Summon the Keeper (Keeper Chronicles #1)
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Summon the Keeper (Keeper Chronicles #1)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  3,113 ratings  ·  179 reviews
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
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...more
Mar 04, 2007 Leesa rated it 5 of 5 stars
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!
Lois Bujold
May 31, 2013 Lois Bujold rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Barks & Bites
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...more
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...more
Dec 05, 2007 AA rated it 5 of 5 stars
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. :)
NewMoonGirl (Hazel)
2 ½ 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, J...more
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 Callista rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Callista 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
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...more
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
Olga Godim
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. Often...more
Alex Hammel
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...more
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
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...more
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
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 3 of 5 stars
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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Never in my life has it taken me over 3 days to read a mass market paperback, and if it took me a whole 3 days, it's because I had no time to read. This thing took me 13 days. Two long, miserable weeks. Main character Claire is a condescending bitch to secondary character Adam or Bill or Cal, whatever the dude's name is that she's supposed to be interested in, who is also naive and dumb as a post - at least the way Claire tells it. Claire is a Keeper, a supernatural protector of the natural worl...more
Enjoyable read; it wasn't great as far as speculative or fantasy fiction goes, and I like Huff's more serious sci-fi/fantasy works better for their subversive qualities, but I loved the humor and character interplay. I especially liked the sarcastic Austin (the cat), who could really put Claire in her place - and the fact that the mouth of Hell is in the basement of a Canadian B & B is just too good to pass up.
This was a difficult read but I persevered. I kept going because way back when I read Tanya Huff's vampire series and watched the tv show based on the books I enjoyed them. I'm glad I kept going because the ending was satisfying. The cat was the best part. The cat always is.
Rob Trans
This is the first of a series of 3 books about a Keeper whose job it is to fix problems such as holes between our existence and, in this case, hell. It incorporates a variety of supernatural characters such as vampires and the Greek gods. It is pleasant and the characters are developed and change. The dialogue isn't bad. The plot is a bit weak. It is something of a relationship book. I've never read a romance novel (unless Rafael Sabatini counts), but i suspect this borders on being one. I have...more
A light horror/fantasy novel about a Keeper (member of a run-of-the-mill "secret organization that protects the universe!") who unwillingly inherits a bed-and-breakfast with a portal to Hell in the basement. Wacky hijinks ensue.

Hell is the best character in the book: it talks to itself in ALL CAPS and sulks whenever things aren't going its way. I loved Hell; Hell made the book for me. The other characters were a little less special -- Huff likes to give her characters one trait and one conflict...more
Eden Winters
Oh my! It's been awhile since I read this book, but it's a favorite. The characters are so engaging, and a new twist appears on nearly every page. Extremely entertaining.
This book was a joy to find. Besides the excellent characterization of the cat Austin, the humor, magic and characters in this book were delightfull!
I found this book very fun and easy to read. Enjoyable with a good sense of humor.

The romance elements were quite strong for a book marketed as fantasy. The hot young man who is always being described in terms of his muscles. The love triangle. The nosy family and neighbors. And as a romance novel, I don't think it was particularly good or bad. I didn't really understand the attraction of the ghost and I don't think it was shown believably. The ghost was more annoying, although he did serve as t...more
Nunca me he sentido tan aliviada de terminar un libro, fue muy difícil.

Okay entonces gasté como cuatro meses de mi vida en este libro, lo empecé a leer y luego lo dejé en el segundo capítulo porque no me sentía inspirada a leerlo y luego pasaron como dos meses antes de que lo volviera a agarrar, y debo decir que las únicas dos cosas que me hacían volver eran:

1. Austin, el gato
2. Y Dean, el "amo" de llaves (?)

La primera parte del libro la encontré difícil de leer porque sentí que habían algunas...more
Book Rants
It's a fun read if you're looking for something humorous that is not overtly obvious a typical Urban Fantasy. I would say the genre 'urban fantasy' hasn't really be around all that long and this was written before there was a particular definition for it, so it has hints of romance, fantasy, humor in a way that I haven't really seen in the recent urban fantasy novels that are out there.

I really enjoyed the pace of the plot, but I have read a few reviews that feel differently. For me I was enjoyi...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
This book seems like it should have been good. It had a lot of elements that generally work well, the plot wasn't overly derivative, and it had clever humor to boot. But the last part was the biggest problem. There are any number of reason why you may not find a joke funny. It could be that it is legitimately not funny, it could be that the type of humor doesn't appeal to you, it could be that you just don't get the joke, or it could be that the delivery is poor. Usually we view bad delivery as...more
Nancy O'Toole
Claire Hansen is a Keeper who's job and birthright is to keep the universe secure. She's in for quite a shock when she's summoned to a run down hotel, and then wakes up the next morning as it's new owner. When Claire finds a hole to hell in the basement, and a woman frozen in a magical sleep state in one of the rooms, she quickly discovers that there's more going on in Elysian Fields Guesthouse than the previous owner revealed. Now, it's her job to clean things up.

Summon the Keeper is the first...more
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