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Heroes Adrift Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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I have to agree that this was my least favorite of the delightful Hero series. There were aspects I enjoyed, like life in the circus and Lee's sexy transformation. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DH
The book was interesting but *spoilers* the ending felt rushed and incomplete. Border just disappears and the Empress is an insubstantial character. Read morePublished 8 months ago
I fell in love with our Source and Shield in Resenting the Hero, and have enjoyed the entire series. The perfect read for a lazy day by
Read them in order, starting with the first one (Resenting the Hero). One of the nice things about this series is that life continues after the protagonists finally realize their... Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Jennifer M. Snow
I've just given up on these covers. I really have. Finally they have realistic looking drawings that do more to go along with the feel of the books. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Books Before Bed
Sequel to Resenting the Hero and The Hero Strikes Back. The series may not inspire passion, but it's a fun diversion. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Cathy L.
I enjoy the characters and the world Moira Moore has created in this series. I especially like the writing for Lee - she's written with a lot of warmth and humor - and this book... Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Kate
Seeing that not a lot of people reviewed this book, I decided to write a short review.
This book is different from the previous 2, where the pair are sort of flushed out... Read more
Well, the cover art has shifted finally. Though it's more of a lateral than an upward move. *sigh* Could they not have come up with something actually pertaining to the book? Read morePublished on October 31, 2008 by Angela Thompson