5 star review

Review + Giveaway – Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Sweep in Peace

I received an ARC of this book from the author, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.

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…

It is absolutely no secret that I adore husband and wife writing duo Ilona Andrews. Their works are just magical. This is the second book in the Innkeeper Chronicles and it is an interesting project because this is a self published venture that is initially written as a serial for free on their website, and then is copy edited and published for a modest price. So if you haven’t started this series, once you get caught up you can read along for free. I personally don’t do that because serials drive me barmy, but it is certainly an option, and I would imagine it is interesting to get small peeks into the writing process.

To that end, and to show my great love, my cheap butt is personally hosting a giveaway. And also to support an author who most rationally releases their book on a Friday, as in my opinion all books should be released – Tuesday releases are misery. As Sweep in Peace is being released on Friday 13, the giveaway will be open until November, 13, 2015 12:00 am at which point a winner will be chosen to receive an ebook copy of both Clean Sweep and Sweep in Peace. This giveaway is open to US residents age 18 or older who can receive ebooks through Kindle, Nook, or Kobo.

Enter HERE:
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This is more of an Urban Fantasy series than a paranormal romance. Clean Sweep had some romantic elements, and there was the beginning of a light love triangle (which is something I normally despise but which didn’t bother me here), but this is more about Dina’s journey than anything else. Yes, eventually I am sure she will get her happily ever after, I can even guess who it will be, but it is more about her than any pre-supposed “him” right now.

So in an alternate version of current reality (or maybe it is this world…if you believe in magic), Dina is an Innkeeper. This doesn’t sound too magical until you realize that The Gertrude Hunt is no mundane Inn, it is a living, breathing, entity; and within its grounds Dina, with her trusty broom, reigns supreme. And from it she has access to other worlds and to other dimensions of this world. She’s a truly kick-ass homemaker. There is also a small tie-in to Andrews’ Edge series, but it is a small easter egg for fans and I don’t think you have to have read that series to enjoy this one. While the characters from that series are main characters here, they are fully formed in this story without requiring the back story from that series. I recommend you go back and read those, because they are excellent, but it just isn’t a requirement if you aren’t looking for that sort of commitment.

The gist of the matter is that magical Inns require magical guests to maintain their magic. It is a strange and wonderful symbiotic relationship. Dina comes from a family of Innkeepers, and at some point they and their Inn went missing. When she failed to find them she revived the long dormant Gertrude Hunt in order to get guests from all over the universe and across dimensions in hopes of news of her family. But being new and lacking guests, the Inn has been in a slump. So when the Arbitrators, the universe’s neutral faction, come calling with a business proposition to host an arbitration, it is an offer she literally can’t refuse. No matter how disastrous she thinks hosting warring factions will be. And she knows it will be disastrous.

And damn if it didn’t start out with a bang. It was just as disastrous, if not more so, than anyone could have foreseen. There was plenty of action and drama as one would expect when you get warring factions together. Sneaky maneuverings and stratagems. Excellent storytelling and world building, characters you root for and empathize with. All in all, a simply wonderful urban fantasy (with an emphasis on the fantasy) tale. And then BAM! Andrews hits you with the curve ball. Maybe I would have seen it coming if I hadn’t been sucked into the story so hard, but there was simply no time to analyze where all this was going. And that curve ball left me unbalanced just enough that when the pinnacle hit, I’ll admit it, I sobbed like a little baby.

The story is excellent, even better than Clean Sweep, and that is saying something. The premise is interesting, the world building is excellent, and I love Dina to bits. Yes there are other characters, and they are more than one dimensional set pieces, but this is Dina’s story and she rocks. So 5 stars and a sobbing plea to the AuthorLord for more Innkeeper.

Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2)
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109 thoughts on “Review + Giveaway – Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

  1. Alex says:

    I love the Kate Daniels series. Been going back and forth on if I wanted to read Clean Sweep. I was worried I would just get sad that it was so short, but now that there’s a second book…

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    • It’s really good, but I get the concern. It’s why I’ve waited to read them until each book was completed. After this one though, it’s going to be hard to forbear on the next one. I really want it RIGHT NOW.

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  2. dr susan says:

    Pick a favorite??? Seriously??? My first thought was “oh crap!” I adore Dina, I adore Kate, I adore the Edge…a favorite??? If you held me at gunpoint…nope, I got nothin’.

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  3. I like them all. If I have to pick one, I would go with “Magic Strikes”. All the characters are in play.. Curran is starting the pursuit of Kate. Raphael is trying to court Andrea. Derek is in trouble. Saiman reveals what he is. Lots to keep up with.

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  4. keikii says:

    I’ve read most of her work now except for the few standalones. I love every word of every book. Right now Burn For Me is my favourite because I’m a sucker for any romance that starts out with the man chasing the woman.

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  5. EducatedRodent says:

    I was able to get my hands of all Iona Andrews works and she’s a breath of fresh air in the genre. She’s funny, sincere and smart. You rarely find all three of the qualities in action and fantasy books.

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  6. Diane DesAutels says:

    I’ve yet to be disappointed in *anything* they (Ilona & Gordon) write; in fact, their stories seem to keep getting richer. Kate Daniels, the Edge, and Burn for Me are all on my re-reads list. I greatly enjoyed following Dina on their blog, and would love to win the polished ebooks.

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  7. Jessica says:

    To be honest, I don’t really have a favorite book or series by Ilona Andrews. I really enjoy all of their writing and don’t hesitate to make a purchase when their names are attached to it. Their characters are strong and fully developed as are their settings and worlds. They are interesting and fun and I love the added humor they include. I appreciate their creativity and love to get lost in their stories.

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  8. Gaylauren says:

    I’m not eligible for giveaway but wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your review. I read SIP as a serial and am looking forward to it as a completed novel. Thank heavens there is only a few more days to wait till it downloads to an ipad near me. I have read all their stories and like you,and others above, have my favourites. The one I found a bit dark for my tastes was Alpha Origins though it was fascinating. Of the KD stories my favourite is Magic Shifts because of how brilliantly the author lords changed the direction of the overall arc but kept it so true to the universe. However after reading comments above I must reread Magic Bleeds and Magic Strikes. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Edge series, especially Fate’s Edge and Steel’s Edge. I really love Gunmetal Magic (lots of Aunt Bea) and Burn for Me because Andrea and Nevada, while very different, are equally competent and appealing as characters. However my favourite of all is the Kinsman series, especially Silver Shark. I am hoping they are inspired to return to that universe with a novella in 2016. I would love a new Kinsman story with the characters from both previous Kinsman stories involved in helping the protagonists. What wonderful worlds the Ilona Andrews writing team create and how fortunate we readers are to be able to share in the adventures.

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  9. Janie McGaugh says:

    I’ve read quite a few of Ilona’s books, and I love the worlds and characters that she/they create. Picking a single favorite is impossible. My favorites are the last several Kate books, Steel’s Edge, and Burn for Me.

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  10. David says:

    I’ve been reading Ilona’s books for a few years now, and following the Innkeeper serials since they started. The final published books are better than the serial releases, since they go through some revision and editing before release, but seeing the writing process is also interesting. I’m hoping the story eventually weaves in more characters from their other books, but even what’s been done already is great.

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    • It’s fun when they weave in other characters and settings, and the Gertrude Hunt is ideal for this type of thing. But seeing how Charlaine Harris has over done the cross series weaving (it’s blatant, irritating, backlist baiting in her current series), any ideas to go slow with it has my approval.

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  11. Barbara A says:

    I am a HUGE fan. There’s hasn’t been thing written by Ilona Andrews that I don’t like but if I had to pick a favorite -it has to be Magic BItes. It got me started.

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    • It really is, except somewhere in the back of my mind I seem to remember reading a novella or short story about a magical inn at a crossroad with a married couple as the innkeepers, and since I can’t find it my brain keeps trying to link them.

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  12. Val says:

    I’m with you on serial stories, except for Ilona Andrews. It seems my love for them knows no bounds, and I will read anything they produce, as soon as they let us. It’s kind of ridiculous how much I love them. Sometimes I feel like a stalker!

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  13. Jennifer C says:

    Pick a favorite…. Hm… I have to say all the IA books i haven’t read yet (to be written) are my favorite—the anticipation!!! I love all of IA though, seriously. I haven’t read a single one of their books that I didn’t absolutely adore and want to be a part of.

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  14. ScrapperC says:

    I’ve read everyone of Ilona Andrews books. Got paper, ebook, and audio. Love their writing. Picking my fave is like picking your fave child. All of them! Some more than others. 😀

    Thanks for hosting giveaway.

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  15. I’ve been following this dynamic writing duo for years and have read and enjoyed everything from the Edge to the Inn. Really , a fave? How about one of the best among so many great and well written stories. And that would be for me Steel’s Edge. Because I really liked Charlotte’s character.

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  16. Vera says:

    Oh gosh, a favorite is difficult. So far I have read The Edge Series, and thought this is great. Then I read Kate Daniels, and thought oh this is great! Then I read sweep in peace and burn for me. They are also great! But favorite, tough. I just can’t decide!!

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