter is just being a douche, but the facebook entry isn’t working for me. It says there’s and error where the ‘like’ button should be

  27. Great review.looking forward to reading this

  28. It isn’t already? I am constantly having to deny myself…so many books so little money and TIME!!!

  29. Have you read Royal Street? It’s an awesome UF and written by the author, this book is under a pen name.

  30. I forget where I saw this book but I’ve been tempted to read it ever since and your review further reminded me of that. I guess that I’d best get on it already! ;)

  31. Did you read Royal Street or was that Christy? It’s the same author.

  32. I have not heard of this series but how can I resist a swoon worthy lead and a hot UF story? Hmm,? I will just have to look into this one!

  33. Nice review.:)

  34. You are welcome, good luck and i hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  35. Sounds good!Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  36. I was going to pass until I read your review. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Thanks Jenea I am really enjoying this series :)

  38. I love this series Erin, besides yummy vampires and a romance..i like the overall plot throughout both books! Good Luck!

  39. thanks for a great review! This book sounds awesome!

  40. eek..the last time author and I talked it was December, I will try and get details..I do not want to wait till Feb 2013!!! Thanks :)

  41. great review really, just a detail: i think omega was postponed until february 2013 if i’m not mistaken ( yes long to get will story)
    iGreat giveaway too but since i already have redemption i won’t enter and leave the opportunity to someone who doesn’t know the series yet

  42. This series is great Jen, hope you decide to read them :)

  43. Oh wow, I love the concept of this book. I haven’t heard of it till now. It looks like a must read. I love PNR with action. Like LOTS of action.

  44. She sure is a busy author. And you had me at locked in his cage ;)

  45. You know anytime you add the disclaimer “contains foul language, sexual content and violence. This is not suitable for young readers” it just makes me more curious. lol. Yes, I need to read these!

  46. Oooh!! I’m so glad you loved this book too!! It is an awesome series… And I can’t wait to see more of Will, but I will be sad when he finds love, cos I want him. It just better be super HOT when it happens!!

  47. I am in love with this series..hope you get a chance to read them

  48. Vampires are my FAVORITE. The beginning of this sounds a little bit like “Sunshine”. Your review made me hopeful for a dark, action packed world!