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About the Author
#1 New York Times Bestselling author Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)
Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.
You can read more about their work on their website: http://www.ilona-andrews.com
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It's an urban fantasy featuring Dina, who is an innkeeper. Innkeeper in her case means that she has a symbiotic relationship with a building that is semi-intelligent, can modify its shape, produce defensive weapons and various other tricks besides.
The task of an innkeeper is to provide a safe place for aliens visiting Earth.
Rather disappointingly (from my viewpoint) the aliens to date include vampires and werewolves. I must admit that I've had too many vampires and werewolves and I get bored with attempts to use bad pseudo-science to make them believable. I cannot think of any kind of twist on genetic engineering that will convince me a werewolf can gain large amounts of mass when it changes form.
The inn suffers from the same problem. I love the idea, but the claim that it is advanced science that can't be distinguished from magic fails to convince me.
I'd rather have real science or pure magic. One masquerading as the other just annoys me.
On the plus side, the novel is very well written with excellent descriptive text. The characters are engaging (I particularly liked the mass murderer using the inn as a safe place. Not a character I would ever want to meet, but well and entertainingly written)
If the book had had original aliens I'd probably have enjoyed it more. However, what is a minus for me may well be a plus for others.
If you like your werewolves strong and with buckets of sex appeal and your vampires to be clannish, scheming and to have complex, devious politics, then I recommend 'Clean Sweep; to you.
As for this particular threat – she quickly finds she has met her match and needs some help. Once again, this urban fantasy adventure delivers in giving us an interesting take on both vampires and werewolves. The science fiction twist is a delight and I liked the supporting cast – Sean, the touchy alpha werewolf and her one and only permanent guest, Caldenia, the aristocrat in hiding. There is plenty of sharp dialogue with a fair amount of humour.
Meanwhile, I cared about the main plotline – Andrews puts her young innkeeper in real jeopardy and I stayed awake reading far longer than I should have in order to discover how the final climactic battle would resolve itself. For fans of urban fantasy, this is a well written, enjoyable take on the genre with some refreshing touches.
So I though I would try this series its not as dark as Kate denials action is slower but that could be just because its the first book of the new series and I think there may be a love tringle I hate love tringles personally because I always back the wrong guy but I found with IIona Andrews books and this one also is not based on romance but more of the plot and character building of the of the innkeeper so I really enjoyed this book would say it was more YA.
Although the story is unusual in that it drifts into sci fi adventure territory, I found it overwhelmed by its entirely hackneyed storyline. I never really engaged with the rather stereotypical character of Dina whom I found as bland as a US high school soap. The other characters are familiar stalwarts of romantic fantasy and there is the inevitable chick lit eternal triangle of two posturing alpha males and the woman they are chasing.
Stick to Kate Daniels.
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