Confession time, I love Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels novels, so was both excited and hesitant by the idea of them writing a sci-fi story in a serialised format.
I shouldn’t have worried; the story has a strong female lead, high-action scenes, humour, monsters, fun (but not Over The Top) topical/popular culture references and some very cute guys.
The serialisation of ‘Clean Sweep’ has been completed and it has now been released as an Ebook. I don’t usually read Ebooks for anything more than sample chapters but for a short-ish story (60,000 words) with some fabulous illustrations the format really worked!
(Cover for ‘Clean Sweep’)
The plot has solid Urban Fantasy roots with a Science Fiction twist – I can’t summarise it any better than the author so the following is taken directly from ilona-andrews.com
“On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, “normal” is a bit of a stretch for Dina.”
This in itself sounds a good plot for a book, however it keeps coming
(great, now I am really craving some of these…)
“And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night….Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved.”
Involved is an understatement, there is a scene set in Costco that is just wonderful, I don’t want to spoil it but it is certainly going to add an edge to my next visit!
The science fiction aspects of the book are understated, for the most part as they tend to be around the origins of the characters – or the origins of their entire species, this makes ‘Clean Sweep’ a comfortable read even if you aren’t overly into Science Fiction.
The story romps along nicely and I stayed up far later than I should have reading it, I couldn’t put it down until I had finished and despite the book being self-contained I was so thankful that there is a sequel planned.