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Redemption (Penton Legacy #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,814 Ratings  ·  217 Reviews
For vampire Aidan Murphy, life has never been so desperate. The vaccine used to treat a global pandemic has rendered human blood deadly to his kind, leaving them on the brink of starvation and civil war.

In tiny Penton, Alabama, Aidan establishes a peaceful community of vampires and unvaccinated human donors. He dares to hope they can survive—until his estranged brother des
Paperback, 357 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Montlake Romance (first published April 4th 2012)
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I liked this one a lot more than I expected!

I loved the plot, the idea of a vampire pandemic, it was kind of a dystopia but just for the vamps, a post apocalyptic novel. Actually, the only thing I found a bit weird at this read was the "calm" of everything, the vamps are disparate but they don't seem disparate enough. People still haven't found out that they're real, so either they're not crazy enough yet (the pandemic is still new-ish) or the humans are all idiots.

Anyway, that didn't really bot
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Krystal Harris is given an amazing opportunity to work in a rural community as a doctor and pay off her student loans. Upon arriving in town for her interview, she has to put her skills to use when one of the town people has been attacked. Aidan, the "mayor" of the town and master vampire has to enthrall Krystal to stay until he can convince her otherwise.

Well, this was certainly a pleasant surprise. I had not heard of this series but was intrigued by the premise and of course, I love vampire b
Aug 16, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
I give it a 4.5

I’m a big fan of vampire novels, so I read a lot of them. I have to admit that when I read the blurb for Redemption I was pleasantly surprised. The basics of what makes a vampire is unchanged, but Ms. Sandlin has come up with a premise for the backbone of the story that is totally unique and contemporary. I mean the idea that the vaccine for a worldwide pandemic would make human blood poisonous to the vampire population is inspired. It definitely leaves the unvaccinated minority i
Sep 11, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires, first-reads
Note: I won this book on the Goodreads (First Reads)

It’s not a secret that I am a huge fan of paranormal romance and I always get excited when I read a new and great book of this genre. “Redemption” the first book in the Penton Legacy series by Susannah Sandlin was AMAZING!! It was exactly what a paranormal romance should be: hot and sexy, with a lot of adventure, great characters and with very interesting plot. A big plus: the very sexy vampire with the Irish accent!

With a hint of a dystopian,
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 30, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Thrilling and well-written paranormal romance set in a dark and mysterious world where vampires struggle for blood.

Opening Sentence: Matthias Ludlam watched the smoke drift toward his study ceiling, fumes from burning photo chemicals stinging his eyes.

The Review:

After reading the synopsis to Redemption, I knew I had to read this novel. Vampires on the brink of starvation and a town set up as a safe haven for vampires and their unvaccinated h
Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded)
Redemption captured me from the very first page and never let me go. First off I want to say that the above discription is extremely accurate and I really cannot ad much to it. So I will get right to the point – I freakin’ loved this book. This was a keep-you-up-all-night and can-not-put-down kind of book. I enjoyed the diversity in characters as well as the relationships between each of them. The world building was clear and defined and felt I fully understood the reality that Susannah Sandlin ...more
Virginia Campbell
Jun 10, 2012 Virginia Campbell rated it really liked it
Susannah Sandlin has put her own spin on the allure of the vampire, creating a new mythology which is most intriguing with her "The Penton Legacy" series. Penton, Alabama, a small, off-the-radar town, is the setting for "Redemption". At first, Penton would seem an unlikely choice for a master vampire to set down roots. However, it is perfect for the needs of centuries-old Aidan Murphy, who seeks haven and sustenance in a world where most human blood is now poisonous to vampires. Only humans who ...more
3.5 Stars

After a devastating virus reduced the world's human population and then the vaccine to treat the global pandemic left the blood of most remaining humans poisonous, many vampires now find themselves on the verge of starvation. Competition is fierce for the few humans who didn't have the vaccine and vampires are forced to fight for their food. Master vampire Aidan has created a community for vampires and unvaccinated humans to live together in harmony. The vampires protect the humans who
Danielle Khaleesi of Reading, Breaker of Boredom, Mother of Words
What a fun read! I took a chance and just randomly selected this book during an audible sale. I'd seen people mention it randomly but not regularly. What an interesting premise!

A human epidemic who's cure leads to a vampire pandemic. And we are left with Penton, AL - a secret colony of un-vaccinated humans who vampires can still feed off of.

Chris is our heroine who is a newly minted doctor. She travels to Penton for a job interview unbeknownst to her that it is an INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE...hosp
ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
i like this book as it reminded me of Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardian series. Similar style.
Definitely a series I will continue next month.

Food Supplies for Vampires are quickly drying up thanks to a new vaccine for vampirism which renders the human blood poisonous for vampires. Master Vampire named Aiden Murphy and a few vampires moved to Penton, Alabama to establish a peaceful community with vampires and their human familiars (bonded humans called their family or "Fam") who have not had the
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
Oct 15, 2012 Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any True Blood Fans
Recommended to Michelle's by: Read for Book Tour

I really loved this book. It was a great introduction for a great new series. I loved the different world these vampires live it. True Blood fans will for sure love this series.
I really liked Aiden, he is swoon worthy for sure. And Dr. Krystal Harris I really liked alot, I was able to connect with her and felt part of this world right along with her.

The writing is top notch, and have no complaints on that at all. Its a great idea that Susannah had for this series, and will enjoy reading the res
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Jan 21, 2013 Lynsey • The Demon Librarian rated it really liked it
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A pleasant surprise.

This is another one of those paranormal romance series that seems to be just that little bit more refined, the characters a tad more sophisticated and mature, and the focus slightly less on sex and action and more on relationships, science, communities know, grown up stuff. AND sex and action! There are plenty of PNR series out there following groups of hulking warrior-types who live together that would appear quite juvenil
I liked the premise of this book, a vaccine has ruined the blood of the humans who have been vaccinated for vampires to ingest.
Not all humans have been vaccinated and now these people are prized in the vampire community.
Penton is a town where vamps and humans live peacefully, the humans un-vaccinated are taken care of by the vamps in exchange for feeding. Of course this is seen as very desirable by those vamps who are scrounging for pure blood and a war is in the offing.

It is also a love story b
Moriah Densley
Jun 17, 2012 Moriah Densley rated it it was amazing
The perfect balance of humor and horror - fans of HBO's "True Blood" series will love Susannah Sandlin's debut paranormal. I chuckled, I gasped, I sighed, and I couldn't stop turning pages. Loved the small-town Southern setting. The villain is believably nasty and gave me chills. I like how the romance didn't develop too easily; the hero had to be redeemed first. Complex, sophisticated, punchy writing - highly recommended summer read!
Sep 10, 2012 Jillyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: vampire fans
Shelves: blog, autographed
*This review contains swear words. Don't like, don't read it. End of.*

Penton, Alabama is in need of a Doctor. But not just any doctor will do. A vaccination that has been given to a large percent of the human population makes their blood lethal to vampires. This means a shortage of food, as well as patience. Aiden Murphy has set up a small little haven, the town of Penton, which is only made up of bonded vampires and unvaccinated humans. Only, his brother has revenge and death on the mind, and A
Sep 23, 2012 Darlene rated it really liked it
As before, I must admit that I know Suzanne Johnson, AKA Susannah Sandlin. We're from the same small town in Alabama and went to the same school. My review is unbiased (I hope), but since I aspire to be a writer, Suzanne is my heroine.

Could vampires live among us? That's the very simplified idea behind Redemption. Suzanne took an overused concept and developed a twist that made Redemption stand out. Other reviews have detailed the plot line so I'll skip that. Instead I'll focus on my response to
Katherine McCarthy
My Thoughts

When I grow up, I want to write novels just like this one!

Seriously my lovelies, this paranormal romance is as near to perfect as you can get. The world building is well thought out and conveyed. The plot is well defined and solid. The story is full of suspense and intrigue. It’s wonderfully written and the delivery is flawless with the ‘don’t give everything away too soon’ tactic. Love that! A slow reveal.

The main characters are full of inner conflict that is put across to us in a
Jul 30, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
4.5 rating
I love sexy, tough, complex and noble vampires and Redemption satisfied my craving. I was immediately drawn into the world Sandlin created. I consumed this in a few hours and cannot wait for the next installment. Intense characters, fantastic world building and a unique plot make this the perfect start to a promising new series.

In the tiny town of Penton all is not as it seems. After a vaccine renders human blood fatal to vampires, Aidan Murphy has built a small tight knit community in
Jul 04, 2012 Marissa rated it it was amazing
Oh my! This was really beyond wonderful. I'm not sure what I expected when I first read the Prologue, but then bam the first chapter really grabbed me, and I was basically hooked for the rest of the story. The concept; the thought of there being a worldwide pandemic, where some humans took a vaccination that left their blood dangerous to vampires was intriguing to me. The setting, Penton, Alabama, was interesting to visualize, as it's described to be a small town filled with humans and a scathe ...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
I had this recommended to me several times, and just kept draggin' my feet. No clue why... it just ended up that way. Boy, oh boy, it was much more fun than I anticipated! I will definitely continue the series to see what happens... I'm curious if book #2 focuses on the same couple or moves on to another or what.

Audio book narrator was OK. Not bad, but at the same time when there are characters just 3 months out from Ireland... the Irish brogue was severly lacking. Even the character that you mo
Paula Millhouse
Jun 02, 2016 Paula Millhouse rated it it was amazing
Tasteful, filled with a story you can sink your teeth into, and wonderful writing.

Set in a contemporary fictional world of Penton, Alabama, Redemption tells the story of a man turned vampire ages ago. Aidan Murphy wants the best for his people after a pandemic leaves vampires out in the cold with no humans to feed from. He comes up with a civilized plan where vampires and humans can coexist. I loved Aidan's valiance. He's no predator. He's a true leader.

In order to lead his people he hires a doc
The Book Harbor Reviews
Apr 23, 2014 The Book Harbor Reviews rated it really liked it

A. Overall: I really enjoyed the well constructed world building. It made the town of Penton, its people, and the adversary they’re fighting come to life as the vampire world spirals out of control, with trouble coming at Aiden and his people from multiple fronts. That means a complicated plot that kept me guessing at what was going to happen next.Now for the secondary’s. Several of them are truly fascinating and added a great deal to the overall depth of the plot. There’s Hannah, the ch
Ginny  Gallagher
Apr 06, 2015 Ginny Gallagher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
#TakeControlTBR -- Book 2 completed -

I’m really enjoying this series!

I picked up book one with my Kindle Unlimited Subscription because it included the narration for free and stayed up most of the night listening to it.

I loved....

-- The storyline. Redemption is a great Adult Paranormal Urban Fantasy with a storyline that captures your attention and draws you into the world of Penton, Alabama’s community of "peaceful" vampires. The vampires of Penton, led by Aidan Murphy, have banded together w
I was surprised by this book, it's actually quite good! Anyone who likes vampire PNR will like this book! I already bought the second book in the series and am looking forward to reading it!
Buffy Armstrong
Jul 09, 2012 Buffy Armstrong rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-books-read
Unique vampire tale, great romance, a must read. Will write a real review later.
Oct 08, 2014 Marta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A vaccine used to treat a pandemic, makes any vaccinated human blood deadly to a vampire. Our hero, Aidan, has created a place for vampires and unvaccinated humans to live. He is very protective of the community he has built and will do anything to keep the vampires loyal to him, and their human donors safe. And that includes kidnapping a young female doctor named Krys, who was not vaccinated during the pandemic.

This book had a dystopian feel to it. In this world, the humans can very easily end
Nov 05, 2012 Marsha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
(3.5 stars) With an overwhelming sea of vampire novels flooding the market,"Redemption" is an interesting take on the myth. It seems that a sickness has overtaken the people of the world and so in an attempt to eliminate it, most people are vaccinated. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of the vaccination is vampires are deadly allergic to the vaccine and are virtually starving. Their only food source is now people who have not been vaccinated and they are few and far in between.

Aiden Murphy
Really 4.5stars and really an e-book edition
Katya - you always have the best toys and know my reading tastes so well!

This gem centers around the efforts of Master Vampire Aidan Murphy trying to keep his family and himself alive in the face of a global pandemic which has the ability to kill the vampires. To make matters more interesting some of the vamps on the ruling tribunal are feeding his enemy just the right weapons to keep our intrepid hero off-balance, and of course Dr. Krys Harris is adde
Jul 03, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
It's bad times for the vampires. Humans went through a pandemic and now they are all pretty much vaccinated against it. Unfortunately all vaccinated humans are "poisonous" to the vamps.

Aidan has created his own little town of a mix of about 50 UN-vaccinated humans and vamps. They exist peacefully, with the humans feeding the vamps willingly, with respect on both sides.

The Vampire Tribunal is leery of this arrangement because they are jealous that Aidan has found a way not to starve to death li
P.A. Lupton
Nov 03, 2013 P.A. Lupton rated it really liked it

I’ve been a fan of the paranormal genre since I was in high school and Anne Rice came out with her Vampire Chronicles. Since then, I’ve read thousands (literally) of paranormal and urban fantasy novels. As much as I love them, it isn’t often an author comes up with a unique idea that stands out from the rest. Susannah Sandlin did with Redemption. I loved it.

I love the idea of the vaccine that has rendered human blood poison to vampires, and that they are facing a vampire crisis with thousands of
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