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Sweep of the Blade [Dramatized Adaptation]: Innkeeper Chronicles 4 (Innkeeper Chronicles) Audio CD – Unabridged, August 1, 2022
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Maud Demille is a daughter of Innkeepers--a special group who provide "lodging" to other-planetary visitors--so she knows that a simple life isn't in the cards. But even Maud could never have anticipated what Fate would throw at her.
Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her young daughter, Helen, were exiled with him for his treachery to the desolate, savage planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud--completely abandoned by his family--has spent over a year avenging his debts. Rescued by her sister Dina, she's sworn off all things vampire.
Except ... In helping Dina save the world, she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr, one of the most powerful vampire houses. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined. Arland is not used to hearing the word "no;" and try as she might, Maud 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 extremely influential and Maud knows that a woman--a human, with a very questionable past--who's turned down a proposal from its most beloved son won't get a warm reception. Maybe she's not sure about marrying Arland, but House Krahr isn't going to decide for her. Maud Demille has never run from a fight, and House Krahr will soon discover that there's a lot more to Maud than they're expecting.
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- Publisher : GraphicAudio and Blackstone Publishing; Abridged edition (August 1, 2022)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
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Maud knows she can’t stay on Earth; her vampire daughter will never fit in and will grow up isolated and lonely. The best place for Helen is on a vampire planet, surrounded by other vampires. Good thing that the vampire Arland is completely smitten with her. But she carries a scarred past; her late-vampire husband used her again and again, causing her exile from vampire society… and she’s not willing to let her heart break twice.
Arland is the Marshal of House Krahr, the head of military for his planet. One of the most powerful vampire houses. He’s asked Maud for her hand in marriage, but she’s declined. Arland isn’t used to hearting the word “no”, and he’s not about to give up on her. He’s convinced her that if she just visits his home planet, she will want to stay with him.
Maud knows that a human, with a very questionable past, visiting a vampire planet is a bad idea. Especially when she’s just turned down a proposal from it’s most beloved son. She’s might not be ready to commit, but Maud has never run from a fight.
TONE OF THE BOOK
Sweep of the Blade is a lighthearted novel. There is no doubt tension, especially since Ilona Andrews typically writes a lot of action scenes, but most of these tension scenes are broken up with comedy.
Sweep of the Blade is aimed at young adult, but mature audiences.
Arland swung his blood mace. It smashed a female fighter’s skull in a gory explosion of blood and brains. Before the swing was finished, the Krahr knight turned, grabbed the one to his left by his throat, shook him once like a rag doll, and tossed the dead body aside. The perfect blend of sheer brutality and efficient precision was beautiful to watch.
Andrews, Ilona. Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles Book 4) (p. 22). NYLA. Kindle Edition.
All of Ilona Andrews novels, Sweep of the Blade included, are heavy on action scenes. As a result there are a number of gory scenes, described in some detail.
There are some sexual scenes, however they do not drift into eroticism as many other romance novels do.
Sweep of the Blade is the fourth novel in The Innkeeper Chronicles series. The first novel in the series is Clean Sweep (our review).
It’s the first novel in the series written in Maud’s point of view. The first three novels is written from the point of view of Dina, Maud’s sister. Sweep of the Blade is not a standalone, nor would I encourage you to start here without having read the initial novels.
There is a happily ever after for the characters Maud and Arland, but like most of Ilona Andrews works, there are major world plot points that are left unanswered with cliffhangers.
Sweep of the Blade is 256 pages long, slightly shorter than our average romance novel (300 pages). The writing is direct and to the point, and feels just about right in length to give a satisfactory story. Though I wouldn’t object to more length just for the sake of exploring the universe a bit more; its a lot of fun…
You can read more about the series on the Innkeeper Chronicles Series Review page.
Arland’s face took on the stony expression of a man who was either about to charge the enemy line for the fifth time in a single day, or do his taxes.
Ilona Andrews, a husband and wife writing team, are known for their comedic and action filled stories. I absolutely love the way they mix the tension filled scenes with humour, giving a more lighthearted adventurous feeling to a novel that could easily tip into a drama otherwise (I’m a sucker for fun over drama).
“Children leave,” Ilemina told her. “It is the greatest tragedy of motherhood that if you have done everything right, if you have raised them in confidence and independence, they will pick up and leave you. It is as it’s meant to be.”
Andrews, Ilona. Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles Book 4) (p. 185). NYLA. Kindle Edition.
One aspect that many people overlook is their way of integrating profound statements that leave you as a reader truly pondering. Its these moments of insight that breaks through the tense action scenes and lighthearted comedy to make Sweep of the Blade memorable and deep.
I was hesitant to leave Dina behind and start what felt like a new series, and I’m glad I did; if anything I enjoyed Maud’s story and take on the world more. Sweep of the Blade is an excellent adventure that leaves you longing to find out what happens next.
Be prepared to see him in a whole different light *swoon*.
To be honest, I really love the setting in this book. We have a bit of a recap in certain parts of what happened in the previous book (in case you haven't read it or couldn't remember), which was very nice. Also, the scenes and environments were clear and detailed enough to feel you were actually there alongside Maud, Helen and Arland.
Maud swore off vampires when her husband got them exiled to the Karhari wastelands and got himself killed. So now it's just her and her 5-year-old daughter, Helen.
Maud knows how to take care of herself, and as such, she catches the eye of none other than our Lord Marshal.
Arland is from one of the oldest vampire Houses, he's a notorious fighter, and he now has a new mission in life... get Maud to accept him as her husband. Needless to say, he has a hell of a battle to fight, and not only on that front. Bringing a human to his House is not going to go down well.
Oh, oh, oh, and I really can't forget little Helen, a half-human, half-vampire. She might be cute and all, cuddling her teddy.. but she's fiercely protective of her mother and please, just give her two daggers and see what she can do with those.
I hope we read more about her in later instalments!
As always, the characters are superbly written. They have a depth to them and feel so real.
Pacing and flow:
I read this book in one session; it gripped me and just didn't let go. Very engaging storytelling; you can't help yourself but read the next page :D There is a lot of action going on, but the author took great care to give enough time and space for all the conversations to keep the story moving forward.
The book was well written with no (noticeable) errors. It has 256 pages, spread over 19 chapters and is told from Maud's point of view.
I loved it! But then again, I pretty much love everything the author has written, so there is that.
I really enjoyed the depth of the characters and the rich environments and storytelling. And seeing how this instalment ended, I can't wait to read the next one!
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The heroine, Maud is the elder sister of Dina De Mille, the Inn Keeper of the earlier books. I really loved the first 3 Inkeeper books, so I was intrigued to see if Ilona Anrews could keep up the high level of action and plot I had come to expect from these.
The story can be read in isolation, as there is good summary of Maud & Arlands 'early' interactions. The story really takes off when Arland takes Maud to his home planet to meet his mother. The mother who happens to be his commander and the head of his powerful, martial and wealthy house.
This is the story of how Maud manages to get to grips with her potential in-laws. It is the trials and tribulations of being a 'weak' Human on a planet peopled by warrior Vampires. Throw in a plot by feuding Vampires from another region, other interstellar guest who want something from the Vampires and a very cute, but dangerous, 5 year old.
I love that Maud is deadly and blood thirsty. She's also sharp, educated and has her own magic that is buried deep in her. She's more then capable of rescuing herself : and that is why this is such a great book. Give me a kick-ass herorine who demands to be taken seriously, and not be told where her place in the world should be.
The Inn Keeper books just keep getting better. Ilona & Gordon have delivered again.
I originally read this story in weekly chunks, as they were released for free, and unedited, by the authors. I couldn’t wait for each instalment and hated any delays. I was so good to read the story in it’s entirety.
So as you can guess, this review is going to be positive. I enjoyed the free version and then downloaded the book, obviously I liked it. The reason I like it was that Maud is an amazingly strong, intelligent and fierce woman. She was raised as an innkeeper, a race of humans who provide hospitality in a neutral setting on earth for intergalactic guests. The human population at large does not know about the inns or the guests and the innkeepers have magic provided in conjunction with their inns to house their guests appropriately and keep the peace between the various races.
Maud left her parents’ inn to marry a vampire and they had a child together. They were then cast out of her husband’s House when her husband’s scheming endangered his brother, the Lord Marshall of his House, because of his jealousy. Being cast out taught the fierce Maud how to survive no matter what, so she could ensure the safety of her daughter.
It is against this background that we see Maud travelling to a new home after being proposed to by another vampire, they love each other, but there are huge hurdles to surmount.
There is everything in this book, there is politics, military manoeuvring, romance, family angst and fierce battling. It’s a great sci-fi story and I loved every page. This authoring team writes superb books, I recommend you go and read some of them immediately.
Maud is very different to her sister, they both grew up in Inns so have a broad knowledge of the universe and all the different species that live in it, but Maud spent years living with vampires and in a lot of ways she's more vampire than human in her outlook on life. After everything that happened with Melizard she's wary of getting involved with Arland, she wants Helen to be happy and knows that she'd have a fuller life on Arland's home world, and more importantly than anything she loves Arland, but she's terrified of having her life ripped out from under her again. She wants to have her own place in society, one that doesn't depend on Arland where she's respected for her own abilities and she's determined to prove her worth to his family.
I loved how brave Maud is to fight for what she wanted and I really appreciated how patient Arland was, he never tried to push her further than she was willing to go and although he'd made up his mind about wanting to marry her he was happy to wait until she was ready for a relationship. I love the two of them together and when you throw adorable Helen into the mix they're just the cutest little family unit.
I've already read this story three times, first when it was being serialised on Ilona Andrews' blog, again when it had been finished so I could binge it in one sitting, and for the third time when the published version hit my kindle. I have to admit I was hoping we might have a little more heat added to the finished version but I just loved everything about this story. It's full of action, lots of humour, a sweet romance and a battle with space pirates. What more could I ask for? Oh and the ending left me desperate for the next instalment too. Interesting things are afoot in the Innkeeper universe and I can't wait to see what happens next!
It is fascinating, having read the 'unpolished' version by instalments on Ilona Andrew's blog, to notice where changes and additions have been made. I really enjoyed that first version - but this published, book, version is even better.
The opening chapter is all new, and shows some of the events from One Fell Sweep from Maud's POV, especially life on, and the escape from, Karhari. This, especially, was a definite bonus.
It was good to see Clan Nuan again, and Arland's mother certainly wants to ensure his not-fiancée isn't just going to be welcomed with open arms...
The problems caused by vampire etiquette regarding hospitality to other vampire Houses, even when you more than suspect they are up to no good, and working out how to counteract the threat whilst remaining outwardly the perfect hosts, formed the main score of this story, with Maud and Arland's relationships with each other and his family running like a melody line through the whole thing. And the balance works perfectly.
Now I am looking forward to hearing what is threatening the ad hal, and what is Klaus going to add to the story - and hoping that Arland is not going to totally disappear from Dina's story when we go back to Gertrude Hall! Roll on Book 5.
Sweep of the Blade is a lot of fun... An amazingly fun read featuring characters I love.
The world is whacked. It’s nuts. It’s crazy fun but it’s crazy. However, it’s easy to read and love this book because it’s been built up over the last three in the series.
The Inn Keeper novels are typically from Dina’s pov but this one is from Maud's: Dina and Gertrude Hunt crew don't feature.
Sweep of The Blade was funny and action packed with an intelligent plot line that left you wanting more. It was supposed to be a novella giving Maud and Arland a HEA but what it became was a full length novel that opened up a whole new element to this series that left me wanting MORE especially from Maud/House Krahr's pov.
The world has so much potential and I'm curious as to what comes next... At the very least, I'd love to see Maud and Arland’s wedding with Sean and Dina in attendance for that is guaranteed to be a riot.
Basically, don't start this book unless you've read the earlier books in the series but if you're a fan of the series I fail to see how you would not enjoy this.