Hello Avid Readers,
Last year, I decided that mini reviews were the way forward for this particular book blogger. 😉 This means that I only write full detailed reviews for the books I receive from authors, publishers and PR organisers. When I read a book that I’ve bought for myself, I share my thoughts within a paragraph or two that I publish on Amazon UK, Goodreads and here on my blog.
Today, I want to share my thoughts about a book I first read in 2016 …
Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2) by Ilona Andrews
Dina DeMille isn’t your typical Bed and Breakfast owner. Her inn defies laws of physics, her dog is secretly a monster, and the only permanent guest of the inn is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head.
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, bridging the gap between space vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done.
To make the summit a success, she must find a chef, remodel the inn, keep her guests from murdering each other, 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.
A Great Urban Fantasy Story That Edges Into Science Fiction.
This is the second book in Ilona Andrews’ Innkeeper Chronicles and in my opinion just as good as the first – if not better. Ilona Andrews is still a relatively new-to-me author but I really enjoyed this book: it was a great self contained story that also built on the previous book while leaving enough mysteries unanswered and story threads dangling for subsequent books.
I loved the original premise that mythological beings such as werewolves, vampires and shape-shifter were not an evolution from humans but extra terrestrials from other planets. The idea of who and what the Inns and Innkeepers are is a refreshing change and believable within this fantasy world that this husband and wife team have created.
The writing style, depth of characters and story development made this a real page turner for me. I couldn’t put it down! To feel so involved with Dina & actually feel for a building (Gertrude Hunt, the Inn itself) just proves what talented authors Ilona and Gordon Andrews are. The supporting cast of characters were just as thought out and I’m looking forward to finding out more about them in subsequent books.
I absolutely loved this book, there wasn’t anything that I didn’t like; the story engaged me from the first page, the writing style was easy to read, the plot is well thought out with a good pace and contained enough twists & turns to keep my love of a good mystery happy, the characters were complex souls revealing themselves at just the right moment. If you’re a fan of urban fantasy with a science fiction twist and a horror/thriller story line then I suggest you give Sweep in Peace a try.
Since originally reading this on my Kindle back in 2016, I downloaded the narration by Renée Raudman and really enjoyed her performance; she is still a relatively new-to-me narrator but I really like the way she reads the narrative, putting different tonal variations into her voice while reading the emotional or dramatic scenes and I like the way she alters her voice when reading dialogue for the various characters. Ms Raudman’s narration enhances this story and transported me into the world and I wont hesitate to download stories narrated by her in the future.
Buy SWEEP IN PEACE in print, audio and eBook formats through the usual sources including:
Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ Book Depository ¦ Waterstones ¦ Foyles
(I am part of Amazon , Audible , The Book Depository, Foyles Book Shop and Waterstones affiliate programmes, which means when you use those links to buy a copy of this book, I will get a (very) small % from the sale.)
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts. I hope I’ve sparked your interest and that you add this one to your groaning TBR piles. 😉
Bye for now,