For Harper Price, a true Southern belle, the purpose of life is organizing school activities and preparing for Cotillion. But Harper's priorities shift drastically when she is made a Paladin, a guardian with super strength and lethal fighting skills. Although she enjoys her new skills, Harper is horrified to learn the person she must protect is David Stark, her sworn enemy since Kindergarten. Chaos ensues as Harper tries to juggle her new responsibilities with her respectable and flawless Southern girl life.
With clever characters and continuous conflict, Rachel Hawkins writes a fun story she describes as "Legally Blonde meets The Terminator." Hawkins manages to combine classic Southern culture with Greek Oracles, Paladins, and Mages. The humor and action are nicely balanced for readers who enjoy fantasy with some serious girl power.