Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 314 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: October 22, 2015
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Innkeeper Chronicles
Source: Bought for Kindle
Rating: 4/5 stars
“Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina’s door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.
Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn…and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it’s all in the day’s work for an Innkeeper…”
This is the second book in the Innkeeper Chronicles and I really enjoyed it. I don’t enjoy this series quite as much as the Kate Daniels series but it is still a very fun series.
The plot was entertaining and basically involved Dina trying to keep three factions who have been at war forever from killing each other while they come to a peace agreement. In the midst of all this someone has stolen an emerald and someone else is out to harm Dina. The whole things turns into an absolute mess and Dina is desperate for things to work out so that her Inn can thrive.
I continue to really enjoy the whole dynamic of Dina and her Inn, Gertrude Hunt. When Dina is in the Inn she is all powerful and when she is out of the Inn well, she is a bit more powerful than a standard human but not by much. We get a bit more insight into how the relationship between Dina and her Inn works and this was incredibly interesting.
There is a lot of humor in here and I loved the addition of the overly dramatic chef. This series has been an odd blend of paranormal and science fiction elements that works very well. I enjoyed meeting all these new races of characters and getting a broader view of the universe through them.
The plotline involving the disappearance of Dina’s parents is still here, although not much (if any) progress is made. The story stops at a good spot as well. I think the only reason that I don’t like these quite as much as the Kate Daniels book is that there is less action and Dina just isn’t quite as engaging of a character as Kate.
Overall a wonderful addition to the Innkeeper series. I love the unique characters, the plot, and the interesting relationship Dina has with her Inn. There’s a lot of humor in here which makes the story a very entertaining and quick paced read. I would recommend to those who enjoy stories with a paranormal/sci-fi vibe to them. I am eager to see what happens in the next book.