Thank you to Netgalley, Ilona Andrews and her publishers allowing me to read and review Innkeeper Chronicles Volume 1. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
On the surface, Dina Demille is the owner of a quaint Victorian bed and breakfast inn named Gertrude Hunt based in a small Texas town. Her only permanent companions are a Shih Tzu called Beast with unexpected skills and a retired, bloodthirsty Galactic aristocrat, who may not leave the grounds for fear of being killed on sight.
In reality, Dina is a magical Innkeeper armed with a powerful magical broom and a house with mysterious powers which responds intelligently to Dina and any threats to itself or to her. You see, the inn isn’t for human visitors, it’s really a way station for otherworldly visitors to Earth.
As an Innkeeper, Dina is supposed to keep a low profile and stay neutral and safe, but when something starts killing the local dog population and threatening humans, she can’t ignore it. Dina tries to convince the local werewolf, an annoyingly attractive ex-military guy named Sean Evans, that he should step in and take care of the dog-killing alien. He blows her off so she decides she has to take the matter into her own hands to protect her community.
To make matters worse, a severely injured cosmic vampire asks for sanctuary at the Inn. This marks the entrance of the devastatingly handsome vampire named Arland, who is the Lord Marshall of Krahr. He portals in to tend to the injured vampire and help with eradicating the alien predators attacking dogs and threatening humans in the local community.
And somehow it all gets very complicated from there, but it involves a semi-sentient house, a Shih Tzu with unforeseen talents, and some sexy guys, wrapped up in an intermingling of science fiction and fantasy and liberally enlivened with Ilona Andrews’ typical sarcastic humour. Who knew that werewolves and vampires are actually space aliens?
I’m a huge fan of Ilona Andrew’s’ novels. Initially, I wasn’t sure that I liked this story but it grew on me and I got really invested in the characters. I was sorry to come to the end of the book and can’t wait to read more. I loved the characters and how they interacted with one another. There is plenty of action, adventure, romance and magic. And you will be left with wanting more…
All in all this is an enjoyable, fun read and it deserves a fantastic