Guardian of Honor (Summoning Series #1)

Guardian of Honor (Summoning Series #1)

by Robin D. Owens

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Overview

With Their Magic Boundaries Falling and Terrible Monsters Invading, the Marshalls of Lladrana Must Follow Ancient Tradition and Summon a Savor 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, will she return home if given the chance? Or dare she risk everything for a land not her own?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426847349
Publisher: Luna
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: Summoning Series , #1
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 303,084
File size: 352 KB

About the Author

ROBIN D. OWENS has been writing longer than she cares to recall. Her fantasy/futuristic romances found a home at Berkley with HeartMate in December 2001. She’s gone on to write eleven more books in the series and collection of novellas in the Heart universe. She has written five titles for Luna™ Books in her Summoning series, and launched her Mystic Circle series with Enchanted No More.

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Guardian of Honor 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great start to a new series! I love stories where an ordinary person is thrust into a new world where they have to learn how to survive. What Alexa has to go thru, and the descriptions of her new world, were really detailed and interesting. One of those stay-up-all-night titles! I really liked Alexa, and can't wait to read the rest of the series. Read somewhere that there will be six titles in all, and I'm really looking forward to meeting all the Exoticas!
WitchyWriter 7 months ago
Romance reads are a guilty pleasure for me, except I don’t feel that guilty about it anymore. I love the expectations that come with the genre, and I love seeing how writers subvert or meet those expectations. It’s not my first love, when it comes to writing and reading—but a well-crafted romance can drop me into a new and absorbing world and usually knows how to elicit emotions, which is my favorite thing about writing in general. This first installment of the Summoning series hits all the right romance notes you would expect, but does it in a fantasy world that is strange and wonderful. You can tell there’s a lot of thought that went into the world and the culture that the protagonist gets dropped into (sorry, Summoned, into). There are flying horses! And monsters to fight, which help put you into the through-line of the series, so that even as this novel wraps up Alexa’s part of the story, it still makes you want to pick up book two. Alexa, the protagonist of this first book, is fiery and passionate, an ex-lawyer, and a damn good fighter (verbally and physically!). She’s headstrong and emotionally strong, and I admire her in a lot of ways. That’s the best kind of romance—when the protagonist is someone you could see yourself being friends with, or someone you want to be like. This is my second time through, reading this series, and I really enjoy it. Fans of romance, fantasy, and strong female protagonists would enjoy these books. The prose is sometimes more purple than I’m personally a fan of, but it’s still done well and fits with the culture and world, so it isn’t just gratuitous. I keep this series around in physical books, because I know I’m going to want to revisit it periodically.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Superb worldbuilding, realistic characters, imaginative stories, exciting action, satisfying romance--is it any wonder Robin D. Owens is one of my absolute favorites?Lawyer Alexa Fitzwalter is all alone in the world after the death of her best friend. Now she's also having strange dreams and hearing chanting and music and a gong, and she feels compelled to follow the song in the mountains at night. Then the hallucinations become visual as well, and when she hears the plea "we need you," she steps through the arch into another world.The world of Lladrana has been protected from the evil beyond its borders by a magical fence, but the fence posts are failing and more and more monsters are getting in, and soon they'll overwhelm the Marshalls' and Chevaliers' ability to fight them. The Marshalls know that only an Exotique (human from Earth) will be able to restore the fence posts, and so they're summoning one: Alexa.Alexa's immediately confronted with a monster, then finds herself in a circle of what appears to be sorcerers, who apparently want something from her, but who also seem bent on tormenting her. She endures test after test, and finally learns some of what's going on when she's befriended by Sinafin, the little shapeshifting feycoocu.Among the demands of the Marshalls is the demand that she take a mate, which will make it more likely that she'll stay in Lladrana when the time comes for her to choose.I think I'd better stop there before I give away the entire story. I loved Guardian of Honor so much that I guess I just want to relive it while I'm writing this.Alexa's character is one you can really root for, and identify with (at least with wishful thinking). She's strong and intelligent, and she needs to be needed. When she meets Bastien, the Chevalier who's an outcast because he's a black-and-white (meaning his hair is striped black and white, a sign that his magic is wild and uncontrolled), their mutual outsiderness (I was going to change this, but I discovered it is a real word after all) draws them believably together.I thoroughly enjoyed the political machinations of the Marshalls--some of them genuinely trying to help, others trying only to further their own agendas, but all of them arrogant to one degree or another. And I loved how Alexa shook them up. They wanted a tool, and they ended up with something much, much different. I cheered (aloud, even, if nobody was around) several times, and just thinking about it is making me grin.The world of Lladrana was wonderfully complex and unique. I loved how everything was tied together with song, and especially how the Lladranans' personalities were shaped by their world, just as Alexa's was by being human. It's something I've come to expect from Robin's work, but I appreciate it even though it's not surprising.I can't be too sorry that I waited so long to read this, even though I bought it the month it was released, because I've already read the second book (I'm a few weeks behind in writing reviews), and don't have to wait for the third. I just have to dig around the TBR pile to make sure it's there.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Again, that feeling of a large, gentle whirlwind at the end of the book. Not quite as good as HeartMate but excellent. I'd read part of this one and the next one, and about half of the third, before - so some of the stuff was not as much of a surprise as it was supposed to be. The world is interesting, the forms of magic are good. Reynardus is just stupid, and the other Marshalls are stupid too for putting up with him. He seriously needed to be slapped down - they started to and then pulled back. I found the 'chasm' at the end rather contrived - the earlier conflict between the hero and heroine was far more realistic. Still, an excellent book and a great intro to Lladrana.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First in a fantasy romance series. I have not read much romance up until now, but a friend who does recommended this one and it is quite good. I've started the 2nd in the series, Sorceress of Faith. Interesting world with good characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you live the heralds and companions of Valdemar, you will love the Exotique's summoned to save Lladrana.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This fantasy is one of the best ever for so many reasons. First, the heroine, Alexa (called Aleyka by the Lladranan people who can't quite pronounce her name) is an unlikely hero who grows into an amazing heroine. She is an unwilling stranger called to this exotic land of Lladrana. Though she is considered the exotic, the land itself is, along with the people, various strange beings (like her companion Sinafin who is a shapeshifter), and monsters from my nightmares. Because Alexa doesn't belong, you have a chance to discover the world as she does, be frightened when she is and be caught up in a completely unexpected romance when she is. This story has all the elements of the best fantasies I've ever read -- a grand quest in restoring a magical boundary to keep the monsters away, fantastic beings such as the flying horses, and a completing engrossing world. If you like Terry Brooks, Ann McCaffrey, Ursula LeGuin, Marion Zimmer, or even Tolkein, you'll love this author. This is one of the best books I've ever read. I'll be looking for this author again.