Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There were a lot less slipped-in world-building gems in this instalment, but there was a much more streamlined and focused plot with deeper character building across the board, so all in all, everything evened out.
Ah, yes, and there was much less of a sense of love-triangles and UFism as all the races began feeling like individuals with histories, loss, and actionable twisted motivations. This one felt like a traditional diplomatic-action SF, complete with a quirky chef, seating arrangements, and an asshole arbitrator. (Come on. You know that's a standard trope. No *real* spoiler.)
And yet, our MC's love interests aren't completely gone from the picture, so if you are pining, you *are* allowed to pine and swoon and whatever it is you paranormal romance types do in your off-time. That part doesn't interest *me* that much, but I can recognize good writing, interesting stories, and a delightful low-fever of humor running through these novels.
You Texans! You sure allow some interesting people to run some interesting intergalactic way stations in your state! Whew. :)
Btw, I can read this stuff all day long. It's very pleasant and easy and not at all boring. Bravo!
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