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Sweep in Peace (The Innkeeper Chronicles) Audio CD – CD, August 2, 2016
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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.…
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (August 2, 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 153183048X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1531830489
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,233,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2019
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Playing host to peace negotiations between alien vampires, bullies and merchants has never been so tricky but Innkeeper Dina Demille needs the guests and money to ensure her Inn thrives. Between finding a chef, keeping the suspicions of local law enforcement at bay and dealing with the Arbitrator who might not be whom he seems, Dina is in for some more trouble.
Fair warning, I love the wonderfully talented husband and wife team that authors the Ilona Andrews books and have pretty much read everything they have written. This is the second book in the Innkeepers Chronicles and starts up about 6 months after the finish of book one – Clean Sweep.
The book is fairly short, similar to Clean Sweep, at only 315 pages long and took me around 4.5 hours to finish. It has a decidedly darker tone that the first book with some violence, although nothing graphic.
The Gertrude Hunt Inn and Dina are playing hosts to three parties in a last gap arbitration to determine the rights of the planet Onetrikvasth IV, colloquially known as Nexus. These parties are:
• The Holy Cosmic Anocracy – think alien vampires and yes Arland is back!
• The Hope-Crushing Horde – rivals of the vampires, an alien warrior race
• The Merchants of Baha-Char – fluffy, cute fox like aliens to whom trade is everything
Nexus is rich in a substance called Kuyo that is prized for its application to improve a warrior’s strength, agility, recovery etc. The war has been raging for 20 Nexus years and each side has suffered devastating losses.
Dina is a wonderful main character and her empathy for each of the sides really stands out in this book. Her number one concern is for the welfare of her guests, even if they do make life difficult for her. We also see Arland again as one of the representatives of the vampires and while there is some mild flirtations from his side the story doesn’t revolve around the romance.
The supporting characters are wonderful too, I love Orro the Chef that Dina has to hire. He seriously needs to cook for me. The descriptions of his food still makes me drool. Caldenia is still the wonderfully droll but sadistic character I enjoyed in Clean Sweep and has some of the best lines in the book. We also see Officer Marais again and his suspicions about Dina and the Inn continue to grow.
For those of you who loved ‘The Edge’ series by Ilona Andrews you will be very happy to know that we get a glimpse of some of those characters, confirming that the two series are set in the same universe. I was always sad that there wasn’t more books as I loved the characters so being able to read about George, Jack, Gaston and Sophie made me very happy.
I found the plot in Sweep In Peace was a lot more suspenseful and the pacing was better than the first book. Unlike Clean Sweep I actually worried that Dina might not come out of the events completely unscathed. There is also a nice plot twist towards the end of the book that took me a little by surprise, but in a good way. Whilst the world building continues and the characters are getting more fleshed out I still feel that there is a lot more growth to be made. The conclusion manages to tie up a couple of plot points but still leaves plenty of material for the authors to use for future stories.
I enjoyed the second installment of the Innkeeper Chronicles and am looking forward to book 3. The characters are well written and the plot has a touch of whimsy thrown into the mystery. It’s not a book I got completely engrossed in, rather a book I enjoyed but didn’t mind putting it down occasionally to deal with real life. If you enjoyed book 1, Clean Sweep, or anything else that Ilona Andrews has written you will like Sweep In Peace.
This universe is completely massive and SWEEP IN PEACE brings so many different species (let alone characters) together in this story. Honestly, it was a bit overwhelming to continually have to follow new creatures, cultures, and conflicts. A lot was packed into this book and I think it often verges on too much. Some of the nuances of Dina and the world were lost in the shuffle of the expansive story.
I also felt I was missing something. Several of the characters were also in a previous series by Ilona Andrews that I have not read. There were backgrounds, relationships, and personalities that I think did not get explained to the necessary depth because it was included in a previous series. It does make me want to read more of the books in this universe, but I feel it took away from this story as a whole.
Although enjoyable, there was just too much crammed into this book. I still love Dina's character and the unique sci-fi/fantasy world, it was just gruelling do dicifer what was going on all the time. I'm curious to see what book 3 has in store, but think I'll take a little break after this one.
Yea.. Ahruuuuu. That just popped me right out like are you kidding me? Are you writing a satire on the WVH thingy or trying to be clever? It just did not work. And I didn't like the narrator. I am southern and I LOVE southern narration. And even in a fantasy book..ok. Yet, this particular narrator just did not fit Dina.
And that is why I read book 2, which was much better than book .5 (still mad about the length). Dina. Inns. Oh, both are excellent and fun and new. AND there is a magnificent Queen Canibal in asylum, a monster Shih Tzu, and now a drama diva chef and the authors have evidently met my cat and including him. (I am waiting on royalties btw).
Tl;dr It has some familiar paranormal vampire/werewolf/ human thingys where all men are alpha and hotter than hell and
(Wait a minute...I will digress. Omg.. please give me a hero who is a bit insecure, not the fittest or the most cunning and would rather avoid conflict than start it. And went to college for computer programming or math or something. And if he played guitar in between his love of playing the latest mods to Elder Scrolls and had 3 corgis, yea..that would get an extra star..maybe more, just saying. Thor is awesome, but I like Bruce Banner a lot more)
Ok..with that out of the way, the quirky things they add are fun. And Dina's inner dialogue is really good. If you like your VWH with some new stuff and whimsy, check it out.
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I loved the sense that Dina is plunged into a situation well over her head and scrambling to keep up, often several steps behind. She is a likeable protagonist – steady and determined, particularly when under pressure, but with the ongoing vulnerability of constantly missing her parents.
Andrews is also good at writing animals – Dina’s little dog is suitably annoying and yappy, except when he… isn’t. And when a cat makes an appearance, I was also convinced – I get a bit fed up when pets are depicted with too much treacly sentimentality. But what sets this intriguing fantasy/science fiction mashup apart is the originality of the premise – and how effectively Andrews raises the stakes. We are left in no doubt as to the high cost of this terrible war raging between two warlike species – and the impact on everyone, those taking part as well as those caught between them.
In addition, Dina finds her own happiness held hostage as to the outcome of the peace conference. Andrews’ pacing and handling of the narrative tension is spot on as she steadily ramps up it up with a mixture of the domestic mundane with a twist of fantasy – the galactic superchef produces wonderful meals and Dina has to spend a lot of time and magic ensuring each delegation’s needs are fully met – with the crucial details we need to understand exactly how important it all is. This is all deftly done, producing a smooth, enjoyable read that covers all the epic consequences of this nasty war through the fallout in Dina’s magical inn.
I have the next book in this entertaining series – One Fell Sweep – and I won’t be waiting so long to get to it and if you are seeking an interesting fantasy with a sci fi twist, then this series comes highly recommended.
I also later learned that some of the characters are from another series, which sort of explains why I didn't perhaps connect wit them here (having missed the other series.
Still, a good book. As part of a series, you have to read them in order.
Good fun to read.
Gertrude Hunt is the location for a peace conference. Cue all sorts of diabolical twists and turns, crosses and double crosses and general mayhem, lightened with some wonderful one liners and and light hearted moments. Dina faces down the factions and puts them in their place wonderfully. Highly recommended.