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REDEMPTION

Book One Penton Legacy series

By Susannah Sandlin

 

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Following a worldwide pandemic whose vaccine left human blood deadly to vampires, the vampire community is on the verge of starvation and panic. Some have fanned into rural areas, where the vaccine was less prevalent, and are taking unsuspecting humans as blood slaves. Others are simply starving, which for a vampire is worse than death—a raging hunger in a creature too weak to feed.

 

Immune to these struggles—at first—is Penton, a tiny community in rural Chambers County, Alabama, an abandoned cotton mill town that has been repopulated by charismatic vampire Aidan Murphy, his scathe of 50 vampires, and their willingly bonded humans. Aidan has recruited his people carefully, believing in a peaceful community where the humans are respected and the vampires retain a bit of their humanity.

 

But an unresolved family feud and the paranoia of the Vampire Tribunal descend on Penton in the form of Aidan’s brother, Owen Murphy. Owen has been issued a death warrant that can only be commuted if he destroys Penton—and Aidan, against whom he’s held a grudge since both were turned vampire in 17th-century Ireland.  Owen begins a systematic attack on the town, first killing its doctor, then attacking one of Aidan’s own human familiars

 

To protect his people, Aidan is forced to go against his principles and kidnap an unvaccinated human doctor—and finds himself falling in love for the first time since the death of his wife in Ireland centuries ago. 

 

Dr. Krystal Harris, forced into a world she never knew existed, must face up to her own abusive past to learn if the feelings she’s developing for her kidnapper are real—or just a warped, supernatural kind of Stockholm Syndrome in which she’s allowing herself to become a victim yet again.

 

Susannah Sandlin’s REDEMPTION is the first in the Penton Legacy series. Book two, ABSOLUTION, will be out September 18, and book three, OMEGA, on December 18.

 

 

My Review

 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

            Redemption, by Susannah Sandlin, is one of those books that gives a new (to me anyway) spin on the vampire story. It has fresh ideas and a compelling story. I really did enjoy reading this book.

 

            Redemption is the first in the Penton Legacy series. A virus has wiped out a good portion of the human population. A vaccine was created, but something in the vaccine has caused human blood to be poisonous to vampires. Vampires are now forced to only feed from unvaccinated humans. In an attempt to survive without exposing the vampire race, Aiden Murphy has created a community of vampires and unvaccinated human donors where everyone can live in peace without the fear of starving.

 

            Not everyone is happy about this well running community. The Vampire Tribunal isn’t happy. The vampire world is on the brink of civil war due to the lack of “food”. Vampires are going hungry, and a hungry vampire is bad. Very bad. For some reason, the Tribunal doesn’t want Aiden’s community in Penton, Alabama. They enlist the help of Aiden’s estranged brother, Owen, a brutal and just overall awful vampire. He is sent to destroy everything that Aiden has built.

 

            We meet Krys. She is a doctor who believes she is on a job interview for this community. She doesn’t know what she’s in for. Aiden kidnaps her and tries to convince her it’s the best thing for everyone if she stays willingly to provide medical care for his humans. The rest of the story you will have to read for yourself!

 

              Here’s what I like about this book. I like the way it was written. I really like the variation of what is going on with the vampires. The whole idea of human blood being poisonous to vampires except for a select few is new to me. I like the characters for the most part and I like the relationships between the vampires and humans. I appreciate the idea of the give and take system they have set up in the community. The good guys are good, and the bad guys are bad. The secret bad guys aren’t obvious from the beginning as they are in some books. Throughout the book I kept asking myself, “Is Krys going to stay? Or is she going to leave? Is she going to run? Is she going to fall in love? What’s the deal between Melissa and her husband Mark? He seems so trusting, there must be something going on there? What is going on with Mirren? He’s so mysterious!” So essentially, this book kept me interested and looking for more information. I didn’t have a point where I felt like I could put the book down and still pretty much know how it ended or everything about each character.

           

            This is what I didn’t like. Krys is trying not to fall in love with her KIDNAPPER. It’s not that Aiden is a vampire. It’s that he’s a friggin’ vampire for Christ’s sake! I have trouble seeing him as a bad guy because of all the good things he seems to do for his community, but he’s still a freakin’ kidnapper! Now granted, the author does try to make up for this whole concept by having Krys acknowledge and express the ridiculousness of falling in love with her kidnapper, and makes a comment about whether or not she has Stockholm Syndrome. I have to admit, I found it hard to remember at times that he had kidnapped her. Maybe this is part of why I have a hard time seeing Aiden as a kidnapper. I know he is just trying to do what is best for his community, but kidnapping isn’t cute. I don’t care how cute you are, if you kidnap me, I’m not going to forget it, and I’m damn sure not going to fall in love with you!

 

            The other issue I have with this story is pretty small. We are only told that Aiden and Owen are brothers and there is bad blood between them, no pun intended. We don’t really find out what exactly went wrong between them until much, much later in the book, so for a good portion of the book there is this tension and animosity and we have no idea why. It doesn’t kill the story, I just would like to have learned what happened sooner so that I could develop more of a dislike for Owen other than Aiden hates him and he likes to kill humans.

 

            Overall, this was a pretty good book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes vampire books. It has romantic elements, but I don’t feel like it was a main theme, or that the story focused more on the lovey dovey stuff than the action. This book is the first of three in the series so far, and I do look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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Absolution
The Penton Legacy, Book 2
By Susannah Sandlin

 
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Publisher: Montlake Romance

 

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.

 

A Scottish gallowglass warrior turned vampire in the early 17th century, Mirren Kincaid once served the Tribunal as its 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—or dead.

 

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?

 

It’s a town under siege, a powerful warrior in a battle with his past, and one woman who can make the earth move—literally—as the Penton Legacy continues.

 

 

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Omega
Penton Vampire Legacy, Book 3
By Susannah Sandlin

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Date of Publication: February 5, 2013

ISBN: 978-1612183596

ASIN: B0073XV3L2

Number of pages: 328

Word Count: approx. 88,000

 

The bloody war between the Vampire Tribunal and the defiant scathe of Penton, Alabama, rages on, forcing its residents and their bonded humans to retreat into the underground fortress of last resort: Omega. There, Will Ludlam is charged with the care of Penton’s humans, though he longs to fight alongside his vampire brethren. He knows the risks: as the renegade son of the Tribunal’s vicious leader, Will’s capture could doom the resistance.

 

Yet he is determined to prove his worth to his adopted scathe, to his vengeful father and to former US Army officer Randa Thomas, his beautiful, reluctant partner. Randa has little faith that a former member of the vampire elite has what it takes to fight a war. But as their enemies descend upon Omega, Will’s polished charm and Randa’s guarded heart finally give way to the warrior within.

 

Fans of Susannah Sandlin’s Penton Legacy are sure to devour this long-awaited third installment of the steamy paranormal series.       

 

 

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All About Susannah

 

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Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night. A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch and the horror fantasy of Stephen King. (Um…it is fantasy, right?) The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana.

 

 

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