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Summon the Keeper (Keeper Chronicles #1)

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Claire Hansen, the Keeper, is summoned to the Elysian Fields Guest House to reseal a hole in the basement, which is literally an opening to Hell. The owner and monitor of the site disappears, leaving Claire stuck managing the place until the problem is solved. Her new employee, Dean McIssac, is a gorgeous Newfie who cooks, cleans, and lives the Boy Scout oath. Then there's ...more
Paperback, 331 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by DAW
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Wendy Welch
Dec 22, 2008 Wendy Welch rated it really liked it
Bubble gum for the brain, with some GREAT snarky one-liners and some scathing pop culture references thrown in - sorta like when you bite through the sucker and hit the gum, these little gems keep popping up.

One of the characters is from Newfoundland, though, and the author has his linguistics wrong. Lots of people have trouble with "he's after getting tall" which is something Irish people or Newfoundlanders would say quite normally. It means he has become tall. The Newf character in the story s
Lois Bujold
May 31, 2013 Lois Bujold rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a light contemporary fantasy. Or Canadian humor.
I enjoyed this... mm, not quite urban fantasy. Call it contemporary Canadian fantasy, although 1998 isn't so contemporary any more; a few more years and we can probably call it historical. It had a good sense of place, and a lot of dry Canadian jokes and humor.

Claire Hansen (the same name as my street, ha! Minnesota is close to Canada in more ways than one) is a Keeper, a sort of witch whose job it is to patch tears in the fabric of reality where evil leaks through. But she's a Canadian witch, s
Mar 04, 2007 Leesa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially people with a weird sense of humor
Shelves: readrepeatedly
This is one of my favorite series by Tanya Huff. I laugh all the way through every time. Hell talking to itself, multi-colored mice, talking cat, Retired Olympians (not atheletes) and much more!
Dec 05, 2007 AA rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I laughed until I cried, then I used quotes for my sig, then I went out and bought everything else I found by Tanya Huff, then I chuckled to myself recalling various bits for the next several months. :)
Bark's Book Nonsense
Oct 29, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a fantasy with two romantic love interests, a hunky handyman and an impossible to resist lusty ghost, that came highly recommended to me and I wasn't at all disappointed.

Claire is what they call a "keeper", a person with supernatural powers who keeps order in the universe and the evilness of hell under wraps. Her latest assignment has her ticked off. She's been summoned to a bed and breakfast where hell resides in the basement and she fears she may be stuck there for the rest of her lif
Title in German:
Die Chroniken der Hüter: Hotel Elysium

A Keeper is a person whose task is to repair holes in the fabric of the universe caused by bad deeds or magic and where evil is able to find its way into our world. Claire Hansen is such a Keeper who was summoned along with her talking cat Austin to Kingston to take care of a hotel where hell resides in the basement and a bad Keeper is put to sleep by other Keepers and not to be aroused in any circumstances.
Arriving there she meets her employ
I've read a lot of Tanya Huff's books: the Valor series,(military sf) all of the four Quaters books, (high fantasy) all of the Blood books, all of the Smoke books (so far, I hope,)(both of these series are contemporary fantasy with vampire as a central character) and I recently read and loved The Enchantment Emporium, of which this is in the same universe.

Claire is a Keeper who is summoned to a Kingston, ON ramshackle rooming house that is staffed by the handsome, capable, Newfie, young, and vir
NewMoonGirl (Hazel)
Apr 12, 2010 NewMoonGirl (Hazel) rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
2 stars
Summon The Keeper I found to be an ok read but frustrating right from the start!
Claire's the keeper who has been summoned to the guest house to take care of afew things.
Number 1 : the pit of Hell in the basement which talks to itself (random I know, lol)
Number 2 : Sara in room 6, who's been put to sleep using magic. She was one of the previous keepers who got caught trying to use the pit of hell for her own gain.

The other characters along for the ride is her talking cat Austin, Dean, Ja
Alex Hammel
Nov 24, 2013 Alex Hammel rated it did not like it
For October's WOGF review, I decided to get my random read out of the way. Nerd that I am, I actually went to the trouble of writing a shell script to select an author randomly, and wound up with Tanya Huff. I was thinking of picking up one of her military science fiction works, but Summon the Keeper seemed like a good pick for Halloween. It, uh, wasn't.

The protagonist is hoodwinked into taking care of a B&B with a portal to hell in the basement which, as a vaguely magical Keeper, it is her
Jan 13, 2008 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff-fantasy
This book was a fun, delightful read. It was chock full of great characters. Claire, the Keeper, finds herself the caretaker of the Bed and Breakfast from Hell. She inherits a sexy ghost, a guest in room six who has been asleep for 40 years, a hunky caretaker who happens to be the most trustworthy person in the world ("Total strangers probably handed him their packages while they bent to tie shoelaces"), and a gateway to Hell in the basement. With the help of her smarter-than-you-or-me cat, Aust ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nicole by: Yvonne
I really like that this is set in Canada and features Canadian characters. Dean is the best thing about the book, because he's a Newfie and because he's just all-around adorable. I don't agree with all of Claire's decisions, but she's an interesting character. I like the concept of Keepers and Cousins. I like Huff's "kitchen sink" approach to magic and mythology; there's a little bit of everything blended together for fun, including a couple of references to Star Wars and Star Trek that had me g ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I've been a fan of Tanya Huff's book since my high school days, but I started with her Fantasy series first, ( Fifth Quarter et al, Wizard of the Grove, Of Darkness, Light, and Fire ). You see some of her snarky humour in those stories, but nothing in them prepared me for the smiles and laughs I got out of Summon the Keeper. Huff always has amazingly real characters and she can have them fighting racist talking lizard people without missing a beat. Every character has their comedic moments and n ...more
Oct 16, 2010 Daelith rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
This is one of those books I picked up at a used book store a few years ago and let sit on the shelf. I've read other books by Tanya Huff and enjoyed them so I'm not sure why I was hesitant to start this one. Glad I finally decided to give a try. Though it had a tendency to drift a bit (in an entertaining way), I really enjoyed this book. For paranormal lovers it has a little of everything - magic, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, mischievous imps and retired Greek gods. Austin the talking cat is h ...more
Die Rezension findet ihr auch auf meinem Blog:

Hotel Elysium hat sich seinen Stammplatz im Regal wirklich verdient, nur weiß ich nicht mehr wieso. Sicherlich hat diese Hölle, die schizophren ist und in Großbuchstaben spricht, eine ganze Menge damit zu tun, aber das kann doch sicherlich nicht der einzige Grund gewesen sein oder? Da musste ich doch mal nach lesen und will mal sehen, ob ich in dieser Rezension alles abdecken kann.

„Alles abdecken willst du? Le
Olga Godim
Oct 23, 2012 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
This is a reread, but after a dozen years, it reads like new.


Claire – a cranky twenty-seven-year-old Keeper. People of her lineage keep the world from sliding into Hell – literally. Wherever holes into the darkness open, Claire hears the Summons and travels, sometimes around the world, to close those holes. Able to manipulate the fabric of the universe, she is ready to sacrifice her life for the good of the ordinary citizens. She thinks she knows best what is good for everyone. Ofte
Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*
I can't help but stray away from most fantasy I've tried because of them being so bizarre. Summon The Keeper by Tanya Huff still beckoned me, mainly because I so loved her Blood Line series (up for re-read and review shortly I hope). The world painted is certainly unique and a little hard to grasp, yet with the characters and setting I was able to be nabbed into it. Situated in a Canadian Bed and Breakfast, life is anything but ordinary with the keeper when she encounters a sexually hungry ghost ...more
Huff, Tanya - 1st of two Summoner books

Being one of the Earth's protectors is never easy, but when Claire the Keeper and Austin the cat find themselves in charge of the Elysian Fields Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast, all Hell breaks loose in the form of a gateway residing in the basement!

Of all the books I've read, there are two that truly made me laugh; "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and "Summon the Keeper."

This books was a hoot! Claire's conversation with He
Feb 22, 2016 Faith rated it really liked it
Reread as part of my current Tanya Huff kick.

This series doesn't quite tick all my boxes in the way that Enchantment Emporium or the Confederation books do, but it's still head-and-shoulders above much of the urban fantasy I've read. Clever without being snarky for the sake of snark, with protagonists who are good at what they do without being "badass". (I love a good badass, I really do -- but variety in literature is never a bad thing!)

Claire sometimes rubs me ever so slightly the wrong way, b
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Sometimes, one is just in the mood for an urban fantasy that doesn't even come close to taking itself too seriously. For those moods, there is Tanya Huff's Keeper Chronicles.

Not appropriate for those who are allergic to cheese.
Diane ~Firefly~
I love this book. You have a keeper (basically a guardian), Claire, and her cat Austin drawn to The Elysian Fields Guest House where there is an evil keeper under a sleeping beauty spell and a hole to hell. The place also boasts a ghost, a crazy neighbor and Dean, a incredibly innocent helper.

While Claire is trying to figure out how to close the hole and not wake the keeper, they have visits from vampires, werewolves and retired Olympian Gods to keep them busy. Oh, and both the cat and Hell talk
Jul 19, 2015 Debrac2014 rated it liked it
The story was slow reading and long winded until midway when it picked up. It turned into a good read! Austin, the talking cat, and the open pit to hell were the comic relief!
Aug 15, 2015 Lea rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I like the way Tanya Huff writes her characters- each one is unique, each is flawed and each is terribly interesting. Also, very Canadian.
Dec 22, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
From the very first page, I was drawn into Summon the Keeper, a novel of magic and the paranormal. This particular series was recommended by one of the MSN reading groups I belong to and I thought I would give it a try. Tanya Huff is not a new author to me, having previously read one of her more traditional fantasy series. In the first book of this particular series, the reader is introduced to a Keeper, Claire Hansen, whose job it is to help keep the universe in one piece, sealing off the evil ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
Summon the Keeper is the first book in the Keeper trilogy (you can find all three books packaged together in The Complete Keeper Chronicles). In some ways it’s reminiscent of Tanya Huff’s The Enchantment Emporium, but I didn't come away feeling like I’d read the same story twice. They’re variations on a theme but each is quite unique. While Emporium is certainly funny, it isn’t the same focused hilarity that I found in Keeper. I genuinely chuckled, snorted, or cackled up to several times per pag ...more
Dec 28, 2008 Lightreads rated it it was ok
Claire and her sister are Keepers. It’s their job to maintain the balance, in the cloasing holes to hell sense.

Because sometimes you just need books with a talking cat. And an adorable Canadian baby lesbian co-protagonist. And the texture of warm cotton candy, with no painfully misguided aspirations for more. Really, fluffy doesn’t even begin to cover it, and post flu of doom, that’s about all I could handle. I suggest waiting for similarly dire straits so as to avoid inadvertent diabetic coma.
May 25, 2014 Sam rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-f
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I really liked the author's writing (she had some really great turns of phrase). On the other hand, I found Jacques obnoxious, not charming, so the whole love triangle plot line left me cold. But I loved sulky, talking to itself, Hell. He/it was probably my favorite character in the book.

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Arliegh Kovacs
Apr 18, 2016 Arliegh Kovacs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, supernatural
Firstly, I've loved all of the Tanya Huff books I've read so far and this one did not disappoint. She mixes the supernatural with danger, romance, and a huge amount of humor.
You can consider this as a 'book trailer'/teaser or worry about spoilers and just read it because I am telling you that you'll like it as much as I did.
Claire is in her twenties and she's a Keeper (capital 'K' - a person summoned to plug accidental psychic holes that could cause big trouble). She ends up being tricked by a C
I've read a number of Tanya Huff's books, and enjoyed all of them. This was no exception, hugely entertaining, funny, smart and filled with little Canadian references that I loved. One of few Canadian authors I really enjoy.

This is an unusual take on the "normal" paranormal fiction characters and story. I found it unique and clever. Clearly Tanya Huff has a very strong imagination, and that is lucky for the reader of paranormal fiction looking for something a little different, because this book
Oct 29, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural
Summon the Keeper

Cosmic accidents require procedures to keep the world safe. Thus the role of the Keeper, a protector who keeps evil at bay.

Claire Hansen is the Keeper, who along with her familiar, a cat named Austin, is summoned to a B & B where an opening to hell exists in the basement. Claire is not a happy camper and is afraid that this particular assignment may require her presence... forever. Not what she had in mind for the rest of her life.

This is a light and funny book filled with
Apr 07, 2016 Astralnature rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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