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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: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.8 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: #1,187,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And someone really wants to see Karish dead.
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.
I really liked this fantasy book, Great characters, great story flow.
G. Bouma

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Colleen McMahon 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kamagi on January 31, 2011
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On the surface this may seem like a quirky fun book, with it's title and comical cover. On the cover it gives the blurb "She wanted someone reliable. Instead she got him..." well, I would like to switch that around. HE wanted someone reliable. Instead, he got her.

This was a very interesting book. The author does a good job easing you nicely into the fantasy world (one which has a slight SF background that seems rather unnecessary). The idea of Source and Shield working together to protect the world from disaster is very interesting and the plot, while rather flat at times, still kept me interested and wondering what was going to happen next. Really, this would have been a 4 or even 5 star book...were it not for her.

We are unfortunately put in the viewpoint of the heroine of this novel, Dunleavy "Lee" Mallorough, a very plain girl who from page 1 resents the fact that she's being paired with Lord Shintaro Karish, an aristocrat and playboy who loves to drink and always has a woman. At least, this is what Lee hears about Karish, but in fact during the book we hardly see any of these traits. From the beginning Karish seems kind, charming, and yes a bit flirty and adventurous but certainly not in a way that was annoying. He seemed like a generally nice guy, and yet Lee insists on hating him and being annoyed by him throughout the novel. She is cold, arrogant, and often takes Karish offerings of friendship as him wanting Lee to obsess over him. Lee is convinced that Karish hates the fact that she doesn't worship the ground he walks on, when in reality it seems clear that Karish just wants to be friends with her.

Lee also seems to be a bit in the background at times, watching the plot from the side.
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