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Sweep of the Blade

(Innkeeper Chronicles #4)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,006 ratings  ·  399 reviews
Maud Demille was a daughter of Innkeepers. She knew that a simple life wasn't in the cards, but she never anticipated what Fate would throw at her.

Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her daughter, Helen, had been exiled for the sins of her husband to the desolate planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud had spent a year and a half avenging his
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Published 2018
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
And the moral of this reread is: if it weren’t for their slightly opposite views on pathetic bloodsuckers fearsome vampires, you’d think Maud the Red and Kate Daniels were long lost, murderously lethal third cousins thrice removed. Or something. Also, I’m still finding it quite unacceptable that Arland didn’t get a little very much drunk on coffee in this instalment. I am most put out and stuff. Also also, too disgustingly PG this was, if you ask me. So sigh and stuff. Also also also, I love ...more
Aisling Zena
4.5 stars
We have finally reached the end my friends. If you want to read this for free, in it's entirety, this is your chance now before it gets taken down to be edited and published.Enjoy! Many, many thanks and deep gratitude to the authors for all their work on Innkeeper and sharing it with us for free.

Free online serial at:
Review updated on every chapter release, usually every week.

Chapter 1 Part 1


Jan 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
"Maud's novella" so far is a drippy, uninspiring romance with absolutely boring world-building. The first four installments consist of Maud approaching the planet where her non-fiance vampire is from, landing on the planet and overhearing a gossipy conversation between two women, and then flying with her boyfriend to someplace else.

Vampires, in this book, stand in for conquistadors, royalty, billionaires or that other ruling house in their Texas series that I also didn't read the romance trope
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Update: Upping my rating to 4 stars for the final enhanced version, which is quite a bit more detailed and smoother than the original online serial. :) Full review to come!

Original review: With this installment in Ilona Andrews’ Innkeeper series, the main character shifts to Maud (sister of Dina, the previous main character). Arland, the space vampire, has fallen head over heels for Maud and wants her to go to his planet, marry him, and live with him there and help him rule over their vampire cl
Cathy (cathepsut)
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
“I do not comprehend this species.  How have they ever managed to achieve interstellar civilization without self-destructing?”

Finally, after about one year of updates, the epilogue in December. And finally, finally the (view spoiler) with a little teaser for the next installment.

I am a little underwhelmed. There was too much discussion about who does what to whom and why for my taste. And too many too detailed descriptions of endless, different settings. An
1st read - throughout 2018 (Read as it was released as a serial)
2nd read - January 2019 (Reread online when the serial was complete)
3rd read - July 2019 (Final published version)

Well that was bloody awesome! The whole story is now available to read online (, it usually stays up for a couple of weeks or so before it's taken down, so if you want to try it while its free you should get to it ASAP. It'll then be taken offline, properly edited (with extra adult mate
Marta Cox
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
This review is for the instalment version that the authors were magnanimous enough to post for free on their website. It will disappear when the updated version is published so please be aware of that if you wish to read the tamer more PG version. Now I said tamer but honestly these Vampires are vicious, vengeful and absolutely addictive ! I'm sure Arland would quickly reach for his blood mace at the suggestion he's anything but a brutal fighting force of nature but I'm referring to the lack of ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
January 2019 - online serial version. I love this world. Can't wait for more. Review to come of final purchased edition, when available.
Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
Ahhhh another cliffhanger! I want to know so much more. (view spoiler) Overall, I liked this one a lot, although was missing Dina and co. Helen and Maud and Arland are great. I'm curious to know who the next instalment will focus on: back on Dina as the first three books, or some completely new character..
RachelW (BamaGal)
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Can’t believe it’s all over; but it’s been a wonderful ride. This has been a quality addition to an addictive series. And the bombshell dropped on the reader at the very end...the next serial can’t come quick enough!!

I'm a little late to the party; but it's been fun catching up...
Not my favorite innkeeper novel, too bloody and gory. But hey, that's vampires for you. Still adore Arland, though. Interesting ending, will Klaus get his own novel next?

As always:

Thanks for this free serial to brighten up our weekends. Will read the finished product as well later on.

3.75 stars.
Lady Heather
The Epilogue has been posted and the story ended with an epic surprise!
What a pleasure it was to read this book every week in Ilona Andrew's newsletter!
June 25th, 2019 - Edit


Cannot wait to get Maud & Helen & Arland in my Kindle - now with the addition of a certain scene omitted when publishing the chapters online.


December 8th, 2018 - Review after finishing reading the online serial:
Okay. Confession time. Ever since Arland’s little declaration in the last Innkeeper book I’ve been sort of smitten.
Maud quickly became my favorite Demille sister (sorry Dina) with her strength and valor, th
Otubar reached over and plucked Helen from the bed. “Come with me, child. It’s time we tested you with other weapons.”
“If you do well, I will give you cake,” Ilemina said.
Helen’s eyes lit up. “What kind of cake?”
“Delicious kind,” Otubar told her.

And that’s what this little novella swollen-to-novel was—delicious cake with frothy icing! No nutritional value whatsoever. It was a fun little paranormal romance, getting Maud & Arland together with lots of blood and severed limbs along the way.

Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I confess, Maud wasn’t my favorite person when I read previous books. She came out as selfish. So imagine my surprise when I loved her and her story. She was strong, courageous, and a fantastic mother. Arland was her match in every way. And Little Helen, she was adorable!
I’m happy both Maud and Arland found happiness with each other.
1.5 stars
Well-written as always, but I'm afraid I did not mesh with Maud, Dina's sister, at all. Basically, she was a killing machine- tougher than a vampire. Really? I thought she was just a human, but what do I know? I am all for kick-arse heroines (I adore Nevada from Hidden Legacy- actually, I adore EVERYTHING about that series) but Maud's awesome sword fighting skillz were just a bit too unrealistic for me.

Our pretty vampire Arland (aka Rapunzel- thank you, Sean) was kind of sweet but ineff
Aly is so frigging bored
3rd read: July 2019
It was even better than the original they posted on the blog!

2nd read: 19th May 2019
They need to write faster, I know it's selfish but right now I don't care!

1st read: 2018
I loved it!!!!!!!!
That's all :D
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
I read Sweep of the Blade for free on Ilona Andrews’ website. When the edited version is released for purchase I’m going to reread it and will likely update my review then.

Sweep of the Blade is the latest novel in the Innkeeper Chronicles. Technically it’s 3.5 in the series; mainly because this one does not follow Diana on her adventure. Instead, this whole book is from Maud’s perspective, which was a fun change of pace.
Sweep of the Blade was intended to be a novella, but somehow the authorl
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-favorites
2nd read - I still enjoyed this the second time around. It was great to be immersed in the story and not have to wait for the next bit to come out - even though that anticipation is part of what made the serial fun.

1st read-The serial is finally complete! Maud was so awesome and Helen so fiercely cute. I am looking forward to the audio and to the next book - the last sentence makes it clear that there's more to come:)
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful! The Innkeeper Chronicles books are becoming a favorite of mine. This free novella released on Ilona Andrew's website gave us a look at Dina's sister Maud. We heard some of which Maud had to endure in the last book, this one shows us though why she is so reluctant to give in to loving Arland and marrying another vampire again. The only reason why I gave this four stars though is that I thought the flow was a little lacking between chapters. I am prepared to raise this to five stars whe ...more
Two hour ago I realized this novella was available on the authors' website so I dropped everything and dived in.

On the bright side, this book has a lot of Maud and Helen and their mother-daughter relationship made me feel all toasty inside. If only the romance were half as inspiring... Arland was really boring and their relationship had to much anxiety and not enough sexual tension and/or banter.
FV Angela
Love this series. And after that ending I’m super excited for whatever is coming next.
Tina Bartz
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this serial! I can't wait until the finished product is released...will definitely buy this one!
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maud and Arland’s novella has been a delight so far. It’s a free weekly serial, and there are 3 chapters released at this date. It’s a spin-off of the Innkeeper Chronicles, and the full novella will get published when it’s finished, with added character development, details, etc.
The focus is on Maud (from Earth, an Innkeeper human) and her daughter, Helen (half vampire, half human), going to Arland’s vampire House planet. Maud gave Arland a solid maybe to his wedding proposal and she’s got a lo
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
5 stars (up from 4) Love the revised published version!

Ilona Andrews constructed a rich world in the Innkeeper’s series! Loved it! All the things I love in a book is present: engaging characters, creative world building, and an action-packed plot. The revisions made for excellent pacing and a cohesive book. Returning to Karhari, where it all began for Maud and Arland, and viewing events through Maud’s eyes rather than her sister Dina’s made the book all the better. There are still mysteries to
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Maud’s novella, currently being shared in snippets on Ilona Andrews’ website! One of my favorite author duos once again showing how awesome they are.

Chapter 1, part 1:

Chapter 1, part 2:
Maud, Arland, and wee fierce Helen's journey unfolds online December 2017.
"My" working title is "To Sweep the Stardust of the Galaxy" reading stats updated in comments....

Finished online serial freebie 12/25/18 5* can not wait for the published title!
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars

This was fun but I missed Dina. I'm not particularly attached to Maud...and I found it passing strange that she'd not reached out to her sister for help or discussion at all. She was surrounded by dangerous strangers...

I also found it strange that she'd left Dina (AGAIN) in the first place, but anyways...

This was fun. There was no...real suspense here. There's some pacing issues as well - but that goes with the serial aspect of it.

Mostly, it's incredibly consumabl
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So far so good! I like it! I’m fine with it being a bit romancy for now.. we all know they can really pull a relationship out if they want. Plus the big political machinations haven’t started yet. But what I have read of the vampire politics I like. It’s going to get fun! And violent, I’m sure!
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Currently reading in installments on their blog....! What an awesome present every Friday. I'm shocked reading through some of the "reviews" that were based on a part of the chapter condemning it to some version of what they think it will be. Haha. Talk about jumping to usual, the Andrews' tale starts with a conflict you think you know and is slowly morphing into an intergalactic adventure. Prepare for new and old friends, family dynamics, Maud's backstory, Helen!, and incredibl ...more
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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 ...more

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