Hello Avid Readers. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews. Book 4 in the highly popular sci-fi/urban fantasy series, Innkeeper Chronicles.
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Title: Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles, #4) by Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #4
Published by Self-Published on 16 July, 2019
Genres: Sci-Fi & Futuristic, Urban Fantasy
Formats Available: Audiobook, eBook, Kindle with Narration, Paperback
No. of Pages: 321
Narrator: Natalie Naudus
Length: 8 hours 53 Minutes
Maud Demille was a daughter of Innkeepers. She knew that a simple life wasn't in the cards, but she never anticipated what Fate would throw at her.
Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her daughter, Helen, had been exiled for the sins of her husband to the desolate planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud had spent a year and a half avenging his debts. But now all the debts are paid. Rescued by her sister Dina, Maud had swore off all things vampire. Except she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined.
Try as she might, she can't just walk away from Arland. It doesn't help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.
To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is a powerful vampire House, and Maud knows that a woman who turned down the proposal from its most beloved son wouldn't get a warm reception. But Maud Demille never shied from a fight and House Krahr may soon discover that there is more to this human woman than they ever thought possible.
Published as an online free serial before the book is compiled and self-published shortly after completion.
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Completely Addictive Story That Had Me Hooked!
I’m already a big fan of this urban fantasy series and love Ilona Andrew’s writing style. I love the complexities of their characters, the pace of their plots and the way they balance the different scenes. The fighting, horror and brutal violence is balanced by humour, promise of love and uplifting hope.
I really enjoyed all the political posturing and manoeuvring in this book. The tension and action kept me on the edge of my seat. Although initially surprised at the change of setting, I quickly found myself completely engaged. I was breathless for whole chapters, wondering what would happen next! The struggles, etiquette, mystery and wiliness of the plot kept both my little grey cells and emotions whirling. 😉 I loved how the relationships in this story evolved. Especially between Maud, her daughter Helen and the various vampires. The surprises along the way impressed me. I like it when unexpected things happen and an author can surprise me like this.
I downloaded the narration by Natalie Naudus and loved her performance.
Natalie’s a new-to-me narrator and I really liked the way she read the narrative. The tonal variations she used during the different scenes and the voices she gave the characters. Her narration transported me into the story and I wont hesitate to download stories narrated by her in the future.
My 5-star rating confirms that I love this latest instalment of the Innkeeper Chronicles. I couldn’t put this story down! 😉 I can’t wait to see where we’re taken in the next book. Sweep With Me is due to be released on 14th January 2020.
Keep reading to find out more about Ilona Andrews and this amazing series.
The Innkeeper Chronicles
Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn is a living entity that 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. This series is a blend of genres: urban fantasy and science fiction.
Books in the Series
It’s never too late to join Dina and her friends in her adventures. Click to read my thoughts about each book or buy them yourself.
- Clean Sweep (The Innkeeper Chronicles #1) (2013)
- Sweep in Peace (The Innkeeper Chronicles #2) (2015)
- One Fell Sweep (The Innkeeper Chronicles #3) (2016)
- Sweep of the Blade (The Innkeeper Chronicles #4) (2019)
- Sweep with Me (The Innkeeper Chronicles #4.5) (2020)
The Innkeeper Chronicles, Volume One (2017)
Buy THE INNKEEPER CHRONICLES in print, audio and eBook formats through the usual sources including:
Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ Book Depository ¦ Waterstones ¦ Foyles
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts. I hope I’ve sparked your interest and that you add Sweep of the Blade to your groaning TBR piles. 😉
Bye for now,