Guardian Of Honor (The Summoning #1)
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
fold in demony creatures of any dark flesh-eating variety
bake one hour or until our suspencion of desbelief is com ...more
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 ...more
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.
This was a very enjoyable read. Took me about a day to read it. Slurp!
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 ...more
Here's the Summoning series:
1. Guardian Of Honor
2. Sorceress Of Faith (The Summoning, #2)
3. Protector of th ...more
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 ...more
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.
You know a book is in trouble when you re-write it in your head to make the prose move along more smoothly.
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 ...more
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 ...more