Friday, November 13, 2015

Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Sweep in Peace
Author:  Ilona Andrews
Series:  Innkeeper Chronicles 2
Publisher:  NYLA, November 13, 2015
Format:  eBook, 237 pages
List Price:  $4.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9781943772322 (eBook)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Author

Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.

Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn...and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an Innkeeper…

Melanie's Review

Sweep in Peace is another fantastic installment of the Innkeeper Chronicles series. The story was released in serial form on Ilona Andrews' website over the last year and now bundled up with some gorgeous illustrations for release on the 13th November. Check out the full over image so that you see just how gorgeous the whole cover is. I was extremely lucky (and grateful) to receive an eArc from the authors as I love this series. My favourite innkeeper is back for another great adventure with her magic broom and shih tzu sized monster dog.

It seems like it is just another day in the Gertrude Hunt for the innkeeper Dina Demile when she is approached by George (from The Edge series) who makes her an offer that she just can't refuse. George is all grown up and now an Arbiter - think of a cosmic peacekeeper. He asks her to host a peace summit between three warring factions - The Hope Crushing Horde (extremely violent super soldier race), House Krahr of the Holy Cosmic Anocracy (vampires) and finally The Merchants (a financially mercenary fox-like race). The Horde and the Vampires have been fighting for almost two decades for control of a planet that is rich in minerals while the Merchants are caught in the middle but making money off both factions. Dina needs guests in order to sustain the magic that keeps her inn alive. She also needs to build the inn's reputation to attract more business. It all could be ruined if the summit does not succeed. There is a lot at stake and Dina is going to need every skill in her innkeeper arsenal to get through it.

In this installment Andrews' continues to develop Dina as a character. We also gain a better insight into the Innkeepers and the Gertrude Hunt through Dina's interactions with George and the other main characters. For those fans of the Edge series you will be interested to find out what has happened to George, his shapeshifter brother Jack and their cousin Gaston since the end the series. Andrews' teased us with the crossover of these characters in book 1 - Clean Sweep - and they have blended well into this story. Arland, the super hotty vamp from House Krahr, is back again and back to some fangy flirtations with Dina but her mind keeps returning to Sean the equally hot shifter who has all but disappeared. Andrews writes a story within a story within a story. There is main plot of the peace summit, the mystery of a stolen gem, a nosy policeman and Sean. All these plot points are tangled up together and woven into an excellent story of war and peace and love.

I urge you to buy the book even if you followed the release in serial form. Coupled with some superb illustrations this is a story you can read over and over and still enjoy each time. I have lost count of how many times I have read this book both during its release on the website and now all together as an ebook. I grow to like Dina more as a character each time I read it. This is a great series and I am already looking forward to finding out who next checks into the Gertrude Hunt.


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