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Guardian Of Honor (The Summoning #1)

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With their magic boundaries falling and terrible monsters invading, the Marshalls of Lladrana must follow ancient tradition and Summon a savior from the Exotique land. . .

For Alexa Fitzwalter, the Marshall's call pulled the savvy lawyer into a realm where she barely understood the language, let alone the intricacies of politics and power. Armed only with her wits, a mysti

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Liz
Reads like bad fanfic.

When I read the summary for this, I was intrigued by a premise that had previously been used by Modesitt in "The Soprano Sorceress," bringing a woman from our world into a magical one where she suddenly finds herself in possession of great power. Unfortunately, Ms. Owens is no Modesitt. I strongly suspect that she's a former, or current, fanfic writer and this book is one of her recycled fics that she "cleaned up" for professional publication. It certainly reads like it, st
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Maggie
I think compared to many romance novels out there, this story was decent.

One thing bothered me: Alexa just kept accepting dramatic changes in her life too easily. I'm sure each person has their own unique response to changes and disorientation but I think the extreme switch from Denver, Colorado to a magical world called Lladrana filled with magic-users, flying horses, and monsters, would be enough for most logical people to question their own sanity. It troubles me that the novel claims she pr
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zjakkelien
This book was surprisingly nice. Ok, it's nothing earth shattering, and perhaps because of that 4 stars are too much. On the other hand, I really enjoyed it and I'm going to let that count for more than how good the book is.

The story is about Alexa, who gets Summoned to another world. There she finds she has magic and is needed to fight evil. She also finds her soulmate. As you can see, a simple story, nice and unpretentious. It has fantasy, it had romance, and, what I really liked, it is unpre
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Scooper Speaks
Guardian of Honor by Robin D. Owens is book one in the Summoning series.

The world where the story takes place is Lladrana, a world based on the feudal system with castes and roles for everyone. When Alexa steps through the portal from the human world to Lladrana, she tests into one of the highest places in society: guardian. She is the newest member of an elite group of magical people who are rich and control all information being dissipated to the people of Lladrana. Her love interest is the so
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Catherine
Aug 28, 2013 Catherine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Good lord I hated this book so much.

UPDATE:

So I wrote my one line "review" back in June, and now that it's the end of August I'm prepared to write more about it. I bought this book at least in 2008 (I found a ticket stub for a concert in that year as bookmark). I picked up at least three times and put it down, unwilling to put in the effort of reading it. I remember back when I WAS reading it after buying it initially, a friend of mine was also reading the series. She told me that while this boo
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Holly
Nov 28, 2008 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fantasy, other worlds, heroines, and flying horses
Shelves: favorites
WOW doesn't really cover it. Amazing world, amazing characters, very creative use of magic and song and telepathy. I actually only read it because I saw book 3 (Protector of the Flight) with the pegasus on the cover, and figured I'd better begin at the beginning (hoping I wouldn't be disappointed). I think I've found a new favorite series. Warning for some of my friends that I know this might offend: There is some sex, and the society in general has no morays against homosexuality (nothing overt ...more
Brittany
Jun 30, 2016 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, 2016
I absolutely LOVE this series! Its very original and written so well! It seems very realistic and the situations the characters get involved in seem plausible (within the story line) It is a fantasy fiction where on woman from Colorado is brought into another dimension by the inhabitance of this alternate realm to help save them from an evil being. This evil being is sending creatures through the rain and past the failing protective barrier to attack and kill. This first book is full of internal ...more
Rachel
Feb 18, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
arg! Good ideas, but smashed together with too much. Unique stuff in the world she creates, but she basically went down the laundry list of girly fantasy novels and picked one of each variety-

add
1 depressed earth girl
1 furry shapeshifter pet guide
1 magical horse of any telepathic sentient variety
stir with plug and play magical powers
add 1 hot hero w/ magical sex skills
1 prophecy/fate
fold in demony creatures of any dark flesh-eating variety
bake one hour or until our suspencion of desbelief is com
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Melissa
May 17, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A solid story. An interesting premise. An engaging world. And part of a series.

A series that only cost me $10 to pick up the entire series. So, not bad.

Each book focuses on a different character. This one focuses on Alexa. She is summoned into a world where she is very powerful and alien. She has to find her feet, learn the language, learn how to use her power and learn to work with a diverse group of people.

The characters are interesting, but there are a lot of them. In some cases, it took a
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Aelvana
Jan 21, 2016 Aelvana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Alexa is still mourning the death of her friend and partner in law, Sophie, when the call comes and spirits her away to another world. Lladrana is a world under siege by dark forces, protected only by the magical fenceposts that form a barrier around the country. A failing barrier, these days. Alexa is supposed to fix that. She's supposed to be Llandra's savior, the hopes of all Marshalls realized---but she doesn't have any idea how. And Alexa doesn't care for the Marshalls and their attempts to ...more
Holly
I really enjoy Owens' Celta series, and thought this might grab me the same way. While it was enjoyable, it isn't as compelling as her other series.

The novel started out really slow. 50 pages in I was still having a hard time falling into the story. There were parts that drew me in, but I didn't find myself eager to get back to the book if I set it down.

I may try the second book to see if the world captures me more, but I'm not in a hurry to grab it.
Deanna Roberts
Jan 14, 2008 Deanna Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have found myself really enjoying Luna books. The style is a romantic adventure. It deals with Marshalls and sorcery and a summoning from present day Earth to a world of monsters and a race of humanoids that are similar yet very different.

This was a very enjoyable read. Took me about a day to read it. Slurp!
Sara
Mar 09, 2016 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-and-fun
I would like to give this book 2.5 stars.

The Good: The world and concept are well thought out and portrayed. The voice is overall clear and relatable.

The Not So Good: There are some timeline discrepancies that really should have been caught before publication, some of the scenes are choppy, there's a lot of unnecessary backstory given about the main characters, and there is an overabundance of adjectives.

It was a fun and light read. I'd have enjoyed it more if I were someone who could more eas
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Shannon
Oct 26, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the negative reviews made me a little nervous about this one, but I found it very enjoyable. It is at heart a romance, but there is a lot of fantasy elements that make it interesting and unusual. I mean, who wouldn't want to be drawn into another world where you are not only kick-butt powerful, but desperately needed for their very survival?
Here's the Summoning series:
www.goodreads.com/series/41660-the-su...
1. Guardian Of Honor
2. Sorceress Of Faith (The Summoning, #2)
3. Protector of th
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Emily
Jan 30, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf
Rather than posting a review of each book in the series, here's the summation of them all!

The series started out strong, with a nice balance between the fantasy world and the romantic aspect Owens brings in to most of her work. My enjoyment faded with each subsequent book. This isn't to say I didn't enjoy the writing and move quickly through each book, but I think I liked the characters less as the series progressed. For example, the heroine of book 2 seemed strong and smart in her book, but com
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Ginger
Sep 24, 2015 Ginger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kinda liked it. It's too long for the story and i could use more depth in the conversations. But the world was interestingly done, and the relationship between the two, although not much drama, was nicely balanced.
Great book? no.
Satisfying story? yes.
It's a fantasy book with romance genre elements and works perfectly ok in that field.
Oh, and extremely bland cover art that doesn't match her description, considering she has silver hair almost right away. Ignore the cover.
Ashley
Apr 01, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty fantastic start to a series. Alexa is a lawyer in Colorado when she hears a song and steps though a magical doorway. She's been summoned by the Marshalls of Lladrana to help restore the magical fence that keeps the evil horrors at bay. She meets a shape shifting Feycoocu and her eventual Pairling Bastien. There is a lot of honor and fighting and truth involved which is always good in my opinion. A solid story.
Jane (PS)
Sep 03, 2011 Jane (PS) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had tried to read this book about a year ago and for some reason, put it down despite really enjoying the beginning. I picked it up again yesterday - and couldn't put it down again. I loved it - a great book of overcoming the odds and defeating prejudices as well as 'evil'. I think because I had already read some of the 'world', I found it really easy to immerse myself in the fantasy. In a strange way my delay increased my enjoyment of the book. I have the next 3 books in the series - I can't ...more
Anna
Jan 22, 2016 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Romance novel dressed up as epic fantasy. Not quite as porn-tastic as the Celta series she writes, but also not especially well crafted, either. As with the other series, the world building has real promise, but the whole thing falls a bit flat.

You know a book is in trouble when you re-write it in your head to make the prose move along more smoothly.
Autumn
Dec 08, 2008 Autumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Fantasy is not my usual choice but i found this series by accident on amazon and bought the first 3. I am so glad, because this series has enthralled me. It is well written and fast paced. This series is about magic, love, good and evil, faith, tollerance and community.
Read them all...you will not be disappointed.
This book, the first in the series is about Alexa being "summoned" from earth to another place Lladrana to help fight invading evil.

Monsters, magic, love, a beautiful other world, and a
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Kari Chapman
The premise of the book sounded interesting - young lawyer pulled into another world to help fight Evil. However I only got about 40 pages in before giving up because it was so painful to read. The entire opening was telling us about what was going on instead of showing us, the language could have used another few rounds with proof reading. The antagonist was so horribly over the top I couldn't stop rolling my eyes ever time he did anything. I didn't feel any connection to the characters and the ...more
Christie
Nov 26, 2014 Christie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance, scribd
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Cell1e
Aug 17, 2012 Cell1e rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldnt put this book down and then I 'devoured' the rest of the series. I loved the world that Ms Owens created and the romance and the adventure and the 'happy ever after'

My husband hasnt seen much of me this past few weeks I have been reading 'The Summoning Series'

I think Robin Owens did a marvellous job with these books, the romance scenes were really engrossing, the story and adventure exciting. I really recommend this to other fans of romantic fantasy.

(Just an add in, the romance scenes
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Karen
Mar 16, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Called from one world to serve another, a young woman must face many horrors, then decide whether to return to her world. #1 in the Summoning series.
Tera
Jan 25, 2016 Tera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just did my 6th or 7th read on this series and I loved it, no surprise. I cried, I laughed, I longed and as always I wished for more.
Anna
May 15, 2011 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I tried to read this book but I found it rather stupid. With great reviews and high praise I though it might be worth my time, but every time I picked the book up, I kept asking myself: Why am I reading this crap... I rarely give up on a book, but I was well after the 100th page and I had given it a fair chance. The characters seemed fickle, the fantasy element was so vague it was pointless, and who in any world has sex with a faceless stranger just because you're bored and he smelled good? Agai ...more
Luca Morandi
Really a normal fantasy book.
The really good things where the characters and their evolutions, simply one of the best shown
Turdlemary
Feb 28, 2008 Turdlemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place in another place called Lladrana though it does connect to our earth. It's about a woman called Alexa Fitzwalter who stumbles into another world through their calling song to her. She is the chosen one who must help to defend the strange new land she's been called to. being an orphan in our world she finally finds what she's been deprived of in our world and decides to stay and help fight the monsters that tries to kill the only home where she's been accepted. i learned tha ...more
Brandy Tucker
Jun 12, 2014 Brandy Tucker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is in my top 10!! I love this and wish they would make it into a movie.
Robyn
Jan 31, 2015 Robyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-i-hated
This series is terribly written. The dialogue is annoying and the story is just bad. I really tried to like it, I read the first 2, but I will not be continuing the series.
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