Hi all, Mod R again.
Sweep of the Heart will be the 5th full-sized novel in the Innkeeper Chronicles series. It is currently being released as a weekly serial, and will be published as a book in all the usual formats (including audiobook) after it’s finalised on the blog and goes through edits. There is no official release date yet.
You’ve indicated in the comments that you would benefit from a reminder of our cast of characters. This is a companion post to the one with all the delegations and their candidates, which have not been included again below. I heartily encourage rereads if you feel very lost, as most of these characters have been introduced in previous books and have rich back stories. Here are all the chapters of SotH from the start and here for all the previous Innkeeper releases.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the details about the characters, just an aide-mémoire in alphabetical order for quick reference. I’m in the comments if you need further details.
There are spoilers ahead so do not read if you’re not following up with the weekly serial.
Adri- Orro’s Chef mentor. Helped obtain the new kitchen assistants for the spouse selection event
Arland– vampire, Marshall of House Krahr, engaged to Maud
Beast– a tiny black and white Shih-Tzu-Chi belonging to Dina. Looks like an Earth miniature dog until it opens an unnaturally wide mouth with 4 rows of razor teeth
Brian Rodriguez– runs Casa Feliz, the largest regional inn located in Dallas. Sits on the Innkeeper Assembly. Father of Tony, the ad-hal
Caldenia ka ret Magren, Letere Olivione– permanent guest at Gertrude Hunt, former galactic tyrant with multiple bounty hunter contracts on her head, Kosandion’s aunt
Clan Sai– the main Merchant clan of the Dominion
Cookie (Nuan Couki)– Young member of the Merchant Clan Nuan. Nuan Cee’s thrice-removed cousin’s seventh’s son. Observer during the spouse selection
Corrupted ad-hal– kidnapped Wilmos to Karron, was destroyed by Dina, Karat and the woman werewolf at Baha-char
Cumbr Adgi– assassin, sadistic. His father rules the Muterzen meteorite belt pirate fleet. Is at the inn in disguise, aiming to assassinate Kosandion and win the pirate throne
Dagorkun– otrokar, Under-Khan of the Hope Crushing Horde. Observer during the spouse selection event as the emissary of the Khan (his father)
Dina– human, innkeeper of Gertrude Hunt
Droplet– Orro’s plating specialist during the spouse selection event, a Vaskebiorn
First Scholar (Thek)– a koo-ko scholar of great renown, wise elder of the philosophical space chickens, Sage of the Great Tree, Vanquisher of the Sphinx
Gaston– former Arbitrator crew member, part Thoas, cousin by marriage to Jack and George. Crossover character from the Edge series
George– semi-retired Arbitrator, consort of Sophie, human with necromancer power. Crossover character from The Edge series
Gorvar– Wilmos’ pet and guard, one of the last Auul wolves
Helen– Maud’s daughter and Dina’s niece. Half vampire. Named after her missing maternal grandmother
Holy Ecclesiarch– religious leader of the Dominion. Ostensibly at the end of his life and required to be present throughout the entire spouse selection process for its validity
Jack– lynx shifter, former Arbitrator crew member, brother of George. Crossover character from the Edge series
Karat– vampire, Knight Commander of House Krahr, Lord Soren’s daughter, cousin to Arland and best friend of Maud. Observer during the spouse selection
Karron– liquid methane planet where Wilmos is being kept prisoner. The Dominion owns the only safe portal gate that reaches there
Klaus– Dina and Maud’s brother, an Arbitrator
Kolinda– planet with a purple sky and an orange ocean where Gertrude Hunt has a door. Part of the new rooms created for the spouse selection open onto it.
Kosandion ka ret Maggran, Letero Kolivion– Sovereign of the Seven Star Dominion, in search of a spouse. Nephew of Caldenia, who also assassinated Kosandion’s father.
Koshai– solitary, sponge-like aliens
Marais– human police officer in Red Deer, Texas, where Gertrude Hunt is located. Aware of the special nature of inns and their guests.
Maud– human, Dina’s sister, Maven (ambassador negotiator) of the vampire House Krahr, engaged to Arland
Michael Braswell– the first of the corrupted ad-hals Dina and Sean encountered, eliminated in One Fell Sweep. Childhood best friend of Klaus, Dina’s brother
Miralitt– Prefect, head of the Sovereign’s personal guard, Sislaf with vampire heritage
Nuan Cee– head of Clan Nuan, a Lees Merchant clan. Former employer of Sean, in his Turan Adin role on Nexus. Second largest sponsor of the Temple of Desire.
Olasard– grey Maine Coon cat adopted by Dina and named after the Ripper of Souls of vampire legend. Had a collar with the initials SN on it
Orata– Kosandion’s head of PR, in charge of the broadcast of the spouse selection event and its ratings
Orro– Quillonian Red Cleaver chef of Gertrude Hunt
Orro’s Sous-Chefs– students from a fancy culinary academy. One is an Auroch, and the other a juvenile Quillonian
Resven– Chancellor of the Dominion, he manages the entirety of the Capital palace and is the Sovereign’s right-hand man for all affairs involving domicile and family
Scaled woman– victim of human trafficking, cruelly modified with scales and scars. Lets Dina know Cumbr Adgi, a pirate assassin, is at the inn posing danger to Kosandion
Sean Evans– Dina’s boyfriend, Alpha strain werewolf, innkeeper of Gertrude Hunt
Seven Star Dominion– galactic Republican Empire looking for a spouse for their Sovereign, Kosandion. Dominion citizens share a collective empathy
Sequatist– a planetphage, a superorganism traveling from planet to planet, devouring all life to support its own, aware and tormented by its existence, destroyed. Quoted as an existentialist philosophical source by Prysen Ol.
Sislaf– humanoid race, the most numerous of the 4 main population groups of the Dominion
Six Star Supremacy– the Dominion’s sister empire
Sophie (Lark)– Queen of Harriblex, swordswoman, cousin of Gaston, wife of George. Crossover character from the Edge series
Sphinx– guardian of the portal in the Baha-char Old Arena, defeated by First Scholar Thek
Tomato– observer of the spouse selection event. Green-furred and bear-like, he comes from a republic neighboring the Dominion
Tony– Gertrude Hunt’s regional ad-hal, Assembly secret enforcer, son of Brian Rodriguez the innkeeper
Werewolf woman– brings news of Wilmos’ kidnapping and gets in Dina and Sean’s way a lot. Unnamed for now
Wilmos– old werewolf who helped engineer the Alpha-strain like Sean, now a weapons vendor/mercenary go-between in Baha-char. Kidnapped by the corrupted ad-hal