The Hero Strikes Back by Moira J. MooreThe Hero Strikes Back by Moira J. Moore

The Hero Strikes Back

byMoira J. Moore

Mass Market Paperback | August 29, 2006

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In a realm beset by natural disasters, only the magical abilities of the bonded Pairs—Source and Shield—make the land habitable and keep the citizenry safe. The ties that bind them are far beyond the relationships between lovers or kin—and last their entire lives…

Whether they like it or not.

The weather in the city of High Scape is off the charts. It’s snowing in the middle of summer, and the townsfolk are desperate for Shield Lee Mallorough and Source Shintaro Karish to fix it—which they can’t do. But try explaining that to an angry mob…

Meanwhile, there’s a crazed killer targeting aristocrats. Karish has forfeited the Dukedom of Westsea to continue working as a Source, but Lee fears that technicality won’t matter to the murderer. It certainly doesn’t matter to Karish’s mother, who’s bound and determined that he take the title.

Only by working together will Lee and Karish be able to figure out the weather, catch the killer before it’s too late, and most importantly…get rid of Karish’s mother.

Moira J. Moore is a Canadian author whose works include Resenting the Hero, The Hero Strikes Back, Heroes Adrift, Heroes at Risk, Heroes Return, Heroes at Odds, Heroes’ Reward. She studied at Carleton University and Queen’s College. When not writing fantasy and adventure fiction, she practices law. 
Title:The Hero Strikes BackFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.7 × 4.22 × 0.82 inPublished:August 29, 2006Publisher:Berkley Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0441014402

ISBN - 13:9780441014408

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fine sequel... (In the event the Chapters-Indigo website elects to delete my rating, I mention here that I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars/leaves.) I really enjoyed this one. The world building was as well done as in the first novel in the series. Also, one aspect I particularly enjoyed was the character development: I truly enjoyed the fact that the characters seemed to mature and evolve as individuals. I also loved the fact that the main characters were fleshed out in this novel -we learned a lot about what made them the way they are. The adventure in the novel was truly gripping and quite suitably creepy and frightening (especially towards the end). The main story was once more resolved, while leaving room for continuin the underlying arc of the book series. The only negative aspect (and it is very very slight) I could point to would be the main character: so far the author has succeeded in making her likeable, but I can see how this might not be the case for everyone (in particular as she can be occasionally be quite oblivious to the feelings of others and somewhat inappropriately judgemental as regards others -IMHO). I personally feel that the author has managed to make her likeable despite this, but I will admit that this may not be the case for all readers. I also feel that this character will need to have a 'breakthrough' of sorts, in the following novels. In other words, she needs to be 'smacked over the head' with a few things in order to realize her errors, IMHO (for example where her partner and her family are concerned). As an example, her mother came to see her during this second novel and eventually left because she didn't feel that she was succeeding in building a relationship with her daughter. Some of what the mother said was wrong, in that I agree with her daughter that there is nothing she can do about being fundamentally different from her siblings. However I do feel that some of what her mother was trying to get at was the fact that they essentially didn't have any kind of relationship: there was no particular warmth in their interactions. This was mostly the daughter's doing (apparently even when small, she was distant when her family came to visit her). This is admittedly partly a 'personality' issue (i.e. that this is simply her personality), however she did not seem to understand that her mother regretted this lack of closeness with her daughter. I think one further thing this character needs to learn is how to be *close* to other people (although she has made great strides in this where her partner is concerned). This does make her a bit difficult to like as a main character, on occasion. I do however have confidence that the author will make the characters continue to evolve (given the fact that she has done such a good job with regards to this aspect so far), which makes me hopeful that this will be resolved in further installments of this series. So all in all, this was a fine sequel to the first novel. Other books I recommend: -'Inda', by Sherwood Smith -'Transformation', by Carol Berg -'A Brother's Price', by Wen Spencer -'Path of Fate', by Diana Pharaoh Francis -Lord of the Fading Lands, by CL Wilson
Date published: 2012-04-23

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With a mother like this…; Karish was never meant to be the Duke. His older brother had had the title, and from what I learned had been thrilled to indulge in the aristocratic lifestyle, but he’d ruined everyone’s expectations by dying before marrying or having children. That left it to his mother, the Dowager Duchess, to choose the new titleholder. For some reason, she’d chosen her second son, the Source she’d been happy to send away to the academy, the son who’d never had a moment of training in the duties of being a titleholder and a landlord, when there were several more qualified cousins clambering to take the title. Karish hadn’t wanted the title, for which I’d be forever grateful. He couldn’t be both a Source and a Duke, with all the Duke’s responsibilities. If he had taken the title, he wouldn’t have been able to work as a Source, which would mean he’d have no use for me. Bonded to him, I wouldn’t be able to work with any other Source. I would have been left with nothing to do. Karish pulled back and straightened his shoulders. “The Empress obviously misunderstands the gravity of the situation and merely needs instruction.” “And the fact that pursuing the title could get you hanged, what about that?” “That’s just the law. What is the law to her?” Marvelous. The blasted woman was going to get us both killed.