The Hero Strikes Back (Moira J. Moore Hero Series #2)

The Hero Strikes Back (Moira J. Moore Hero Series #2)

by Moira J. Moore

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The Hero Strikes Back (Moira J. Moore Hero Series #2) by Moira J. Moore

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441014408
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Series: Moira J. Moore Hero Series , #2
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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. 

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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.

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Hero Strikes Back 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great story but the author tries to do to much. I enjoyed the mystery and solving its twist. My only problem is that the backstory seems incomplete. You are teased by the secondary characters and how they might affect the Heroes and then... For all that it's well paced touching in places, and if you have read Resenting the Hero, well worth the time.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 3 days ago
The sequel to Resenting the Hero this is another fun read. This story brings some of the aftereffects of the first story and adds in some weird weather in High Scape, where they're based. The weather isn't really weird enough to make the ability of Source and Shield applicable enough, they're there to deal with disasters not more minor weather disasters. This is making the populace unhappy with them.There's also a crazed killer stalking aristocrats. To add insult to injury both mothers are in town making the two heroes very unhappy.Another fun read, I'd like to read more by this author.
stardreamer on LibraryThing 3 days ago
A worthy sequel to Resenting the Hero, this book gives Taro and Lee a little more character depth and a more complex set of plot lines. As is often the case in real life, personal, career, and political problems are besetting them all at the same time. Source and Shield Talents aren't working the way they should be; the weather is hellish and the citizenry is becoming angry and rebellious; the Prince may -- or may not -- be planning a coup against the Empress; and Taro's fishwife of a mother is bound and determined to haul him back into the aristocratic life he abandoned when his Source Talent manifested. Not to mention that, while the S/S bond is settling in nicely between them, the protagonists are still having a lot of communication problems; their respective insecurities tend to heterodyne with each other, and great pitfalls gape in places where a well-chosen word or two might have made a tremendous difference. Gee, not much like the rest of us, eh? :-) I also like the promising new secondary characters introduced near the end of the story, who I suspect will have a much larger role in the next book. And I'm looking forward to that next book, because this is a fascinating universe.
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ElizabethT More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this series to read. It is lively, captivating, and fun. I can't wait for more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, she's taking longer to put the hero and the heroine together than I would. I like for couples to have adventures together. But I'm still buying the series.
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Hmr28 More than 1 year ago
I love all of the books in this series. There is not one that is a clunker.
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