Redemption by Susannah Sandlin
(The Penton Legacy #1)
Montlake Romance (June 2012)
Paperback, 357 page
Sandlin sets the stage of her vampire series in a world where the vampire race is being driven to starvation after a rather innocuous vaccination turns human blood poisonous to them. Only a few individuals remain that are free from the vaccine and therefore, their only source of food. The vampire Aidan Murphy has made himself unpopular by creating a utopian community of vampires and their bonded human companions. Everything had been going quite to plan when he comes to the attention of the master vampire Matthias Ludlam who is trying to force the return of his son William who has been bonded to Aidan. In a effort to bring his son back into the fold Matthias sends Aidan’s merciless and mass murdering brother into the fray to destroy Penton, the vampire’s town. Despite having such a pivotal role in kicking off the whole plot we never hear about Matthias again which I thought was a bit odd.
After the evil brother, Owen kills the town’s doctor Aidan recruits the young, highly competent, doctor Krystal Harris who just happens to be innocent of all things paranormal and has vampire friendly blood. Apparently the allure of lots of money and state of the art equipment wasn’t enough to bring her on board so Aiden ends up kidnapping her. What is it with vampiric kidnappings? They have the power to make people forget what happened but they still resort to kidnapping. It doesn’t sound like a good business plan.
Things heat up as Owen continues to decimate Aiden’s perfect community and threatens the life of the near perfect Krystal. At least Krystal gets to demonstrate her doctoring skills as Owen wreaks havoc with the inhabitants of Penton. We also get to meet the nearest and dearest to Aiden including Mirren, the ruthless killing machine, Will the vampire who’s Dad kicked off all this turmoil and Hannah the child that can see the future. All of Aiden’s nearest and dearest fit the description of the a number of vampire stories I have read over the last few years. Its not long before Aiden is battling his brother Owen and confronting the ghosts of his past. I don’t want to give up the only surprise of the story so you will have to read it yourself to find out what happens.
Redemption was really lacking for me and I found the plot unoriginal. Vampires playing happy families with a restricted food source has been done before although the reason for the lack of viable human blood was rather unique. I also found romance between Aiden and Krystal tepid at best partly due to Aiden clinging to the death of this wife at the hands of his brother centuries before. Overall, I felt like I got off lucky that this book was an easy read as otherwise, I would have been exposed to a serious case of boredom.
I found Redemption quite forgettable mainly due to the lack of originality of the plot. Sandlin borrowed too heavily from other vampire series. The characters were too perfect and stereotypical to the detriment of the story as a whole. I think I may be in the minority that found this book uninspired and a tad dull but I am hoping that Sandlin will pick it up in the future books of the series.
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