One Fell Sweep
Author: Ilona Andrews
Title: One Fell Sweep
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles 3
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Rating: Five Petals
On the Author's Website:
Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to 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 and may have to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that.
I received this book as an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Dina is an innkeeper for magical creatures and aliens. Individuals come from across the galaxies to stop at her inn and Dina's job is to ensure their safety for the entirety of their stay. This time a creature whose species is on the brink of extinction comes to her inn and asks for her help finding a way to save his people. Dina agrees despite knowing the danger involved, because her guest requires help and that really matters to her.
One of the things I like most about Ilona Andrews in general is the sheer creativity that goes into every world they create. The innkeeper world is definitely one of the most complex and intricate worlds of any book I've ever read. It seamlessly ties the magic of the innkeepers with the science of galaxy-spanning alien civilizations until the fact that this book connects those two very different genres feels so natural. One moment Dina is in a spaceship, rushing to her sister's side, the next she's calling on her internal magic to beat back an advancing army. It all flows so well together.
The characters were introduced in the first book in the series and grew into real people in the second. I didn't think there was anywhere else the characters could go, and I'm very happy to say I was wrong. Dina and Sean's relationship has been hinted at and has been slowly growing from book one. In this book it is front and center. I enjoyed every moment of it and seeing where their relationship will continue to go is probably one of the things I'm most excited about for the next book in the series.
Ilona Andrews is one of those authors that no matter what they write I will recommend it, but this story absolutely deserves it. The world building is phenomenal and the romantic relationship in this book just added to the overall fun. I absolutely loved reading this story and this series.
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