First I was disappointed that Dina and Sean were not integral to the story. But then I was caught up in the non-stop action, politics and romance surrounding Maude and her suitor. Clearly this series is going to be a family saga where we meet all members of deans family and hopefully the mystery of the parents disappearance will be resolved at the end. Illona Andrews rarely disappoints. The story is well told, laced with humour as well as violence, and well edited. I encountered only one typo in this whole novel. Only trouble with reading my new volume as soon as it comes out is that you have longer to wait for the next one. Highly recommended for fans of fantasy.
I love the Innkeeper Chronicles, and have always been curious about Dina’s absent siblings. So when Maud and Helen popped up in the third book I was very excited to see what would happen. She was feisty, independent, tough, and ruthless. Yet she was very maternal and soft with Helen. Such a complex lady.
When it was announced that Maud would be getting her own story, I was a little hesitant (because I loved Dina, Sean, and even Arland) as it was off world, and there would be no Dina, Sean, or any of the other characters I have come to enjoy. But going back to Arland’s home world has introduced fans of the series to a whole new company of intriguing characters - and that last teaser character introduction at the end of the book, wow!
So, yes. I did enjoy this new spin-off of the Innkeeper series, but I haven’t fallen in love with it as I did with Dina’s arc. But, never say never as Maud and Arland’s story has so much potential 🥰
I absolutely adore this whole series. I initially read Sweep of the Blade in the instalments released on the author's website, but was thrilled when the full version was finally published and I could read it all at once.
Sweep of the Blade is Maud and Arland's story. And Helen, Maud's daughter. 5 year old Helen might just be my favourite character in this book - Half human and half vampire, she's so adorable and cute, yet completely vicious with her daggers when the situation requires it.
I loved the few illustrations throughout Sweep of the Blade, I really enjoy getting the visual representation of the characters. The world building across the entire series is just awesome. In this instance, Maud finds herself on Arland's home planet dealing with all the scheming and betraying vampires. Lots of violence and backstabbing galore throughout the plot. And of course that ending just leaves me wanting more!!!!
These authors write such fantastic books. Great characters, witty and clever humour and storyline, some romance and plenty of action. Sooo good! This would have to be my favourite book in the series so far. You could read it as a stand-alone, but I liked knowing the background stuff about the Innkeepers and Ad-Hal’s. I didn’t think I would like Maud as much as Dina, or Arland as much as Sean, but turns out they might have been even better. I initially read this book as the serial on the author’s website, but loved it even more in the complete book form. Highly recommend.
How wonderful it was to follow Maud, Helen, and Arland to his home world and his family. And all the accompanying excitement! Maud’s story was action around every corner, balanced by the love growing between her and Arland. As always the dynamic duo that is Ilona Andrews has published a novel of epic fantasy, believable even down to loveable characters that are missed once the end is passed. They certainly know their stuff and the hard work shows in the polish of the finished book. Now the long wait for the next one. It’ll be worth every agonising week that passes.
Wow!! I read it in parts as it was written and enjoyed it but as one continuous story it is wonderful. My first thought when I finished is when will they start book five. Maude is going to run the house and the vampires are going to love her before it’s done. Helen is probably the best child character I have ever seen outside of an actual children’s book. Bring on the next story
Not about Dina this time, but about her sister Maud. So no sexy werewolf, but a very devoted vampire. We learn more about the vampire world, with new alien species thrown in for seasoning. There are fights and plots, trades and temptations. I happily ripped through it in an evening, and now I’m going back to re-read the earlier books.
This is another excellent installment to a great series that the authors share with us as it is written, and the published works hold gems that make buying it, even after you have read it for free 39 times, well worth it. Strong women are the cornerstone of Ilona and Gordon's writing, Maud is yet another heroine that would ordinarily mind her own business, but when provoked she is lethal. Vampires learn at their peril to never underestimate a human woman
Ilona Andrews has done it again, gripped you from the first page all the way through to the last page then made you gasp. If you don’t like cliffhanger endings...don’t read this one until the next one is announced. The world these writers create is rich, full of amazing characters and incredibly immersive. Another wonderful addition to the many wonderful works produced.
Wonderfully paced with much action and engaging characters. It's good to see the cast getting their own stories. Now to wait for the next installment. For anyone who loves well written action, romance and cute but deadly children