Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews, Narrated by Renee Raudman

Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews, Narrated by Renee RaudmanSweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Genres: Sci-Fi Romance, Urban Fantasy
on December 15, 2015
Length: 10 hours 57 min
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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. 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, bridging the gap between space vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. To make the summit a success, she must find a chef, remodel the inn, keep her guests from murdering each other, 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....

The Delight

For the sake of her inn’s prosperity, Dina accepts the challenge of hosting a peace conference between three warring factions and an arbitrator who controls everything like a chess board.  Providing the proper services of inter-galactic hospitality while keeping those in her care from killing themselves- and hey, maybe even her, will the inn be standing at the end of it all?  It was exciting to see it all play out with a few twisty surprises to really keep Dina on her toes.

Review

Sweep in Peace is book two of the Innkeeper Chronicles.  This series works best in order as this one assumes the reader knows the characters and world building introduced in the earlier, Clean Sweep.

This one got off to a slow, but steady start and built up to a crisis point that was breathtaking and a real page-turner.  During the build-up, it’s a table setter time where details are important as is the time needed to get to know the three factions and the arbitrating team (this group will be familiar as minor crossover characters from the Edge series).

Dina has time to wonder about Sean the werewolf and about her parents and there is a sense of reflective sadness about it.  I missed Sean’s presence too because of the sparks and snappy dialogue the pair got up to in the earlier book.  I never got bored, but I did feel the pace.

Caldenia the permanent guest and Orro the temperamental cook lend color and needed light-hearted balance to what can otherwise seem heavier on the atmosphere than the earlier book.

From my perspective, I felt this was a time when Dina’s character was more revealed.  Dina is one who needs control (goes back to losing her parents and also growing up in an inn when everyone, but the innkeeper is moving on) and that includes being in on the game plan so when she must stand to the side and watch George, the arbitrator, control the show, she seethes (and she has a point when things start to go down a certain way).  Watching Dina cope with another mind more complex and cunning (and definitely more ruthless) than her own was actually what kept the slower, earlier pace from getting boring.  In the first book, I felt she was a bit cocky because Sean knew nothing about the broad universe of alien worlds out there and she has the magic of the inn backing her of which she is also knowledgeable so she ran things in that adventure and even found amusement as Sean stumbled along.  While this time around, what she knew and understood was not near good enough and she had to wrestle with that and then step up to play her role in the affair when the time came.

But that said, this book was not lacking in excitement.  Dina had her usual skirmish with local human law enforcement suspicious of the goings on at the inn, there is a theft to solve and later a murder attempt not to mention warrior species out to kill each other while staying at the inn.  The authors built things nicely to the point and delivered that intense finish.

I had to have this on audio after experiencing Renee Raudman narrating the first book.  Soooo worth it.  She delivers a magnificent performance of Dina and oh so many other unique and colorful characters let alone capturing the tone and emotions of the overall story and individual scenes.

I will be pressing on with this series and recommend it highly to sci-fi and urban fantasy lovers alike.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #98
Literary Pickers #91 space suit
Audio #27

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • That sounds really good. I like a book that can keep me engaged because there’s so much going on and this sounds like there’s a lot going on.

    • These are great, Mary. It’s sci-fi, but its also urban fantasy with werewolves and vampires and others. Yes! So much going on. 🙂

  • This series is on my to-read list s it sounds good! I really like the idea of the inn and so far I’ve read a lot of great reviews for these books! It sounds nice how you learn more about Dina’s character in this book. Great review!

    • It is fun with the inn being like another character in the story. I was glad to learn more of what makes Dina tick, too. Hope you get the chance, Lola!

  • RO

    I don’t normally read much sci-fi love, but I do know my patience level is low these days when it comes to reading. If it’s slow in the beginning, it has a high chance of being a DNF for me. I have to get into it usually within the first 2 chapters or I’m outta there. (lol) Loved your review though! Hugs…

    • When there are so many books out there to pick up and read, it is easier to set a book aside that is just not grabbing the attention. This one had a big opening scene and didn’t settle back on the pace until after that when I was definitely vested. 🙂
      Thanks, Ro!

  • I read this book and have the audio but haven’t listened to it yet. I really missed Sean in this book. I do plan to listen to the audio soonish so I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the performance.

    • Oh, you are in for a treat, Carole! 🙂 Renee Raudman tells it well.

  • I have these on my want to read list. I do love their writing. I might have to switch over to audio for them. I’ve not listened to her before. Yay!

    • I think you’ll like them for the uniqueness. They always get rolling slowly, but them bam, excitement. 🙂 I got the first one as an audio sale book and then did the whisper-sync to get this one nearly at the sale price. I was very taken by this narrator and once I had her as Dina in my mind, I had to keep going in audio.

  • Oh I liked this one too! It’s always fun to read more about Dina.

  • At first glance, I wouldn’t even give this book a second thought because the cover is rather boring. :O But I love sci-fi! Especially sci-fi with a lot of action and adventure. It sounds like there isn’t a ton of romance though. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia!

    Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Ah, you and your covers. LOL Yeah not a ton of romance in this one, but this series reads like UF so it’s building. The next book brings it full on with the action.

      Thanks, Alyssa!