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on June 04, 2012 :
I was reading an electronic copy provided by the publisher.
The writing in the Penitent was much tighter than the first book. I complained about too much repetition in The Unwilling, and in this book C. David Belt managed to avoid it until the very end. While you should really read the first book first, there is enough recap in the second book that you could read it alone. He tells just enough so the new reader knows what's going on.
This book contains more of the Latter-day Saint beliefs and contains references to stories from The Book of Mormon. A key story is described in enough detail that all the readers will be acquainted with the highlights and understand its significance to the penitent vampires. And Belt also mentions some other stories that illustrate the same point, but does not give any details. I don't think it will be confusing for the reader.
I especially liked the authors comments at the end of the book. You should check it out.
(reviewed long after purchase)