Long Hot Summoning: The Keeper's Chronicles #3
Daw, 2003 (2003)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
've enjoyed Tanya Huff's works for some time, my favorites being her
The Better Part of Valor
) series and this one,
The Keeper's Chronicles
, which I find hilarious. The third in the series,
Long Hot Summoning
, lived up to my expectations and more.
his particular adventure involves two Keepers (Claire and her powerful young sister Diana, who's just finished high school) and hence two wisecracking cats - old pro Austin and ex-angel rookie Sam. Most of the action takes place in a shopping mall and in its
equivalent, entered through '
street kids, who slipped through and are morphing into elves, have wished into existence an archetypical Arthur, their teen '
answer to a leadership dilemma.
' The bad guys are building a
so that Hell can access our world and it's up to the Keepers to save the day, with a little help from their new elvish friends.
hile Claire and Diana explore the
mall, Dean and Austin develop problems of their own. A romantic couple have just rented a room at the inn - an aging professor and a mummy named Meryat - with a young grad student named Lance in hot pursuit. To buy himself some time, Dean sends Lance through the third floor elevator entrance into the
, where he eventually bumps into Claire. When it turns out that Lance was right, and after Austin's
I told you so
, Dean heads to the mall to trap a basilisk, in order to deal with the '
life-sucking, reanimated mummy
' Meryat before Claire's return. In the meantime, Diana and Arthur's captain Kris are caught by the bad guys and end up in conversation with a hole in the ground.
fter all hell breaks loose (literally of course), the good guys win by their usual willingness to sacrifice and by a '
bubblegum pink, Barbie pink
' attack. I love this series and its tongue in cheek satire of modern life, the mall and the minivan; don't miss it!
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