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Sweep With Me, Ilona Andrews 28 January 2020

2020 SF novella in the Innkeeper series. During Treaty Stay, an annual holiday, Dina has to cope with yet more potentially-lethal alien guests.

This is quite slight, and basically follows the same pattern as Sweep of the Blade: a problem is presented, protagonist solves it. Some of the problems are not solved immediately, which makes for a little variety, but from the comic-relief avian philosophers (main problem: stop them killing each other as part of their debates) to the hugely powerful and mysterious warrior-mage who is apparently here to meet… some human?, everything here is basically in the book to allow Dina to look good.

"It was a meatgrinder. The street quite literally ran red with blood.”

She said it with relish, the way most women who looked her age would say, “My husband took me on a cruise and there was free wine.”

Which is what one sometimes wants. I like reading about competent people doing things well; I like reading about people in relationships who share things with each other rather than letting them build up into huge problems. There's no major trauma here, no enemies that can't be dealt with with a bit of effort, and lots of feel-good.

But, you know, don't start here. Start with the first book. Why wouldn't you?

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Previous in series: Sweep of the Blade | Series: Innkeeper Chronicles | Next in series: Sweep of the Heart

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