Review: Redemption by Susannah Sandlin

Title: Redemption
Author: Susannah Sandlin
Series: Penton Legacy #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: June 12th 2012
Format: eBook – received for Absolution Book Tour (Friday)

Book Description:

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.

This has quickly become one of my favourite new Paranormal Romance series!! It is right up there with J.R. Ward’s BDB novels!! I loved this book from start to finish! Susannah Sandlin is a fabulous writer and I was lost in her words from the very beginning! She has written an intriguing plot, kept it action packed and gave me plenty of romance to read about too!!

Krystal has lead a troubled life, but turned it all around to attend medical school to become a doctor. I liked her immediately as she was willing to put a strangers needs before her own, but is very wary about it. She is a strong-willed character, because of her upbringing, but she is compassionate and smart too. I love the affect she has on all the people in Penton, they are going to get more than they bargained for!!

I wasn’t sure whether Aidan was going to be a friend or foe from the Prologue, but I’m glad he turned out to be a hot, determined, permissive friend. I loved Aidan from the start, even if he intended to kidnap Krys if she didn’t accept the job offer. His first priority is his scathe (vampire community) as they need a new doctor for the town. What he wasn’t expecting was to find Krys attractive and be drawn to her.

We meet a lot of other characters as Aidan has lots of loyal people in his scathe and they all have different roles in the community. There are humans living in the town as well, all of which are willing unvaccinated donors. It is unusual to have a vampire community like this in the world, so it is starting to bring unwanted attention from other vampires and the Vampire Tribunal.

This is a must read for any Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy readers! There’s a bit of mystery about in the story and I was left with a few unanswered questions at the end of the novel. I’m in love with this series and I can’t wait to see who stars in the next book!

Purchase Links:

Come back on Friday and read my review of Absolution, Book 2 in the Penton Legacy as part of the Book Tour. You will be able to learn a little more about the author Susannah Sandlin and you can enter the giveaway for a Kindle or a $100 Gift Card!!



  1. great review! i has also become one of my favorite series ( hard not to add it since it's original and with an excellent quality)

  2. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 3, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    Terrific review, I'm going to get this book!!


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