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The Innkeeper Chronicles is the online serial from Ilona Andrews. The best part about the ebook version of this, besides being tortured having to wait for the weekly installments to come in, is that since it isn’t open to everyone and free online there is a little extra violence and sex added in for the mature reader.
This is by Ilona Andrews (IA) and since I love them beyond reason it is hard to write an impartial review, so I’m not ever going to try. One of the things that always gets me with IA is their creativity. Even when you think it is going to be the same oud same old urban fantasies with Werewolves and Vampires it isn’t. Not just because they flip that a bit and make the Werewolves and Vampires alien civilizations but because they give it a totally different twist because they are aliens and so there is a lot more room to play with the lore. There is a great blend of serious storytelling, worldbuilding, dialogue and then some cute and humor added in. The cute in this one comes in the form of Dina’s half vampire niece Helen.
*** Helen bit a piece of bacon. Her eyes got big again and she scarfed it down and reached for the platter. Arland had reached for the bacon at the same time. They stared at each other across the table. A vampire standoff. Helen wrinkled her face, showing him her tiny fangs. Arland bared his scary fangs, his eyes laughing.
A low, tiny sound came from my niece. “Awrawrrawrawr.”
“Helen!” Maud turned to her. “Don’t growl at the table.”
Arland leaned back, pretending to be scared. “So fierce.”
Helen laughed, her giggles bubbling up.
“Awrawrawr.” Arland shuddered. Helen giggled again, grabbed her mug, and hurled it at the wall. The mug shattered. I looked back. Helen’s seat was empty. The platter of bacon had vanished.
Sean lost it and laughed.
“What a delightful little girl,” Caldenia said, her eyes sparkling.
Maud looked lost. “I… She never…”
The child has an inborn grasp of tactics.” Arland grinned. ***
I’m not sure what was more cute Helen or Arland playing vampire games with Helen. Trust me both were adorably fun.
It was great to finally see Dina with some family. She has been alone for so long that I really felt bad for her. I liked the sisterly teasing between the two Dina needed some interactions like that since she has been so lonely since her parents disappeared. It also helps that Maud is a total badass because with the stuff that is about to go down Dina is going to need a little back up.
*** …if you don’t mind some advice, treat her as you would treat any skilled female vampire fighter. It will be safer for everyone involved.”
Arland looked at me as if seeing me for the first time.
Yes, the princess you were expecting put on her armor and left to kill the dragon. So sorry. ***
Dina got to get out of the Inn a little more than usual this time. There was a trip to a vampire planet, a few to the greatest and deadliest flea market in the world Bah Char (I’d probably end up dead but I’d love to visit there) and even to a mystical sanctuary that made Sean’s skin crawl. Dina has a new foe and is currently under siege in the Inn, but these creatures have no idea who they are up against.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~MY FAVORITE THINGS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
① - Movement on the relationship front between Dina and Sean. It feels like it has been a slow burn since they met in book 1. I was glad for the actual conversations and dialogue between the two. I think they have solidly hashed out some stuff and I’m super happy about that plus we have finally breached the (view spoiler)
❷ - Everything with Helen. OMG and I mean everything. Normally I don’t really like the addition of kids to stories but there is some IA magic afoot here and it seems like anytime they add a kid into any of their books it makes it even better. This is no exception.
*** The attack came with blinding speed. Helen dashed forward. Her dagger sliced the front of Arland’s thigh and she scuttled back around him, cutting across his calves. Arland let out a dramatic roar and fell to his knees. Helen leapt up and slit his throat. It was so fast and precise, she must’ve done it dozens of times. I hoped in practice. It had to be in practice. Arland collapsed on the ground, conveniently rolling onto his back. Helen put her foot on his chest, raised her dagger, and let out a vampire roar.
Should I be horrified or cuted out? I couldn’t decide. ****
I was beyond cuted out. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person but *shrugs* I don’t care. Which leads me into my third favorite thing.
③ - Alrand! Yes I completely loved Arland in this. I never liked him for Dina and was completely #teamsean but I always liked the guy. I really enjoyed his page time in this specifically because when he wasn’t fighting the enemy he was playing with Helen in some way and like the above quote I was cuted out by vampire games.
❹ - Best use of a fart gun in a scene. Yep you heard me right. IA is always pretty inventive with the beings or cultures in their books and I think that they get to stretch that a bit in this series is you can do just about anything with aliens but one thing will always remain true.
“Will you please stop doing that?”
Cookie giggled and waved the fart gun around.
Males and farts. Any species, any planet, didn’t matter. ****
⑤ - Hints and Tidbits. I liked that we find out what Klaus (Dina’s Brother) is doing well a little anyway. There is also I little snippet about Dina’s father and how he met her mother. There is a clue to where she can start to look for her parents as well. Plus there is hint of another big bad that might be on the horizon and I think Dina will eventually be the Innkeeper to confront it.
❻ - The concept of the Hiru (an alien being that visits the inn). Another very original idea from IA. I really don’t want to give anything away here but I really think the storyline involving them was well done and different than a lot of alien cultures you see in Sci-Fi or UF as the case may be.
⑦ - Officer Marais. He has been poking around for a little while and that has finally come to a head. I’m really hoping for a nice little bromance between him and Sean since it was Sean who didn’t know anything about the universe not that long ago. They could be best friends *crosses fingers*
There is much much more that made this story fun and entertaining for me. There are also a few very emotion moments that clenched my heart a bit and they were placed perfectly in the story.
Again another great book by IA. I just don’t know how they keep coming up with these great ideas and I stand in awe of them once again as they put out another great book.
The story picks up not long after the events of the last book. An alien visitor arrives with a message to Dina from her sister Maud, who needs to be rescued from a hellish prison planet she has been exiled to along with her young daughter. This introduces us to previously unknown members of Dina's family, who make a wonderful addition to this book. Later, Dina is asked to help an alien species facing extinction, which ends up being a surprisingly complex and poignant storyline with Shakespearean undertones. (In fact, that's where the title One Fell Sweep comes from...the expression is originally from the play Macbeth, and the authors skillfully work in many allusions and parallels to the original story.)
I could go on, but I don't want to spoil too much of the book. Needless to say, I absolutely recommend it. My one and only complaint is that now it's going to be TORTURE to wait for book 4.