by Susannah Sandlin
Series: Penton Legacy #3
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication date: February 5, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bloody war between the Vampire Tribunal and the defiant scathe of Penton, Alabama, rages on, forcing its residents and their bonded humans to retreat into the underground fortress of last resort: Omega. There, Will Ludlam is charged with the care of Penton’s humans, though he longs to fight alongside his vampire brethren. He knows the risks: as the renegade son of the Tribunal’s vicious leader, Will’s capture could doom the resistance. Yet he is determined to prove his worth to his adopted scathe, to his vengeful father—and to former US Army officer Randa Thomas, his beautiful, reluctant partner. Randa has little faith that a former member of the vampire elite has what it takes to fight a war. But as their enemies descend upon Omega, Will’s polished charm—and Randa’s guarded heart—finally give way to the warrior within. Fans of Susannah Sandlin’s Penton Legacy are sure to devour this long-awaited third installment of the steamy paranormal series.
I was so thrilled to get my hands on this third installment of the Penton Legacy series! I really enjoy how easy it is to slide right back into the passenger seat with each new book in this series. As soon as the story was open to page one, I got sucked right back inside the world of Penton. Almost literally — just ask my husband and kids.
I became obsessed with this story within the first few pages of the very first book. I don’t even remember what made me pick up a copy of Redemption at the bookstore all those months ago. Perhaps it was fate. I was meant to step into this unparalleled world with Aidan, Mirren, Will and the women who would be their mates. To join them on this action packed, nail-biting adventure that would change my reading life forever. I feel like I actually know these characters, and I am truly sad to see this trilogy come to an end. I did cheer up a bit when I found out about the spin off that is in the works, but more about that in just a minute.
When last we left Penton, the entire community of vampires and their fams had been forced to go underground. Will’s father, Matthias, was the Tribunal member responsible for the brutal attacks that caused the scathe to retreat into Omega. They knew that being trapped underground in a bunker situation wouldn’t be a cake walk, but they had no idea just how difficult it would prove to be.
I was so happy to finally be able to get inside of Will’s head in this final book. In the first two installments, we simply saw Will as a rich playboy with no real feelings. He was nothing compared to Aidan or Mirren. He was minor. Just a cute computer geek, really. In Omega we learned that Will is just as skilled at putting up emotional walls as a human. I didn’t think it was possible, but I fell in love with William Ludlam for the first time.
Randa Thomas, Will’s patrolling partner since the beginning of the series, had been in the Army when she was turned into a vampire. It had only been a handful of years since the change, and she really didn’t embrace it the way the other vampires seemed to. Even though she had made lieutenant status within the Penton scathe she felt like she constantly had to prove herself. She and Will had a very humorous, but forced companionship. They were like a married couple in an arranged marriage. They argued, they wrestled… heck, Will even knocked her unconscious once to keep her from following him on a mission. But Aidan knew he made the right choice putting them together. Will and Randa were a good team. It was only a matter of time before they realized it too.
I love the direction in which Sandlin takes these final chapters of the trilogy. There is a twist that I never would have thought possible — which I won’t tell you about here. I’m not about to spoil the fun for those of you that haven’t read it yet. I will say that each book in this trilogy made me worship Susannah Sandlin just a little bit more.
Ok, so I promised you a little insight into what Sandlin has planned for the future. She has recently revealed that, although her publisher has not elected to continue this series after Omega (insert a picture of me, sobbing uncontrollably here), she does have a spin off in the works — Storm Force! Please head over and take a peek at what she has in store for us next!
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