Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Innkeeper Chronicles Volume 1 (Innkeeper Chronicles #1-3) by Ilona Andrews

Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Doris Mantair.

Subterranean Press is pleased to present, from NYT #1 bestselling author Ilona Andrews, an omnibus of the first three novels in the Innkeeper series. Our edition will be huge (over 760 pages), with an original full-color wraparound dust jacket, as well as full-color and black-and-white interior illustrations by Doris Mantair.
Meet Dina Demille, a nice Texas gal who runs a seemingly ordinary, quaint B&B.  But Dina’s inn is a magic, thinking entity; her fluffy Shih-tzu, Beast really is a beast; and her guests are the kind that no one on earth is supposed to know about:  guests like a dethroned galactic tyrant with a massive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced—and superhot—alpha-strain werewolf.

So don’t expect a normal stay…and don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage….

In Clean Sweep, Dina—with the unwanted assistance of newcomer (and alpha werewolf) Sean Evans and Arland, a cosmic vampire soldier—takes on an extraterrestrial killing machine that could destroy her Inn, her neighbors, and everything she holds dear.

Sweep in Peace, finds Dina hosting an anything-but peace summit between three warring intergalactic species; Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char.  

One Fell Sweep sends Dina to the galaxy’s worst penal colony to rescue her sister; and back home to fend off a clan of assassins in pursuit, all while saving a guest’s civilization from annihilation…and searching for her missing parents. 

My review:
The Innkeeper Chronicles Volume 1 contains three fantastic tales and some incredible artwork. It goes to show why I think that the Ilona Andrews team is among the best at world building, When reading an Ilona Andrews book I am swept into a fully functioning world and can see and feel things as they happen to our heroine the Innkeeper Dina Demille. Dina is totally relatable. Not perfect but she tries hard. I love the fact that these stories are female positive. 
Clean Sweep – The first rule of Innkeeping is don’t let the normal know what is going on. An extraterrestrial visitor is determined to test Dina’s boundries. With the help of her new neighbor alpha-strain werewolf Sean Evans and Arland, a cosmic vampire soldier Dina is more than up to the challenge.
Sweep in Peace – Dina hosts intergalactic peace talks that are anything but peaceful.  This tests her abilities as Innkeeper but she is more than up to the task and then end results will more than make up for the inconvenience. I loved revisiting with some of the characters from The Edge.  George, Jack and Lark were exactly how I envisioned them.
One Fell Sweep – This story was the best of them all. It goes into what it really means to be an Innkeeper and has the added benefit of bring all our favorite characters back together and introducing us to a few more.

This is more than a book it is a work of art.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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