Grand Central Publishing
Dark Redemption is the third in a series. I've also reviewed the first two books here and here. I'll try not to reveal spoilers about the third book here, but I might reveal spoilers about the second book while talking about the lead-in to this book. So stop here if you haven't read the first two books in the series.
Dark Redemption picks up a couple months after Dark Sacrifice left off. Mala and Landry are taking care of the Acker boys and Dena and Red are still in limbo. The Reverend Prince somehow has mysteriously been absolved of all sins - or maybe he didn't sin. I was always a tiny bit confused about his role in everything in the first couple of books. I know it was determined that he wasn't involved in Jasmine's murder, but he was still kind of in cahoots with the bad guys, I thought. But never mind. He is OK now.
Mala and Landry's love affair has grown deeper as they play house and play parents with the Acker boys. But their knowledge of their powers has also grown deeper, and their relationships with Magnolia's minions have gotten more complex. Our favorite little butt-kicking, crime-fighting, ghost-communicating witch is drawn into another criminal investigation and things get super weird almost from the get-go.
In Dark Redemption, it can be difficult to discern who the bad guys are, and the mystery of it is part of the fun of the novel, but can also cause a bit of confusion. There are a few plot points where I was kind of left hanging, either confused about why a person did a certain thing, or confused about what happened in a certain storyline. Maybe the author plans more books in this series, but if so, I don't know about them and I really have a couple of questions that need answered.
But overall, if you don't analyze it too deeply, Dark Redemption is a very entertaining read. It was much more snappy and fun than the second book, and picks up a lot of the sass and verve of the first one. I still think this series could be the next big Lifetime hit, a la "Witches of East End" but with more flavor and better relationships (Dash and Ingrid? Really?). I don't think there are any Lifetime executives reading this blog, though, which is really too bad since they could be getting some great programming tips.