Saturday, January 26, 2013

Absolution by Susannah Sandlin

Publisher: Montlake
Published: 2012
Format: e-book
Source: Amazon
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
My Thoughts:
Wow... This will probably be my shortest "review" because there are only so many ways that I can say I loved a book without it getting repetitive. I loved this book.
Welcome back to Penton! The events in Absolution start about a month after the previous book. Mirren has been vampire-napped by Matthias, who hopes to break down the former slayer and turn him into the killer he once was. Ha! The laugh is on Matthias. We see how Penton is struggling with the events that occurred in the 1st book. It is not the happy community it was before Owen came in. People were killed. Vampires were killed. And the community is gearing for the inevitable "final battle."
In Absolution, we learn more about Mirren Kincade and we meet a new character, Glory Cummings. Out of the three main male vampires (Aidan, Mirren, and Will), Mirren is my favorite. He's a badass vampire with an embarrassing secret. *swoon* I'm sorry, but his tattoos....*fans self* Yum... Glory is the perfect woman to take him on. She's a badass in her own right. Not afraid to back down, Glory eventually earns the respect from Pentonites and the love of Mirren.
What I really liked about Absolution is the natural progression from Redemption. I've found that in the majority of series I have read, the second book typically has a new enemy/antagonist. With Absolution, while the enemy is the same, we also get a new enemy that plays a smaller role. This is difficult to describe without giving things away. We also see the natural progression with the community and characters. I admire Susannah Sandlin for taking the series in this direction. Especially with the huge jaw-dropping moment towards the end of Absolution. It is brilliantly well-written and you will find yourself rooting for everyone in Penton.


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