FCF #3 // Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews

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Posted June 28, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Books, Favorite Cover Friday / 0 Comments

FCF #3 // Sweep of the Blade by Ilona AndrewsSweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #4
Published by NYLA on July 16, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Also by this author: Burn For Me

Maud Demille is a daughter of Innkeepers—a special group who provide ‘lodging’ to other-planetary visitors—so she knows that a simple life isn't in the cards. But even Maud could never have anticipated what Fate would throw at her.

Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her young daughter, Helen, were exiled with him for his treachery to the desolate, savage planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud—completely abandoned by his family—has spent over a year avenging his debts. Rescued by her sister Dina, she's sworn off all things vampire.

Except... In helping Dina save the world, she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr, one of the most powerful vampire houses. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined. Arland is not used to hearing the word ‘no;’ and try as she might, Maud 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 extremely influential and Maud knows that a woman—a human, with a very questionable past—who's turned down a proposal from its most beloved son won't get a warm reception. Maybe she’s not sure about marrying Arland, but House Krahr isn’t going to decide for her. Maud Demille has never run from a fight, and House Krahr will soon discover that there's a lot more to Maud than they’re expecting.

If you happen to follow me on any of my social media you will know how much I love me some Ilona Andrews. I’m currently listening to Burn for Me on audio right now (Mad Rogan … swoon!). So when I saw that they were releasing another new book – Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews – this year and it looked like this, I knew I had to feature it here on the blog.

Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews Cover Breakdown

1. Galaxy (Galactic) Elements

Have you ever gone on Pinterest and just searched for wallpapers for your phone, desktop, or tablet? Well I have and I always find myself gravitating towards the photos with the galaxies, or stars, or even just pictures of the Earth from space. So you can imagine how much Sweep of the Blade’s cover, with its galactic elements, is calling out to me.

2. Warrior Woman

Do y’all see this warrior woman with her blades looking like a complete badass in space?! She looks like she’s capable to handling any problems that come her way. While I’ve only read the first book in this series, I cannot wait to continue on with this series if a story featuring a character like her is who I have to look forward to.

3. Color Scheme

When Crafting By The Pound was a sticker shop on Etsy, we somewhat specialized in the bold color schemes of planner kits, and since I was the artist behind Crafting By The Pound’s kits it’s fair to say that I love bold colors.

The color scheme on this cover gives me a homey feel. I feel like I can curl up on my bed, or favorite chair, with my favorite snacks and drink and get lost in this book. Who knew that colors on a book cover could give a comforting feel?!

4. Swords (Weapons)

I’ve already talked about how this warrior woman speaks to the warrior inside me, but let’s talk about her weapons.

If you’ve read Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniel series you know they have a love the all types of weapons, but the weapons on this cover look like they were created for this character and that they would deal some serious damage on whoever would piss this woman off.


Negatives of Sweep of the Blade‘s Book Cover

You would think that I chose to feature a book here as a Favorite Cover Friday feature that I wouldn’t find anything wrong with it, well I believe in transparency and honest opinions. While I liked the majority of everything on Sweep of The Blade’s cover there was one aspect that produces some hesitancy in me about the overall story.

1. The Cohesion of Everything Mentioned Just Didn’t Work …

Yes, each element of this cover that I talked about in the positives section of this post are all great, but the cohesion of everything as one cover just doesn’t work for me.

The font choice seems mediocre, and to be honest the face of the woman seems regurgitated from another fantasy story cover. If this cover art is done by who I’m thinking, I will say that this isn’t their best work.


“Favorite Cover Fridays” is a weekly meme by Crafting By The Pound. It’s all about book covers; how they look and how we feel about them. Being able to admire book covers both far and wide is one of the pleasures of being a book lover, so this post is 100% dedicated to gushing over the chosen cover during your week that has impacted you the most, that has induced you in cover lust.

About Ilona Andrews

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. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored four NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, rustic fantasy of the Edge, paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and Innkeeper Chronicles, which they post as a free weekly serial. For complete list of their books, fun extras, and Innkeeper installments, please visit their website at Ilona-andrews.com.




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