The Second Summoning is the second book in Tanya Huff’s trilogy about a group of magical protectors known as Keepers. The heroine of the first novel and her Bystander companion, Dean, are trying to come to terms with the boundaries of their relationship. Bystanders’ memories are always supposed to be altered after something happens so that they don’t have to cope with the reality that our world does contain magic and wonder but also things that go bump in the night.
The Second Summoning contains the trademark humour and wit that makes any Tanya Huff novel fun to read, but of the 3 books in thie trilogy, it is perhaps the one I like the least. Perhaps it is the self-doubt and angst that seems to hinder the forward progress of the main plot line. Perhaps I just have too many memories of how the old TV series Doctor Quinn changed when the main characters consummated their love at last… Whatever the reason, I find that parts of this story drag slightly. The subject matter is interesting and the story contains enough plot twists to entertain, but like some fast food meals… once you are done, it leaves you feeling somehow less than fully satisfied.
Paperback format, 416 pages, published in 2001 by Daw Books