Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #2
Published on November 13th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Young Adult
Source: Author, Review Copy
Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn is a living entity that 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…
This is an advanced reader copy that I received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
When the first book in a series is much loved, there is a tendency to have a high expectation and sometimes a bit of fear that the second one would not measure up to the first. Unfortunately, a lot of series tend to go that way, but fear not, because I am so happy to report that the second book of the Innkeeper chronicles had none of that. It just got better, exceeded my expectation and was just an all around more exciting read than the first one.
In this second book, Dina is hosting a gathering for three different factions who are in armed conflict with one another. The main objective of the event is to achieve peace on the planet they are all fighting about. Two of the factions are all but ready to murder each other at first sight, so it really stretched Dina’s innkeeper abilities to keep them from doing just that, that added an enormous responsibility on her on top usual duties of being an accommodating host and hiding all the shenanigans from regular folks in her neighborhood. Two of the three factions were from species we met in the first book, the warrior vampires and the fox-like merchants, we met characters from their species before. The third one though is a new set of species, one that also has an interesting warrior culture complete with a name worthy of it’s reputation: the Hope-Crushing Horde. You could just guess how ruthless and violent a species are when they are known throughout the galaxy as the Hope-Crushing Horde. The horde and the vampires have been at war with each other for a very long time now and the merchants have their people in the middle of it. Every faction is losing people, it’s a bloody and violent nightmare with no end in sight, and this gathering is the last hope to resolve the long drawn out war. The whole event was set up by the arbiter and his people who contacted Dina with this risky proposition, of course they also have their own agenda which she also has to look out for. Dina had to do a lot of power demonstrations of her own in this book, because she was often underestimated by these groups who thought they could easily intimidate her. I loved every scene where she handed their asses back to them smile Those scenes were always amazing.
The story about the long drawn war and its effects between these factions were heartbreaking and vividly told. That was really the heart of the story for me. We got a look at each of the perspectives of everyone involved and, together with Dina, I just want them to get their stubborn and arrogant heads together and get this peace agreement approved. I love the fleshed out characters and their back stories so much that I could not help but just really feel for them, for each one of them really, not just one specific character. This one is full of characters to love, even more so than the first book. If you’ve read the other series by Ilona Andrews, you might recognize the arbiter’s group from their Edge series – and I just loved them! I’m biased of course because I’ve read about them before and know a lot about their backgrounds, they are just adorable characters that I fell in love with from book 1 of the Edge series. That series ended after four books, I was actually sad to know that that was the last I’d get to read of them. So I was just so delighted to read about those characters again, it was like getting a christmas gift! I missed them and wanted to read more about them, so their playing a big role in the Sweep In Peace was just amazing to me. You do not need to read the Edge series first in order to understand this one, but you’d get more about their childhood back story from those books, I recommend reading it, you might just love them to pieces after reading it too. Aside from the arbiters, I also loved the new chef, he and the inn’s elegant but deadly female guest just brings a lot of humor to the story. I laughed out loud in a lot scenes with those two. The list of great characters to love is getting longer, and I just love when that happens in a series.
There are other twists in the story that I do not want to spoil for you, but they just made the story a more engaging read. And my favourite part of all was how the main conflict was resolved. Some books when you get to the end and read about the final resolution, you just think “meh” or worse you think its such a cop out, that somehow the writer ran out of ideas towards the end and just rushed it so it could have an ending – those books leave me frustrated and unsatisfied after such an investment of time. With this one though, I thought it was such a clever resolution that is just so satisfying to read, it just made me love the book even more, I’m looking forward to the next book!
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