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Sweep of the Blade

(Innkeeper Chronicles #4)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  12,982 ratings  ·  1,312 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
ebook, Free online serial, 322 pages
Published December 2018
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Meagen A I recommend reading this even though you aren’t fired up about Maud’s story. I,too, was a bit hesitant to read it because I wanted more from Dina’s po…moreI recommend reading this even though you aren’t fired up about Maud’s story. I,too, was a bit hesitant to read it because I wanted more from Dina’s point of view. However, I should have known better. Whatever Ilona Andrews writes will a good story and worth reading. To me, the book still progresses the overall story arc of missing parents and brother. There’s been talk on the authors’ blog of continuing the story and it would likely pick up where this book left off. (less)

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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
💊 IA is the Ultimate Cure to Covid-19 Buddy Rerererereread (IAitUCtCBR™) with the IA Addicts 💊

And the moral of this rerereread is: Maud the Red, the Sariv, the Learned One + snobby, cunning medieval space vamps + Bouncy Lethal Little Helen of the Ripper Cushions (BLLHotRC™) + Arland's loving, compassionate, altruistic family + cut cut cut, slice slice slice, chop chop chop + Machiavellian shenanigans galore + the tachi + the lees + oh my bloody hell of the stinking shrimp, what just happened?!
Jan 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
"Maud's novella" 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 of powe
Aisling Zena
Re-read 31/7/19
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 Pa
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
99c Kindle sale, June 15, 2020. 3.5ish stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

With Sweep of the Blade, the fourth installment in Ilona Andrews’ INNKEEPER CHRONICLES series, there is a new main character: Maud, sister of Dina, the previous main character and the innkeeper of this light SF series. We met Maud in the prior book in this series, One Fell Sweep, when Dina convinced Sean the werewolf and Arland the vampire — these are both alien races, by the way, though distantly rela
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Ilona Andrews books are my crack, and I don't ever want to quit!!

Gah, this book! I could NOT put it down.

If you are a fan of this series, you will be blown away by Sweep of the Blade. Technically, you could try it as a stand-alone since Maud is the main focus of the story, but I highly recommend reading the other Innkeeper Chronicles books first, mainly because they are awesome.

I was so, so addicted to the story, right from the beginning. The pace is very fast, and the time reading will simply
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

I think most people are kind of over vampires, but these authors do a fantastic job of making these vampires interesting. In fact, if anyone were to ask me if I wanted to read about them, I'd probably tell them nobuthankyouforasking.
However, I'll read anything by Ilona Andrews.
And I'm glad I read this one.


Ok, so if you're unfamiliar with the Innkeeper Chronicles, it's basically an urban fantasy series about an alternate Earth with sentient Inns that contain portals to other planets...and dimens
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Can I ask you something?” Maud asked.

“Of course.”

“Why do you have a copy of Twilight in your room?”

Arland became completely still. “Um.”

“Lord Marshal?” she prompted with a small smile.

“I wanted to know how women from Earth see vampires.”

Not just a vampire romance - it's a Space-Vampire romance!!!!

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What could be better?

There is a race of alien vampires that are hosting a vampire-wedding-in-space, with guests like insectoid aliens and fox aliens. There will be intrigues and romanc
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)

As much as I love Dina and enjoy spending time at the Inn I'm really happy that we got a book about Maud and Arland. It was great to see more of the vampire culture and visit Arland's home planet but what I really enjoyed was seeing Maud find a place for herself with Arland's family - not just because Arland loves her bu
I read this book in a single day, because Ilona Andrews. I fan girl this writing team so hard it isn't even funny. So with that said, I am obviously unbiased ;)

I can't seem to write a review for this but here's my crappy attempt at it:

This feels a little like Kate Daniels, in that Maud has a lot of knowledge and also knows how to kick ass. Also, Arland has a whole lot of tradition and authority/responsibility he has to uphold, which seems to conflict directly with his choice of Maud as his roman
Robin (Bridge Four)
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There is this thing about Ilona Andrews writing that almost always works for me. Again they have captured that blend of good story, interesting backdrop, fun characters, dash of humor, touch of alphaness, pinch of magic and a sprinkling of sword play baked at 322 pages for a delicious good time. You don’t have to have read any of the other books in this series to understand Sweep of the Blade, but you’d miss out on the great time that was Dina and Sean’s
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
While this can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the first thre books before this one! First because Maud is Dina's siter and second because Arland is present in all three of them. Besides there're also the lees with their leader Nuan Cee!

While Dina is basically a witty nice girl, Maud is forged by her circumstances into a real bad-ass woman! A true vampire more than a bad-ass human! I loved her and her ruthlessness!

Since meeting her I just new that she was perfect for Arland!

Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
“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
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.35 ***

"...“Can I ask you something?” Maud asked.
“Of course.”
“Why do you have a copy of Twilight in your room?”
Arland became completely still. “Um.”
“Lord Marshal?” she prompted with a small smile.
“I wanted to know how women from Earth see vampires.”..."

Arland is not one of the Twilight sparkling vampires... He is a warrior, the Marshal of his clan, House Krahr, a tank of a man with blood thirst for a hundred Twilight Twinkies and a smile to make all of them jealous and women everywhere swea
A little treat that I purchased for myself, the paper version of the latest Innkeeper book. And of course, I couldn’t resist giving it another spin. I’ve read the first 3 books multiple times and now Sweep of the Blade will join that re-reading queue.

This is the polished version--previously I had enjoyed the weekly installments online--and I was pleasantly surprised at the couple of additions that made the story work so well. I’m also intrigued by the ending, which seems to indicate that there a
Em Lost In Books
When everything was going great why the sudden shift of central character and story? For me Maud was a fine supporting character but I was not able to accept her as the leading lady no, no matter how hard I tried. Hope in next installment, whenever it comes out I will be reunited with Dina and Gertrude.
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I hate to say it, but this is my least favorite Ilona Andrews book so far… although even a bad IA book is still worthy of 3 stars.

It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. The whole framework of the Innkeeper novels is built around Dina, her Inn, and the overall goal of finding her parents. This was a HUGE tangent from that, focusing on the sister (Maud) in a continuation of things that happened in the third Innkeeper book. It doesn’t take place on Earth and it’s plot is 100% removed from any momen
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-2019
So so good! And what a superb ending which leads perfectly into the next book. These authors really know how to write an absorbing and exciting story. All of the characters are great and I loved every bit of the vampire world they created. These are vampires with class!

I actual think I like this series even more than the Kate Daniels books. That is a huge compliment. Can't wait for the next book and more about Kraus, the Arbitrator.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The published version is even better than the serial - considering how much I loved that....<3 <3 <3
Review to come.

January 2019 - online serial version. I love this world. Can't wait for more. Review to come of final purchased edition, when available.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read second time 2019


I read this book as a full novel not a serial.

It's hard to describe how utterly enthralled I was by this novel

From the very fist moment I was consumed by the story. Of course Maud is so very different from Dina (book 1-3). Different but also similar in some ways, which makes sense since they grew up in the same environment. But still, both are very distinctive and unique in their personality. Maud was incredibly smart in regards to interraci
Deborah Obida
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book turned out just how I expected, Of I'm been honest it exceeded my expectations. I've read 3 series by this duo and I still can't get enough. They always wow me.

“What’s bothering you?” he asked quietly.
“You told your mother.”
“Of course, I did. You’re not some shameful secret I’m going to hide.”
“No, I’m a disgraced exile who had the audacity to turn down a proposal from the most beloved son of House Krahr.”
He considered it. “Not the most beloved. My cousin is much more adorable than m
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
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Sweep of the Blade is book four in the Innkeeper Chronicles series by Ilona Andrews. We are treated to Vampire politics, a wedding, a double cross, and battles that are very bloody.

OMG I loved the audio. I actually had the book and eBook on release day, but I was waiting for the audio to come out. I LOVE the audios for the previous books and felt this book would be so much better to listen too. I wasn’t disappointed.

In Sweep of the Blade we focus on Maud and her daughter. If you haven’t read t
Re-read May 25th 2020

Loved this so much, and I hope we get more stories with Maud, Arland and Helen! Maybe even a little more than Dina's stories.

I love the way Maud reasoned things out in every situation, which is much like Ilona Andrews' other female leads, but I do love experiencing their clever thinking on the page. There was a lot of action, Maud was fierce, as was her 5 year-old daughter Helen!

I was a little worried about the change in narrators from Renee Raudman (she is what I think of
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of this series. I love that it has transitioned into Maud and her daughter with the vampire planet as the back drop on which the adventure takes place. I've read the unedited, web published version as well as the ebook and have to say I loved them both and am glad I grabbed the ebook copy because the revisions added more to the story.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Volume 4 of the Innkeeper Chronicles is by no means what one would call deep and meaningful literature. But in its overwhelming capability to entertain and amuse and to present a maybe not particularly inventive, but definitely suspenseful plot, it certainly stands in its own right.

Sweep of the Blade is not located in an inn on earth, but on the home planet of Maud's fiance. The book describes in a very entertaining manner how Maud can create a place of her own in the vampiric society of House K
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
This is currently 99c. I'm very chuffed about that because I've read books 1-3 and have been hankering after book 4. COME TO MAMA.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-1
I was so excited to get to read another book in the Innkeeper world! Maud and Helen are back, our favorite mother daughter vampire/human duo, navigating the ins and outs of vampire society. Will Arlen manage to win Maud’s heart? Will Helen take over the world? (She’s totally my favorite.) What do all the players in this one have up their sleeves? As usual, Ilona Andrews writes a lush, delightful fantasy world, with interesting species, cool planets, and fun scenarios. The dialogue was witty and ...more
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
This didn't have the usual IA kind of chemistry I expect from her couples but honestly? Everything else was kickass. That ending was mean, though, but honestly I've kind of come to expect it from this series. Speaking of which, I'll admit, it did take me a hot minute to slip back into this world after bouncing through so many other books, not to mention so many other IA worlds, but once I settled? I was in.

That's it, that's the review.
Maggie ☘
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.. ...more
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