Review: Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews

Posted June 28, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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Review: Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews
Sweep of the Blade

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Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #4
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by NYLA
Released on July 16, 2019
Pages: 322
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

After being introduced to Maud in One Fell Sweep, I was excited that she got her own story with Arland. It was fascinating venturing away from the Innkeepers, though there are more about that history, too, and getting fully immersed into the world of the Holy Anocracy and vampires with another sizzling adventure.


Sweep of the Blade is the fourth of the series that must be read in order.

Maud takes Arland up on his offer to come home with him- well, sort of… She doesn’t accept his marriage offer even though she loves him because she needs to see how it would be with them when they are on his home turf. Poor Arland’s chances with her grow shaky when his House is asked to host the wedding of two people from neighboring warring clans and Arland’s mother and some of the House are out to test his human lady’s mettle. Maud was expecting that because that is how vampires’ roll, but she needs to see Arland and those who come to know her not treat her and Helen like trash to be discarded which is what happened last time.

As Maud negotiates the political game of House Krahr, she detects that something isn’t right with the wedding party and her suspicions and little things lead to something big. Meanwhile, she shows her heritage as an Innkeeper’s daughter when she deftly handles two visiting groups that the vampires in their xenophobic glory might have mishandled without her. Slowly House Krahr including Arland’s mother who is it’s leader learns that Arland wasn’t a dupe when he fell for the fiery and strong earth woman.

Maud is nothing like Dina and I was glad to see how the authors made this clear when she narrates her own story. That said, the sisters do have their heritage and loss of their parents in common that makes them vulnerable to abandonment and needing the strong men they are attracted to to see them clearly, see their worth, and seen them as forever partners. Arland was more than a pretty face on a muscled body and he does the work of proving he is very different from her deceased husband and his social climbing house.

I loved meeting new races and their ways, seeing the vampires at home, action-packed scenes involving fabulous weaponry, and a romantic relationship build between Maud and Arland that includes his love for Helen, her daughter, as well.

And, didn’t that very last sentence involving a certain arbitrator named Klaus De Mille leave me excited for what is to come.

I love the Innkeeper world and the blend of urban fantasy and sci-fi. Definitely recommend.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #78

About the Book

Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews


Maud Demille is a daughter of Innkeepers—a special group who provide ‘lodging’ to other-planetary visitors—so she knows that a simple life isn’t in the cards. But even Maud could never have anticipated what Fate would throw at her.

Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her young daughter, Helen, were exiled with him for his treachery to the desolate, savage planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud—completely abandoned by his family—has spent over a year avenging his debts. Rescued by her sister Dina, she’s sworn off all things vampire.

Except… In helping Dina save the world, she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr, one of the most powerful vampire houses. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined. Arland is not used to hearing the word ‘no;’ and try as she might, Maud can’t just walk away from Arland. It doesn’t help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.

To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is extremely influential and Maud knows that a woman—a human, with a very questionable past—who’s turned down a proposal from its most beloved son won’t get a warm reception. Maybe she’s not sure about marrying Arland, but House Krahr isn’t going to decide for her. Maud Demille has never run from a fight, and House Krahr will soon discover that there’s a lot more to Maud than they’re expecting.


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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.

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Debbie Haupt
5 months ago

I really want to read this series. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

I think you’d love them, Debbie. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I love this series so much! Excellent review!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

I can’t believe I let the last two books in the series sit so long. 🙂 Thanks, Anne!

5 months ago

I loved Maud and Arland’s story! I hope we get more from them and I’d love a story on Sophie/Lark, George and now I can’t remember his name. I loved seeing them in this series.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

Yes, to all those stories. Do you mean Jack and Gaston? I love all the Edge kids grown up in these. And, Claude, we must have his story, too.

5 months ago

I absolutely LOVE this series (maybe more than Kate!) and this was such a great story. I really enjoyed getting Maud’s story and learning more about the other races (vampires) from a more personal POV. And the ending… YES!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Jen

Oh yes, this one completely rivals the Kate books. I hope we get many more stories for the series especially after that ending.

Melanie Simmons
5 months ago

I really loved this book too. I love the entire series. So unique. Glad you’re enjoying too. Wonderful review.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

Getting Maud’s story and more the vampires tucked into the middle of the series was perfect. And, I agree and love the uniqueness, too.

Carole Rae
4 months ago

I am indeed intrigued by this series. So maybe!!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

You know, I think you’d be a good fit for this series, Carole. 🙂

4 months ago

Have not yet tried and Ilona Andrews. This premise with all that’s going on is capturing my attention along with all the praise for it in comments. This will most likely be the series to dip into. 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  vvb

Any of the Ilona Andrews series are great, but this one is probably my top fav because of the way they blend sci-fi and urban fantasy. I think you’d enjoy reading these, Velvet.

Lover of Romance
3 months ago

Great review that you have here. I really need to pick up these books, I have had them on my TBR forever it seems. I just gotta wait till I am in the right mood for a UF.

Sophia Rose
3 months ago

Most definitely, Renee!