Genre: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn 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…
Sweep in Peace is the 2nd book of the Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews. I really like the concept behind this series. It’s like a blend of science fiction and urban fantasy. The heroine is an innkeeper. But the kind of clients in her inn are mostly non-human, such as aliens, vampires, or creatures from other dimensions. And within the inn, the innkeeper is the biggest boss. It is the innkeeper’s duty to protect the inn’s guests.
The heroine, Dina, lost her parents and brother. Her family mysteriously disappeared and she tried to search the galaxies for them but couldn’t find a trace of them. So her solution to finding them is to set up an inn, make it thrive and hope that one day, one of the inn’s guests will recognize her parents’ portrait and give her a clue on their whereabouts.
George from the Edge series, is all grown up now, and is the Arbiter for an intergalactic war for a planet. They need an inn to host their peace negotiations between the Vampires, the Hope-crushing Horde and the merchants. Dina is the only innkeeper who was willing to take them on. It will be dangerous to have three different warring species all together in the inn. Jack, George’s brother is there too.
I really liked how this book was light and just fun. I loved the humor and how the different side characters we meet are just crazy ridiculous and extreme and funny. One of the inn’s guests is said to be very vicious and an expert with poisons but acts like royalty. She is very proper and well mannered, while anticipating death and violence. I was also amused with all the fuss for protocol and how one small action can lead to offending the high ranking people. I loved the backstory for each planet’s species. I liked their internal politics. It was a lovely mix of comic and adventure.
I also like how the inn is its own character. It’s alive and sentient. It serves and protects the people living inside the inn. Dina is a good protagonist. We clearly see that aside from her ulterior motives in finding her parents, she also genuinely loves the inn. She takes care of it, feeds it (yes, feed!) and wants it to grow. She also helps the arbiter with the peace summit.
There is not much romance in this book. It just hints on the possible romance that could develop in future books. If you’re familiar with Ilona Andrew’s other work, then you’d know that they are experts on the slow burn, which in my opinion is the best kind of romance. I like it when the characters really get to know each other and warm up, before getting into a relationship.
Overall, I think that this is a good addition to the series. If you aren’t familiar with this series and are looking for a light & fun sci-fi, book 1 can be found here.
Rating: 3 Stars