"Wonderful world of magic and love!"

Alexa Marie Fitzwalter was determined to do something worthwhile with her life. Even though she was a product of the foster care system, she made it through law school. She made one very dear friend in law school and once they graduated, they decided to start a law practice together. Of course, that dream died with Sophie's death. Now, she's at loose ends and has no idea why she feels compelled to go hiking in the Colorado mountains in the middle of the night. There's some sort of a song calling her and so she answers the call and comes to an arch of some kind. She steps through the arch and there's some kind of a beast waiting for her. Somehow, she manages to make it past the beast and finds herself in the middle of a circle of people. They begin speaking, but she can't understand a word they're saying. These strange people keep calling her Exotique.

How did this happen? She's in another world somewhere. Everything is different, right down to the way the people look. After subjecting her to a number of tests, they take her to a tower room. While she's sleeping, a little pink fairy appears in her dreams and shows her a movie of what happened, except this time, she can understand what everyone is saying. She senses quite a bit of hostility from their leader, a Swordmarshall Reynardus. Eventually, she gets fed up with all the testing and being manipulated and goes into the town. The Marshalls manage to get her back to the Castle and promise they won't lie or manipulate her anymore. They offer her an estate, which is something Alexa has always wanted. The hostility from Reynardus doesn't lesson, but Alexa realizes she was brought to this world, Lladrana, in order to save it. The fenceposts keeping evil out of the borders of Lladrana have been failing and it's up to Alexa to fix them and replace the ones destroyed.

Will Alexa manage to save Lladrana? Will she ever find a man to bond with and fight with? Will she ever be able to manage the magic she somehow got when she crossed to this world? What of the Snap? Will she go back to Earth, or will she remain on Lladrana?

THE SUMMONING -- GUARDIAN OF HONOR is an excellent fantasy tale. This story is a bit of everything from shapeshifters to evil prehistoric monsters. Robin D. Owens has done a wonderful job of portraying an ordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances. Alexa finds herself magically transported from Earth to a land filled with magic. Even though Alexa is flawed by her childhood, she finds herself in a world where she can do some good. The man she eventually meets is flawed himself and never really fit in. The two of them are magic all by themselves! I really love Sinafin, the little shapeshifter never could find a shape to remain in. The world building in this story is excellent, the characters are all realistic, even the way Swordmaster Thealia mothers Alexa, and the plot is fantastic! I can't wait to find out where the series leads to next! Maybe a Sorcerer.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted February 18, 2006



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 mystical companion and the help of the chevalier, Bastien, Alexa must use her very human mind and skills to fight the encroaching evil-and resist manipulation by the Marshalls to force her to stay in Lladrana.

Now torn between her affinity for this realm and Earth, if given the chance to return home will she? Or dare she risk everything for a land not her own?

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Guardian of Honor
(The Summoning: Book 1)
by Robin D. Owens

February 1, 2005
Available: February 1, 2005
ISBN #0373802153
EAN #9780373802159
416 pages
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