Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #3)


One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews // VBC ReviewOne Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3)
Ilona Andrews
Published: Dec. 20, 2016 (NYLA)
Purchase: Amazon
Review source: purchase

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Clean Sweep.

After playing host to an intergalactic peace summit between three warring species, Innkeeper Dina DeMille is ready for things to get back to normal at Gertrude Hunt, her inn. But, alas, it is not meant to be. After receiving a note from her older sister requesting help, Dina—along with werewolf Sean and vampire Arland—launch a rescue mission.

But the real conflict begins when they get back to the inn, and Dina is approached by a guest, a Hiru, whose entire planet was obliterated and the few remaining of his kind are dying out. He has a way that could save the remainder of his people, and hopefully allow them to grow again, but it requires Dina to house/gather a very strong entity, and this of course will draw the attention of the Hiru’s enemies, the Draziri. Number one rule of Innkeeping: the guest’s safety comes first. This doesn’t sit too well with Sean, who would rather Dina keep herself out of imminent danger.

Ilona Andrews originally writes each of the Innkeeper Chronicles as a weekly serial novel featured on their website. Typically, I’ve read the previous two books in this method, but with One Fell Sweep I found myself not being able to read each week and when I got too far behind I decided to just wait for the full release. I think I enjoyed One Fell Sweep more reading the whole thing at once rather than weekly, and I was really happy with the finished product.

I loved that there is still more to learn about Dina’s family besides the fact that her parents have been missing for years without word. The inclusion of Dina’s sister Maud, and her niece Helen, lets readers see a different dynamic to Dina’s character than we’ve seen in the past. Plus, there’s the bonus that Maud and Helen are just great. They’ve been living within a vampire House for years and the last few months on what amounts to a penal colony, so they definitely have some fight in them. I wouldn’t mind reading a spin-off with Maud taking center stage to be honest.

The battle with the Draziri causes Dina to go farther than ever before with her Inn magic. We see the depth of the connection she has with Gertrude Hunt, and how tentative that connection can be. I love the imagery Ilona Andrews has created with this type of interdimensional magic that Dina wields.

But probably the best thing is the fact that things between Sean and Dina finally move forward and heat up in the best possible way. Clean Sweep was really promising with a slow burn relationship between the two, but circumstances being what they were, Sean and Dina were pretty much kept apart for the entirety of book two, Sweep in Peace. I was over the moon with the fact that he was around throughout the whole story this time, and I was happy that conversations about the potential future weren’t avoided.

Overall One Fell Sweep was a very satisfying read. The end leaves off with a lovely little nugget of mystery about the whereabouts of Dina’s parents. Obviously, this is a storyline that will have to be focused on at some point. I guess we’ll see if it happens within the next installment.

Sexual content: sex

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