Review By Sherry Perkins
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
“The cold night brushed against my skin with the sharp clarity of fresh needles as I walked through the bowels of downtown. It was the coldest winter in thirty years. I should have worn a heavier jacket, but it wasn’t like I could freeze to death. One of the few benefits of already being dead.”—Absolution
Not being cold might well be a benefit of being dead but there are others as well in Lissa Kasey’s newest book in the Dominion series. “Absolution” is a character arc story about a brooding vampire named Sam. He’s been in several abusive relationships both before and after becoming a vampire. Naturally, that’s part of what makes him so broody.
But he’s also been mentored by a quite powerful vampire, and he’s become entrenched with the Dominion. The Dominion are the ruling body of elemental witches. A splinter group, the Ascendence, are an exclusive group of male witches to whom Sam is connected. Then too, there are Sam’s peripheral associations with other vampires, shifters and the witches that give new meaning to the phrase, “going to ground.” And all of this, including Sam going to ground, possibly leads to his eventual self-actualization.
The story is well-written. It’s grim and often violent, and that is juxtaposed with Sam’s search for love and emotional connection to others. What caused Sam to search for absolution though, was never apparent to me although the implication is that he was a bit of a bad boy before this. Reading the preceding books of the Dominion series might help answer that but “Absolution” is essentially a stand-alone book, filled with a different and magical understanding of what it means to be a supernatural among present-day humans. Kasey has written at least eighteen other novels, four of which were Dominion books. “Absolution” should satisfy Kasey’s fans, but for me, I have some catch-up Dominion reading to do…
“A 3.5-star review for a gritty and grim paranormal romance about a vampire searching for a more meaningful existence—and maybe even a family of his own.”