Resenting the Hero (Hero #1) by Moira J. Moore
Series: Hero #1
Published by Ace on February 28th 2006
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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She wanted someone reliable. Instead she got him...
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...
Resenting the Hero in an incredibly interesting book. It’s pretty light and fluffy while still being meaningful, well written and fun. I think Resenting the Hero is an excellent book for a case of book hangover and/or a need of a palate cleasner. The world-building in the Hero series is also very interesting. Like Anne McCaffery’s Pern series, the beginnings of the world of the Hero series was born in Science Fiction – humans colonized the planet – but the works and action take place in a Fantasy world.
Resenting the Hero looks like a romance book – I’m pretty sure that there are men who have avoided this little gem because of that – but thus far there is no romance. Instead of romance, Resenting the Hero is about snap judgements, prejudice and perception. While I’m sure that the cover didn’t do this book any justice (genre-wise), I have to say that people who (have or had) avoided this book due to the cover and/or title are [ironically] engaging in snap judgement and prejudice – the same themes dealt with in Resenting the Hero.
Dunleavy is one of the best shields currently alive – she ends up unwillingly bonded to Source Lord Shintaro. Lord Shintaro is a noble who has a bit of a reputation…and Dunleavy won’t let him forget it.
Dunleavy is one of the most priggish and self-important character that I’ve run across in some time. She was raised in a very sheltered manner but behaves as if she has real life experiences. Dunleavy doesn’t give Lord Shintaro a chance to show what kind of a person he is and refuses to believe that he can be serious about his duties. She refuses to learn anything about Lord Shintaro other than the basics because of her “holier than thou” attitude.
Dunleavy also has little patience for anything or anyone that doesn’t behave in the manner in which she thinks they should. She also has little confidence in the abilities of anyone other than herself. Other people point out to Dunleavy her short-comings…and her response is always a clueless “Huh? What?”
By the end of Resenting the Hero, Dunleavy’s understands that she never gave Lord Shintaro a chance. She also better understands a few of the tensions in her world. I felt that Dunleavy still has a lot of growth ahead of her, however.
I really enjoyed the fact that Resenting the Hero focused on the dangers of prejudice and perception. Dunleavy’s actions and reactions in this book were all based around her prejudices and her snap-judgements. There are other issues of perception.