Writer: Ilona Andrews
Released: January 10th, 2020
Sweep With Me is the latest in the Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews (Ilona and Andrew Gordon). It’s a holiday novella, which means it’s all sweet and endearing, and was really the perfect gift from our wonderful authors.
Following the events of One Fell Sweep, Dina and her inn are facing a little bit of a backlash. Combine that with the upcoming Treat Stay, and it’s safe to say that she has a lot on her hands. The Treat Stay means that Dina must accept any and all who come staying at the inn (minus unknowing humans, that is). Including those the Assembly sends her way.
“No innkeeper could turn away a guest during Treaty Stay unless that guest had been banned from the inns.”
I was completely overjoyed when I heard that we were going to be getting a holiday novella set in the Innkeeper world. I was even more excited to hear that we were heading back to earth to see more of Dina and Sean!
Sweep With Me was a fun and sweet novella. It was everything I could have hoped for, and then some. I don’t think I realized how much I had missed Dina until I started reading her story once again. Now I kind of want to go back and reread the rest of the series…
There was a lot to love in this novella. First, there’s the obvious; the Inn and all of the characters that fill it. Then there was the plot, which was a delightful balance of whimsy and intensity. It was fascinating to learn more about the Treaty Stay, and to see a bit more of the Innkeeper’s traditions.
Seeing Sean and Dina working together in the inn was certainly another plus. I had been wondering how that was going to work, and I feel like all of my questions have been answered. So thank you for that!
The foreshadowing of the main antagonist was brilliantly done. The tones that Ilona Andrews leaned on here were as old as time, and thus they’re something that many of us can feel a resonance with. That added connection took the plot to a new height, and added impact to the final battle. In short; it was perfect.
I know it’s going to be quite some time before we see another Innkeeper novel. Since we know what Ilona Andrews will be working on in the meantime, I’m totally okay with that. But I will admit that I love this series, and will miss it in the meantime. I think I’m going to have to go back and reread the entire series again, to help cope with that bit of loss. But it’ll be worth it!