Writer Reads Book Review: The Kinsmen Universe

I was introduced to Ilona Andrews books by a fellow writer. I trust her taste because she’s an excellent author and we like a lot of the same authors, shows, movies, etc. She recommended Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews because I like beauty and the beast retellings. I then devoured all of Ilona Andrews stories in the Kate Daniels and Innkeeper series. I tried Burn for Me, but haven’t made it to the second book. I saw The Kinsmen Universe on Audible and gave it a listen yesterday.

If you read all the reviews for these short stories/novellas on Amazon, you’ll hear a lot of people griping about two previously published stories squashed together with a new story they didn’t like so much. I think people need to read the blurbs before they buy because the information is in there.

As far as the stories go, they’re more science fiction romance with incredible world building that IA is known for. The reason I’d categorize them as romance rather than sci-fi is that the plot points center around the relationship between the main characters.

I’d love to see more of this fully actualized world, its problems, and the people that populate it, but a full-length novel with an ensemble cast and intriguing storyline like the Kate Daniels series or their Innkeeper Series.

©TJ Deschamps

Image via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kinsmen-Universe-Ilona-Andrews-ebook/dp/B07K8XCTL3

Published by TJ Deschamps

Tammy loves to build worlds with words, exploring themes the effect of diaspora on the generations born elsewhere than their ancestors with the backdrop of tech or magic and dragons (sometimes both). These stories are inspired by her own family's immigrant experience. She's queer and many of her characters fall somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum (though that is not the focus of her work). She's married to an engineer who dances. Together they are raising three precocious teens in the Seattle suburbs. Two of her children are neurodiverse. Her experiences have taught her much about the world, its beauties and its injustices. All of this comes through in her fiction with a healthy dose of absurd humor.

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