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Product Details

  • Series: Hero (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reissue edition (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441013880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441013883
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've already purchased the next 3 books in the series and I look forward to a lot more fun and adventure.
Barbara S
I think that most of us have a little bit of both characters in us so I really felt that I could empathize and understand both of them.
Silmarwen
Overall, I thought that it was an interesting story that started off well, with good chunks of excitement.
M.L.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 28, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dunleavy Mallorough has prepared for years to be a Shield, and it's finally the big day, when she will be Chosen (hopefully) by the Source she will be paired with for life. Together Source and Shield are a bonded Pair, who work together to keep their world safe from the natural disasters that beset it.

To Dunleavy's chagrin, she is Chosen by the Source she finds unbearable: the fabled Shintaro Karish, who is not only handsome and noble-born, but popular, self-assured and heroic. Lee wants to do her job and stay out of the way but she is stuck with someone who will always be in the spotlight. To make things worse, the Pair are assigned to High Scape, a city so bedeviled by natural disasters that seven Pairs are assigned there.

That's where things really get interesting, when a disaster kills off all the other Pairs, leaving Kintaro and his reluctant partner the only ones standing between the city and complete destruction....

This is a fun set-up for a fantasy series. I liked the concept of the bonded Pairs (this isn't a romantic situation, although it has potential--but Pairs aren't supposed to get involved with each other) and the way they work together to diffuse energy of storms, earthquakes and other natural disasters. The hidden politics of the system of service were also intriguing, though mostly just alluded to in this book, the first in a series. I definitely hope to see the shadowy background emerge in more detail as the books go on.

What was a little less enthralling, unfortunately, was the main character the reader is supposed to identify with, Dunleavy (Lee to her friends). There is no really good reason for her antipathy to Karish and he never seems to show any of the traits she supposedly despises in him.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shanshad VINE VOICE on November 8, 2006
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I know others have mentioned this. And the viewer can see the cover themselves. With that title and that cover it sounds like a romance novel of opposites within a rather bland fantasy setting. Even the description on the back cover doesn't quite clear this up. And the title is of no help at all. This is not a romance, it is not quite a traditional fantasy tale, and it is not a comic fantasy of the Craig Shaw Gardiner variety. In this case, don't judge the book by its cover or title.

What this book is, is a fairly brisk paced story in a medieval-style setting. That it happens to be on a planet where long ago starships came and settled is the only real SF link to the story. The rest can fall comfortably into the fantasy realm, though there's none of the typical swords and sorcery here. There are some form of paranormal powers however that can affect natural events, and even stop catastrophic events like earthquakes from happening. This is the job of Pairs, two people bonded together with complementary gifts. Dunleavy Mallorough is a newly minted Sheild hoping for a worthy bond with a responsible Source. What she gets is Lord Shintaro Karish and some very interesting times indeed. This reluctant Pair soon find themselves the only ones who can stop the sinister plotting that could mean the death of thousands of people, and they'll have to work together to do it.

For a debut novel from this author, it's not bad. The writing is steady and compelling, the world building is decent and the author's created an intriguing premise with her Pairs of Sheilds and Sources. Even the fairly cut and dried plot isn't a bad one. I was impressed that the author was able to expand upon the talents of the Source and Sheild to make them interesting and engaging.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BlueFlamingo on June 27, 2006
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Like many of the reviewers on this book, I agree this world has a great deal of potential. I enjoyed Karish's character and look forward to reading more about him and this world. Hopefully, though, we'll leave Dunleavy's character behind--her grudge against Karish exists merely because of her believing rumors of his behavior--ironic, given Dunleavy would consider another person doing this in a similar situation an absolute travesty. I couldn't quite get through to the end because while I wanted Karish to win the day, I really wanted Dunleavy left behind. Let us hear more of their world, and perhaps Dunleavy won't be such a stick in the mud in future endeavors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Butch VINE VOICE on September 20, 2010
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I understand why so many readers loved "Resenting the Hero." It's a pleasant read and heroine Lee (short for "Dunleavy") is a likeable protagonist with just a few minor faults to make her "human." It's easy to keep reading and enjoy the ride. There are, however, a few issues with the story, which is why I am giving it only 3 start. First and foremost, the magic system, and the basics of the magic wielders "sources" and "shields," are incompletely explained, and didn't make a lot of sense to me. It seemed as though Ms. Moore was mostly interested in the story itself and didn't spend enough time working on the some of the important underpinnings. Once I was into the story about 100 pages, I knew that "shields" needed to be guarded from music because it could make them crazy (huh?) but on the other hand, they studied a form of "dancing" (to music, or at least drums) something like balance beam gymnastics. I knew that a "source" would likely die if he or she did the sourcing without a shield (but not why, really) , that spontaneous bonding of sources and shields was highly dangerous (but not why), and that bonded sources and shields should not have sex. This latter point I suspect was added to create a conflict that will eventually be resolved in favor of the two leads ignoring the rule.

Next, the idea of removing children from the real world to a boarding school where they are thoroughly locked up from the real world until adulthood doesn't seem very likely or smart -- how will they learn what they need to know when they are released?

Without a coherent explanation of all of the above, the story lost a lot of its punch. Once the rules aren't solid, the reasons for things happening as they do don't seem adequate.
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