Monday, April 16, 2018

Bookish Thoughts: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

A faint chime tugged me out of sleep. ~ Opening of One Fell Sweep 


One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews
NYLA, 2016
Science Fiction/Fantasy; 340 pgs
Source: I purchased a copy for my own reading pleasure.

Initially, I did not think I would like One Fell Sweep as much as I did the first two books in the series, but I was wrong. I loved this one just as much, if not more.

Dina is always on the lookout for her parents, innkeepers like herself who disappeared along with their inn years ago. Hers and her brother’s search for them has come up empty so far. She still waits and hopes that one day someone who comes by her inn will see her parents’ photo and give away some hint of what may have happened to them. Meanwhile, Dina has an inn to run, catering to other worldly beings humans wouldn’t believe really existed. She is also trying to help her friend, Sean, a werewolf, who has seen and been through too much. Post-Traumatic Stress of the variety only a soldier would truly understand.

When a messenger delivers word of a plea for help from Dina’s sister and niece, she drops everything to go to their rescue. Traveling to a planet where no respectable person (or alien) would go, Dina, Aided by Sean and her vampire friend, Dina might have a fighting chance of saving them.

On top of that, Dina has taken in a new guest, a very rare species on the verge of extinction called a Hiru. He asks Dina for help in getting his people safely to a new planet. It would mean her collecting certain individuals and bringing them all together in one place. In exchange, the guest offers Dina something she wants more than anything. An answer that might lead her to her parents.

Unfortunately, a tribe of religious mercenaries is hell-bent on killing every last member of the Hiru. They believe it is a direct way to reach Heaven. Dina, of course, can’t let that happen. Pitted against one of the worst enemies she has ever faced, Dina will need all of her strength and magic and the aid of her inn, Gertrude Hunt, along with the help of her friends to defeat them.

There were several moments of breath holding, a cry out loud or two (my daughter reassured me everything would be okay), and there would have been a lot of nail-biting if I were a nail biter. I even shed a few tears, especially near the end.

I continue to be in awe of all Dina can do. And I am definitely on team Dina and Sean. I enjoyed getting to know Dina’s sister and her niece, Helen. I wouldn’t want to go against that little girl! I appreciated how Arland, the vampire, stepped in for the girl and how he was willing to give Maud her space. I can understand Maud wanting nothing to do with the vampires ever again given what she’s been through. But I do hope she’ll give Arland a chance.

Can I just say how much I love Gertrude Hunt? I want to live there! I want to be able to shape the rooms just as I want them as well.

As with the previous books, there is humor mixed in with this high tension novel. It’s such a fun series and I am dying to read more.


Ilona Andrews is a husband and wife writing team. For more information about the authors and their books, visit their website.

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14 comments:

  1. :) After your post about Clean Sweep, I found it on Kindle Unlimited and had a great time reading it! Fun series and just what I needed to lighten my mood.

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    1. Jenclair - I am so glad you are enjoying the series! It is a fun one. :-)

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  2. After seeing Jenclair's comment, I looked for Clean Sweep too. And I tried my library, which has a bunch of books by Ilona Andrews. I think I told you that the couple live somewhere in our area and recently did an event at the branch where I volunteer. I should have gone. Ha! Nice to know that I can get their books easily though.

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    1. Kay - I hope you are able to give this series a try!

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  3. I really enjoyed this one, for the reasons you mention. Dina is a favorite character for sure! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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    1. Berls - I really like Dina too. I wouldn't mind adding her to my favorite characters to invite over for lunch. :-)

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  4. Sounds like a really fun book! Glad you're enjoying this series(:

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  5. It's always nice when you end of loving a book more than you were expecting to! :)

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  6. Isn't this a great series? I have to admit that I didn't care for the second book quite as much because I missed Sean but this book was fantastic. I love how Gertrude Hunt is able to shape and change at will. The house is almost another character.

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    1. Carole - It's such fun! I can't wait to read more. I would love to live in a house like Gertrude Hunt. I'd probably change my room every month or so. LOL

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