Title: Sweep in Peace
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #2
Genre: Paranormal Sci-Fi Fantasy (ish)
Length: Short Novel
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…
Source: Bought it
This book is hard to categorise because on first look it could almost be a Paranormal Romance, with an ordinary, human heroine who runs an inn, has a demon for a dog, has a sort of relationship with a werewolf and also has a vampire hanging around shooting her languishing looks. Except the inn in question is more of a multidimensional gateway to the universe and beyond, the vampire is part of an alien species and even the werewolf didn’t originate on Earth. Add in the fact that there’s also not a lot of romance going on in this book – when would Dina have time? – and my problem becomes clear. It’s not quite sci-fi, not quite paranormal, and also has more than a dash of fantasy about the whole thing. But while it might defy easy little labels, that doesn’t stop this book from being a thoroughly enjoyable ride.
If you’re a fan of Ilona Andrews, chances are you’ll also know that aside from being genre switching, the Innkeeper Chronicles are also a free serial that the authors release on a dedicated website (Here), which at the end is polished up and released for sale with a selection of gorgeous illustrations to complete the shiny, must own effect. It’s a gift to the fans and worth appreciating for that fact alone, it just also happens to be really good too.
While in the first book we got to know Dina and her inn, getting a glimpse the universe beyond and what that means for our heroine along the way, this time around the universe is coming to Texas, and Gertrude Hunt is about to get more guests than Dina can almost handle. Hosting a peace summit can be tricky at the best of times, but Dina has to cope with two rival species that would sooner rip each other’s heads off than talk, while also hosting the crafty merchants who also want in on the deal. Not to mention the Arbitrator who is supposed to sort the whole mess out. Add in a giant histrionic hedgehog in the kitchen, a missing emerald and the fact that Dina’s not-quite-boyfriend is missing somewhere out in the universe and it’s safe to say there is never a dull moment in this book.
I love the imagination of this series, from the inn itself to the incredible creatures that come to stay, not to mention the variety of personalities it encapsulates and the gorgeous imagery of the rooms. This book is a feast for the imagination, and just when you think it can’t get any richer, something new comes along and opens up a whole other horizon. But underneath all this wonder and magic is Dina with her never-ending list of ordinary woes. She worries about food and the comfort of her guests, and how she’s going to keep paying the bills and whether this or that choice will affect her overall rating, not to mention her pangs of the heart with regards to Sean. Somehow, throughout it all, Dina is refreshingly normal, and because of that she forms ordinary and empathetic connections to her intergalactic guests that make them all a joy to read about.
Fans of the Edge series are also in for a treat, since there a few very familiar faces making appearances here and answering a fair few questions about what happened next. I loved it, even if I wish there had been a little more lynx in the proceedings.
So if you’re looking for something completely different, that will grab your imagination and refuse to let go, then you should definitely give this series a try. If you’re already an Ilona Andrews fan, but have yet to try this particular series, get on board. Best of all, if you hurry and catch up with the first two books soon, you’ll be primed to read along with book three, which is due to start shortly. Can’t wait!
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