- File Size: 915 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
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- Publisher: Parables (June 24, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 24, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008ELF124
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Moira has been having vivid dreams of being crucified and left to burn in the sun, as well as experiencing unusual levels of bloodthirst. One night while she and Carl are out flying they are approached by a vampire named Rolf, who says he wants to join the ones who dissolved the Salt Lake cult. He informs them that other Penitent vampires are heading to Salt Lake for the same purpose.
Carl and Moira's investigation of the gathering vampires leads them to the discovery of new allies, both vampire and human, and new enemies. They find out that there are actually two opposing groups of vampires gathering in Salt Lake: the Congregation and the Vampire Stake. The Vampire Stake is composed of Penitents being taught the gospel by Tony Lupescu, a human who knows the secret of vampires. The leader of the Congregation, a vampire by the name of Paul Muller, is forming a new sort of cult by claiming that he has a way for his followers to survive without drinking human blood, but is actually enslaving them. It's up to Carl and Moira to free their fellow Penitents from Muller's control.
Like the first book, this one was free of bad language, which is something I really appreciate, having read enough books aimed at teens to know that such a quality is uncommon in today's media. There is some violence that gets just a little graphic toward the end, but nothing too disturbing, especially considering that it is a vampire book.
One thing I mentioned that I didn't like about the first book was the flashbacks interrupting conversations. Though The Penitent also had some flashbacks, they were much more artfully placed and didn't disrupt the story as they did in The Unwilling.
I think Mr. Belt did a good job promoting the ideas of agency, loyalty, and the Golden Rule with his characters' actions. A woman from Moira's ward is nothing but spiteful to her, but even when it would be easier to let her die and might even save Moira and Carl's lives, Moira does everything she can to save her. The vampires of the Vampire Stake all swear fealty to Carl, vowing to obey him, and he doesn't abuse the authority they give him. These are great lessons to learn about real life and doing what's right, no matter what the situation.
Overall, an even better book than the first! I will definitely be picking up the third book sometime soon.
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The book is told from Moira's point of view, and it was thrilling to read.
This book takes you in so many emotional directions: spiritual, happy, sad, sighing at the romantic parts, scared, and the reader will be thrilled from the first page.
The characters are more fleshed out in this, the second volume. You'll find yourself falling in love with them all over again.
The author knows how to insert gospel truths into a vampire novel in a way that you never thought would be possible. It's not preachy, but touching and informative. The author inserts many Book of Mormon stories and uses them in a way to teach vampires and the reader gospel truths.
The plot continues from the first volume picking up with the same characters, and adding new exciting ones as well. I found myself riveted to this novel. The author wrote so much excitement into this volume that it will become addictive.
This volume is brilliant, thoughtful, inspiring, and Moira is as always, loveable!
The moral struggles the characters face are fascinating and once you start reading the book it's hard to put down.