Resenting the Hero (Moira J. Moore Hero Series #1)

Resenting the Hero (Moira J. Moore Hero Series #1)

by Moira J. Moore

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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.

Since she was a child, Dunleavy Mallorough has been nurturing her talents as a Shield, preparing for her day of bonding. Unfortunately, fate decrees Lee’s partner to be the legendary, handsome, and unbearably self-assured Lord Shintaro Karish. Sure, he cuts a fine figure with his aristocratic airs and undeniable courage. But Karish’s popularity and notoriety—in bed and out—make him the last Source Lee ever wanted to be stuck with.

The duo is assigned to High Scape, a city so besieged by disaster that seven bonded pairs are needed to combat it. But when an inexplicable force strikes down every other Source and Shield, Lee and Karish must put aside their differences in order to defeat something even more unnatural than their reluctant affections for each other…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441013883
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Series: Moira J. Moore Hero Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 7.90(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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Resenting the Hero 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came across this by accident, but so very happy I picked it up. As a college student I don't have much time for fun reading, but this book looked good. Not a 900 page beast like I am used to. I loved it. The story never slowed down and I was very suprised with the ending. I can't wait for the next one. With a busy life the witty humor was a nice break from reality. I can't help but miss the young duo already and can't help that despite all her protests Lee would get herself into a lot of trouble without Taro. So much for the quite life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
By following the 'if you like this you might like this' links I stumbled upon Resenting the Hero. Luckily for me, I didn't let the misleading/tacky cover scare me off. I haven't even finished reading it yet and I'm off the to buy the next one(which also has a cheesy cover).
harstan More than 1 year ago
Their ancestors landed on a planet that had more natural and dangerous disasters than they could cope with so many left while the hardy ones stayed. Over time, the Source came into being men and women who could control the disasters and make them dissipate. Shields came into being to protect the mind and body of the Source otherwise they would die from an overload of energy to their body.------ Dunleavy Mallorough has studied for years to become a Shield and now has a chance to be bonded with her Source. The two candidates she doesn¿t want as her Source are Steven Creol who is said to be cruel and has never been able to bond with a Shield and Karish, an aristocratic hedonist, as the rumors go. Unfortunately, the bond between Shield and Source steps into place for Karish and Dunleavy. They are sent on their first assignment to Highscape, a city with many natural disasters and seven bound pairs of Sources and Shields to keep things stable. Dunleavy does her best to keep Karish and his winning personality at a distance but in spite of herself, she learns to care for him. When he is kidnapped a friend of hers discovers where he was taken only to discover that she has walked into a trap and if she can¿t get out of it, thousands will die.------ This incredible romantic fantasy will appeal equally to fans of both genres. The sexual tension between the two protagonists is so strong that readers will feel sparks fly off the pages. The hero and heroine are strangely likeable with one filled with excess pride and the other a confirmed sensualist. There are a lot of surprises in store for the audience as the Source and the Shield learn there are more to their powers than they were trained to use.------ Harriet Klausner
terriko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The heroine gets stuck with the person who she thinks is the wrong partner, but somehow, he turns out to be exactly the one she needs. It's a little cheesy and overdone as a premise, but the author makes it a quirkier, more unusual story than I'd expected, largely due to her stubborn heroine who just doesn't melt no matter whether other fantasty heroines would have in her shoes. And the interesting world she lives in certainly doesn't hurt!I expected something a little more comedic from the cover, but it's still a fun read!
CornerDemon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Resenting the Hero had a horrible copywriter. You know, that little script on the back that is supposed to tell you what the book is about? This one got it all wrong. It describes the book as "But can Dunleavy Mallorough and Lord Shintaro Karish put aside their differences to defeat something even more unnatural than their reluctant affections for each other?" That makes the book sound like a hokey romance, with pages upon pages of "longing looks" and passages of "I hated him, but why was I strangely attracted as well?". That, hands down, is my least favorite writing to read. When a friend first suggested I read it, I politely refused, based on that little line alone. She insisted, and I finally picked up the book, and promptly fell in love.This couldn't be further from "longing looks" and "strange attractions". It's more along the lines of pride and prejuidice ... just because someone is upper class, doesn't mean he is a jerk, and maybe you come off as a little jerky because you jumped to that conclusion. The fantasy element is also downplayed in the book's descriptor. It makes it sound incidental, when it is the hitch of the book. She explains the strange powers of the pairs, the world they live in, and incidentals short and sweet, and it is done by page 10. The fun is finding out that these characters are discovering powers that they've never heard of before. Aside from an engaging plot, the characters are fantastic. Lee (our first person narrator) is wonderful. She's dry, almost humorless, and not quick-to-catch-on. She's also stubborn, pushy, and altogether a very atypical heroine. She's not especially clever, she doesn't wield the bulk of the power, and she's comfortable with that. It's nice to see a character like her; they seem rare. She also has some lines that made me laugh out loud. Karish (her ennobled male counterpart) is also great fun because he's working so hard at it. He wants to be everything to everyone, and I think everyone has a friend like that. He seems familiar, and that shows how well-written he is, because you swear he reminds of you of someone you know.The characters are throwbacks to Lizzy Bennet and Darcy, in a lot of ways. But not quite so ... "chick lit" as those two would seem now. Instead, they're more flawed, and thus, more fun. And I have to add a Spoiler Alert, here, so if you don't want the ending ruined, just skip the rest... Lee & Karish don't even fall in love, which was refreshing and fantastic, because it would've been forced, here.I honestly have to say that this book caught me completely by surprise and I loved it. I'm so incredibly sorry that the publisher has done such a lousy job of marketing it, because I would never have picked it up on my own. Hopefully, someone with my tastes will read this review, and give this excellent book a read.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read this series completely out of order and, now that I've swapped most of it away, I finally read the first book... and want to read them all again. (that sound you hear is me banging my head against the wall) It's fun, mostly light-hearted and even though there isn't a whole lot of action, I found myself tensing or laughing because of what's going on in the story. Having read the others in the series, I found myself getting really upset by how resentful and mean Lee was to Taro at first. The story is told from Lee's point of view, so it's hard to get a full picture of Taro, but he's revealed more fully in later books and he's just a sweetheart. The world building is subtle but thorough; I actually recalled nuances of behavior from the later books that only really make sense now that I've read this one. The romantic subtext is very subtext-y in this book. As another reviewer mentioned, Lee and Taro are not exchanging longing glances and forbidden smooches. Mostly they're trying to figure out how to deal with each other now that their lives and futures have been tied together by the unnamed Powers That Be while also trying to figure out what's responsible for the changing weather patterns that are threatening the land.I don't think this would appeal to everyone, but if you like your fantasy light and YA appropriate, this might be your thing. (It also reminds me a bit of a less violent version of Simon R. Green's Hawk & Fisher series.)
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lee is a Shield, someone who possesses the ability to keep Sources, those who can stop natural disasters, from going crazy. When she¿s bonded to Lord Shintaro Karish, the IT boy Source, she¿s disgusted that she¿ll have to spend the rest of her life protecting a silly playboy celebrity. But when they¿re attacked while serving their first tour together, Lee must overcome her distaste to save Karish¿s life. Fun and interesting ¿ can¿t wait for the next one!
t1bnotown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually got this book by accident thinking that it was by John Moore, and so I was expecting his brand of fantasy humor. It turned out that this book is definitely different from his, but I couldn't put it down just the same. This is good fantasy- epic in its way, but not about nothing but battles and fighting. I loved both the characters and the story.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast, light read set in a world where technology doesn¿t work but magic does. Dunleavy is a Shield `bonded¿ to a Source, Lord Shintaro Karish, she¿d rather not have. Irked at being matched with a man reputed to be a wastrel but talented, Dunleavy must protect Shintaro¿s mind and body from destroying itself as he tries to diffuse natural disasters including the occasional typhoon and earthquake. Dunleavy is a sassy, I¿ll-take-charge kind of gal that I couldn¿t help but like. She professes to only want peace and quiet but she proves her mettle as she rescues Shintaro time and again. This is a fun book with an interesting premise ¿ bring on the sequel!
ankhet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Somewhere out there, there is a planet where the forces of nature are so extreme the natural disasters so frequent and devastating, that human habitation of the realm is made possible only by gifted individuals able to redirect and dissipate the forces threatening human existence. Unfortunately, though, channeling these forces kills a Source - unless he or she is protected by a Shield. Now, in this world, Sources and Shields are almost always bonded pairs, as they work better this way. This bonding is instantaneous, involuntary, and lifelong - regardless of the feelings of the individual Source or Shield.Lord Shintaro Karish and Dunleavey Mallorough are one such Bonded pair. Source Karish (or Taro, as he likes to be called), has a reputation of being a party boy - so much so that he is nicknamed the Stallion of the Triple S. Lee, his shield, just wanted a quiet, sedate life Shielding a Source who was not likely to get her into scrapes or adventures. Unfortunately, she got Karish. On their first posting, they have been assigned to High Scape, a city so prone to natural disasters it needs six - now seven - Pairs to protect it round-the-clock. Soon they find themselves in the midst of intrigue involving the deaths of five other Pairs, a league of disgruntled Shields, and a madman with a grudge against the system.I really like this new world I get to explore in this book and its two sequels. I like the tongue-in-cheek attitude of naming the world's places: Erstwhile (the capital city), or High Scape (presumably in the mountains). Lee is wry in her narration of events, though slightly too stoic and practical for my liking - no one could be that detached, surely! Still, she's not detached enough to see pitfalls I could see coming miles away, so that makes up for it.I enjoyed this book, and am very much looking forward to reading the next two in the series. This new world intrigues me, and I hope that Moore writes further adventures in this land, with these characters. I would definitely recommend it to lovers of fantasy, and those looking for quirky new characters with a sense of humor.
averitasm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this series ,I have read all three and if you are going to get these get all three because you won't want to wait to read the next series, this got more interesting as the books went along and I liked the magic and different world feel to it , get it for a rainy day fantasy read.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Groomed since childhood to be the perfect Shield to her Source, Dunleevy Mallorough has high hopes for her future. Standing in line as the Sources choose, she hopes for a bonding with someone steady, deliberate, and stable. Instead she gets Lord Shintaro Karish. Sure, he's brilliant, gorgeous, self-confident, and charismatic. But he's also a magnet for beautiful people, rumor, and trouble. And this is who she's supposed to count on to protect her? But she has no choice - the bond is for life, and death will take both Shield and Source at once.Posted to High Scape, a city with a high disaster quotient, the pair grate on each other like sand in your socks. But when Karish is attacked and then kidnapped, Dunleevy must set aside their differences and rescue him if she wants to live.Interesting plot, and finally toward the end of the book Dunleevy begins to soften up. Initially she's more like a block of wood then an person, which seems to be Moore's intent. Too bad it gets a bit old for the reader, too. Still, it's a promising enough series opener that I won't hesitate to read the sequel.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My initial take on this book, which I picked up as a light diversion, is that it's almost like written anime or manga. This is seeing as it has a science fantasy theme (a magical setting on a planet settled via space flight) and character types (the hero apparently gliding on rose petels with his put-upon reliable female sidekick) reminiscient of, say, "Louie the Rune Soldier" or "Sorcerer Hunters" or the like. What you mostly get is what you could call a delayed coming-of-age story, as our sheltered heroine has to rise above her petit bourgeois priggishness and misplaced trust of authority to get to grips with a plot against her order and live up to her role as a partner to her fellow magical guardian. Seeing as I gather this is a first novel I can't be too critical, but Moore doesn't surprise me as much as she could have in her plot choices. The absurdity factor also could have been played up further too; the book is not nearly as funny as the cover suggests.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you¿re looking for a light, fun, character-driven fantasy, then Resenting the Hero is the book for you. Even though the heroine is painfully clueless throughout the second half of the book, her TSTL moments didn¿t stop me from loving the creative worldbuilding, the fascinating magic system, and the relationship between the two main characters. I will definitely pick up the second book is this series.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hmm. This is a hard book to review. On one hand, there is something quite charming about this book. On the other hand, I found the characters to be a bit annoying, especially Dunleavy, who hated her source for no reason I could determine. The world, while interesting, seemed about a simple.I appreciated that this world, while set in a feudal type class system, both Men and Women were mostly equal. At the same time, this can be a bit jarring. It felt like the author went with a modern feel, set it up in a feudal society, but didn't account for why this society worked.As I said in the initial sentence, this book is charming. I spent a lot of time annoyed at the attitude of the lead character, but I couldn't wait to finish it. I think this book is refreshing in some ways, we have an interesting world, an interesting society. The characters were flawed but overcame the problem.The book is a solid. Not a great book, but enjoyable.
Antares1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dunleavy Mallarough is a Shield. One of the few select individuals that can keep a Source from dying as the Source stops natural disasters. She anxiously awaits getting choosen by one of the sources. The choosing is a sort of bonding that neither party can control. Much to her chagrin she is chosen by Lord Shintaro Karish. She had wanted a nice quiet source to work with, but Karish has a reputation as a wastrel. Lee spends a great deal of time dealing with the fact that Karish isn't what she wanted for a Source. She treats him rather poorly, until he points out that he hasn't done anything to deserve her ire. She reconciles herself to her fate. When her Source is kidnapped, she seeks to find him herself. The book was decent. It did drag a bit in the middle. The most entertaining parts were the interaction between Lee and Shintaro. Lee on her own was not that interesting of a character.
Karenbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Entertaining book that is handicapped by a not very appropriate cover
Ammonite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A basically non-descript world with a settlement history reminiscent of Pern serves as setting (nothing more) for a romance enlivened by psychic superpowers instead of psychic dragons. The hero, heroine and plot are entirely predictable, a situation which could have been remedied by really good writing, a well-thought-out and interesting world, or intriguing sub-plots; unfortunately Moore's decent but not outstanding style doesn't do it for me. I'll read the sequel, but only because I've got it to hand.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lord Shintaro Karish is a hunk, a member of the aristocracy and a very powerful source. In fact he's powerful enough to be a major force in the future of this planet. Dunleavy Mallorough is a shield, she's what enables sources to function without burning up, but they have lesser station than the sources. In fact they get to do the grunt work while the sources get the kudos.It's interesting and fun and the strain between these two while they take their misconceptions and try to come to some sort of working relationship is fun and interesting.
stardreamer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don't be put off by the cover art on this; it's done up to look like chick-lit, but the mystery plot is actually dominant over the romance. Moore manages to pull off a humorous romance without making me want to smack either protagonist upside the head, which is no mean feat! To some extent, it's a coming-of-age story; the technique by which Moore makes the female lead's naivete plausible is that she really is incredibly sheltered and naive, and spends most of the book learning that the real world is much messier than she'd ever imagined. But she's also smart, and doesn't need to be pounded over the head repeatedly to learn something. The world-building is classic "one huge assumption, and then everything follows logically," and Moore squeezes in enough exposition to ground the reader without descending into boring-narrator-lecture mode. This book is actually going to increase my TBR stack -- there's a sequel, and I can't wait to read it!
spiderlily1012 More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books I ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out really good. It's a really good, pretty new and interesting premise. The problem started about 100 pages in. The author took everything that was good and creative and new about the story and pretty much put it by the wayside. It become an incidental part of the story. And whereas in the beginning when the story is cool the personalities of the main characters were something that you could deal with, the worse the story gets, the more it resembles a lot of other things that I have read, the worse the personalities of the characters get. This could have been something really good but the main character was getting on my nerves by the end and the story could have been so much better if it wasn't all about political intrigue and a megalomaniac trying to take over the world.
Tamora_PierceSYR More than 1 year ago
Ignore the cover. This is a fairly serious story of two of a system of defenders of the realm--Sources, who provide the power that protects, heals, or fights, and Shields, who protect their Sources from attack and keep them from over-extending their abilities. The young female shield has just been bound to a Source with a bad reputation for bed-jumping, and she's determined not to be his latest conquest. He in turn is well protected against letting anyone getting to know the real him. It will be a miracle if they can work together when a new threat, unlike any ever seen before, attacks out of the blue.
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