Review – ABSOLUTION by Susannah Sandlin

October 16, 2012 General, Reviews 17

TITLE:  Absolution
The Penton Legacy #2
  Susannah Sandlin
  Montlake Romance
  October 9, 2012


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**Copy provided by author for an honest review.

GOODREADS SUMMARY: 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?


She-Wolf Review

Let’s get the preliminaries out of the way – I loved this book.  Absolution has officially cemented Sandlin’s Penton Legacy as one of my favorite new series this year.  When I finished Redemption, book one in the series, my first thought was that I hoped we’d get more Mirren in the next book.  And that’s exactly what Sandlin gives us in Absolution – a story focused on the mysterious and brooding Mirren Kincaid, physically intimidating, a lethal warrior with a dark past and a tortured soul. 

Mirren is such a great character.  He’s physically huge, almost 7ft tall, 300 some pounds, covered in tattoos, and trained as a lethal killer since he was a child.  His past is dark.  A mercenary known as The Slayer, he walked away from the world of murder for hire and into Penton where he carved out a new life for himself, one in which he didn’t have to do the bidding of the Tribunal and death at his hands is for a higher purpose – the protection of Penton.  But does he really find peace from his past?  No.  This is a character filled with such self-loathing and hatred it’s palpable.  Death and murder are all he has known and Mirren can’t move forward or imagine himself as something more than violence incarnate as the darkness of his past holds him prisoner. 

Enter Gloriana Cummings, a human with special abilities of her own, abilities that have made her feel “less than” her entire life.  Glory is, well, a motor-mouth but she’s also funny, loyal, strong of character, generous and caring.  She takes no shit and is fiercely independent.  The pain of her past also haunts her but, unlike Mirren, she refuses to let it define her. 

When these two are thrown together it’s explosive.  Sandlin knows how to create chemistry and tension between her leads.  Mirren and Glory have a connection, whether they want to admit it or not, and it’s wonderful how Sandlin develops this connection over the course of the book.  It’s both tender and sexy as hell.  Glory sees in Mirren what no one else does, not even Mirren himself; she sees the real Mirren underneath the scars of his past.  To watch her excavate the man inside is tense and so very romantic.  There is a great scene towards the end of the book where Mirren seems to have gone back to the bloodlust of his past and Glory has to help bring him back.  That scene was brimming with tension, a bit scary, and yet so full of tenderness and care that the combination had me on edge.  From the start, I just wanted these characters to have their happily ever after.

Sandlin also takes the wider story of the series to the next level.  The community of Penton, a small southern town where vampires and humans live in peace and mutual benefit, is under threat.  That wider war I was looking for after the first book is heading straight for this idyllic community.  The action scenes are well done; events happen simultaneously in several locations which successfully ratchets up the stress level. 

Absolution ends at a point in the wider story that makes the upcoming book a must read.  The future of Penton is uncertain to say the least and I’m very curious to know where Sandlin is going to take us next.

I really could go on and on…the banter between characters is pitch perfect, a devastating loss at the end of the book lets you know Sandlin isn’t afraid to let go, and the introduction of the combustible partnership between lieutenants Randa and Will sets the stage for the next romantic relationship in the series. 

Sandlin has said this series was originally set as a trilogy.  I hope not.  I need more.  Penton already feels like home.  

My Soulmate. May not be perfect, but it’s perfect for me.




About the Author

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 always fancied herself living in Cornwall (although she’s never actually been there). Details, details. She also is a fan of Stephen King. 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. Her novel Redemption won the paranormal romance category in the 2011 Chicago North RWA Fire and Ice contest, and is the first of three in a series that debuts this year.


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17 Responses to “Review – ABSOLUTION by Susannah Sandlin”

  1. Roger Simmons

    Finished Absolution last night. Really liked it – A lot! Glory is just great, better than I expected. Lots of action. Buy the book, you will enjoy. Next is Omega…Can hardly wait.

    • shewolfreads

      Roger, thanks for the comment! I love this series. I think Omega is going to be intense. Can’t wait to read it.

  2. Teresa Morris-lloyd

    I am as soon as I can buying both Redemption and Absolution. And looking forward to reading
    Happy reading and writing

    • shewolfreads

      As you can tell, I really enjoyed these! 😉 Let me know what you think once you’ve read them!

  3. miki

    ^^ me too i wanted more Mirren after Redemption and now Will has caught my interest so i can’t wait until february for omega

    • shewolfreads

      I know! Omega will be off the charts. Can’t wait to see what happens with Penton.

  4. Opal

    I haven’t read either of these yet, but I’m looking forward to both. I’m pushing them up on my TBR list now that I’ve read your review!

    • shewolfreads

      Opal, I love this series. Something about this PNR series just captured me.

  5. Braine

    Wow, this guy is no Juicy Joe! This is the first time I’ve heard of this series and I’m liking he feel of it though I’m avoiding vampires right now. Maybe when I’m done with my fang break…

  6. Veronika

    I have to stop reading reviews for this book, because all are 5stars and I’m dying here to read the book! 😀 It seems like a perfect read for me! Thank you for the review! I’m really glad you enjoyed the book!

    • shewolfreads

      Veronika, I highly recommend this series. Really, go get a copy!

  7. Maria Behar

    Hi, there!

    Long time no read, I know…so I decided to come over tonight and see what you’ve been up to lately. I knew it was bound to be great, and was not disappointed!! I LOVE this review!! I had already seen this book on other blogs, and had heard that it was excellent. Well, your review has clinched it. I MUST have this book!

    I commend you for such a detailed analysis of the characters, without giving too much away. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts about this novel. Thanks for sharing them!!

    P.S. Since I don’t know your email address, I’d like to ask you here: would you be interested in doing a guest post on my blog? It could be either a review or one of your fabulous interviews! Just email me, since you do have my own address, okay? Thanks!! : )

    • shewolfreads

      Hi Maria, yes, it’s bee a long time. Work is crazy right now! Will definitely shoot you an email this week. And read this series…one of my fav’s this year.

      • Maria Behar

        Yes, this is yet another series I want to get started on! (There are so many of those…)

        I’ll be looking forward to that email!! Thanks!! : )

  8. elaing8

    Another awesome review for this book. Can’t wait to start this series.