Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #2)

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Publisher: CreateSpace on November 13, 2015

Source: Purchased

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.

  

When struggling Innkeeper Dina DeMille is asked to host a peace summit for three species locked in a centuries-old, bloody conflict, she has no choice but to accept.

Innkeepers like Dina are magically linked to their Inns, sentient structures that change shape according to the needs of the Innkeeper and their guests. On the grounds of Gertrude Hunt, Dina’s Inn, she can use magic to alter physical reality…but it comes at a cost. With three separate species to cater to and the duty of maintaining peace between her guests, Dina’s magic is pushed to the brink. If she has any hope of protecting her guests, improving Gertrude Hunt’s star rating, and finding answers about her missing family members, Dina’s going to need all the help she can get.

As always, Ilona Andrews’ characters shine brightly in SWEEP IN PEACE, none more so than Dina herself. She’s grown a lot since the first book, no longer so tightly bound to the rules of Innkeeper society and more willing to take risks in the name of improving the status of Gertrude Hunt and protecting her guests. Dina’s motivation is clear and poignant: as an intergalactic way-station, visitors to Gertrude Hunt have travelled to all the worlds…and sooner or later one of them will be able to tell her what happened to her parents after their disappearance. I’m not entirely sure where this plot line is going, but I’m definitely intrigued!

If you’ve read IA’s The Edge series, you’ll recognize a few familiar faces in SWEEP IN PEACE. Normally I’m not that big on crossover characters/series in SFF, but it makes sense in this context…and I’ve always wanted to know what happened to the next generation of Edge kids. George, Jack, Gaston, and Lark are introduced early on and their backstories are explained well, so you won’t be confused if you haven’t read The Edge series; you’ll just have an “edge” over other readers.

Although I still love the characters and the world of the Innkeeper Chronicles just as much as I did when I was first introduced to it, I have to admit that SWEEP IN PEACE is rather slow moving. Despite the possibilities created by the warring species gathered together in Gertrude Hunt, the mystery that Dina has to solve isn’t all that compelling…or mysterious. Maybe it’s because this was initially written as a serial, but SWEEP IN PEACE suffers from uneven pacing and drags on at points.

I think anyone who liked the first book will be pleased with SWEEP IN PEACE, but prepare yourself for a small helping of second book syndrome.

Have you read the Innkeeper Chronicles? Are you an Ilona Andrews fan? Let me know in the comments!

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31 thoughts on “Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

  1. I’ve heard about this series but didn’t realize it had a sentient inn and the character could change it with magic and all that. Coincidentally enough, one of the supporting characters in a series I’m currently reading is a sentient house lol. I can see how slow moving with uneven pacing is a problem, but it sounds like you mostly enjoyed it still 🙂

    1. Right, how cool is that? As someone who loves houses/interior design, the idea of a sentient home is beyond fun for me. Despite its pacing issues, this was still a good read and I’m excited for book 3!

  2. I keep seeing reviews of this series and I just love the “punny” titles, which makes me want to read them. The story sounds fascinating and I have a feeling I’d enjoy it. One of these days…:-)

  3. I haven’t read these, but I have a friend who is currently reading this series and keeps recommending them to me! It’s a shame that the second book wasn’t quite as good as the first, but I’m definitely still keen to pick this series up! Great review 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but was really bored with this one. It was definitely slow-burning. But I do like these characters because they are all a riot. I do like Dina a lot and I’ll have to pick up the last book already! Especially because I already own it!

    1. Ugh, me too! I love these characters and I really liked seeing some of the folks from The Edge series too, but this one was not on point re: plotting. I’ve heard that book 3 is the best in the series so far so I’m excited to get to it soon. 🙂

  5. I read the first one and was underwhelmed. I don’t do well with puns and just the general type of humor that was in it

  6. Ooh, this sounds like a really cool concept! I love interdimensional-crossover stuff. I think the fact that it’s a little slow-paced might mean it’s not for me though… but it’s given me some inspiration to check out some stuff with similar themes!

    1. Isn’t it awesome? I love the crossover appeal and the sentient inn, too. While this series may not be for you, I do think that you’d like some other stuff by Ilona Andrews, like the Kate Daniels series for instance.

  7. What an interesting series this sounds like — especially the worldbuilding and the magic system. I sort of fell out of love with Andrews’ The Edge series, but this is I msut admit very cool!

    1. I can always count on Ilona Andrews to write interesting world building and develop a cool magic system! Oh noooo, sorry to hear that The Edge series lost its appeal for you, Verushka. Maybe this one would hit the right note!

  8. I agree with you, this installment was a bit slower paced, but I adore this series. I love the cozy mystery feel to it (I always want to love cozy mysteries more than I usually do) and the supernatural aspects but the characterization is my favorite. There are so many to love. The third book is my favorite. 🙂

    1. Great point about the cozy mystery feel, Bonnie! I love a good mystery but cozies are usually a bit too twee for me, but the grit of the sci-fi / fantasy combo really works for me here. Can’t wait to read the third book and get caught up! 🙂

  9. I’d not heard of this book and series! I am always kind of ehhh when the second book is a lot slower than the first book. But maybe the third book will be more action-packed and intriguing? I hope you enjoy the next one when you get the chance to read it, Danya!

    Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Ilona Andrews is one of my go-to picks, but this series is definitely under the radar compared to their other work. I’ve heard that the third book is the best in the series so far, so I’m hopeful that things will pick up.

      Thanks so much Alyssa, I hope you have a great week!

  10. This crosses over with the Edge books? I am seriously going to have to read these books (as soon as I read the Edge books beyond the first one). I skimmed to avoid spoilers but I am totally reading these books… eventually. I say this a lot.

  11. Not a series I’m reading – and too far behind with other books to really contemplate at the moment. Sounds like you had fun even with the second book syndrome feel.
    Lynn 😀

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