Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog.
Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your host, Dina Demille, will defend you at all costs. We ask only that you mind other guests and conduct yourself in a polite manner.
Discalimers: This book is the third book in an ongoing series and is likely to contain spoilers for both itself and its predecessors. You have been warned.
Why we chose it: Ilona Andrews constantly impress us.
Review: Where our love for the Kate Daniels book is cemented we’ve always felt a little unsure about the Innkeeper Chronicles and there are a few reasons why:
- A love triangle made itself apparent pretty quickly.
- There was always talk of finding her parents, but no progress was ever really made.
- We found it hard to imagine the universe that Ilona Andrews has built.
Luckily for us One Fell Sweep removed our problems. Most of them…
One Fell Sweep is the third book in the series and it’s definitely our favourite. The description doesn’t give much away in terms of plot, but being the celestial beings that we are, we feel the need to give a little more information.
Let’s talk new characters.
Maud and her daughter Helen are debatably the two most important arrivals in One Fell Sweep because they’re entrance is the starting point for a whole lot of drama and off-world madness. We’re going to tell you why. Maud is Dina’s sister. Maud is a kick-ass lady who will cut you to piece with her sword and then crush you with her will. She’s different to her sister, but we liked her just as much. We liked her as an individual. We liked her as a mother. And we liked the fact that she caught the attention of Arland.
Love triangle averted.
Of course, there are other new people who enter into the inn. They’re interesting and deceitful. Each of them has a motive, but we’re not going to tell you why. That would be too easy. Instead we’re going to focus on the side characters.
Caldenia…. chef whose name begins with O…We want them in our lives. Imagine having a ruthless and wonderful Empress/murderess as your mentor. Ca you guess how great that would be? No? Just imagine some aspects of Hannibal and then mix wit and sarcasm and the fried limbs of alien creatures into the mix. Give.
Dina, the main character was infinitely more enjoyable in One Fell Sweep. We liked her in book one and we liked her in book two, but her prowess as an Innkeeper really shone in this book. Her power and her determination to do what’s best for her guests is so damn endearing. One can’t help, but like her. The fact that the love triangle crisis was resolved meant that her and Sean got some more page time and we like that wolf. We have some issues with him, but we like him.
When we said earlier that Maud’s entrance into the book set off a whole lot of drama and off-world madness, we meant it. In terms of plot a lot went down. There was the at least three threads of story and progression woven together for us to read, but in no way, was any of it hard to process. The authors did their job perfectly.
Finally, there is an answer, or at least a new clue for the characters and us to theorise over regarding the inexplicable and completely baffling disappearance of Dina and Maud and their brother’s parents. Not forgetting that not only did the parents disappear, their inn and the guests did too.
How did this answer/clue come about we hear you ask? The new guests we hinted at earlier of course!
Sometimes we think we’re cruel in the way we review things…
We still struggle with the multi-planet system that is set up in the InnKeeper Chronicles and we think it’s because when the majority of the book focuses on being inside Gertrude Hunt and far off planets are mostly discussed, but not experienced it’s hard to picture what the authors do.
In conclusion, One Fell Sweep is a fantastic book that has left us eager for number four, but even though it was obvious that this novel spent time setting up events that have yet to occur we never felt cheated in anything. Not the characters, not the personal development. Nothing. One Fell Sweep granted us a story that we enjoyed. It answered questions. Posed more and we’re left with a smile on our face. A job well done, don’t you think?
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