Our mother and our father. This was the entire point of the inn. This was why I had come back to Earth and hung their portrait in the front room. I’d planned to grow Gertrude Hunt into the kind of inn that was flooded with visitors. Sooner or later one of them would recognize my parents and tell me what happened to them. The galaxy was huge and the chances of that happening were tiny, but it was all I had.
One Fell Sweep is the third installment of the Innkeeper Chronicles serial. Ilona Andrew’s releases one chapter a week and the read is free, up until the publish the book. I have issues with waiting each week so I have never read anything of these without having the whole book in my hand. A week to week wait would be a killer.
The plot is basically a way to introduce a couple more characters and push us closer to finding out what happened to Dina’s parents as well as providing some awesome, interstellar hijinks. I think the best way to do my review is to talk about the characters.
Dina is fantastic. As Sean puts it:
“He smiled at me, turning into the old Sean Evans. The transformation was so sudden, I blinked to make sure I didn’t imagine it. “Because you’re a carebear.”
“You’re the type to get out of a perfectly dry car in the middle of a storm in your best dress so you can scoop a wet dog off the road. You help people, Dina. That’s what you do. And the Hiru need help.”
Dina is a great character and her power within the inn is fascinating. I love reading the stuff she is capable of. Gertrude Hunt is under a type of siege and Dina has to defend her turf. The inn’s most important goal is to protect the inhabitants and the current inhabitants are wanted. I love her heart and generosity with everyone in her world. But I also love her absolute conviction about doing whatever it takes to find her parents.
Sean, hmmm, he’s ok? I guess I might be used to Curran and Mad Rogan. Sean isn’t as alpha or in your face as they are. Plus, I’m not sure I have forgiven him for leaving her in the previous book. Dina made a large sacrifice to have him back and I would like to see that returned. There is significant progress in their relationship but I will reserve my Curran-like love until I see what happens in the next book.
All other secondary characters round this out to be a great book. We are introduced to Maud, Dina’s sister and Helen, her niece. There is some attraction between Arland and Maud and their relationship promises to be bloody and epic. I can’t wait to see where it goes. Finally Office Marais is brought into the fold and I love his reaction to everything. Caldenia and Orro are now regular fixtures and are great for comic relief.
Speaking of comic relief, one of the things I adore most about Ilona Andrews’s writing (ok, we all know I adore everything but humor me) is the humor. In the middle of a serious scene I can find myself busting out with laughter.
“I’m sure we can get her a proper gun.”
“We can’t,” Sean managed between gulps of laughter. “She’ll put her eye out.”
This book was funny without taking away from the overall impact of what was happening. Pure genius.
Overall, this was a completely enjoyable 3 hours I spent reading the book. I would still love to see something on Jack and George. George…..he’s so complicated. I want to read his story- maybe someday. I would give this book an A but my remaining disgruntled-ness with Sean is keeping me from making that jump. That doesn’t matter though. This is still a fantastic read and will keep you glued to the pages wanting to find out what happens next. Final grade- B+
“Will you take this seriously? The future of an entire species is at stake.”
“Yes, we’re going to save them with a fart gun.”