Sweep of the Heart

Sweep of the Heart

by Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #5
Setting: Texas and other planets
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Length: 16:25
Published on December 13, 2022
Pages: 402
Format: Audiobook Source: Library
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From the New York Times #1 bestselling author, Ilona Andrews, comes a fun and action-packed new adventure in the Innkeeper Chronicles! We invite you to relax, enjoy yourself, and above all, remember the one rule all visitors must obey: the humans must never know.

Life is busier than ever for Innkeeper, Dina DeMille and Sean Evans. But it’s about to get even more chaotic when Sean's werewolf mentor is kidnapped. To find him, they must host an intergalactic spouse-search for one of the most powerful rulers in the Galaxy. Dina is never one to back down from a challenge. That is, if she can manage her temperamental Red Cleaver chef; the consequences of her favorite Galactic ex-tyrant's dark history; the tangled politics of an interstellar nation, and oh, yes, keep the wedding candidates from a dozen alien species from killing each other. Not to mention the Costco lady.

They say love is a battlefield; but Dina and Sean are determined to limit the casualties!

This is one of my favorite series. I love a magical/sentient house. This series features an Inn. Inns are magical places for aliens to stay when traveling to other plants. This Inn is set in Texas but has doors that open all over the galaxy.

The whole series is wonderful but I think this may be my favorite book so far. A werewolf was kidnapped and taken to an inhospitable planet. In order to gain access to mount a rescue effect, the Innkeepers have to agree to host a dangerous spouse-search competition for the ruler of a large galactic empire.

It is a dangerous event. Not only do the different species of candidates have rivalries but there are credible threats against the Emperor himself. The Innkeeper council has decreed that if anyone dies during the event then the Inn’s permission to operate will be revoked.

It all adds up to detailed worldbuilding of many different species who all interact with the world in their own way. Each gets their own habit in the magical Inn. The competition is fascinating. After all that, they still need to go rescue a werewolf.

I listened to this on audiobook and loved it all even though it is over 16 hours. I can’t wait for the next installment of this series.