"A Fantasy Too Good To Miss"
Claire, Dean, and Austin the talking cat, have checked out
of the Elysian Fields Guest House having closed the portal
to hell in its basement. Claire has decided that it is time
that they part company. She is a Keeper, one who is charged
with repairing the holes in the fabric of the universe
caused by other's misdeeds. Dean, sweet and gorgeous as he
is, is a defenseless Bystander. She had come to care for
him during their ordeal. To protect him she realizes that
she must send him away, in spite of the fact that Dean,
Austin, and her own sister Diana, have argued against it.
Dean already knows his heart, but realizes that he can't
force the feelings on Claire. His pride won't allow him to
plead. He's been to Hell and back, literally, and she
still thinks SHE has to protect HIM. Still she hadn't
erased his memories, so there was always hope that she'd
come to her senses.
Claire doesn't fare any better without Dean than he does
without her. Distracted by her memories, she soon becomes a
danger to herself and the universe, mishandling the
simplest of summons. It doesn't take long for her to
realize that missing Dean is like missing a part of
herself. Once reconciled to the inevitable, Claire sets
off to find him with characteristic determination.
Back together, the power of their love, combined with the
magic of Christmas Eve, and a little meddling by Diana,
Claire and Dean create an angel. To balance the existence
of the angel, Samuel; a demon, Byleth, springs forth as
well. If that weren't enough, the pair had manifested as
two anatomically correct teenagers, who haven't a clue how
to deal with their hormones, let alone the world in
general. To top it off, Claire's teen sister and fellow
Keeper, Diana, has appointed herself their protector,
opposing Claire's objective to send them back where they
came from. Look out world!
Tanya Huff continues the Keeper tradition with a highly
entertaining second volume. The reactions of the two teens
to their new forms, and to the people they encounter are
absolutely hilarious. Austin is, well, Austin, but the
single-minded Claire has been turned upside down by the
first mission that has personal implications for her.
The Second Summoning is a fantasy that is simply too good
to miss. Highly recommended for YA and older.
Copyright © 2001
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted August 7, 2001
After closing the portal to hell, Claire and her talking cat, Austin, acquired a new companion--Dean, who was a Bystander and should not have remembered Keepers existed. But with Dean around, and a little of her sister Diana's meddling--the world is heading for Chaos, and Claire is about to face a challenge beyond her wildest imagination. Sequel to "Summon the Keeper".