One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #3)
Published by Author on December 20th 2016
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 259 pages
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Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage. But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who’s been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that!
- Reminiscent of Spider Robinson’s Time Travelers Strictly Cash series, the setting for these books is our own world. Hidden away from most people is the fact that alien species use this small backwater planet as a stopping off point. A place to rest on a long journey, a neutral site for conferences, or a place to hide away in retirement, Earth’s special inns are known throughout the galaxy as places of refuge, rest, and sanctuary. Their hosts, the Innkeepers, along with the Assembly keep it all under wraps, mostly. It’s a charming setting for this series of novels about inter-species politics, conflicts, friendships, and romances.
- This third book in the series throws lots of action and adventure at our heroes and the inn as they give shelter to a species nearly exterminated by another. It moves along at a brisk pace, and I had a hard time setting it down, wanting to know how the conflicts and the relationships would turn out.
- There are lots of likable, even lovable characters, including a fierce but kind human-vampire child. Against a genocidal maniac, a diverse band of friends and comrades join together to save a peaceful and vulnerable race. Their interactions and bravery are heart-warming.
- Unfortunately, the romance between Dina, the Innkeeper, and Sean, the werewolf, did not seem to click for me. He’s a man-of-action, literally bred for battle, and she’s tied to Earth and her inn, where she is absolutely kick-ass powerful. Somehow, those two do not seem to fit together. The consummation of their romance also does not seem to fit the rest of the book. It’s powerfully written and quite explicit, making this a book, that I would normally recommend to teens, appropriate for adults only.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
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