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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015986
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 27, 2008
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In which Lee and Shintaro are forced to join a circus on a tropical South Sea island ...

This third book follows on from "Resenting the Hero" and "The Hero Strikes Back."

PS (added May 2010) - there is now a fourth book which follows this one, called "Heroes at Risk", and number five, "Heroes Return" is due out later this year.

Despite the nautical title and the beautiful cover painting showing heroine and narrator Dunleavy (Lee) Mallorough on a sailing ship, most of this story is not set at sea, but in a travelling circus troupe.

Most readers who enjoyed the previous two books will also like this one, but anyone looking for a carbon copy of the previous novels in the series may be disappointed: Lee and Shintaro face very different challenges and their relationship also moves on to new territory.

Moira Moore's "Hero" series of books are set on a far future human colony world. In the northern hemisphere where most of the habitable land in the planet is to be found and where most of the population lives, they can only be protected against frequent natural disasters by the special talents of two groups of people - "Sources" and "Shields".

Sources can "channel" natural forces and dispel coming disasters: Shields protect the Sources and stop them dying or going insane while they do so.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on February 27, 2008
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This is the third in Moira J Moore's brilliant series about the Source and Shield Pairs Lord Shintaro Karish and Dunleavy Mallorough. The first book, "Resenting The Hero", was a real delight, introducing two great leading characters as well as a fascinating setting. Taro and Lee's job, as a bonded Pair, is to work together to deal with natural disasters through the special channeling skills they have together. Unfortunately for the rather plain Lee, Taro is a hugely attractive man and is constantly fighting off attention. The second story, "The Hero Strikes Back", involved Lee and Taro in some strange events which culminated in the kidnapping of Taro and the discovery of some additional talents.

I was eagerly awaiting the third story in the series, "Heroes Adrift", and I certainly enjoyed reading it and returning to the world of Taro and Lee. Unfortunately it didn't measure up to the previous two books, feeling rather more aimless and indistinct. In this story Lee and Taro are sent by the Empress to the Southern Islands, far away from their usual stomping grounds, to see if there are any relatives of the Empress still living there. However they find that the world of the Southern Islands is so different from their normal experience that they struggle to settle in and get on. They have to earn their wages and cope with a different climate, completely different customs and a most unexpected reversal in personal popularity. Dunleavy, the rather plain and dull Shield was always previously in the shadow of the impossibly handsome Shintaro Karish; in this story the Southern Islanders find Lee's hair fascinating, identifying her as a real beauty and Taro as plain. Taro finds the going quite hard without his usual charm to help smooth their way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Serene Night on April 20, 2008
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Shintaro and Dunleavy are source and shield, a kind of psychic team used by the empress to control natural disasters. When they are sent to a mysterious island to look for a missing heir, Shintaro and Dunleavy find themselves in the odd position of actually having to find work. (Sources and Shields do not have to pay for services up North). In an interesting roll reversal, Dunleavy finds herself the center of attention, and Taro finds himself considered 'plain' by the islanders.This was a rather cute plot device although the explanation as to why Taro was considered plain felt a little flat to me.

This is the third book in the source/shield trilogy, and while its not a five star read, it was just what I was in the mood for.... Light amusing romantic fantasy. I particularly like the character of Taro and felt bad for him when he was scorned by the islanders. At times I found the child thief character annoying in a 'scrappy do' third wheel manner.

Overall a cute book. I'll look for more from this author.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sonytoao on March 14, 2008
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I found this third installment in the series to be an oddity. The fantasy elements (the roles of Sources and Shields and their interaction with natural events) are almost entirely absent in this novel. The focus of the book was tracking down the Empress' heir and that gets lost amidst Lee's continued self-examination regarding her changing relationship with her Source Shintaro. To me, this book felt like half a novel because when I reflected on what I'd just read, I realized not much happened to move the whole backstory along. In fact, I think one could skip this novel and await the next without losing any aspect of the underlying story.

As a standalone romance, it's not much (vague references to intimacy) and as a fantasy novel, it disappoints. Hopefully, Moore and/or her editors can make up their minds as to whether they are trying to market this series to fantasy readers (more Source & Shield action please!) or to romance readers (hence the ridiculous covers). I suggest you get this from your library as it's not likely a keeper.
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