by Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #2
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Length: 10 hours and 47 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration: 5 cups
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....
Sweep In Peace by Ilona Andrews is the second book in the Innkeeper Chronicles. While the eBook released earlier I held out for the audio. Renée Raudman narrates and I just love the added element she brings to their stories. Sweep in Peace was intense and at times dark, but Andrews sprinkled it with a touch of humor. The listen was addictive and one that kept me up into the wee hours.
Currently the Inn has one guest Caldenia, an exiled tyrant with a bounty on her head. The Inn needs business to sustain itself and not just financially. When George an arbitrator arrives wanting to hold peace talks in the Inn between the Holy Cosmic Anocracy vampires, the Otrokars loving referred to as the Hope Crushing Horde and the merchants of Baha-char, Dina can hardly say no. The interactions and social dynamics of these clans/species were fascinating.
“Caldenia blinked. “Who are the attending parties?”
“The Holy Anocracy represented by House Krahr, the Hope-crushing Horde, and the Merchants of Baha-char. They coming here for Arbitration and they will probably try to murder each other the moment they walk through the door.”
Caldenia’s eyes widened. “Do you really think so? This is absolutely marvelous!”
She would think so, wouldn’t she?”
The Andrews took us through Dina’s role as the Innkeeper during the arbitrations from beginning to end. There was never a dull moment. I was either stifling a giggle or holding my breath. Sweep in Peace had many different threads from the chief she hired to handling warrior boredom and it held me spellbound. Tricks, theft, murder, and promises all kept Dina forever juggling. The girl is clever and I do not recommend crossing her. Yet Dina is also a softy, and you cannot help admire her. I love that if she friends you, she champions you.
“Football is a wargame of land acquisition.”
We see familiar characters like Sean, the vampire and the local law both of which provided some humor. We also get updates, and see a certain wolf from book one. I am told some of the new characters introduced were from the Edge series, so now I need to read them. Caldenia was a hoot and sometimes downright creepy. The Inn itself is magical, and I would never want to leave..although other guests may be an issue. LOL.
“The universe was full of wonders. Some of them would drive you insane if you thought about them too long.”
The Andrews are a spectacular writing team bringing scenes and emotions to life. I could see each character/species as if they were sitting next to me. They did a wonderful job of explaining and allowing us to identify with the warring factions. Renée Raudman brought them all the characters to life, especially the merchants and our outcast chef. The Andrews and Raudman together are magic! I recommend listening to anything the three of them produce.
“Are you going to let me go?” Jack asked quietly.
“I’m thinking about it.”
“So Gaston gets let go but I don’t?”
“I like him more than I like you.”
The ending of Sweep in Peace left me satisfied and excited for my next visit to Gertrude Hunt.
“We make our own choices in life. Our actions shape our lives, and we alone are responsible for them.”
Yay! More Dina! I really enjoyed this one, too. Though I was a bit sad there wasn’t more Sean, haha. I loved the clash of the clans, and Dina having to keep them entertained! Lovely review, Kim!
Oh her entertaining them was hilarious!
I *think* I read the first book. I’ll have to check and then read this one.
Karen @For What It’s Worth
Ooo if not read/listen to both.. they are such fun Karen 🙂
Tyler H. Jolley
I feel like I’ve read something by Ilona before and I really enjoyed it. This really does sound unique and intriguing.
You needs to read them all!
I held out for the audio too. I’m so glad they were able to get Raudman to narrate it. She does such a great job. I loved the chef and how Dina handled the boredom. I didn’t know you hadn’t read The Edge series yet. You should read it, or should I say listen. Raudman narrates those too. There are only four books, so it is a pretty quick series to get through, but so worth it. 🙂
It has gotten so that I only want to listen to them!! I have book one on audio of the Edge!
The Bibliophile Babe
I really need to get around to their other series! I’m a massive Kate Daniels fan, but haven’t tried the others. Glad you enjoyed!
Ooo yes my friend..dive in!!
I checked it out from the library but didn’t have time to read the ebook before it was due so I bought the audio. LOL I’m going to relisten to book 1 and then listen to this one.
Be honest..you really wanted to listen!
I really need to get on this series. Your review makes them sound marvelous. That is neat that the narrator is so good that it was worth the wait for you.
Yes, she spoiled me for all of Andrews’ books!
I always hear good things about this author’s books. Thanks for the post.
One of my favorites Angela!
Oh, my goodness — this sounds awesome. The Kate Daniels series has been on my TBR for a while, and now I’m definitely going to have to add the Innkeeper Chronicles. Fingers crossed 2016 will be my year to read this author. So happy you loved this sequel! Hope you’re having a great week *hugs*
I listened to all of Kate Daniel’s last year ..it is so addictive!
I can’t believe I haven’t tried this yet, you have me completely convinced that I need to Kim.
Ooo yes..you will love these Ali
How can I resist this one? There’s an Inn! I can never resist an Inn even if it involves monsters, warring species, defying the laws of physics and all kinds of other stuff. Plus, Andrews is an author I’ve been wanting to read so I’m going to take the Inn as a sign that it’s time to pick up one of her books.
A magical Inn Katherine!
I love Ms. Andrews and her paraimagination. I haven’t read one of her books in a while, but I love it when others love her, too.
I hope you decide to start this series Kathy 🙂
I have only read one book by these authors. This series sounds more interesting to me than the first one I tried, You have me wondering I should try listening first. I will have to think on it. Great review!
Was it book one of Kate Daniels? I wasn’t a big fan but book two blew my mind and now I cannot get enough of this duo.
I am going through withdrawals after reading all the Kate Daniels books. so now is a good time to start this series, especially since you were so kind to gift me the first one. I am going to do it very soon.
I couldn’t help myself..I love this writing duo…enjoy 🙂
I can’t remember if I have the first one on my wish list for audible or already have it. But either way I definitely want to listen to this series. It sounds fantastic!
Yes…start book 3 will be out this year and you will be ready to jump in!
I do I love this series and all the works by the Andrews team. The Edge series is one you should try. I was surprised to find out some of the characters came over into this book.. Wonderful review!
I saw it on a forum, otherwise I never would have known about the connection. I have audio one so it’s on my list!!
I read no reviews before reading Sweep In Peace. I actually read all 4 The Edge series books before I picked up Kate Daniels series. That was my first experience with the Andrews team.
So what I’m getting at is I actually did not make the connection until after reading the book and Rabid Reads (blog) review of the book. I was like no way how did I miss this. It’s not the out come The Edge readers would have saw coming for the characters that show up.
Hope you enjoy The Edge books it’s pretty intense.
This sounds pretty good! I still need to finish her other series, but I’ll definitely have to check this one out after. 🙂
Ooo enjoy finishing and then dive into these!
Can’t wait to start this series soon. I’m trying to wait until I read books 7&8 of KD first. Great review!
Yes..KD first, then these and you will be caught up and ready for the newest releases!! Eep!!
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I’ve heard such wonderful things about Ilona Andrews, but I’ve never read her book. I’m so glad you enjoyed this. I really love the cover.
I hope you try her. A good one to try is Burn for Me, it is UF but lighter,
Yet another series I need to read Kim! I adore everything these two write, so I have no doubt this series will be the same. They create such amazing characters:)
So true, I haven’t read anything by them that disappointed me!
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I picked up Clean Sweep but haven’t gotten to it. Now I feel a need to bump it up. It is first in line my next UF kick.
Woot!! Enjoy, I love the inn and Dina!
I can’t wait to give these a listen! Dina sounds like such an interesting girl 😉 and the Andrews certainly know how to write a kickass heroine. Yes, you *must* read The Edge Series! (something I’ve read and you haven’t *gasps*) I really enjoyed it!
I have book one on audio!!
Ah so many new to me authors so little time 😉
great review and I’ve seen you review this author team before, hmmm i’m already adding Darynda Jones to my pile because of you so why not them too!
You need to read Ilona Andrews Debbie.
I love these authors so I really want to pick up this series but I’m waiting for more books to be out because binge-reading is so fun. I love that it’s dark and humorous though. Can’t wait to read it! 🙂
Great review, Kim!
This has one more book I think…yes to binging..I binge listened to the Kate Daniel’s series
I had a great time with this book as well. I love the ideas and I’m curious for more again! It’s a nice series!
Yes..so glad you loved it too Melliane. Dina just makes me laugh and the cook was so quirky I loved it!
I do like her books 🙂
Me too Linda, they are like crack 🙂
Is there going to be another installment? I thought this was a duology, so I wanted to wait until this was out before starting them. I’m looking forward to the series no matter what though.
One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3) is due out this year!