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 debts. But now all the debts are paid. Rescued by her sister Dina, Maud had swore off all things vampire. Except she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined.
Try as she might, she can't just walk away from Arland. It doesn't help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.
To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is a powerful vampire House, and Maud knows that a woman who turned down the proposal from its most beloved son wouldn't get a warm reception. But Maud Demille never shied from a fight and House Krahr may soon discover that there is more to this human woman than they ever thought possible.
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 fly by. Maud is an extremely compelling character, and there is a nice romance to boot, even if the romance isn't the mushy, demonstrative kind. Also, there is no heat at all, for those interested.
Children in books can be hit or miss for me, but I loved Maud's relationship with her daughter. I even found myself calling my own children, "my flower," despite the strange looks that I got from my husband...
All this book did was made me hungry for the next in the series. It's crack-tastic, and I guarantee you will love it too.
Thanks for reading!