by Susannah Sandlin


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Absolution by Susannah Sandlin

2013 HOLT Medallion Award Winner

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?

Absolution is the second installment of the Penton Legacy, a sensual and thrilling series from paranormal romance novelist Susannah Sandlin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612183589
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Series: Penton Legacy Series , #2
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Susannah Sandlin is a native of Winfield, Alabama, and has worked as a writer and editor in educational publishing in Alabama, Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana. She currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, with two rescue dogs named after professional wrestlers (it was a phase). She has a secret passion for quilting, reality TV, and all things paranormal.

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Absolution 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Absolution (Penton Legacy #2) by Susannah Sandlin Mirren Kincaid (aka the Slayer) is the former executioner of the Vampire Tribunal.  After realizing the people he worked for are worse than the people he was told to kill, he faked his death.  Now it has been discovered that he is alive and serving as Aidan Murphy’s second in command in the small vampire/human town of Penton, Alabama.   Having been ambushed by six men, Mirren is captured by one of his former employers at the Vampire Tribunal. Matthias Ludiam feels threatened by Penton and has made it his personal mission to ruin the town.  While making a stop at a convenience store, Ludiam discovers a human with some sort of special powers.  Hoping to use her to ruin Penton, he kidnaps the girl, abuses her, shoot her up with drugs, and feed on her along with his men.     Glory Cummings refuses to give into her captors.  Matthias Ludiam frustrated with her insubordination decides to feed her to his starving captive Mirren Kincaid in hopes of bringing the Slayer back to the Tribunal.  Little did he know that Mirren would have more control, and Glory would see him as more than a monster.  Susannah Sandlin wrote a fantastic sequel to Redemption.  You become engrossed with the characters the more you learn about them.  This multilayered novel is an enjoyable read with lots of interesting plots.    The Penton Legacy is a must-read for lovers of Paranormal, Fantasy, Vampires, and Romance.    ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.  
JessicaLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
In Absolution, book two of the Penton Legacy series, we get to learn more about one of my favorite characters from book one: Mirren Kincaid, also known as the Slayer. Mirren has a very dark and tortured past that was alluded to in book one. He served as an assassin for the Tribunal back in his earlier years and earned quite a reputation as a ruthless mercenary. However, once he learned that the vampires that were hiring him to kill other vampires were actual the worser of two evils, he disappeared from pubic view, and later faked his death. After joining up with Aidan and helping him to establish Penton, he has spent his life trying to atone for his past in his own silent and closed off way. I knew there was more to him than met the eye from what I read in book one, and I was really looking forward to getting past his stoic demeanor. When he met Glory, I knew right away that she was going to be the one to break him down and then help him rebuild. Mirren and Glory were both kidnapped by Matthias, an evil, power-hungry member of the Vampire Tribunal that is trying to destroy Penton. Matthias holds Mirren in a cage for weeks, starving him of blood until he is weak and almost out of his mind with hunger. Then Matthias throws Glory in the cage with him, betting on the fact that Mirren will be so blood-crazed that he will attack Glory and kill her by draining her to death. He thinks once Mirren does this, he will then choose to return to his old ways as the Slayer and come back to work for the Tribunal and help destroy Aidan and Penton. However, Mirren does the exact opposite of what Matthias has planned, and instead saves himself and Glory. I loved the relationship that these two had. Mirren is such a domineering and imposing character, that of course the woman he falls in love with would have to be his equal. And Glory is all that and more. She is strong and sincere and stubborn, all rolled up in one woman. I truly enjoyed their banter (more hers than his), and watching their relationship evolve into something real. I definitely love Mirren! He is 100% the epitome of the bad guy with a heart of gold. My only disappointment with this book was that I felt like we didn't get to spend enough time with just Mirren and Glory, and didn't get to really enjoy watching their relationship grow and blossom. There was too much other action and drama going on with the town and with the attacks coming from Matthias. The book focused more on the advance of that story line, and Mirren and Glory's romance was really a side plot. Overall though, I still really loved this book, and this series. Can't wait to read the next one!
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Penton Legacy Series by Susannah Sandlin.  I read it immediately following the first book, Redemption.   This time the main character is Merrin, Aidan's second in command and the former Slayer of the Tribunal.   This story opens as the last did, with Matthias Ludlam, this time in Georgia.  He is kidnapping a young woman who has some kind of psychic powers that he plans to figure out and exploit.  That she is unvaccinated is a pleasant bonus.  He has plans to take her back to New York with him, but that changes when he gets a call that his people have managed to take Mirren from a daysleep safehouse.  Matthias wants to break Mirren and bring him back under the Tribunal's aegis.  The first chapter bring us into Mirren's POV as he awakens in the cell Matthias' people have placed him. Matthias tries to get Mirren to tell him about Aidan's scathe, but Mirren lies to him and refuses to betray Aidan.  With the geographic limitations of his and Aidan's bond, all Mirren can do is wait for the right opportunity. Next we meet Glorianna, the young psychic that Matthias kidnapped from Atlanta.  She has been passed around as a blood donor and kept drugged with heroin to keep her zoned and complacent.  But with all that, they still can't get her to tell them how she is psychic.  Matthias finally decides that she isn't going to be much more use to him and puts her down in the cell with a half starved Mirren.  He figures Mirren will kill her, snap from the guilt and then he can be taken back in the Tribunal fold.  Too bad William finally figured out where Mirren was and shows up to rescue him.  What can I say about this book?  Let's just say that Susannah Sandlin and Joss Whedon have a few things in common.  ***spoiler alert*** Namely the killing of characters!  I was shocked when it happened.  Never saw it coming.  Figured that some how it would all work out.  Yeah, didn't happen.  I can say one thing, with this new information about the author, it will definitely keep me in suspense in future books.  Anytime things get dicey, I will start worrying about "will she or won't she".  Great book, 4 stars on Goodreads.  
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Absolution brings us back to the Penton community. There is unrest and fear in the human population of Penton. A war is brewing between the Vampires to claim what is left of the untainted humans. The Vampire Tribunal sees only one solution-the Slayer. Mirren Kincaid spent centuries killing in the name of the Tribunal, but he disappeared after he disagreed with a mission that the Tribunal sent him on. Now he is the second-in-command in Penton. Mirren is tortured by what he has done in his long life, all in the name of the Tribunal. He wants nothing to do with Vampire politics or their thirst for power. Desperate the Tribunal brings in Glory. Glory has powerful magic running through her veins, due to being the descendant of a Shaman ancestor. When Glory is faced with Mirren she cannot do what the Tribunal wants. She sees into Mirren’s soul, to the man that he is. Glory and Mirren have a very strong and passionate connection that will leave the reader breathless. Together they are a powerful team. Are they powerful enough to stop the Vampires from going to war? Mirren and Glory will fight to right the wrongs and bring peace back to Penton, and to the world. Susannah Sandlin has brought the reader a complex and stirring duo that will have the reader laughing, shouting, fighting, loving, and sighing. Once you pick up Absolution you will not put it down until you have reached the last page!
Shellbelle1 More than 1 year ago
Wow!  Absolution- book 2 in series is fantastic.  If you are a fan of vampire romances you will not want to miss this series.
donnas1 More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in this series - Redemption. So while I was hoping the second book would be as good as the first. I wasnt sure what would happen when I started reading it. I really liked Aidan and Krys and enjoyed their story. Mirren who was a great and interesting secondary character I wasnt sure about when it came to getting his own story, but I loved the town and had to read it as soon as I got the chance. And it is totally possible for a second book to be as good as the first because this one is and I am so glad I read it. Mirren is a warrior from way back. Until he ended up with Aidan and helping to build and keep Penton safe it was all he had known. Once in Penton he keeps to himself and exists. But does he really enjoy life and living, its hard to tell. Glory is a clerk in a gas station. But she has dreams, she wants to be a chef and open her own restaurant. It is really just her bad luck to be working when she is and have a vampire sense she has hidden talents. Mirren has been captured and is being held until he breaks and becomes the warrior he once was. And Glory ends up being held by the same vampire in the same location. When neither will cooperate with their captors they are thrown together to either die or break. They are freed before either gives in to their darker side they are fighting and end up back in Penton for the majority of the story. Here they learn about each other and Glory learns how she can help the fight to keep Penton and its citizens safe. While Glory learns about her new life and Mirren learns to enjoy life again, the whole town must come together and figure out what to do and how to face the ever looming threat against them. With unlikely friends and unknown enemies can Penton survive? I cant wait for the next in the series to see what happens next. I am also looking forward to checking out more from this author. She really knows how to weave a story with great characters and settings.
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
*sigh* I think I’m depressed… My book boyfriend has left the market…. Which makes me feel…. €]%\*|€|*|¥\|€|¥|€|£,€•[=\€>@/@2)/?¥€\€!!!!!! Ok that’s me trying to express myself in appropriate words!!! OHH MYY GODDD!!! I love you Ms Susannah!!! I knew I was completely hooked after reading Redemption and that I was of course going to love Absolution… I just didn’t think I would be IN LOVE with this book! Like seriously… I don’t think there are enough words on the planet to describe how AWESOME this book made me feel! Let me see… amazing, astonishing, inspiring, daunting, formidable, impressive, magnificent, majestic, mind blowing!!! Holy crapizoly!!! If I could sum this book up in one sentence, I was, “This book is a breath-taking ride of spectacular!” Ok, I will let my brain rest from all those adjectives now! LOL so I have this whole soft spot for Mr Big Bad Vampire, which is a feat in itself, since I’m totally a werewolf girl. I NEVER expected to be so happy to be replaced in my fantasy land where I actually GET Mirren! Yes, I know it’s called paranormal romance, but hot damn if this isn’t one if the BEST damn action filled books I’ve read. I think that’s why I love this series so much. There is never a way to get bored! I mean the SHOWER SCENE… Totally hot!! The sword fighting- even hotter! And THE CRAZY TRAGEDIES!!! I really didn’t expect to see those characters die!!! Dude it’s a vampire war so of course there would be deaths, but… I’m at a complete loss for words! Lets talk writing style… FLAWLESS!!! I swear each word is put in place to keep me up ALL night, have me thinking about these characters for DAYS after, and leave me with and EXPLOSION of thoughts about a what’s coming!!! How dare you tease me so much!!! I’m not a writer, not even close, so there isn’t a way for me to say how awesome Ms Sandlin writes other than that- ITS AWESOME!!! I have read a lot of books, and NO ONE writes like her… Well except this one person, initials of SJ, writes this awesome UF series… Hahahahaha yeah I slipped that in there! I’ve decided to be careful about which characters I talk about. For reasons you will have to read to find out, but each one is so well developed. Even the small, secondary and tertiary characters are really well developed. They could have one small piece of the book, yet I feel completely understanding of why they are in it and what’s the significance. And I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but Will has totally won me over!! I’m still all for Mirren, but Will has earned his own spot for me And the plot line!!! do I even need to stress how flipping fantabulous this plot line is! I mean it started with humans getting a damn vaccine and then all of a sudden, vampires are lethally allergic to vaccinated blood! And somebody smart enough finds a way to live with that, and the stupid political vampires just wanna be idiots and ruin it… Don’t be jealous your brain rotted with your humanity! Hahahaha oh & in a funny moment, I KNOW MIRREN’S SECRET!!! * giggles like a school girl* how cute that he’s sensitive about it too! Lol Ok it’s down to this… If you haven’t read this series yet… what are you waiting for?!?! there is something for everyone here! I’m still secretly hoping a werewolf pops in somewhere, but HAWT SMOKING VAMPIRES WITH SWORDS AND BIG GUNS!!! Ummm like I need to say one word more than HAWT! Hahahaha In reference to Mirren’s book birthday and my own birthday… 9 PAWS!!! Yeah I know my scale only goes to 5 PAWS, but in my book, it still counts! I will have a toast to the Penton people who have made my life a joy on October 9!! I’m so going to cry when it’s over.
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ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
I love this series, its was such a great change from some of the lesser quality vampire books out there. This one is like True Blood with some Night Huntress thrown in, with its own unique spin. I enjoyed the first book Redemption a lot, and fell in love them with series even more after reading this book. I think its best to read Redemption first, before this one. But the author does take the time to explain key points that happened in the first, in this one. But to me, you would be missing out on some important things that just makes the story that much better. In this one, there will be consequences to actions from the first one, which I think is better to read about first hand. I fell in love with Aiden and his ideas, how he treats humans as friends and family, not like cattle, like many of the rest of the vampire population. As we learned in book one, the vaccine to a virus epidemic is poison to the vampires, so they can only feed from un-vaccinated humans. Which is in short supply, the vampires are starving. In Absolution we follow the story of Mirrem and not Aiden like we did in the first story. I won’t reveal any spoilers, just a few key points that make the stories interesting. So, as I stated, the Penton town is run and founded by Aiden Murphy, and Mirrem is his 2nd in command. He is 6’8” huge muscled man, scary to see the size; he used to be the executioner for the Vampire Tribunal, until he could not take that life anymore, and faked his own death. Then Aiden had found him, and now is with him and his scathe. So in this book we learn more about Mirrem, and Glory. Glory is being held prisoner by vampires, the enemies of Aidens scathe, and Mirrem is also captured. And to not give much away, we get to see more compassion from Mirrem, and the romance with Glory is cute, and I loved reading about it. The plot was really well thought out. The author really knows where she is going with this story, and so far I have not seen any inconsistencies at all. I like that. It flows well, and true. We do get some of Aiden and Krys in this one, but not as much as I would like. It also seemed Aiden was not as protective of her as he was previously, or maybe it was he just trust her more, maybe too much? I am not sure. Over all, loved this book, and the series so far as a whole.