The fact that Ilona Andrews publishes this series as a free serial on her blog is such a lovely gift to her fans. It’s a gift, though, that I choose not to take advantage of, simply because I don’t have the patience for a serial. And just as with Clean Sweep, I am so very glad that I waited to read this story all at once. I loved it every bit as much as the first book, maybe even more.
It’s been five months since we last saw Dina and the Gertrude Hunt Bed and Breakfast. It’s been a bit lonely since Sean and Arland left, taking all that danger and excitement with them. But now, Dina has a new challenge. An Arbitrator has approached her to use her inn as a neutral site for a peace meeting among warring nations. It’s risky, but the money she earns and the magic her guests will generate for the inn are too tempting to turn down.
Let me stop here and share my thrill over the Arbitrator, who is none other than George Camarine, one of my absolutely most favorite characters from the Edge books. You don’t have to be familiar with that series to enjoy this story at all, but I loved George and his brother Jack so much, it was truly a joy to see them again.
Anyway, the meetings are fraught with peril. And they’re filled with both new and familiar faces. Old friends like Nuan Cee, the Merchant Dina did business with in the last book and Arland, the sexy vampire warrior, mixed with new characters like Dagorkun, of the Ortokari Horde and the lovable (at least to me) and high strung chef Orro. The result, a rich canvas of engaging people who surround Dina as the peace talks slip further and further from her control.
As with the first book, there are only hints of romance. Sean does show up at some point, but this is one step slower than what you’d even consider a slow burn. That does not mean I was in any way unsatisfied. There is plenty enough going on here to keep me invested. I’m fascinated by the worldbuilding and I love how Andrews is growing new layers to it, introducing us to different kinds of beings and their cultures.
I love Dina, her determination and no-nonsense attitude. I am, of course, completely enthralled with George, Jack, and Lark, though part of me is sad about the fact I missed so much of their lives in the interim since they were teens. I’d like more Arland –and a little more development for Sean. If he’s our guy, I need to start getting to know him beyond the soldier and selfless protector.
But the bottom line is that it’s all good enough that I didn’t want to put it down and I am left wanting more. The story really moves; the pacing is great and the plot is interesting. I would definitely recommend. You can’t go wrong with Ilona Andrews.
P.S. I love the illustrations. George is so pretty.
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Sweep In Peace
by Ilona Andrews
Release Date: November 13, 2015